PHOENIX -- In about a week, or whenever Cody Ross returns from the disabled list, the Diamondbacks likely will be forced to return either A.J. Pollock or Alfredo Marte to the minor leagues. It is the curse of the young and optionable on a deep, veteran team.
On Wednesday, they belonged in an All-Star setting, as both rookies had career games.
Pollock had his first three-hit game, his first two-home run game and his first four-RBI game in the Diamondbacks 10-2 rout of the Pirates. His three-run homer in the second inning gave Wade Miley a 6-0 lead, and he added a bases-empty home run in the fourth that led to a four-run inning for a 10-1 lead. Then there was his diving catch in center field with a runner on second base and one out to take a run away from the Pirates in the first inning.
Marte doubled in the final run in a three-run first inning and reached base in his first four plate appearances, in four different ways. He also singled, walked and was hit by a pitch.
The two gi...