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The Arizona Diamondbacks will be without outfielder Mark Trumbo for a yet-to-be-determined span as they attempt to overcome a slow start. The Diamondbacks, who conclude a four-game series at the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, snapped a four-game skid on Wednesday with a five-run ninth inning and it was revealed after the contest that Trumbo has a stress fracture in his left foot. Trumbo said he suffered the injury while hitting a homer in Monday’s game.

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LHP Martin Perez threw his second consecutive shutout Wednesday, allowing just three hits in a 3-0 victory against the Oakland A's. He also extended his streak of scoreless innings to 26 and improved to 4-0 on the season. That's the seventh longest streak in Rangers history. LHP Kenny Rogers owns the record of 39.0, set in 1995 from May 6 to June 1. He became the seventh pitcher in Rangers history to pitch back-to-back shutouts.

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MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - INSIDE PITCH DENVER -- Chad Bettis is a work in progress in the Rockies bullpen -- another way he has been inconsistent and can have disastrous outings like Wednesday. He took the mound in the 11th against the Giants and ended up giving up a grand slam to Hector Sanchez on a 10-pitch at-bat. In all, Bettis threw 34 pitches in the inning, just 19 strikes. Sanchez's homer put the Giants ahead 12-8, and they won 12-10.

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OF Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and four runs scored. He became the first Rockies player this season to homer in three consecutive games. Blackwood also scored four runs April 4 against Arizona. He is just the fifth player in franchise history to score four or more runs twice in a season. The others are Troy Tulowitzki (2010), Todd Helton (2000), Larry Walker (1996 and 1999) and Andres Galarraga (1995).

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2B Brandon Hicks had a career-high three hits, including his second homer of the season. It was his first career home run as a second baseman and the first home run by a Giants second baseman this season. Hicks finished 3-for-6 with a double as well as the homer, and one RBI.

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MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH DENVER -- Hector Sanchez is the Giants' backup catcher. He plays behind Buster Posey, which means Sanchez doesn't play a lot. And the switch-hitting Sanchez is used often as a pinch hitter. He's 1-for-9 in that role, leading the team in pinch hit at-bats.

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MLB Team Report - Chicago Cubs - INSIDE PITCH CHICAGO -- Blocking out distractions is a necessity for players such as Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. But it was hard to ignore the hoopla and history surrounding Wrigley Field's 2014 centennial and the 100th birthday party staged Wednesday as the Cubs hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks in a day game at the landmark park.

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MLB Team Report - Chicago Cubs - INSIDE PITCH CHICAGO -- Blocking out distractions is a necessity for players such as Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. But it was hard to ignore the hoopla and history surrounding Wrigley Field's 2014 centennial and the 100th birthday party staged Wednesday as the Cubs hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks in a day game at the landmark park.

D-backs bust out vs. Cubs

EditorsNote: resend with headline D-backs bust out vs. Cubs CHICAGO -- The Arizona Diamondbacks saved their best for last as they busted out of a dreary slump Wednesday. Trailing 5-2 heading in the ninth inning, the Diamondbacks took advantage of a Chicago Cubs bullpen collapse to rally to a 7-5 victory on a day marking Wrigley Field's 100th birthday.

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RHP Jake Arrieta will likely get one more rehab start before returning to the Cubs. Arrieta hasn't pitched in the majors this season because of right shoulder tightness, and had his fourth rehab appearance Monday, allowing five runs - three earned - and five hits over 5 2/3 innings. "He came out of it good," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.
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