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Diamondbacks-Marlins Preview 2008-06-29


Diamondbacks-Marlins Preview 2008-06-29
With the addition of Dan Haren to their rotation, the Arizona Diamondbacks have one of the best 1-2 punches in baseball. Now, they have a golden opportunity to show just how dangerous it can be.

Haren looks to build off a strong outing by ace Brandon Webb when the Diamondbacks wrap up their three-game series with the Florida Marlins on Sunday at Dolphin Stadium.

The Diamondbacks (41-40) acquired Haren (8-4, 3.04 ERA) in an offseason trade with Oakland, pairing him with Webb, the 2006 Cy Young Award winner. Webb has been very strong this season, earning his major league-leading 12th win on Saturday, throwing six innings in a 6-2 win over the Marlins (41-39).

Haren has also been as good as advertised, particularly lately. He is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in six June starts and threw seven scoreless innings in a 2-1 win at Boston on Monday, outdueling Josh Beckett.

"I was pretty aggressive with my fastball, probably more fastballs than I usually do," the right-hander said. "It really wasn't the game plan coming in. I was just able to keep it down and away."

Haren has thrown seven shutout innings three times this season, but manager Bob Melvin said he was especially good against the Red Sox.

"That might have been as good of stuff as Danny's had all year - 94, 95 (mph)," he said. "I don't think we've seen that all year."

Webb's performance Saturday helped Arizona end a three-game winning streak and pick up their first win in five games against the Marlins this season. Chris Young chipped in three RBIs for Arizona, which endured a closed-door tirade from manager Bob Melvin after Friday's 3-1 loss.

"It's been a while since we've had a good game and come out and scored six runs," Webb said. "It's been a while since we've done that. That was huge for the team. To finally get one for the team, it's been a while."

Haren will have to change his luck against Florida if he hopes to helps the Diamondbacks win the series - he has dropped both of his previous starts against the Marlins, allowing nine runs in 12 1-3 innings. Haren gave up four runs in 6 1-3 innings in a 4-0 loss in Florida on May 22 in his first start against the Marlins since 2003 while with St. Louis.

The Marlins, losers of have five of their last six, no doubt missed slugging second baseman Dan Uggla, who left Saturday's game in the fourth inning with a left ankle sprain.

X-rays were negative on Uggla, who began Saturday leading the majors with 23 home runs. He was replaced by Robert Andino, though the team doesn't expect him to miss time.

"It feels all right. (Sunday) it will probably feel a lot worse, but right now it's just a little tender," Uggla said.

In the series finale, Florida will turn to Scott Olsen (4-4, 3.44), who is trying for his first win since May 6 against Milwaukee. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 4.62 ERA in nine starts since then.

He gave up two runs in seven innings without getting a decision in the Marlins' 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

"Personal wins are nice. They're good for arbitration," Olsen said. "But we're trying to catch the (NL East-leading) Phillies right now."

Olsen has struggled in his two previous starts against the Diamondbacks, earning an 11.70 ERA in those outings.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 29, 2008

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