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Links. You want 'em. We've got 'em. Well, I can't say for certain about the former, but the latter is definitely the case. And, oh look, here they are.

  • [AZ Central] Gibson stresses new rules - No cell-phones, airplanes, pellet guns... "This is the easy stuff. The hard (expletive) happens out there in the games. If you can't deal with this, you've got no shot in the games, and that's really the way I look at it." So, what will happen if we still lose 90+ games this year?
  • [HardballTalk] Kirk Gibson used to walk uphill both ways and the Diamondbacks will too - "Still, he’s serious about the cell phones thing. When I was at Dbacks camp last Thursday, the Arizona beat writers were talking about how nuts Gibson is about them. But he does seem to have a bit of a sense of humor about it. Before his little press conference, as a joke, a couple of the beat guys collected everyone’s cell phone and put them up on the podium where Gibson was going to speak so they were all right up in his face."
  • [FoxSportsArizona] D-backs' Ryan Roberts is laying it all on the line - Roberts did weight training and cardiovascular work six days a week. He took up yoga. He swore off sweets and cut night life entirely. "I changed every aspect of my life," Roberts said. "Everything down to flossing my teeth every night. That's the honest to God truth."
  • [dbacks.com] Hall's monthly web-chat - "I think it will be good to fly below the radar, so with low expectations, we could shock some people. I do not believe we will end in the cellar, but I didn't think we would the last couple of seasons either to be honest."
  • [The D-blog[ Parker & Upton Shine in Peoria Thursday - "The more work we do out there in practice and beforehand helps us out," Upton said. "As many days as we can get, as many reps as we can get in the game, the rust starts to come off. Near the end of Spring Training, you want to be comfortable. You get your work in now." 
  • [AZCentral] Diamondbacks have yet to settle on rotation, Opening Day starter - "Kirk Gibson isn't close to naming the five pitchers who will make up his starting rotation, let alone anointing his Opening Day starter."
  • [dbacks.com] Goldschmidt shortens swing - "Obviously my swing gets long at times, and that's when I get in trouble, so I'm trying to keep it short," Goldschmidt said.
  • [The D-blog] D-backs Insider Podcast - Joe Paterson - "We plan on using D-backs Insider Podcast to allow you to truly get to know who these people are, where they came from and what makes them tick. Our first guest is D-backs left-handed reliever Joe Paterson, a Rule 5 pick this past winter."
  • [BaseballAmerica.com] International Spending By Team - BA ranks the international spending of all 30 teams. We're 22nd, which is disappointing. As Nick Piecoro put it, "Why teams wouldn’t spend a little less on, say, a utility infielder...and more on potential impact prospects is hard to fathom." Whoever might he mean there?
  • The D-blog: A Look At This Weekend's D-backs Pitching - "The highlight of this list, to me, appears to be J.J. Putz's inning against the Royals on Monday. Putz has been throwing plenty of side sessions in Spring Training so far, but this will be his first game inning."
  • redleaf Strike Out Thirst Sweepstakes - Mizuno and redleaf Water have partnered to create a Spring Training sweepstakes. One Grand Prize winner will be able to throw out the first pitch at a Spring game, win $500 to a local sporting goods store, Mizuno baseball prize package and redleaf Water for a year. Furthermore, 31 "finalists" will be selected from now until March 18 (about 8-10 at a time. Each set will be able pick from a variety of games to attend for free.