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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-08-29


Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-08-29
--OF Chris Young has a career-high 69 RBIs after doubling in a run Wednesday. He had 68 RBIs as a rookie in 2007. Young has a career-high 38 doubles and is on track to become the third player in franchise history to hit at least 40 doubles in a season. OF Luis Gonzalez did it four times, hitting a franchise-high 52 in 2006. 1B Chad Tracy had 41 doubles in 2006.

--OF Justin Upton (left oblique strain) is expected to be recalled this weekend from his rehab assignment with Class AAA Tucson, perhaps as early as Friday. "It sounds like he has made some significant strides in the last few days," manager Bob Melvin said. Upton, out since suffering his injury during batting practice July 9, is hitting .286 with three home runs, three doubles and nine RBIs in 14 rehab games, with 23 strikeouts in 56 at-bats. Upton is hitting .242 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 83 games with the D-backs.

--OF Adam Dunn had two hits Wednesday and has reached base in 13 of his 15 games with the D-backs since being acquired from Cincinnati on Aug. 11. He is hitting .277 and has walked 19 times for a .485 on-base percentage. He has hit cleanup in all 15 games, during which the D-backs have scored 78 runs.

--OF Eric Byrnes (left hamstring) took live batting practice the final two days of the D-Backs' trip to San Diego but remains unlikely to return this season while undergoing rehabilitation for a 98 percent tear of his left hamstring. Byrnes still has not run or done agility drills.

--The D-backs have led or been tied for the NL West lead since April 6, and they owe their edge to a 34-19 record within the division. Their division winning percentage (.642) is the best among any major league teams. They play 19 of their final 29 games inside the division.

BY THE NUMBERS: 20 -- Brandon Webb is on track to become the first National League pitcher to win 20 games since Chris Carpenter (Cardinals), Roy Oswalt (Astros) and Dontrelle Willis (Marlins) did so in 2005.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Good riddance to them." -- Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, after the Marlins beat Arizona for the seventh time in nine games this season. The two teams do not face each other the rest of the way.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 29, 2008

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