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LHP Tyler Skaggs was optioned to Class A Visalia on Thursday, one day after his last scheduled start before the All-Star break. Skaggs was 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two July starts after being recalled to replace to replace RHP Trevor Cahill (hip, shoulder) in the rotation. Skaggs would not have pitched again before the All-Star break, and after a 14-inning game Wednesday the D-backs wanted another bullpen arm, so they replaced Skaggs with rookie LHP Eury De La Rosa. Visalia was selected as his destination so he can pitch next week, when the Double-A and Triple-A teams are on their All-Star breaks. Skaggs is eligible to return in 10 days, so he could rejoin the rotation as early as early as July 21 for the third game after the All-Star break in San Francisco, if the D-backs so choose.

LHP Wade Miley has gone eight innings in consecutive starts, winning both. He gave up three runs and seven hits to Milwaukee in the first three innings Thursday but gave only one baserunner, an infield single, in his final five innings. "I just wanted to go as deep as possible. I started feeling better as the game went on and got in a little better rhythm," Miley said.

LHP Patrick Corbin will take a perfect 6-0 home record into his final start before the All-Star break against Milwaukee in Chase Field on Friday. Corbin, 23, has a 1.56 ERA in nine home starts this season, making his first All-Star Game in his first full season in the majors. "His poise when he is out there and the adjustments that he makes, it's off the charts. At that age, you don't see it very often. It's just special," pitching coach Charles Nagy said. Corbin has a 70.3 percent first-pitch strike rate, among the best in the major leagues.

LHP Eury De La Rosa was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Thursday to give the Diamondbacks an extra bullpen arm the day after a 14-inning game. He didn't pitch in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Brewers. De La Rosa, 23, was 1-4 with a 5.14 ERA in 37 appearances for Reno this year.

3B Martin Prado has come alive at the plate recently, hitting .350 with two doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs in his last 15 games. His two-run single in the eighth inning Thursday broke a tie in a 5-3 victory over the Brewers. "In that situation, I was ready to attack. I was looking for a good pitch and not trying to do too much. I was thinking up the middle, and he gave me a good pitch to hit," said Prado, who is hitting .257 with 34 RBIs on the year.

RHP Brad Ziegler got his second save, his first when brought on in the ninth inning, to preserve a 5-3 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday. Ziegler was called on the day after RHP Heath Bell lost a 5-4 lead in the ninth inning of a 7-5, 14-inning lose to the Dodgers, the D-backs' major-league-high 19th blown save of the season. "I honestly don't care," Ziegler said of his role. "It's kind of cliche, but I just love being in the big leagues still. I still kind of pinch myself every once in a while." He has been one of the best setup men in NL while permitting only seven of 37 inherited runners to score. The D-backs said before the game they would use a closer-by-committee approach in save situations until the All-Star break.

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