PHOENIX -- When rookie left-hander Wade Miley was the last man to make the Opening Day roster as a long reliever, the Diamondbacks probably didn't expect he'd become their most effective starting pitcher through the season's first two months and an early contender for NL Rookie of the Year.
As much success as Miley has had on the mound, though, he has had about as much in the batter's box, last week setting a D-backs franchise record by extending his hitting streak to eight games.
"He has a knack for it," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He has a very good ability in that area. It gives you options when you have a pitcher that can handle the bat."
While Miley is hitting a staggering .429 (9-for-21) with nine hits, most among pitchers in the league, his offensive numbers are not towering. He has two runs, one RBI and one extra-base hit, a double. But during his hitting streak, which topped Dan Haren's previous club record, Miley has tallied three sacrifices, three leadoff hits and reach...