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Game #80: Diamondbacks vs. Indians

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Hey, we get to see AL pitchers try to hit and run the bases! Crank up the Benny Hill music...

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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Justin Masterson
RHP, 4-5, 4.75
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Wade Miley
LHP, 3-6, 4.62

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Ender Inciarte - CF
  2. Gerardo Parra - RF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Miguel Montero - C
  5. Aaron Hill - 2B
  6. Martin Prado - 3B
  7. David Peralta - LF
  8. Didi Gregorius - SS
  9. Wade Miley - P

Couple of bits of news from the pre-game chat between Gibson and the media. Stil no Chris Owings, before anyone asks; seems that his ankle is fine, but he's having shoulder issues as a result of a slide into home against the Giants. Jody Jackson says Gibson apparently was "fibby" over the weekend about Owings' availability, to try and fool the Giants into thinking he was available off the bench. And in a big step forward, Daniel Hudson threw 20 pitches in a simulated game at Chase Field. The timetable has him going on a rehab assignment in August, and being called back up in September. Fingers crossed for that.

The D-backs will be looking to try and rebound, not having had a series win since taking two of three off the Braves, from June 6-8. Our home record remains particularly woeful with Arizona winning less than one of three in Chase, and on pace for a mark this season of 26-55. That would be a number of losses in their own park not surpassed by a National League team since 1969 (last's year's woeful Astros team went 24-57 at home in their first AL season). Needless to say, it's all about the pitching: the average team in the NL has an ERA 0.39 higher on the road; the 2014 Diamondbacks' is 0.32 lower away from Chase. And that includes six games in Coors Field.

Wade Miley will try to keep the ball in the park a bit better. He has moire home-runs allowed than starts, has given up two more than Paul Goldschmidt has hit, and is on pace for the most by a Diamondback since Rodrigo Lopez watched 39 pitches sail into the bleachers in 2010.

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