Arizona’s Corbin strong in bid for rotation spot

Patrick Corbin blanked Cincinnati on two hits through six

innings, strengthening his bid for a spot in Arizona’s rotation in

the Diamondbacks’ 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday


The left-hander, competing with Randall Delgado to be Arizona’s

No. 5 starter, struck out seven and walked two.

Bronson Arroyo, whose previous outing ended when he was struck

in his pitching hand by a line drive, gave up a run on Jason

Kubel’s homer, scattering seven hits with one strikeout in six


Ryan Ludwick got both hits off Corbin, a first-inning single and

a fourth-inning double.

Kubel, batting .150 for the spring going into the game, hit his

second home run of the preseason.