ANAHEIM, Calif. Part one of the grand reunion played out Friday, when the Diamondbacks beat former teammate Dan Haren.
Birthday boy Joe Saunders will attempt to make it 2-for-2 when he turns 31 on Saturday.
And while Haren and Saunders, the principles in the D-backs' 2010 trading deadline deal, will take the mound within 24 hours of each other this weekend, Trevor Cahill another starter delivered in a now-for-later trade got the D-backs off on the right foot in the interleague series with his third consecutive victory, 5-0, at Angels Stadium.
Cahill struck out a season-high eight, and with his four-pitch mix made the surging Angels look like they would be more comfortable in a dentist's chair. The Angels first five hitters were 0-for-19 with six strikeouts, and even Albert Pujols had difficulty, swinging over a sinking fastball in the first inning that Cahill buried low and inside.
"When he has all of his pitches, sometimes you get caught up looking for something...