Friday -- D-backs 4, Padres 2; De La Rosa outpitches Shields. Saturday -- Padres 8, D-backs 1; Ross throws four-hitter. Sunday -- RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-4, 5.10) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (4-8, 4.24), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Robbie is rolling
Archie Bradley's shoulder soreness and Josh Collmenter's move to the bullpen opened the opportunity for Robbie Ray to stick in the majors, but even without those situations he would've made a strong case to remain with the D-backs. The left-hander has allowed two earned runs in 18 2/3 innings, and he's gone deeper with fewer pitches in each game.
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All is Wel behind the plate
The D-backs won four straight, including two shutouts, with Welington Castillo behind the plate. After Castillo via was acquired trade, Arizona manager Chip Hale quickly talked up the catcher's command of the pitching staff, and Rubby De La Rosa's best outing -- eight innings of shutout ball in a 4-0 win on Sunday -- had to do with him throwing only what Castillo called. In Castillo's last start Wednesday, he added a home run that ended up the difference in a 3-2 victory.
The loss of lead-off man Ender Inciarte to a hamstring strain has forced Hale to break up the heart of his lineup. A.J. Pollock was moved out of the two-hole and into the lead-off spot, and the Diamondbacks don't exactly have a replacement for him hitting ahead of Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas. Related or not, Pollock lately has struggled with one hit in his last five games.
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Familiar face in a new place
For the second time this season, Arizonans will recognize a fairly new face managing the opposing team. The Diamondbacks played Milwaukee last month after Craig Counsell, took over as Brewers manager. Coincidentally, Counsell had tried to hire the Padres' then-Triple-A manager Pat Murphy -- Counsell's coach at Notre Dame -- to the Brewers staff, but the Padres refused to let them inquire. A month later, San Diego fired manager Bud Black and promoted Murphy, the long-time ASU coach (1995-2009).