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I'm starting to think the Pirates are more of a pain in the neck than the Giants are!

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

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"I think this whole hit batsman deal has become an epidemic in baseball. It's too bad. Those balls up around the head area are the ones that are dangerous. So, we've got to be really careful and really coach our guys the right way. If you're going to pitch in, you have to know how to pitch in down in the zone more."

- Chip Hale

Daily D'backs

De La Rosa delivers dominant start, but D-backs fall - dbacks.com

A.J. Burnett and Rubby De La Rosa tangled in a battle of right-handers on Saturday at Chase Field with each pitcher throwing seven innings of one-run ball. But neither hurler was around when Starling Marte singled home Neil Walker off Addison Reed with two out in the top of the ninth, giving the Bucs a 2-1 win in the second game of the three-game set.

D'backs loss BTN - Arizona Sports 620

Diamondbacks reliever Evan Marshall bumped from set-up man role - azcentral.com

Marshall's stock has taken a dip this season, though. He has a 7.71 ERA in seven appearances, he's given up more hits (11) than innings pitched (seven) and his walks per nine innings has gone up (3.1 to 5.1) while his strikeouts per nine innings has gone down (9.9 to 6.4). The result: Manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Daniel Hudson, coming off his second Tommy John surgery, is now his set-up man.

Hale: Hit batsmen an epidemic in baseball - Arizona Sports 620

Nearly nine months have passed, but baseball players are like elephants, they never forget. With that said, neither Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale nor first baseman Paul Goldschmidt believe there will be any carryover from the last time the Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates shared the same field.

Hellickson set for first career start against Pirates - mlb.com game preview