Arizona Diamondbacks by Rob Tricchinelli

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Fans, angered, threw bottles and On a ground ball, Diamond- garbage onto the field. After a backs rookie Justin Upton slid delay, the game resumed and hard into second base. He was the Rockies won 5–1. trying to break up a potential In Game 2, the Diamond- double play. The umpire ruled backs lost 3–2 after Valverde "BABY BACKS" AND GROWING PAINS 37 Dan Haren, hurling a pitch in 2008, helped Arizona contend for the NL West crown that year. The team, however, faded late in the season. gave up a bases-loaded walk for Arizona that inning.

Arizona also Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino signed pitcher and prospect Chris Young, an Russ Ortiz to a contract worth outfielder. Arizona then dealt more than $7 million per year. Glaus and pitching prospect signed right-handed THE TUMBLE 31 BRANDON WEBB After the Diamondbacks traded star pitchers Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson, right-hander Brandon Webb stepped up to become Arizona's ace. Sergio Santos to Toronto for Batista—the former Diamondback—and second baseman Orlando Hudson. Meanwhile, the Dia- Webb won the NL Cy Young Award in mondbacks were seeing signs 2006.

The team also got boosts from The Diamondbacks made first baseman Tony Clark (30 several other changes that off- homers) and pitcher Brandon season. 54 ERA). the team traded its ace pitcher, Arizona improved its record sig- Johnson, to the New York nificantly from the year before. Yankees in January 2005 for The team finished 77–85. The right-hander Javier Vazquez Diamondbacks ended up in sec- and two other players. Arizona’s ond place in a weak NL West, new management was trying to five games behind the San rebuild the team.

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