The D-backs couldn't complete a sweep in San Diego but got a series win and now head across the country -- all the way -- to clash with the Pirates. With the season now past the halfway mark, the D-backs remain deep in the hold dug by an awful April, and a 12-14 June didn't help. But with calendar turning to July, the D-backs can hit reset and focus on a better second half, even if it won't necessarily get them anywhere.
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While the D-backs go through a youth movement of their own -- seven players have made their big league debuts since Opening Day, and three rookies start regularly -- they get a look this week at Pittsburgh's much-heralded young phenom. Outfielder Gregory Polanco was called up last month to great fanfare and a brilliant start to the minor-league season, and in 19 games with the Pirates, he is batting .288 with two home runs, 10 RBI, 11 walks and a .374 on-base percentage.
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Down and out
The D-backs arrive in Pittsburgh more banged up than they have been all season. Shortstop Chris Owings went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury Sunday, growing the team's disabled contingent to 11 players (four of are long-term pitching elbow injuries), including three Opening Day starters. The D-backs also moved third baseman Eric Chavez to the 60-day disabled list, suggesting his knee injury is worse than originally believed. The D-backs' 615 disabled list days are second most in the majors.
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Rookie Chase Anderson gave the D-backs' starting rotation some much-needed stability when he arrived in the majors, winning his first five games. It's been tough sledding since, though, as Anderson has lost three in a row. In that stretch, Anderson has a 4.50 ERA. Perhaps the book is out on the 26-year-old righty? Regardless, Anderson still has been a bright spot on a struggling team, and he gets the chance to end his skid Wednesday.