D-backs host Pirates to open homestand

Cahill takes mound vs. Pirates as D-backs attempt to build upon hot start.

After a three-game sweep of the Brewers in Milwaukee gave the Diamondbacks a 5-1 start for the third time in franchise history, the team returns to Chase Field to host the Pirates at the start of a six-game homestand. The Pirates enter the series at 1-5, having lost two of three to the Cubs and getting swept in Los Angeles. ... The D-backs had to work overtime in their first week, going 16 innings on Wednesday and 11 on Sunday. Their 63 innings played are most in the National League.

Pitching matchups: Monday -- RHP Trevor Cahill (0-1, 4.76 ERA) vs. LHP Wandy Rodriguez (1-0, 0.00). Tuesday -- RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 10.80) vs. RHP James McDonald (0-1, 1.29). Wednesday -- LHP Wade Miley (1-0, 1.50) vs. LHP Jonathan Sanchez (0-1, 5.40).

Who's hot for the D-backs:  First baseman Paul Goldschmidt had a big weekend in Milwaukee, going 6 for 13 with a home run, three double and five RBI. He's hitting .318 (10 for 27) with a team high seven RBI and five extra-base hits. … Second baseman Aaron Hill also wreaked havoc against the Brewers, going 6 for 15 on the weekend with two home runs, a double and four RBI. … After a spring interrupted by a dead arm, Miley was dominant his first time out, allowing one run on five hits and eight strikeouts over six innings.

Who's not: After collecting three hits on Opening Day, outfielder A.J. Pollock is 0 for 10 since. … Closer J.J. Putz registered his first blown save of the year Sunday, two days after collecting his first save. He gave up two runs on three hits in the ninth inning Sunday, but the D-backs took him off the hook by winning in the 11th inning.

Who's hot for the Pirates: Though he is just 5 for 21 through six games, outfielder Andrew McCutchen leads the Pirates with four RBI and three extra-base hits. … Monday starter Wandy Rodriguez held the Cubs scoreless on two hits and six strikeouts over 6 2/3 last week to give the Pirates their lone win of the season. … Closer Jason Grilli has allowed just one hit and a walk through this first 1 2/3 innings this season.

Who's not: Catcher Russell Martin has started the season 0 for 14, though he has three walks. … While he has contributed two RBI, first baseman Gaby Sanchez has gone 1 for 16 to start the season. … Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has opened the season 2 for 22 with 10 strikeouts.

Notes, quotes, odds and ends: The D-backs have notched a franchise-best 71 hits through their first six games. The best they'd done previously through the season's first six games was 66 hits in 2005. … The Pirates took the season series from the D-backs last season, winning four of seven games, including two of three at Chase Field. … Shortstop John McDonald, who was traded by the D-backs to the Pirates on March 20 for a player to be named later, has seen action in three games and started one for Pittsburgh. He's hitless in his only at-bat. … Current Pirates hitters are batting a combined .192 (5 for 26) against Wednesday starter Wade Miley.

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