D’backs resume playoff push versus Giants

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Updated: August 30, 2013

(Sports Network) – The Arizona Diamondbacks resume their chase of a wild card
spot on Friday night when they begin a three-game series against the visiting
San Francisco Giants.

The Diamondbacks are playing .500 baseball this month at 13-12, but have
struggled to keep pace with Los Angeles and trail the Dodgers by 9 1/2 games
for first place in the NL West. That may force Arizona to focus on the wild
card race down the stretch as it trails the Cincinnati Reds by six games for
the second playoff berth.

The D’backs will host San Francisco and Toronto, a pair of last-place clubs,
to conclude this nine-game homestand before visiting the Giants for another
four games.

Arizona began its residency by taking two of three from San Diego and turns to
right-hander Randall Delgado tonight. He is 4-4 with a 3.87 earned run average
in 14 games (13 starts) this season.

Delgado is winless in his last four outings, but pitched very well in
Philadelphia on Saturday. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and was
charged with three runs on three hits and a walk over six frames of a no-
decision.

The 23-year-old beat the Giants in San Francisco on July 21, scattering three
hits and four walks over 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He has given up just one run
over 11 2/3 career frames against them.

Following an off day on Thursday, the Diamondbacks reportedly agreed to a deal
that will send outfielder Jason Kubel and cash to Cleveland for a player to be
named later.

With his playing time decreasing thanks to a .220 average and just five homers
in 89 games this season, Kubel was designated for assignment on Tuesday. He
hit 30 homers in 141 games last season.

The Giants, who trail in the NL West by 19 games one season after winning
their second World Series title in three years, began a nine-game swing with
two losses in three games at Colorado. They’ll try to even their mark on the
trip tonight behind Tim Lincecum.

The 29-year-old righty allowed 11 runs over back-to-back losses to Washington
and Boston before beating Pittsburgh on Saturday. Lincecum logged 101 pitches
over 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks while
striking out eight.

Lincecum, 7-13 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 starts this season, has faced Arizona
only once prior this season and did not factor into a May 1 win. He allowed
five runs over five innings and is 7-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 22 lifetime
meetings.

The Giants have won eight of 12 versus the Diamondbacks this season, going 5-1
in Arizona.