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Arizona Diamondbacks

Stadium: Chase Field | Manager: Kirk Gibson
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Diamondbacks.2486151184.26
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Notes, Quotes

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--INF/OF Ryan Roberts was 2-for-3 with an RBI-single and a bases-empty home run while making his ninth straight start at third base Tuesday as Melvin Mora (left ankle) works to regain full range of motion. Roberts also made a lunging, SportsCenterish catch of a foul pop near the D-Backs dugout Tuesday, when he fully extended himself over a railing to grab the ball, then hung on when he hit his left arm hard enough to smudge one of his tattoos on the way down. "The wind kept pushing it back, and I was surprised I caught it at the end. Dislocated my dang shoulder, I'm surprised I didn't do that," Roberts said.

--RHP Daniel Hudson gave up another run in the first inning -- 10 of his 20 have come in the first inning this season -- but made pitches when he needed to for his first victory in five starts this season, 7-5 over Philadelphia and RHP Roy Oswalt. The D-backs won the series after beating LHP Cliff Lee on Monday. "It's huge. Any time you can win a series against a World Series contender. That starting staff is obviously highly touted, and they should be. They have Cy Young winners and World Series winners over there," Hudson said.

--INF Geoff Blum (right knee cartilage) underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Tuesday and is expected to return in six weeks at the earliest, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "It was fairly encouraging. They didn't see bone on bone. There was still some cartilage there," Gibson said. Blum was injured midway through spring training, and his injury paved the way for IF/OF Ryan Roberts to make the team.

--3B Melvin Mora underwent a strenuous early pregame workout Tuesday and is expected to start Wednesday if there are no setbacks, manager Kirk Gibson. Mora, hitting .273 with six RBI in 33 at-bats, has made only two pinch-hit appearances since his last start April 16, when he jammed his foot into the first-base bag while legging out a hit. "If I start him and he can't make it through the game, we'd be in a bad position," Gibson said of his hesitancy to open with Mora.

--RHP Aaron Heilman (shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, on the mound for the first time since being placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 14. He threw 30 pitches, manager Kirk Gibson said, and is tentatively scheduled to throw another bullpen Thursday and face hitters Sunday. "His arm is nice and free," Gibson said. Heilman is eligible to return from the disabled list Friday.

--LHP Zach Duke (broken left hand) threw 30 pitches in the bullpen Tuesday, the first time he has thrown off a mound since suffering his injury when struck by a line drive on March 14. A candidate for the starting rotation before the injury, Duke remains at least a month away, manager Kirk Gibson said. "As I sit here today, I'd like him to be up to 100 pitches (in a rehab start). We're looking toward the end of May."

--CF Chris Young's two-run home run Monday off Philadelphia LHP Cliff Lee broke a 2-for-29 drought that included a 2-for-25 on the recent six-game road trip. "I've just been missing some balls lately, getting under the ball a little bit," Young said. "I've been trying to make the adjustments, so it was nice to be able to stay on top of one." Young has a triple and a homer in the leadoff spot, where he has started four of the last five games in the absence of SS/LF Willie Bloomquist (hamstring strain).

BY THE NUMBERS
11.4 -- Average of at-bats per home run by Ryan Roberts, who hit his fifth Tuesday.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We want to go on a run. We don't want to win a couple and lose one. I want to go on a run. That's what good teams do." -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, not satisfied after beating Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt on successive nights.

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