Contract negotiations wore on Webb
Arizona (39-36) at Minnesota (39-36), Sunday, 11:10 a.m. MST
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brandon Webb admits he was frustrated that he was unable to work out a contract extension with the D-backs. He also acknowledges that, at times, the negotiations, which stretched from Spring Training until Wednesday, wore on him.
But Webb, whose contract runs through 2009, with a team option for '10, doesn't want people thinking that the end of the negotiations will affect him going forward.
"It's off my mind now," Webb said. "It's not something I'm thinking about. I'm just going to go out there and pitch; we're still talking about 2 1/2 years here. Yeah, I was very disappointed that we didn't get it done, but I'm moving on from that. I've got a responsibility to pitch for these guys in here and for the fans."
D-backs manager Bob Melvin said he didn't notice any difference in Webb during the negotiations and doesn't expect any after.
"He's dealt with this since Spring Training, so it's not like he hasn't pitched in games with that out there," Melvin said. "I think he's very good about going out there and preparing for his start during the week with consistency, and I think the only thing he's thinking about when he goes out there is getting outs and winning games."Pitching matchup
ARI: RHP Brandon Webb (11-3, 3.27 ERA)
Webb's last outing was his poorest of the year. The right-hander allowed seven runs on nine hits and walked five in just 3 1/3 innings against the A's at Chase Field. This will be Webb's second career start at the Metrodome. In his first start in Minneapolis, he allowed three runs over six innings and suffered the loss. MIN: RHP Livan Hernandez (7-4, 5.51 ERA)
The D-backs are very familiar with Hernandez, who pitched for them for a year and a half, before departing this past offseason as a free agent. "He's done some things differently this year," Melvin said. "The walks are way down. We'll kind of see how he goes about tackling the zone. You know, for the most part, he's going to throw the ball where he wants, and if he misses, it's by design." Tidbits
Outfielder Eric Byrnes is still on schedule to be activated from the disabled list for Monday's game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Byrnes played left field for Class A Visalia on Thursday and was 1-for-4. He was the DH on Friday and went 0-for-4. Melvin said that when Byrnes returns, he would consider giving him more days off, at least initially. ... Third baseman Mark Reynolds left Saturday's game after twisting his right ankle while grounding out in the seventh. The injury did not appear to be serious and Reynolds could be back in the lineup on Sunday. Tickets
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Monday: Diamondbacks (Dan Haren, 7-4, 3.26) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 7-4, 3.87), 4:05 p.m. MST
Tuesday: Diamondbacks (Doug Davis, 2-3, 3.65) at Red Sox (Justin Masterson, 4-1, 3.00), 4:05 p.m. MST
Wednesday: Diamondbacks (Randy Johnson, 4-5, 5.09) at Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 4-5, 4.17), 4:05 p.m. MST
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.