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Skaggs to start Wednesday against Dodgers

PHOENIX -- A couple of days after Tyler Skaggs shut out the Rockies over eight innings, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson announced Sunday the 21-year-old left-hander earned another start in the club's rotation for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

Ranked by as Arizona's No. 1 prospect and the No. 8 prospect in all of baseball, Skaggs turned in the best outing of his young career Friday, allowing just three hits, striking out five batters and working eight innings for the first time. His previous high was 6 2/3 frames in his MLB debut last August.

"He pitched great, I'm not going to take him out of there now," Gibson said. "He's certainly developing, but he was good. He's only 21 years old so you hope he starts to benefit from the experience."

Skaggs is currently in the rotation for the injured Trevor Cahill, who went on the disabled list July 1 with a hip contusion.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for
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