--D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was ejected for the first time in his 93 games as a manager Tuesday, when he argued a check-swing strike called against C Miguel Montero by home plate umpire Bob Davidson in the third inning. Gibson ran onto the field after being ejected and went nose-to-nose for 45 seconds with Davidson, pointing at Davidson repeatedly. Davidson also called a check-swing third strike on Montero to end the D-backs' two-run first inning. "We disagreed, obviously. I'm not going to get into what was said, or why," Gibson said."I think it's fairly obvious. Probably smarter not to talk about it."
--1B Juan Miranda's three-run, pinch-hit home run in the sixth inning was his fifth major-league homer, his first in the National League in his first season with the D-backs. "It was a back-door slider," said Miranda, adding that he was looking off-speed. Miranda had four homers in parts of three seasons with the New York Yankees, including one off each Shields, James and Scot.
--3B Melvin Mora, who has shown an aptitude for situational hitting this season, produced again when he hit a sacrifice fly to left field with runners on the corners and no outs in the top of the fifth inning. Just as impressive was IF/OF Ryan Roberts, who tagged from first and went to second when Matt Holliday threw home.
--Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl WR Larry Fitzgerald took batting practice with the D-backs on Tuesday afternoon, hitting several line drives after receiving some tips from D-backs hitting coach Don Baylor. "Cross this off the list of things that I would even think about trying to do if the (NFL) lockout goes into the season right here, all right?" said Fitzgerald, who also mixed in some swings and misses. "I have a lot of respect for all these guys out here competing on the highest level. This is definitely a gift that I don't possess. I struck out about seven or eight times up there. It was embarrassing, with my son watching. That was bad."
--OF Gerardo Parra missed his second straight start following the birth of his first child, Gerardo Andres Jr., on Monday night. Parra, who pinch-hit in the ninth inning, got off to a good start while playing each of the first eight games, starting six in left field. He is hitting .292 with two doubles and two RBI.
BY THE NUMBERS
486 -- the distance of Justin Upton's second-inning home run, as measured by ESPN, that landed on the concourse in left-center field. It was the sixth-longest in Chase Field history.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Cross this off the list of things that I would even think about trying to do if the lockout goes into the season right here, all right?" -- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who scuffled while taking batting practice with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
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