PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks' youth movement is official, certified by Elias. With Joe Saunders now in Baltimore, the D-backs will have the youngest starting rotation in the major leagues this turn through. The only way that may change the rest of the season is if another team robs the cradle.
The D-backs believe in their young arms and will let them gain valuable experience the rest of the season, the better to facilitate the transition into 2013. Do not confuse it with a concession.
Tyler Skaggs justified the faith with a second strong start Monday, although a home run by Cincinnati right-hander Bronson Arroyo in the sixth inning spoiled it in the Reds' 3-2 victory at Chase Field, the D-backs' fourth straight loss.
Skaggs gave up five hits, walked two hit, hit two others and rushed a throw to first base that cost him an unearned run, but he countered those numbers with the composure of a veteran, not a 21-year old who has spent all of six days in the major leagues.