Monday -- Tigers 4, D-backs 3; Detroit ends Arizona's win streak. Tuesday -- D-backs 5, Tigers 4; Arizona rallies in the eighth. Wednesday -- RHP Trevor Cahill (1-6, 5.63) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-4, 3.22), 12:40 p.m., No TV.
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With three wins over the struggling Cubs, the D-backs secured just their second series sweep of the season -- first at home -- and have a bit of momentum. In the series, the D-backs were sharp in all facets and look to stay that way as they host the first-place Tigers for a three-game set. Led by reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrerea, Detroit's offense ranks near the top of the majors in every major offensive category, which could be troublesome at Chase Field.
Opposing hitters used to dread facing Justin Verlander, but not this season. Verlander, who starts Monday, has won two of his last three starts but hasn't been the dominant ace of recent seasons. Since April 22, his ERA has climbed from 2.18 to 4.88. Opposing hitters are batting .278 against him, a career-worst mark. It was suggested Verlander has been overworked, having thrown more innings (908-1/3) than any other starter in the majors since the start of the 2011 season.
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Trevor Cahill on Wednesday gets his second start since he was brought back to the majors over the All-Star break. His first start came with mixed results -- three runs in five innings with two walks -- and this start could offer a better insight into how much Cahill has progressed since the D-backs designated him for assignment. With a modified delivery, Cahill seemed last week to have made at least some improvement.
The All-Star break apparently did little to interrupt D-backs outfielder David Peralta's storybook season, and the rookie continues to prove himself a legitimate major leaguer. Against the Cubs, Peralta went 4 for 8 with two doubles and two RBI. He has three straight multi-hit games and 17 in 38 games since his promotion. In his last 11 games -- starting with the one-year anniversary of his signing with the D-backs out of independent ball -- Peralta is batting .381 (16 for 42) with 11 RBI and four doubles.