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PIT@ARI: Cahill strikes out seven over five frames

While the 2013 season hasn't started the way D-backs pitcher Trevor Cahill would like, the right-hander's luck may soon change.

He'll face the Dodgers on Sunday at Chase Field in the series finale, a team he's undefeated against in six starts. Cahill went 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA last season against Los Angeles and is 4-0 with a 2.43 ERA in his career.

Cahill lost his second start of the season on Monday to the Pirates, surrendering four runs in five innings. It marked his second straight subpar outing after losing to the Cardinals last week.

"He didn't throw the ball where he wanted to at all," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Didn't hit his location and they got on us. Just didn't have his command."

That has been a particularly big issue for the right-hander in his past 12 starts, a span in which the 25-year-old has gone just 2-7.

"The whole game I think I was trying to find my arm slot, I felt like I couldn't control my fastball," Cahill said after the game. "I felt fine, I just didn't know where it was going."

Meanwhile, Josh Beckett will be on the hill for the Dodgers, ready to bounce back after a lukewarm start against the Padres.

In five innings against the Padres on Tuesday, the right-hander allowed three runs on six hits in five innings. However, he surrendered two home runs in the contest and has already allowed four home runs in just two starts this season.

"Josh will be around the plate and he'll give up his share of hits, but he's got to keep himself in the game," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after the contest. "He had a lot of pitches to that point. He'll be more efficient than that as time goes on. He's not the same guy he was before. He has to use more pitches to get through the innings."

In seven career starts against the D-backs, Beckett is 2-4 with a 4.36 ERA, last facing Arizona on Sept. 1, 2012 and earning a win by allowing just one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Dodgers: Capuano to take Greinke's spot in rotation
• Chris Capuano will take over for the injured Zack Greinke in the Dodgers' starting rotation, getting the nod on Tuesday night against the Padres.

Capuano, a 12-game winner for the Dodgers last year, got the start over Ted Lilly, who is still dealing with the aftermath of last year's shoulder surgery.

So far this season, Capuano has made two scoreless appearances in relief, striking out four in 2 2/3 innings. Until the final week of Spring Training, Capuano was used as a starting pitcher. His longest outing was six innings in a Minor League game on March 22.

"I don't think he's gotten away from being built up," said Mattingly. "Obviously, he's not going to throw 120 [pitches]. But he's been a guy who's made the most of the situation with his routine and jumping right in and staying on top of things and keeping sharp, and both times it showed."

D-backs: Kubel placed on DL; Ross activated
• Arizona placed outfielder Jason Kubel on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left quadriceps muscle and activated Cody Ross to take his place.

Ross, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason, injured his left calf early in the spring and did not play in a big league game after March 3.

Initially, the team was planning on activating Ross in time for its upcoming road trip which begins Tuesday in New York against the Yankees, but Kubel's quad took a turn for the worse Friday night while running to second base in the eighth inning.

"I think it's a shame for the team," manager Kirk Gibson said of losing Kubel. "We're going to the American League, so it would be important to have him, but whatever it is, we'll deal with it. The other guys that have filled in have been great, they're qualified."

Worth Noting
• The D-backs will honor Joe Garagiola, Sr., in a special pregame ceremony on Sunday at Chase Field. Garagiola will broadcast two innings on FOX Sports Arizona before signing off the air one last time. Garagiola announced his retirement from broadcasting on February 20 after serving 15 seasons as a color analyst on select D-backs broadcasts on FOX Sports Arizona.

• Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is 6-for-11 in his career against Cahill, tallying one home run and one RBI.

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