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Diamondbacks at Astros: 5 Players to Watch

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Jul 10, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Houston Astros manager

A.J. Hinch

(14) looks at the lineup card against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks, fresh off a sweep of the Mariners in Seattle, now head to the other end of the American League West spectrum, the Houston Astros. After starting out losing five of six after the All-Star Break, the D’backs have won six of their last seven to improve their record to 49-51. The front office also must be in a giddy mood for they are in heavy talks regarding Cincinnati Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman. Their recent play has brought the Snakes to 6 1/2 games of the second Wild Card. Chapman alone wouldn’t close the gap enough for Arizona to reach the playoffs. But that’s a post for another day.

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Houston, led by former D’backs’ manager A.J. Hinch, has launched themselves back into first place in the AL West after taking three straight contests from the Los Angeles Angels. They were also busy dealing, acquiring Scott Kazmir  last week and Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers earlier this week. At 58-45 and two games ahead of the Angels, the Astros are going for it all in 2015. Can the D’backs slow them down? Here are five players to watch this weekend in a battle of streaking clubs.

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