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COL@ARI: Cahill strikes out seven in solid start

Trevor Cahill's season has had its ups and downs, but his most recent outings have definitely been one of those ups.

Cahill, who has been relegated to the bullpen and designated for assignment this season, has a 1.93 ERA in his last two starts, pitching seven innings each time.

The 26-year-old former All-Star is averaging a strikeout per inning in his last two outings while walking only three batters.

But on Friday at Marlins Park, he's going to face a pitcher who has been hot lately, as well.

Marlins starter Brad Hand had a 2.28 ERA in four outings -- all quality starts -- before his most recent one. Against the Reds on Sunday, Hand ran into trouble in the fifth inning, loading the bases and giving up a grand slam to catcher Devin Mesoraco.

"You've got to limit the big innings and get out of there," Hand said after the game. "I had a chance to get out of there with no runs, and I couldn't finish it."

D-backs: Trumbo fitting in at first base
With Paul Goldschmidt out for the remainder of the season, Mark Trumbo has made temporary residence at first base.

Before Goldschmidt suffered a season-ending fractured left hand, Trumbo had primarily played left field. But in the last 10 games, Trumbo has played eight at first.

When he was with the Angels, Trumbo split time between first base, the outfield and rare days at third base.

Manager Kirk Gibson said there are no plans to move Trumbo away from first for the time being, even though he will likely be back in left field next season.

"It's not something we've talked about," Gibson said. "Right now, we're just trying to get through this season. We have so many injuries to deal with. I'm sure we'll have conversations at the end of the year to try and figure out what really the best combination of who plays where is."

Marlins: Redmond sticking with Ozuna
After hitting .286 with six doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs in 26 games before the All-Star break, 23-year-old center fielder Marcell Ozuna has struggled in the 26 games since.

Before the Marlins' first game of their series against the D-backs, Ozuna was hitting .170 in the second half -- the 12th-lowest mark among players with at least 60 at-bats since the break. He was also striking out at a 34.7 percent clip.

But manager Mike Redmond has seen the amount of work Ozuna has put in at the batting cage and during practice, so he is allowing Ozuna to work it out.

"He's had some spurts where he's struggled, but he's been able to come out of it," Redmond said. "I still feel like he's going to get a big hit when he's up there. ... We need him. He's a huge part of the bottom half of our order, with [Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones]. ... We need those guys to get hits and get big hits and contribute."

Redmond said he thinks Ozuna, who is hitting .256 for the season, will snap out of this funk and return to the hitter he was before.

"I think we wait and see. I've stuck with him. I know he can hit. It's all in there," Redmond said. "You look at his numbers and then look at what he's been able to do over the course of the season, you got to stick with him and let him go out there and play."

Redmond's faith in Ozuna paid off in Miami's 5-4 series-opening win Thursday, when Ozuna ended an 0-for-16 slump with a single in the fourth inning before delivering a walk-off double in the 10th.

Worth noting
• On Wednesday, D-backs pitcher Randall Delgado became the first pitcher to record a win and loss on the same day since Philadelphia's Geoff Geary on Sept. 3, 2006, against the Braves. Comments