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SnakeBytes, 4/8: D-backs Set Sails to Protect Chase Field from Pirates

After completing the 3 game sweep on the road against a depleted Brewers team, the D-backs look to keep up their good play against the scuffling Pirates as they come to town for a 3 game series starting Monday. Eric Hinske talks about "happy pinch-hit days", Gerardo Parra finds a new influence, and Gibson defends Heath Bell.

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It was a hanging breaking ball and I put a good swing on it and it just kept going. That kind of surprised me too, how far I hit it. It felt great. I didn't even feel it hit the bat.

-- Eric Hinske describes his pinch-hit home run in the 11th inning

He is off to a good start. It certainly helps him to be playing every day. (Martin) Prado has been a great influence on him. He is happy.

-- Gibson on Gerado Parra's play to start the season

Heath threw the ball really good at the end. I mean they got some hits off him, but we moved and they hit them in the hole. The hardest hit ball was the first out of the inning.

-- Gibson tells

Daily Diamondbacks

Hinske powers Diamondbacks past Brewers 8-7 | Yahoo! Sports
Eric Hinske calls them ''happy pinch-hit days'' when he delivers in his usual role, and this one was definitely a doozy.

D-backs return home eyeing best start since '00 |
Coming off sweep, D-backs return home looking to extend win streak against struggling Pirates. Arizona has won five of its first six thanks largely to its bats. Hitting .293 and averaging 6.2 runs, the Diamondbacks are seeking their first 6-1 start since 2000 -- their best seven-game start in team history.

Series Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates (1-5) at Arizona Diamondbacks (5-1) | One is the Loneliest Number
After a brief three-game road swing in Milwaukee to face the Brewers, the Diamondbacks return to Chase Field to kick off a three-game homestand against the Pittsburgh Pirates. First pitch on Monday is scheduled for 6:40 pm AZ time.

Arizona Diamondbacks turn to video to work on Heath Bell’s form |
After reliever Heath Bell’s rough outing on Tuesday against the Cardinals, the Diamondbacks coaching staff queued up old video from previous years, comparing how Bell looked when he was having success to how he looked against St. Louis.

Ross on rehab assignment, could return Friday |
Ross is slated to play five innings in the outfield Monday, and if all goes according to plan, he would fly back to Phoenix and possibly play nine innings in an extended spring game Thursday before being activated Friday.

Top Diamondbacks prospect stymies Sky Sox in 14-1 blowout | Colorado Springs Gazette
Reno’s Tyler Skaggs, the top prospect in Arizona’s system, shut down the Sky Sox for six innings as his teammates broke out in a 14-1 victory Sunday. Skaggs went six innings, giving up four hits, walking two and striking out four. He needed just 82 pitches, throwing 50 for strikes.

Around the League

Why did old-timey baseball announcers talk the way they did? - The Body Odd
Baseball fans have long appreciated that announcers like Hodges in "the good old days" -- the era of the 1950s and before -- have a very specific style and cadence to their speech. It's a clipped, carefully enunciated manner of speaking that can also be heard in the films, TV shows and newsreels of the day. But did everyone really talk like that in the 1950s? Or is that mannered speaking style we're familiar with really a pop cultural construct -- an artifact of the performance styles and broadcaster techniques of the time?

Every Home Run of the First Week of the 2013 MLB Season - YouTube
Awesome little (okay maybe 14 minutes long, so what) video showing every home run so far this season. Good thing the Diamondbacks have 'Arizona' in front of their name instead of 'Phoenix' so we don't have to wait until the 10 minute mark.

Montreal Could Get MLB Team If City Approves Downtown Stadium (Video) |
Remember the Montreal Expos? The MLB could see a second team move to the great white north if the funding is right. The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo discussed the possibility of Montreal getting a new team with NESN's Tom Caron.