Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 7/11/13
The Arizona Diamondbacks are rumored to be interested in trading for Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo. In the meantime, the right-hander looks to remain undefeated against the Diamondbacks and help the visiting Brewers hand the NL West leaders a fourth straight defeat Thursday night. For the first time in his seven-year career, Gallardo (7-8, 4.85 ERA) is the subject of some serious trade talk while Milwaukee (37-53) sports one of the majors' worst records. Clinging to a 1 12-game division lead and looking to perhaps bolster a rotation that's minus injured starters Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy, Arizona (47-44) appears to be one of those teams vying for Gallardo's services. "It's a little bit different. I wouldn't say that it's tough," Gallardo told the Brewers' official website of dealing with the rumors. "The only thing I can do is go out there and pitch. "There's certain things that you really can't control. It's out of my hands." What Gallardo can control is trying to improve on his 7-0 record and 1.55 ERA in 10 regular-season and playoff starts against the Diamondbacks. He's also 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA at Chase Field, but hopes for a better outing after giving up four runs and nine hits in six innings of an 8-7, 11-inning home loss to Arizona on April 7. Gallardo has allowed 17 runs in 13 innings while losing two of three overall, but earned the win Saturday after he gave up four in six innings of a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets. "I've been feeling good for three or four starts now, and that's a good start," he said. "Now you just have to get everything working together - mechanics, release point, rhythm." Milwaukee was swept by the Diamondbacks in April, and now looks to avoid a third consecutive loss at Chase Field, where Arizona was just swept by the surging Los Angeles Dodgers. The Diamondbacks blew a one-run lead in the ninth, then lost 7-5 in 14 innings on Thursday. "We have to figure out some things so guys can get some outs later in the game," manager Kirk Gibson said. The Brewers failed to record a sweep of their own with Wednesday's 6-2 loss to Cincinnati. Neither Ryan Braun nor Norichika Aoki played as Milwaukee was held to two runs and four hits for the second straight contest. Batting .405 this month, Aoki is expected back after missing two straight games with elbow tightness. He's batted .457 (16 for 35) with three RBIs in eight career games versus Arizona. Braun also is likely to play following a day to rest after he went 1 for 3 on Tuesday in his return from missing a month with a thumb injury. He's also dealing with the distraction of possibly facing a suspension for allegedly failing to cooperate with MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis case. Braun is 2 for 5 with two homers against scheduled Arizona starter Wade Miley (5-7, 4.06), who has allowed one run over 13 2-3 innings in his last two starts. The left-hander went 0-2 despite posting a 2.76 ERA over a five-start stretch before he yielded a home run and four other hits in eight innings of an 11-1 win over Colorado on Saturday. Miley improved to 2-1 and dropped his ERA to 6.89 against the Brewers after he gave up a homer to Jean Segura in six innings of a 3-1 victory at Milwaukee on April 5. Arizona All-Star Paul Goldschmidt is batting .414 with seven RBIs in seven games, and has hit .400 (12 for 30) with six doubles, three homers and nine RBIs in eight career games versus Milwaukee. He is 3 for 3 with a double against Gallardo.
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