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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-11


Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-11
--Arizona has been chosen to host the 2011 All-Star Game at Chase Field. It will be the first All-Star game here since the Diamondbacks began play in 1998. "I'm excited. It's a long time coming," D-backs manager Bob Melvin said. "Our building can be shown off for the first time." The official announcement will come Saturday. U.S. Airways Arena, two blocks west of the stadium, was host to the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.

--The D-backs lost a series against Colorado for the first time since the final weekend of the 2007 season when the Rockies won the second and third games of the season-opening series that ended Wednesday. Arizona was 15-3 against Colorado and won all six series between the two in 2008. The D-backs clinched the NL West title when they beat Colorado on Sept. 28, 2007, but they lost the final two games of that series.

--Manager Bob Melvin used all 13 position players in the first two games of the season and used 11 of his 12 pitchers by the third game. RHP Jon Garland, who is to start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, is the only player yet to see action. Garland, who spent his first nine seasons in the American League with the White Sox and Angels, has never faced the Dodgers or Colorado in his career.

--After hitting five home runs and three doubles while accumulating 30 total bases in a 9-8 victory over Colorado in the season opener, the D-backs scored two runs on 10 hits in the next two games. SS Stephen Drew had the only extra-base hits, a double off RHP Ubaldo Jimenez in the sixth inning of a 3-0 loss Tuesday and a bases-empty homer off LHP Franklin Morales in a 9-2 loss Wednesday.

--Diamondbacks 2001 World Series hero Luis Gonzalez was given a nice ovation when he was introduced to the crowd attending the Colorado game Wednesday. Gonzalez, who left the team after the 2006 season, sat between D-backs CEO Derrick Hall and managing partner Ken Kendrick. Gonzalez, who hopes to play somewhere this season, has 596 career doubles, 15th in major league history and five behind Barry Bonds.

--The D-backs drew only 18,227 for a Wednesday afternoon game against Colorado, threatening the franchise home low of 18,030, set against San Diego on May 17, 2006, also a Wednesday.

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.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 11, 2009

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