Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Giants hoping to continue hot streak in desert

The Giants and D-backs continue their season-opening three-game series at Chase Field on Tuesday, with San Francisco hoping to preserve its recent success against Arizona. The reigning World Series champions have won their last eight series at Chase Field. Out to stop the Giants is D-backs starter Rubby De La Rosa, who has made two career appearances (one start) against the Giants, both as a member of the Dodgers. De La Rosa has a 6.35 ERA in those games.
Things to know about this game
• The D-backs are in a stretch where they will play their first 13 games against National League West opponents, including seven matchups with the Giants.
• The Giants, though, have a more extreme schedule. All 23 of their games in April are against division foes, including the first 14 in a row without a day off.
• With right-hander Ryan Vogelsong starting for the Giants in place of Jake Peavy, look for Jake Lamb to start at third base and David Peralta to get the nod in left field. Against the left-handed Madison Bumgarner on Opening Night, Aaron Hill started at third and Ender Inciarte in left.
Vogelsong has struggled in the season's first month. Lifetime in March/April, he's 3-7 with a 6.12 ERA in 34 games (18 starts).

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