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Diamondbacks Back Home, Look to Finally Get Over .500

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Jun 12, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher starting pitcher Chase Anderson (57) throws to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Who

Los Angeles Angels (33-32) at Arizona Diamondbacks (31-33)

Location

Chase Field

Starting Pitchers

Hector Santiago (4-3, 2.59 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson (2-1, 2.82 ERA)

Game time

6:40 PM MST

Starting Lineups

Every time the D’backs are on the verge of climbing to the .500 mark, they stub their toes. The latest failure was last night as a 1-0 lead became a 4-1 defeat, sending the Snakes to two games under. The Angels have hovered around .500 all season as well with most of their time being spent on the positive side.

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Tonight’s pitching matchup features two guys that have the lowest ERA’s in their respective rotations. Anderson is coming off arguably the finest outing of his career. On Friday vs. the Giants, he didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning, pitching seven innings of one-hit ball as the Snakes won by a score of 1-0. Santiago has a touch of Arizona history on his resume. He was part of the complicated three team deal that ultimately sent Tyler Skaggs to the Angels, Adam Eaton to the White Sox and Mark Trumbo to the D’backs. Santiago went from Chicago to Los Angeles. He is 10-12 with a 3.41 ERA as an Angel.

Albert Pujols has quietly put up 19 home runs this season, tops in the American League. Paul Goldschmidt has built up a more comfortable lead in the race to start at first base for the National League All-Star team. After “resting” as the designated hitter last evening, he returns to the field. Danny Dorn, who played at yesterday and went 2 for 4, gets a seat on the bench.

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