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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-08-30


Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-08-30
The Diamondbacks activated outfielder Justin Upton from the disabled list and recalled right-hander Max Scherzer from Class AAA Tucson on Friday, adding depth for the stretch run.

Upton was the regular right fielder before suffering a left oblique muscle injury July 9, but after the acquisition of outfielder Adam Dunn on Aug. 11 it is likely Upton will be used in more of a platoon role, as he was down the stretch in 2007. Scherzer was told to expect a bullpen role.

"I think Justin knows this is a pennant race, and every day we will try to put the best lineup out there," general manager Josh Byrnes said.

"He can help us. We love his talent. His role is less defined, obviously. The acquisition of Adam Dunn has some ripple effects. We have to read a few of our situations on a day-to-day basis -- matchups, who's hot, who's not."

Dunn is hitting .277 with nine RBIs in 15 games with the D-backs, and with 19 walks his on-base percentage is .485. Upton is hitting .242 with 11 homers. He started off well, hitting .327 with five homers through April, but is hitting .193 since. He hit .279 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 14 rehab games in Tucson.

Dunn started in right field Friday and has started every game since being acquired, but manager Bob Melvin said Dunn "may get some time at first."

That presumably would come against left-handed pitchers, with Upton playing right field and left-handed hitting first baseman Chad Tracy getting a day off.

Dunn and D-Backs infield coach Chip Hale had a short refresher chat about playing first base before the game. Dunn has played 108 games at first, none since 2006.

"He wanted to bring me out and go over some stuff," Dunn said. "I want to be ready if it ever happens."

DIAMONDBACKS 9, DODGERS 3: LHP Doug Davis gave up two runs in five innings and the D-backs broke a three-game losing streak Friday while sending their NL West rivals to their eighth straight loss. The D-backs have a 4 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers with 28 games to play. SS Stephen Drew had a single and two RBIs and OF Adam Dunn had two hits and two RBIs. RHP Chad Qualls, making his ninth scoreless appearance in his last 10, got Dodgers 1B James Loney to ground into a double play with runners on first and second to end the seventh inning and preserve a 4-3 lead.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 30, 2008

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