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D-Backs buoyed by fresh outlook

You know there's something up when Dan 'Cubbie' Bickley is hopping on the D-backs bandwagon. "There's something appealing about this team, something that commands attention. Justin Upton is poised to become the Valley's greatest attraction, a five-tool player chasing three magic letters (M-V-P). Conor Jackson is healthy and clubbing the ball once again. Stephen Drew finally is being pushed from behind, and the newest starting pitcher (Edwin Jackson) has been more like a startling pitcher." Also of interest: AJ Hinch "has won over his players with energy, sincerity, exuberance and intelligence. He's an atypical manager, all right, but in a good way. Webb said. "He had to earn our trust, and he did. I think he's going over real well. We really like playing for him, his philosophies and stuff."" and - this'll please Ed - "The organization is trying hard to change the yucky vibe at home, moving away from the ham-handed, in-game shenanigans that mock an authentic ballpark experience."

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