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Geoff Blum, Brandon Allen Earn First Starts Of Season For D-backs

Geoff Blum and Brandon Allen both made their first starts of the season on Saturday night for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Blum and Allen batted sixth and seventh in the D-backs batting order, respectively. Manager Kirk Gibson is hoping that their presence in the lineup will help spur the offense, which has stagnated in recent games.

The Los Angeles Dodgers put Hiroki Kuroda on the mound against Arizona on Saturday. The series began on Friday night with a 6-4 Dodgers victory; Clayton Kershaw picked up his tenth win of the season.

Blum, 38, is making his season debut after sitting out the first half of the season with a serious knee ailment that culminated in surgery. Allen, on the other hand, is up with the big club after impressing management with his statistics at Triple A-Reno during the first half.

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