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Series preview: D-Backs cross the border

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Jun 18, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (R) is congratulated by catcher Welington Castillo (L) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (R) is congratulated by catcher Welington Castillo (L) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Players to Watch

It’s been really fun to see Jake Lamb rake at the plate for Arizona. The Diamondbacks must be excited about his potential. Paul Goldschmidt was even more impressive in the Philadelphia series, so lets see what the two of them can do against two solid big-league pitchers.

As for Toronto, keep an eye on Estrada and Happ. These guys have shown they can hang with the best of the league, so one would think they should rip apart a sub-.500 Arizona team like a hot

knife through butter.

Reigning AL-MVP Josh Donaldson has heated up of late, being crowned AL Player of the Week after hitting .444/.545/1.000 with three homers and nine RBI in his past seven games. An underrated piece but perhaps the most potent offensive contributor for Toronto, Michael Saunders, should catch your eye the next two days. Among qualifiers, Saunders leads the Jays in batting average (.309) to go with fifteen dingers—topping things off with a three-home-run game against Baltimore last week—making him #ASGWorthy.

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