D-Backs: Zack Greinke earns his 17th win and Paul Gold­schmidt homers in 2-0 vic­tory over Giants.

The Arizona Republic - - SPORTS - NICK PIECORO

SAN FRAN­CISCO - With the post­sea­son less than three weeks away, Diamondbacks scouts have be­gun to fan out across both leagues to get looks at po­ten­tial op­po­nents in hopes of gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion that could be ben­e­fi­cial in a post­sea­son se­ries.

As­sis­tant Gen­eral Man­ager Jared Porter said the club ini­tially will have two scouts on each of the con­tend­ing Na­tional League clubs and one scout on three or per­haps four Amer­i­can League teams.

Porter said the three scouts who have been in­volved with the team’s ad­vance scout­ing all sea­son – Jeff Gard­ner, Josh Barfield and Rob Leary – will bounce around for the time be­ing, see­ing the teams re­main­ing on the reg­u­lar-sea­son sched­ule with the po­ten­tial to peel off if an up­com­ing play­off op­po­nent comes into fo­cus.

“If it looks like we’re go­ing to make it and, let’s say, the Dodgers are go­ing to fin­ish with the best record and there’s a chance of us play­ing them, then some­one will get on them, too, at the same time,” Porter said. “They’ve been (ad­vanc­ing) all year, so they know what our (coach­ing) staff is look­ing for. They can kind of help (the other two scouts) that are there.”

Those in­volved are a com­bi­na­tion of pro and am­a­teur scouts, and Porter said the level of in­volve­ment is partly or­dered by their pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence do­ing ad­vance work.

“To me, it’s one of the most ex­cit­ing times of the year for the scouts,” Porter said. “I think it’s an honor for us to be able to do it based on how well our team has played, but it’s also an honor for them to be se­lected to do it. They’re all look­ing for­ward to it.”

Martinez back in lineup for D-Backs

Slug­ger J.D. Martinez, who was scratched from Fri­day night’s game due to neck stiff­ness, was back in the lineup Satur­day.

Martinez said he woke up on Thurs­day morn­ing with the neck feel­ing stiff but felt fine af­ter re­ceiv­ing treat­ment and get­ting out on the field in the warmer Ari­zona cli­mate. He said he felt pretty good on Fri­day, as well, but it tight­ened up again in the cold weather in San Fran­cisco.

“I just slept wrong the night be­fore,” he said.

His­toric run

Diamondbacks man­ager Torey Lovullo had kind words for the Cleve­land In­di­ans af­ter their in­cred­i­ble 22-game win streak came to an end on Fri­day night.

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing to go al­most a month with­out los­ing a base­ball game,” Lovullo said.

“Not many teams have been able to do that. They de­serve it. That’s a spe­cial group over there.”

It was pointed out that the In­di­ans’ streak was al­most a week and a half longer than the Diamondbacks’ 13game streak that ended ear­lier this month.

“We’re proud of our 13-game win streak, but when you com­pare it to 22 in a row, it’s a far cry from what they did,” Lovullo said.

“When you do things like that, it means you’re do­ing a lot of things right. You’re play­ing the game the right way.”

The 22 games was an Amer­i­can League record.

The In­di­ans fell four wins shy of the 1916 New York Giants, who won 26 games in a row, though that run in­cluded a tie.

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