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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-07

Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-07
--KPNX-TV sportscaster Bruce Cooper, the father of Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, threw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day at Chase Field. 1B Tony Clark caught the ball, a strike, and hugged Cooper and his wife at the plate. Marquis Cooper and two others were lost at sea Feb. 28 when their boat capsized during a storm off the Gulf Coast of Florida.

--RHP Max Scherzer opened the season on the disabled list, but the D-backs expect him to return for his first scheduled start April 14, the first time a fifth starter is necessary. Scherzer suffered shoulder soreness in his offseason throwing program and was delayed in spring training, although he hit 95 mph in his last spring outing.

--INF/OF Ryan Roberts, 28, claimed the last spot on the 25-man roster and opened the regular season on a major league roster for the first time in his seven-year pro career. A non-roster invitee, Roberts hit .280 with two home runs, 10 RBIs and three stolen bases in spring training and was selected over C James Skelton, 1B Josh Whitesell and INF Josh Wilson. "He can play the outfield. He can play the infield. He can catch. Usually the last guy on the roster, you like to have some flexibility and do some things," manager Bob Melvin said.

--LHP Travis Blackley, whose time in camp was short because he pitched for Australia in the World Baseball Classic, accepted an outright assignment to Class AAA Reno and will join the rotation there. The D-backs signed Blackley and added him to their 40-man roster Dec. 18.

BY THE NUMBERS: 11-23 -- The D-backs' record in exhibition games, the worst in franchise history. They were 12-18-1 last season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I look forward to the challenge." -- Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew, who will bat third in the order against right-handers this season and second against lefties after leading off most of 2008.

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Added: April 7, 2009

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