D-backs looking forward to shorter road trips

D-backs looking forward to shorter road trips

WASHINGTON -- After a long 10-game, 11-day trip to Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington, the D-backs can take solace in the fact that the furthest east they will have to travel the rest of the regular season is Denver.

Of the 31 remaining games, the D-backs will play 19 at home and 12 on the road. The trips are both six-gamers, one to San Francisco and Denver, and the other to Los Angeles and San Diego.

"It's nice because it feels like we've been away for a long time," pitcher Ian Kennedy said. "It's nice to know that we have only West Coast trips left and we get to finish at home. For me, it's nice to be around the family more."

The D-backs have just three games -- a home series against the Pirates -- outside of the National League West the rest of the way, including a home-and-home series with the Giants, their nearest division challenger.

"I kind of like when you finish up against your own division, because ultimately that's what it comes down to, beating your own division," Kennedy said. "It's nice that we're playing the Giants two more series, one at home and one on the road. It makes it a lot more interesting."

The D-backs finish the season with a nine-game homestand that includes a three-game set with the Giants.