PHOENIX - When it was finally over, after they sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" twice and ran the Legends Race twice and the clock stood at 12 minutes after midnight, Cliff Pennington did the safest thing he could do.
Three games into the season might seem like a premature time to start talking about resting a player.
PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks officially locked up their latest poster boy, and general manager Kevin Towers said he wishes he could "mold 24 more" just like him.
SURPRISE - Gerardo Parra will never forget how he felt when he was presented with his first Rawlings Gold Glove award.
Every December, usually right before Christmas, Ken Whisenhunt passes out boxes of frosted gourmet cookies to members of the news media that regularly cover the Arizona Cardinals.
As if they already haven't been pushed to the brink considering how depleted they are on offense and the fact they've lost three consecutive games, a new challenge awaits the Cardinals.
TEMPE - If you're looking for an answer as to who will be the starting quarterback when the Cardinals play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, don't ask head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
It isn't anywhere near-deserving of that famous Al Michaels "Do you believe in miracles?" line from some 30-plus years ago in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Don't pretend you haven't heard it. After three games, the Cardinals' defense is drawing so much praise - locally and nationally - you'd think it was in company with the 1985 Chicago Bears defense.
PHOENIX - The press box was abuzz all afternoon at Chase Field upon word that pitching phenom Trevor Bauer likely will make his major-league debut for the Diamondbacks later this week.
PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks can't tell for sure if they've truly turned the tide, but they'll gladly keep riding the wave they've caught lately.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Justin Upton wasn't particularly fond of home-plate umpire Vic Carapazza's strike zone on Sunday. Two pitches after telling Carapazza just how he felt about it in the eighth inning, it didn't matter.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals battered around a suddenly very beatable Ian Kennedy en route to a 7-3 victory on Saturday night.
GLENDALE - The Nashville Predators are down 0-2 to the Coyotes in more ways than one.
GLENDALE - Just two more hours or 120 minutes of hockey - minus any of that nerve-rattling overtime, of course - and the Phoenix Coyotes could find themselves playing for the right to go to the Stanley Cup finals.
PHOENIX - Somebody had to step up and deliver.
PHOENIX - On Friday, Kirk Gibson vowed that the Diamondbacks' lifeless bats would awaken. On Saturday, despite news of yet another key injury, he promised it wouldn't sink his ballclub.
PHOENIX - If Kirk Gibson has a set batting order he plans to roll out for Opening Day, he isn't telling anyone about it. The Diamondbacks manager plans to do it his way, on his time, and that will be the order of things every time he posts his starting lineup.
GlenDALE - At some point in the next few days, the Diamondbacks will sit down with shortstop Stephen Drew, discuss the progress he's made on the right ankle he fractured last July, and then officially place him on the disabled list to start the season.
SCOTTSDALE - Diamondbacks left fielder Gerardo Parra is so proud to have won his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award, he plans to do something special with it when it is awarded to him sometime next month at Chase Field.
SCOTTSDALE - The Diamondbacks are celebrating their crystal anniversary in 2012. That's 15 years, if you're keeping score at home. And one thing that's been crystal clear over that time is the franchise hasn't had a legitimate first baseman to call its own over the long haul.
There's still a slim chance Kevin Kolb could return as the
Cardinals' starting quarterback Sunday, but judging from John
Skelton's comments on Friday, it seems much more likely Skelton
will make his fourth consecutive start instead.
TEMPE - Kevin Kolb is probably lucky he's only in a walking boot
and not a body cast. The Cardinals quarterback has been hit so many
times this season, he should be in traction.
PHOENIX - Despite some fans calling for ace Ian Kennedy to pitch
Wednesday night on short rest, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson
stuck with lefty Joe Saunders, a decision he explained to his
team's beat reporters before the start of Game 4.
PHOENIX - David Wells has known Kirk Gibson for decades. The
former major-league pitcher is such good friends with the
Diamondbacks manager, they run a ranch together in Michigan.
David Wells has known Kirk Gibson for decades. The former
major-league pitcher is such good friends with the Diamondbacks
manager, they actually run a ranch together in Michigan.
PHOENIX - They might have lost out on home-field advantage in
the first round of the playoffs, but the Diamondbacks swear they'll
never lose their edge.
PHOENIX - Yes, that was a Kirk Gibson-esque fist pump that Ryan
Roberts broke out as he rounded the bases late Tuesday night at
The beer cans and champagne corks were picked up and the
clubhouse carpet was cleaned. But outside in the stadium, the
electricity and the appreciation was almost the same Saturday as it
was the previous night when the Diamondbacks clinched their fifth
Judging from the way he sprinted out of the Cardinals' locker
room on Friday, it's safe to assume Beanie Wells' hamstring is just
PHOENIX - The major electrical outage that blanketed most of San
Diego on Thursday apparently followed the Padres to Chase Field for
the start of a four-game series.
TEMPE - He looks leaner. He looks meaner.
PHOENIX - Forget the brooms, break out the clippers.
PHOENIX - The question was straightforward. Kirk Gibson couldn't
help but laugh at it anyway. Where would the Diamondbacks be this
season without Ian Kennedy?
FLAGSTAFF - Upon first glance, you're not sure if you just met
an NFL linebacker or an underwear model for Calvin Klein.
PHOENIX - Ian Kennedy is in the middle of something special. Who
knows how long it will last? Who knows how it will end?
PHOENIX - Opportunity knocked for Josh Collmenter and the
Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
PHOENIX - It's a good thing this homestand finally came to an
end Sunday for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the past five days
alone, they've lost four players to injuries - including one for
the remainder of the season.
PHOENIX - When the Diamondbacks took the field to start the
fifth inning Wednesday night after having just lost shortstop
Stephen Drew for the season because of a fractured right ankle, the
PHOENIX - Before he could establish a rhythm, balls were sailing
past Diamondbacks starter Barry Enright - into the outfield and
beyond - on Tuesday night. One home run, then another and
PHOENIX - Every victory matters, but like most managers, Kirk
Gibson puts a premium on wins against division foes. His
Diamondbacks will have their hands full of National League West
rivals the rest of this season.
PHOENIX - Like your first love or your first car, a major-league
baseball player never forgets his first All-Star Game.
His selection into the Home Run Derby in Phoenix raised
eyebrows. But Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano nipped Boston's
Adrian Gonzalez by hitting a finals-record 12 home runs in front of
a boisterous Chase Field crowd of 44,820 on Monday.
PHOENIX - It's become the most popular All-Star event in any
sport other than the game itself, and tonight it will turn Chase
Field into Cape Canaveral.
PHOENIX - There were a few surprises, a few eye-raising
omissions and a slew of Yankees. Four Giants pitchers made it,
three-fifths of the Phillies rotation did, and there's just one
player going from the host Arizona Diamondbacks.
PHOENIX - The table was set perfectly for the Arizona
Diamondbacks. Then the Chicago White Sox went and yanked out the
tablecloth right from under their noses.
PHOENIX - You know what they say about horseshoes and hand
PHOENIX - We saw how the Arizona Diamondbacks could feast on the
guppies of the National League. But how would they respond when the
fish got a lot bigger to catch?
PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks were in a tight spot. Their bullpen,
a polar opposite of what it was a year ago, had put them there.
Good thing Joe Paterson came to the rescue.
PHOENIX - Talk about an encore. What will Josh Collmenter do