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Game #137: Diamondbacks @ Padres

Onto the road again go the Diamondbacks, for a 10-game trio through all their Californian division rivals. It starts this Labor Day afternoon in San Diego.

Christian Petersen
Trevor Cahill
RHP, 3-9, 4.98
Tyson Ross
RHP, 12-12, 2.64
Ender Inciarte - CF Abraham Almonte - CF
Aaron Hill - 2B Alexi Amarista - SS
David Peralta - RF Seth Smith - LF
Mark Trumbo - 1B Yasmani Grandal - 1B
Miguel Montero - C Jedd Gyorko - 2B
Jake Lamb - 3B Will Venable - RF
Nolan Reimold - LF Rene Rivera - C
Didi Gregorius - SS Cory Spangenberg - 3B
Trevor Cahill - RHP Tyson Ross - RHP

The calendar turns to the final month for the Diamondbacks. Ok, we may not technicallybe eliminated from consideration quite yet, but at 16 games back of the second wild-card with 26 games left, it's only a matter of time. If my math is right, our elimination number is 11: that number of losses and/or wins by Milwaukee/St. Louis (currently tied for the NL Central) will end the season. It'll probably happen at some point on this road-trip. Maybe we can celebrate the occasion by burning Dodger Stadium to the ground. [SB Nation lawyers statement: he's being sarcastic]

For today, however, we face the Padres with an expanded roster of 27, thanks to Cody Ross and Daniel Hudson returning to the fold. Will Hudson make his first appearance in the major league for over 26 months? I'd love to see it. This has been a crappy season in many ways, but seeing Hudson successfully complete his long and tortuous journey back to the show would be a great thing, certainly among the highlights of the year. I can't imagine what's going through his mind right now as he sits in Petco; it has to be a mix of excitement and nerves. It wouldn't surprise me if it was almost like making his debut. Good luck, Daniel. It may be in San Diego, but we're with you.