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D-backs' Corbin, Skaggs enjoy friendly competition


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tyler Skaggs, Randall Delgado and Patrick Corbin are the three main competitors for the final open spot in the starting rotation this spring.

While Delgado is a newcomer, having been acquired in the Justin Upton trade this winter, Skaggs and Corbin are very close friends who were drafted the same year by the Angels.

The pair have played together throughout the Minor Leagues and were traded in the same 2010 deal from Los Angeles to Arizona.

"We've been together for all these years, and every time we've gone out there we'd always try to have a better game than the other, and that's just how it is," Corbin said. "We joke about it and have a good time with it."

Corbin said rather than focus on who he is competing with, he's just worried about trying to do the best that he can.

"I just want to continue what I did last year and build off of that," he said. "You can't really go out there and worry about that even though he's a good friend of yours. I think if you go out there worrying about it, I think it's going to affect you in a negative way more than a positive way. That's kind of how I take it. I just think at the end of the day it's just a matter of time for both of us to be up here or somewhere."

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