Today would have been Roberto Clemente's 70th birthday. But since the Pittsburgh Pirates are not at home to honor their late Hall of Famer, the Diamondbacks are paying a tribute of their own.
Arizona will “retire” Clemente's No. 21 for a day. D-Backs manager Al
“It's a great honor,” Pedrique said. “I'm very very happy with that decision. I respect that, I understand and I'm a big supporter.”
Clemente — who won four batting titles and 12 Gold Gloves — died Dec. 31, 1972, when a plane carrying supplies to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua crashed. Pittsburgh retired his number in 1973.
FALL LEAGUE FODDER
Arizona's two 2003 first-round draft picks will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.
Outfielders Conor Jackson and Carlos Quentin, who began this season at Class A Lancaster, are both hitting better than .300 at Class AA El Paso.
Right-handers Jason Bulger and Mike Schultz — the D-Backs’ top draft picks in 2001 and 2000, respectively — are also assigned to Scottsdale, along with catcher Chris Snyder and outfielder Marland Williams (who will be on the taxi squad and eligible two days a week).
Arizona will have another spot, perhaps for this year's top pick, shortstop Stephen Drew (if he signs).
Right-hander Andrew Good had a strong outing Monday for Class AA El Paso on his injury rehabilitation assignment (four innings, one unearned run, two hits, no walks, four strikeouts) but will probably pitch again at Class AAA Tucson before the D-Backs consider activating him. . . .
Jose Valverde, also on a rehab assignment, pitched a perfect inning Monday for Tucson and was scheduled to pitch again Tuesday to test him in back-to-back games. . . .
With three unearned runs Monday night, Brandon Webb — a ground-ball pitcher on a team with shaky infield defense — has now allowed 25 unearned runs (out of 92) in 26 starts. That is the most in the NL since San Diego's Bobby Jones allowed 26 unearned runs in 2001 and by far an Arizona team record. The previous mark was 16, by Randy Johnson in 2000 and Brian Anderson in 2001. . . .
In a change from some schedules, Friday's game against Cincinnati will not be televised, and Monday's game at Pittsburgh will be on Ch. 3. . . . Arizona signed 41st-round pick Frank Curreri, a catcher from the University of Massachusetts.