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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-09-24

Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-09-24
--LHP Randy Johnson has 10 quality starts in his 12 appearances since the All-Star break, his only downers against St. Louis. He gave up five earned runs in each of his two starts against the Cardinals, the latest a 7-3 loss on Tuesday. "It's frustrating. I haven't been this frustrated since 2004 here. It's been frustrating from the All-Star break for me, from a selfish standpoint," said Johnson, 4-3 since the break. Johnson, still stuck on 294 career victories, is scheduled to make his final start Sunday. He did his off-day work in Phoenix and arrived in St. Louis late Monday, too late to get to the park.

--RHP Max Scherzer will start in his hometown of St. Louis for the first time Wednesday. Scherzer was born and raised a Cardinals fan -- his father has season tickets, and so did his grandfather. "I got into baseball because of the Cardinals," Scherzer said. "They play hard. They play the game right. My favorite player was Ozzie Smith. Baseball has been very rich in my family. The dream is to make the major leagues. It is icing on the cake to be able to pitch in Busch Stadium." Scherzer said he has filled 60 ticket requests for the game and said his folks told him another 30 to 40 already have tickets to the game. "Now I have to pitch well," Scherzer said with a laugh.

--3B Mark Reynolds was given a night off against St. Louis RHP Kyle Lohse, as Augie Ojeda started at third. Reynolds leads the majors with 198 strikeouts, one short of the major league record set by Philadelphia 1B Ryan Howard last season, and he struck out in all three plate appearances against Lohse on Sept. 3. Howard has 195 K's this season.

--INF Augie Ojeda is the only National Leaguer to have played at least 20 games at second base, shortstop and third base. The versatile Ojeda has played 40 games at second, 27 at third and 22 at shortstop. He has not committed an error at either second or third, and he has the most chances at each position among those who are errorless.

--C Miguel Montero broke an 0-for-18 slump with a home run, using a new stance in which he spreads his feet wider apart at the plate. He shifts his weight as the ball is delivered but does not take an appreciable stride. "It's something I've been working on, I'm trying to spread out a little bit to get more on top of the ball," Montero said. Montero is hitting .254 with five homers after hitting .224 with 10 last season.

BY THE NUMBERS: .108 -- The D-backs' batting average with runners in scoring position in a 14-game stretch that began in Los Angeles on Sept. 5, when they lost five games in the NL West standings to the Dodgers. They were 11 of 102 through Sept. 19.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have guys who still believe we are in it. You play 162 (games) to the fullest and see what happens at the end." -- OF Chris Young.

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