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--General manager Kevin Towers was impressed by the D-backs' opening weekend split in Colorado after a lackluster 12-25 record in spring training. "That was one thing I didn't know. 'How were these guys going to respond when the season starts?" Towers said. "They could have very easily rolled over on Day 1 and again last night. They didn't." The D-backs overcame an error to win the opener, 7-6, in 11 innings and had the tying run at second base in the ninth inning of a 3-1 loss Saturday.

--LHP Joe Saunders will start the first game of a three-game series against the Cubs in Wrigley Field on Monday after his start was snowed out in Colorado on Sunday. Saunders did not have a particularly good spring, going 1-3 with a 12.46 ERA. He gave up five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings in his only career start at Wrigley Field.

--3B Melvin Mora was scratched from the original lineup Sunday with the flu, which the team has been battling. Ryan Roberts, who had two hits and scored the D-backs' only run in a 3-1 loss Saturday, was added to the lineup before the game was called.

--Former Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause joined the D-backs as a special assistant in scouting and player development. Krause, who also has two decades experience as a baseball scout, will evaluate players at all levels of the system, scout amateur players in preparation for the June draft and also look at international players. "Jerry brings tremendous experience, a creative mind, unbridled passion for the game and no-job-is-too-small attitude to the table every day," said Jerry Dipoto, the D-backs' director of scouting and player development. Krause's biggest find is considered to be Bulls' All-Star forward Scottie Pippen.

--The D-backs led the major leagues with an average of 11,161 fans per game in their 17 spring training games in the first year at Salt River Fields, the new complex they share with the Colorado Rockies. The D-backs drew 189,737, breaking their franchise record, and the D-backs and Rockies together drew 359,308, the most in major league history at a two-team facility. The D-backs had 11 sellouts, and their total was third in Cactus League history behind the Cubs (2009, 2005).

3 -- Stolen bases in two games by Willie Bloomquist, who had eight in 83 games with Kansas City and Cincinnati last year.

"I've seen some emotion, which to me is really good. It's something I didn't see the last two weeks of last year." -- General manager Kevin Towers, in his first full season after being hired on Sept. 22, on the D-backs' first two games.

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