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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-07-30

Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-07-30
--RHP Dan Haren made his major league-leading 19th quality start in a 7-3 victory over San Diego on Wednesday. It was his 11th consecutive quality start (six-plus innings, three or fewer earned runs), which is the longest active streak in the major leagues this season. He is 6-1 with a 1.62 ERA during that stretch, which began June 1. He has not walked a batter in his last 18 innings.

--OF Chris Young had two doubles Wednesday to set a career high with 31. He had 29 doubles last season, when he was the first rookie in major league history to hit at least 30 home runs and steal at least 25 bases. He had 32 and 27. Young has nine doubles in his last eight games.

--OF Alex Romero, who made a spectacular catch Tuesday, is hitting .261 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and a stolen base since becoming the left-handed-hitting side of a right field platoon after OF Justin Upton (left oblique strain) suffered his injury July 9. "He takes nothing for granted. He works to make himself better every day. The key is to seize the opportunities," manager Bob Melvin said. "He's getting the opportunities and he's seizing them."

--C Chris Snyder is hitting .300 with two home runs and eight RBIs in his last six games after homering Wednesday as the D-backs won their third consecutive series, their second on a 10-game road trip that ends with four games in Los Angeles this weekend. "We're playing the way we should be playing. We're aggressive. Guys are picking each other up," he said. "I think it's a little early to say 'anybody, anytime,' though." The D-backs adopted "anybody, anytime" as a catch phrase during a strong second half that led them to the NL West title in 2007.

--LHP Doug Slaten (right knee strain) threw his second bullpen session Wednesday since suffering his injury July 18. He is expected to throw one more Friday before going out on a rehab assignment, where he will make at least two appearances, manager Bob Melvin said.

--RHP Juan Cruz (left oblique strain) is to meet the D-backs in Los Angeles on Thursday, manager Bob Melvin said, but is not expected to be activated until Friday. He threw 32 pitches in two innings for Class AAA Tucson on Tuesday, and the D-backs wanted to give him two days' rest before activating him. He has been out since suffering the injury July 5.

BY THE NUMBERS: .818 -- OF Conor Jackson's career batting average against San Francisco LHP Jonathan Sanchez, after Jackson doubled and homered off Sanchez on Friday. Jackson is 9-for-11 with a double and two homers off Sanchez.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The time of day we started was ridiculous. You couldn't see anything. It was almost scary. The sun was glaring off the backdrop (in center field) ... the ball is white, the backdrop is white. You don't pick the ball up. You can't tell what the spin is." -- 1B Chad Tracy, after a 6:05 pm start in San Francisco in a matchup of RHPs Brandon Webb and Tim Lincecum.

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Added: July 30, 2008

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