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Diamondbacks Look to Hand James Shields His First Loss

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Jun 14, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Rubby De La Rosa (12) acknowledges a fan on his way to the dugout at the close of the seventh inning at AT&T Park. The Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Who

San Diego Padres (33-36) at Arizona Diamondbacks (32-34)

Location

Chase Field

Starting Pitchers

James Shields (7-0, 3.59 ERA) vs. Rubby De La Rosa (5-3, 5.27 ERA)

Game time

9:40 PM MST

Starting Lineups

Which De La Rosa shows up tonight for Arizona? The one coming off a career-best performance or the one who gave up 16 runs in 10 innings in his previous two starts combined? He’ll need a good performance tonight against the undefeated Shields. De La Rosa is 2-0 in two starts vs. the Padres this year including seven shutout innings on May 7th, an 11-0 Snakes’ victory.

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Shields is coming off a seven inning, one run allowed performance against the Dodgers in Monday, Bud Black‘s final game as San Diego’s manager. One of the veteran right-handers worst starts in 2015 came May 8th at Chase Field as he gave up five runs in six innings, surrendering four home runs. Fortunately for him, the offense bailed him out as San Diego won the game by a score of 6-5.

If the D’backs manage to win the first two games of this series, they will be at the .500 mark for this first time since April 24th. The Padres come in having won yesterday but losing their first three games after Black’s firing by a combined score of 31-8. Paul Goldschmidt leads Dee Gordon in the batting race, .357 to .356. Justin Upton is sixth among National League outfielders in vote totals for the All-Star Game. Brad Ziegler is sporting an ERA of 1.55 in 29 innings this year.

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