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Diamondbacks achieve rare feat with home-run explosion against Nationals

The Diamondbacks felt no fear Friday facing off against the reigning National League Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer.

Playing in Phoenix, the Diamondbacks became just the fifth MLB team to start a game with back-to-back-to-back home runs, and the first since Baltimore did it in 2012.

David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb hit the home runs off Scherzer, who entered the game on the shortlist of this year’s NL Cy Young candidates, too.

Arizona ultimately scored four runs in the first inning, then added another in the second inning.

The Diamondbacks are still without newly-acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez, who was hit by a pitch in his hand shortly after joining the team from Detroit. Despite playing without their newest asset, the Diamondbacks proved they are one of the most dangerous teams in baseball.

Commissioner Rob Manfred is trying to speed up the game itself. Is baseball heading in the right direction?

The reason it’s a good idea to keep the pace up is because years ago we worked in a much quicker pace. And let’s face it, part of your job is to entertain and part of entertainment is to keep things going and making sure that people aren’t bored and nowadays there are so many Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon ways for people to become distracted even during a game with their smartphones Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping and things like that, so I think the quicker a pace we have the better it is for our television ratings, the better it is for the attention of young people who hopefully become consumers of the sport for a long time. So I think anything done at a faster pace is going to be more entertaining than something that is a little too slow. I think that is a good thing.