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Game #73 Preview: 6/26, Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Diego Padres

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A rematch against Tyson. But will the D-backs be Marvis Frazier again, or more like Evander Holyfield.

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Robbie Ray
RHP, 2-2, 1.78
Tyson Ross
RHP, 4-7, 3.61
A.J. Pollock - CF Matt Kemp - RF
David Peralta - LF Derek Norris - C
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Yonder Alonso - 1B
Yasmany Tomas - RF Justin Upton - LF
Jake Lamb - 3B Will Middlebrooks - 3B
Welington Castillo - C Clint Barmes - SS
Chris Owings - 2B Melvin Upton Jr. - CF
Nick Ahmed - SS Cory Spangenberg - 2B
Robbie Ray - LHP Tyson Ross - RHP

If you had gone back to the first of the alternating streak, the opening game of the series against the Angels in Anaheim, bet just ten bucks at even money, and then let it ride going forward, strictly switching between wins and losses, you would be wagering $10,240 on tonight's contest. But if the D-backs are to make it 11 such games in a row, they'll need to do a much better job of handling Ross than they did last week. Tonight's a rematch of last Saturday's contest, when he threw a complete game, allowing only four hits and one run, striking out nine Diamondbacks. That was more than enough, as the Padres cruised to a 8-1 win

Meanwhile, news this afternoon on Archie Bradley, which falls somewhere between comforting and scary, and I'm not sure nearer to which end.

So, yay! "We're not seeing anything to be alarmed about." But from previous experience, second opinions from Dr James "The Knife" Andrews tend to be Bad Things. I can't think of many pitchers, in fact, who have walked into his office and left with the same number of UCLs as they had going in. We'll see if Bradley can beat the odds.