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ARI@MIA: Anderson fans five over six innings of work

Ian Kennedy's first brush with an Arizona homecoming didn't go so well, as he was roughed up by his former team last August.

On Sunday, Kennedy will make another run at the D-backs at Chase Field as the two teams conclude their three-game series.

Kennedy, who was traded from the D-backs to the Padres on July 31, 2013, makes his second career start against his former team at Chase Field, where he won many of his 21 games in 2011 when the team advanced to the postseason.

In his first start against them in Phoenix, as he allowed six runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 10-9 loss.

In his last start, Kennedy allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out five against the Dodgers. The five earned runs were the most he's allowed in a start since allowing five against the Phillies on June 10.

"From [Matt] Kemp all the way to [A.J.] Ellis, the No. 8 hitter, I wasn't able to put them away," Kennedy said. "I didn't make my pitches. I felt really good in the bullpen. My breaking ball felt good, but I left the curveball up to Turner [on a second-inning double]. It was a little frustrating ... our guys put up some runs early."

Rookie right-hander Chase Anderson will make the start for Arizona. He's coming off the shortest outing of his Major League career, as the Nationals touched Anderson for six runs on six hits in just two innings Tuesday.

After a string of four consecutive starts without allowing more than two earned runs, Anderson has allowed nine earned runs over eight innings during his last two outings.

D-backs: Team plans to add pitcher to rotation
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said Saturday he plans on using a six-man rotation once the roster expands to 40 players in September.

The move, Gibson said, will be done in an effort to preserve arms, and the team has not yet decided which player will be joining the rotation.

A six-man rotation will help save wear and tear on pitchers like Anderson, who has already passed his career-high of innings pitched in his professional career with 87 1/3 entering Sunday. In addition to Anderson, fellow starter Josh Collmenter is less than 20 innings away from setting his highest mark of his Major League career.

"We don't have anything particular right now in stone of how far we let one guy go how many innings," Gibson said. "We have a generalization."

Padres: Benoit back as closer
The Padres got some good news before Saturday's game against the D-backs, as manager Bud Black announced that closer Joaquin Benoit was available to pitch.

Benoit has been dealing with a sore right shoulder -- or, as Black called it, a "cranky" shoulder -- since his last appearance on Aug. 13. The Padres haven't had many save opportunities since, though rookie Kevin Quackenbush earned his first big league save Wednesday against the Dodgers.

There was a possibility this week that the Padres could have placed Benoit on the disabled list, but he came out of a throwing session at Dodger Stadium feeling confident about his shoulder.

"I think the problem is a little workload and [being] a little tired," said Benoit, who hasn't been on the disabled list since 2009. "I think a couple of days of rest and medicine did the trick."

Benoit took over as closer last month when the Padres traded All-Star Huston Street to the Angels. He's 4-2 with seven saves in 48 games and has thrown 49 1/3 innings.

Worth noting
• Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin had his first hit on Saturday since being reinstated from the restricted list, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Maybin was recently suspended on 25 games after testing positive for a banned substance.

• The D-backs are going for their third straight victory Sunday. They haven't won three in a row since July 18-20 against the Cubs. Comments