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The Diamondbacks looked to be in control of the game until the 6th inning, when the Marlins posted four runs, two courtesy of the long ball and two courtesy of an Ichiro single. The loss extended the Diamondbacks' losing streak to four games.

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Bullpen, Offense Unable to Help Corbin

Patrick Corbin managed to surrender only three runs in 5 1/3 innings, but the bullpen was unable to shut the door on the sixth inning and the Arizona offense was unable to add runs late, sending Arizona to its fourth consecutive loss. Ichiro had the go-ahead hit, a two-run single, to bring his MLB career hits total to 2947.

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Chip Hale: No Talk of Miller Leaving Rotation

It's no secret that newly acquired Diamondbacks starter, Shelby Miller, has had a brutally rough start to the season. Despite Miller's early struggles though, the team does not appear ready to make a move regarding his place as the number two arm in the starting rotation.

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De La Rosa's Improvement Courtesy of Improved Slider

Maybe all it took was Pedro Martinez calling him out through social media. Maybe, after five years he simply figured it out. Regardless of what the catalyst was, Rubby De La Rosa has found a new level of success in his last two outings, and that success can be linked directly to an improvement in his slider.

Hale Needs Better Results

With the team having per-season expectations of making a run in the playoffs, Chip Hale's April is not doing him any favors.

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