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For the first time this season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have a losing record.
Arizona's losing streak reached four on Saturday night in a 2-0 loss to former Diamondback Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals.
The defeat dropped Arizona's record to 80-81. The Diamondbacks need to win Sunday's season finale to match last year's .500 record.
The team is limping to the end of a disappointing season that began with such promise. Manager Kirk Gibson offered a postgame synopsis of what had transpired.
''If you look at our season, the starters didn't turn out like they wanted to,'' he said. ''In the middle of the season we got into a lot of blown saves, a lot of extra-inning games.
''In the second half of the season we haven't scored runs, we haven't been as offensive as we were earlier. Our situational hitting hasn't been as good.''
So, he said, ''all the elements have never come together.''
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''But I told him to keep his head up,'' manager Kirk Gibson said. ''He had an outstanding year for us.''
The last half-season, though, was not so good, culminating with Friday night's 8-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.
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Dan Haren brought his disappointing season with Washington to a strong conclusion on Saturday night, blanking the Arizona Diamondbacks on four hits through seven innings in the Nationals' 2-0 victory.
Haren (10-14), the former Diamondbacks pitcher who signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Nationals and struggled mightily for much of the season, struck out five and walked...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Dan Haren brought his disappointing season to a strong conclusion on Saturday night, blanking the Diamondbacks on four hits through seven innings in the Nationals' 2-0 victory.
Haren (10-14), the former Diamondbacks pitcher who signed a one-year, 13 million deal with the Nationals and struggled mightily for much of the season, struck out five and walked one....
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