The Arizona Diamondbacks may want to exercise caution Wednesday when facing the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates and first baseman Josh Bell in the rubber match of a three-game series. Bell blasted two home runs and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games in Tuesday's 6-2 victory as the Pirates snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Diamondbacks.
Bell matched his home run total from all of last year with 12 during Tuesday's power display and is batting .421 with seven doubles, six home runs and 21 RBIs during his hitting streak. The Pirates also received a boost in Tuesday's win from Phoenix native Cole Tucker (two-run homer) and Starling Marte, who extended his hitting streak to nine games with two doubles among his three hits. Arizona was held to four hits and fell to 2-4 on its 10-game homestand. The Diamondbacks have scored three runs or fewer in eight of their first 13 games this month, but David Peralta is 13-for-31 during his seven-game hitting streak.
TV: 3:40 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, FS Arizona
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Chris Archer (1-2, 4.33 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Zack Greinke (5-1, 3.16)
Archer is set to return after landing on the injured list with inflammation in the thumb on his throwing hand on April 27. The 30-year-old native of North Carolina struggled in three starts before the injury, going 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA over 16 innings. Adam Jones is 14-for-49 with two home runs against Archer, who is facing Arizona for the first time since 2016 and owns a 1-0 record and 4.70 ERA in two career starts versus the Diamondbacks.
Greinke posted his eighth straight quality start with another stellar outing last Friday, holding Atlanta to one run and five hits over seven innings. The five-time All-Star is 5-0 with a 2.19 ERA and a total of six walks over his last eight starts covering 53 1/3 innings. Marte has a pair of hits in 15 at-bats against Greinke, who owns a 9-4 record and 4.17 ERA in 14 career starts versus Pittsburgh - including 4-1 with a 2.20 mark over his last five outings.
1. Pittsburgh OF Melky Cabrera is 28-for-63 in 15 career games at Chase Field.
2. Arizona INF Wilmer Flores is 19-for-53 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 17 games.
3. Pirates OF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained calf) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
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- RibsEarly June | 10-day IL
O'Brien is on the 10-day injured list due to a ribcage contusion on his left side, and he is expected to be sidelined until the early part of June.
- ShoulderMid Sept | 60-day IL
Walker had Tommy John surgery and is on the 60-day injured list. He suffered a right capsule strain during his rehabilitation and is likely to be on the IL until sometime toward the end of the season.
- QuadricepEarly June | 10-day IL
Lamb has been placed on the 10-day injured list and is expected to be sidelined until at least the beginning of June after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 left quadriceps strain.
- ShoulderQues Fri | questionable
Peralta was held out of the previous game due to a sore right shoulder, and it is unclear if he will play Friday versus the Giants.
- FootLate June | 10-day IL
Flores has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right foot fracture, and he is expected to be away from the field until at least the end of June.
- AbdominalProb Tues | probable
Greinke was forced from his last outing due to abdominal tightness, but he is expected to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Padres.
- BackProb Sun | probable
Peralta missed the last game after aggravating a nagging trapezius injury. He is expected to be available for Sunday's matchup versus the Giants.
- HandQues Sun | questionable
Dyson missed the last game with a hand injury and it is unknown if he will be available for Sunday's contest against the Giants.
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- HandEarly June | 10-day IL
Chisenhall fractured his right hand and is on the 10-day injured list. He suffered a setback during his rehab with a tight calf but is expected to be activated by the start of June.
- ChestQues Thurs | questionable
Cervelli was absent from the lineup during the last game due to an upper-chest contusion, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Rockies on Thursday.
- ShoulderEarly June | 10-day IL
Dickerson is on the 10-day injured list with a right posterior shoulder strain. He suffered a setback during his recovery and is likely to remain on the IL until at least the early part of June.
- ShoulderEarly June | 10-day IL
Kela is experiencing lingering discomfort in his right shoulder and has been designated for the 10-day injured list. He is not expected to return to the lineup until at least the start of June.
- Upper BodyEarly June | 10-day IL
Williams has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right side strain. It is anticipated that he will likely be on the IL until the early portion of June.
- FingerProb Wed | probable
Polanco was absent from the lineup during the previous game due to finger discomfort on his left hand, but he is likely to suit up Wednesday against the Rockies.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Marte is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Padres as he likely will be given the day to rest.
- Upper BodyOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Kang has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a left side strain. It is uncertain how much time he will miss.
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