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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-17


Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-17
--The D-backs lost all three home series to open the season, losing two of three games in each, during a stretch in which they play 18 of their first 21 games at home. Their trip to San Francisco this weekend is their only road foray until an eight-game trip that begins in Milwaukee and runs from April 30 to May 3. "We haven't gotten off to a great start at home. It will be nice to get on the road for a few days," manager Bob Melvin said.

--RHP Tony Pena has entrenched himself as the eighth-inning setup man 10 days into the season, giving up one run and three hits in six appearances. Pena, closer Chad Qualls and lefty specialist Scott Schoeneweis are the only D-backs secure in their bullpen roles. With a 9.64 ERA, RHP Jon Rauch already has lost his setup role. Rauch has given up six hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

--OF/1B Conor Jackson and 3B Mark Reynolds became the second pair of D-backs to have pinch home runs in the same game when they did it n a 7-6, 10-inning victory over St. Louis on Tuesday. OF David Dellucci and 1B Greg Colbrunn had pinch homers against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 12, 2001, the season in which the D-backs led the major leagues with 14 pinch homers.

--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."

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 17, 2009

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