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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-14


Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-14
--D-backs bench coach Kirk Gibson was saddened by the death of former Detroit RHP Mark Fidrych on Monday. Gibson played with Fidrych while he was on rehab assignments at Class A Lakeland and Class AAA Evansville, and Fidrych and Dave Rozema, Gibson's brother-in-law, were roommates with the Tigers. "'Bird' was a very outgoing, charismatic, friendly guy. He enjoyed life every day," Gibson said. Fidrych visited with Gibson when the D-backs played in Boston last season. "He loved his farm. He loved his truck," Gibson said. "He was a very energetic guy."

--RHP Dan Haren, who made 24 quality starts last season, has two quality starts in two appearances this year but is looking for his first victory. He is 0-2 despite giving up seven hits and three earned runs in 13 innings, in a 3-0 loss to Colorado on April 7 and 3-1 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. The D-backs have had five hits while Haren has been in the game.

--RHP Jon Garland recorded his first NL victory and his first D-backs' victory, 9-4 on Friday, in his first career start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garland, who spent the first nine years of his career in the American League, has now started against every major league team except Colorado.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4 -- Consecutive opening-day starts in which 1B Tony Clark has homered: 2009 (D-backs, twice), 2004 (New York Yankees), 2003 (New York Mets) and 2002 (Boston).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "There's no concern. The MRIs are all good. I mean, if there's no structural damage, there's nothing to worry about." -- RHP Brandon Webb, after being placed on the disabled list April 12 with shoulder soreness.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 14, 2009

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