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D-backs up seven spots in ESPN Power Rankings

After a week in which they went 3-3, the Arizona Diamondbacks moved up seven spots in the latest ESPN MLB Power Rankings.

The Diamondbacks lost two of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates before taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers to move up to eighth in this week’s poll.

With a record of 8-4, Arizona ranks behind only Atlanta (first), Washington (third), San Francisco (fourth) and St. Louis (fifth) among National League teams.

Says David Schoenfeld of ESPN’s Sweet Spot Blog:

The D-backs begin a nine-game road trip on Tuesday against the Yankees, Rockies and Giants. Second-year lefties Wade Miley and Patrick Corbin are a combined 4-0 in four starts.

That nine-game bi-coastal road trip will be followed by a seven-game homestand against division foes Colorado and San Francisco to close out the opening month of the season.