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This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 17

Overall: 8-5 - Home: 3-3 - Road: 5-2

  • 1995: America West Airlines rolled out a Boeing 757 painted in D-backs’ colors, with a baseball logo on the tail. "The Arizona Diamondbacks family is honored that America West Airlines would recognize the franchise in this way," said Jerry Colangelo, "We are especially pleased that this distinguishes the Diamondbacks as the only Major League Baseball team to have an airplane customized in our honor." In the light of subsequent events, it's ironic America West operated under bankruptcy from 1991 through 1994.
  • 2002: Erubiel Durazo had a trio of two-run homers and team records of nine RBI and 14 total bases - and the Diamondbacks needed them all, in a 12-9 win over the Phillies at Chase Field. Philadelphia had a 6-2 lead in the middle of the fifth, but Durazo added to his first-inning bomb with shots in the sixth and seventh, the latter giving Arizona the lead for good. He added a bases-loaded double in the eighth, to set records that still stand. Luis Gonzalez also had three hits for the Diamondbacks.
  • 2010: The Arizona Diamondbacks released Bob Howry. In recent seasons, the D-backs seem to have a habit of signing veteran relievers who turn out to be... Well, not very good, for one reason or another. Remember Tom Gordon? Scott Schoeneweis? Takashi Saito appears to be teetering on the edge of that, since we haven't seen him do anything. Howry was the 2010 version: appearing in 14 games with an ERA over ten and allowing six home-runs in 14.1 innings. Not quite justifying his $2 million salary.
  • 2011: The team's last-to-first run started one year ago, the Diamondbacks beating the Padres 6-1 at Chase Field. Daniel Hudson scattered eight hits and two walks over seven strong innings for Arizona, settling down well after allowing a lead-off triple and sacrifice fly. Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra each had two hits and drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks, with Justin Upton also having a two-hit night. Aaron Heilman and Sam Demel put up zeroes, and Arizona came out of the NL West cellar.