"Obviously I've had this game circled on my calendar for a while," he said after the game. "I knew we were coming back here the later part of the year and I was excited to get back and see a lot of familiar faces and a lot of friends, but at the same time come back and beat them. There's some feelings there, so it definitely feels good to get this first one."
"Every game I play I have a lot of nerves, but this was a little more sentimental I guess," he said. "I've been in this situation before -- going back to San Francisco and you don't want to try and do too much. You can find yourself up there trying to hit a grand slam with nobody on every time you're up there and it can work against you. I was just trying to get some good pitches to hit and not try to do too much."
"Obviously he came back with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder," Lester said. "So I mean, Ross is a good guy. I wish him the best, but you know when he steps in that batter's box he's just another hitter I got to get out. Obviously I didn't do that."
"I don't feel like I proved a point," Ross said. "I was just going out there trying to help my team win."
"I think what's made it difficult for him, we are a versatile team, but the problem is we have so many guys that are having down years," general manager Kevin Towers said. "It's hard for him to have a set lineup when he's trying to find that guy with a hot hand, and there aren't many guys with hot hands right now. He's at a point where he's trying to look at historically who has been good second-half finishers, who has numbers against pitchers -- maybe even if it was a year ago -- to try to put a lineup together. I don't blame Gibby at all for having to change it around a lot. We just don't have a lot of guys swinging the bat."
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Ross, Diamondbacks Pound Red Sox / Diamondbacks 7, Red Sox 6
Randall Delgado had a rare rough outing, but the Arizona offense came through in spectacular fashion pounding out 16 hits, seven of them of the extra-base variety en route to a 7-6 victory to open the three game series in Boston. Cody Ross went 4-5 with a home run, two doubles, and a stolen base in his return to Boston and Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run over the Green Monster in his first at-bat in Fenway.
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The title says it all.