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RHP Randall Delgado will look to earn his first victory of the year when he takes the mound for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series against the Mets at Citi Field. Delgado moved into the rotation on June 18 and is 0-2 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts. He took the defeat in his last outing last Friday, when he allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings in the Diamondbacks' 3-0 loss to the Braves. Delgado will be making his second career start against the Mets. He earned the win for the Braves against the Mets on April 17, 2012, when Delgado allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings in the Braves' 9-3 win.
LHP Patrick Corbin suffered his first loss of 2013 on Tuesday, when he was charged with a season-high five runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four over six-plus innings in the Diamondbacks' 9-1 loss to the Mets. Corbin was cruising through six innings and had allowed just three hits before all four Mets he faced in the seventh reached via three hits and a walk. A one-hour, 41-minute rain delay ensued, after which Brad Ziegler allowed all three of the runners he'd inherited from Corbin to score. Corbin fell to 9-1 as he missed out on becoming the first pitcher in Diamondbacks history to open 10-0. Brandon Webb began the season 9-0 in 2008.
RHP Heath Bell is the Diamondbacks' closer again. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said before the game Tuesday that Bell -- who earned 12 of his 14 saves this season while closer J.J. Putz was on the disabled list from May 8 through June 29 -- would get the Diamondbacks' next save opportunity after Putz blew a save in Arizona's 5-4, 13-inning loss to the Mets on Monday night. Bell's struggles in mid-to-late June -- he allowed a run in five straight appearances from June 10 through June 22 -- opened the door for Putz to immediately reclaim the job upon his return from the disabled list. Bell is 2-1 with a 4.60 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings this year for the Diamondbacks.
RHP J.J. Putz has been removed as the Diamondbacks' closer. Putz was out from May 8 through June 29 with a right elbow strain and blew the first save opportunity since his return on Monday night, when he gave up a run in the ninth inning of the Diamondbacks' 5-4, 13-inning loss to the Mets. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said Putz still needs to get his arm strength back and that he'll start using him in non-closing situations. Putz is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA, five saves and five blown saves in 16 games this year for the Diamondbacks.
OF Gerardo Parra (bruising on face and arms) sat out Tuesday's game against the Mets, one night after he landed face-first on the warning track while trying to make a diving catch in the Diamondbacks' 5-4, 13-inning loss. Parra, who had cuts and bruises visible on his face and arms, said he didn't sleep well on Monday night and still didn't feel 100 percent Tuesday. The day off was just the second of the year for Parra, who has started all 55 of Arizona's games since his first day off on April 30. Parra is hitting .301 with 33 extra-base hits in 326 at-bats this year but is just 4-of-28 in his last seven games.