Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs

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Be­ware the Di­a­mond­backs. Mov­ing past up­start sta­tus, they routed the mighty Los An­ge­les Dodgers. Taken at face value, the three-game sweep last week stated a sim­ple truth: Ari­zona can knock off any­one.

The Dodgers have the best record in the big leagues yet couldn’t deal with Ari­zona’s of­fense in the se­ries in Phoenix. Ari­zona scored 19 runs off starters Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lasted 102⁄ in­nings com­bined. 3

The Dodgers are pac­ing to­ward 110-plus vic­to­ries. To rout them was a booster shot of con­fi­dence but not nec­es­sar­ily one that filled a deficiency. “We’re a very con­fi­dent team,” man­ager Torey Lo

vullo said. “And we’re play­ing good right now.”

One con­cern for Ari­zona: MVP can­di­date Paul Gold­schmidt was sched­uled for an MRI on his sore right el­bow. Pa­trick Corbin re­gain­ing his stel­lar form of 2013, be­fore he had Tommy John el­bow surgery, has given Ari­zona an­other front­line starter be­hind ace Zack

Greinke. The last two months, Corbin has in­creased his slider us­age to a high level and to ex­cel­lent ef­fect, per FanGraphs.com. Ari­zona clinch­ing a wild-card berth sooner than later could spare Corbin slider-heavy out­ings this month.

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