Kennedy was pushed ahead of Armando Galarraga but will be pitching on normal rest because of Monday's off day. Kennedy, 3-1 with a 3.92 ERA, has given up more than three runs in only one of his six starts this season.
"He's pitched well for us. We want to get him out there against the Rockies and keep him on his normal day," manager Kirk Gibson said.
Kennedy has given up four runs in his last 22 innings, three in his last 16 2/3 innings after assisting in the delivery of his first child, daughter Nora Rose, in the wee hours April 24. Throw out Kennedy's worst career start -- three innings, nine runs -- against St. Louis on April 13, and his ERA would be an even 2.00.
Galarraga will start Friday in the first game of a three-game series in San Diego. It's the opener of the Diamondbacks' nine-day trip through the NL West that also includes stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The D-backs moved with 4 1/2 games of the Rockies with a 4-3 victory Tuesday.
It is the first time the D-backs have pushed a starter back this season despite three off days and a snowout in the first 4 1/2 weeks. The D-backs also could have pitched No. 2 starter Daniel Hudson on four days' rest Friday, but Gibson opted for Galarraga then. Galarraga is 3-2 with a 5.46 ERA, and he has given up 11 homers in 28 innings. The Cubs had three bases-empty homers off him in a 4-2 victory Friday.
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