SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs are facing Giants ace Tim Lincecum on Friday night in the series opener between the two teams.
Naturally, Barry Enright is starting for Arizona.
In a scheduling fluke, the rookie right-hander has drawn Ubaldo Jimenez, Stephen Strasburg and Manny Parra in his past three outings, and this will be the second time he's gone up against Lincecum this season.
Rather than bemoan the fact that he continually seems to face the other team's ace, Enright relishes the challenge.
"To be the best, you've got to beat the best," said Enright. "For me, in any sport, whenever I've faced someone who was better than me, I felt like it brought out the best in me. It makes you better. Some games you're going to have it and some games you're not, but when you do have it and when you do go toe-to-toe with those guys, it's pretty special."
Enright's attitude has drawn praise from interim manager Kirk Gibson, who loves the mentality the former football player brings to the table.
"He knows that he has to pitch his game and not against the pitcher," Gibson said. "He's a guy that can locate, stick with his game plan and throw all his pitches in all counts."
A good hitter in college, Enright loves getting to stand in the box against some of the game's best. Prior to his start against Strasburg, he talked with excitement about getting to see a 100-mph fastball up close.
Last time he faced Lincecum, he went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs.
"I got lucky against him twice, so I'm batting 1.000," Enright said with a smile. "But I don't know how long that will last."
Baseball lifer offers Gibson advice
SAN DIEGO -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson spent some time in his office before Thursday's game with longtime baseball manager, coach and scout Dave Garcia.
Garcia, who will turn 90 next month, managed the Angels in 1977-78 and the Indians from 1979-82. While never playing in the big leagues, he played in the Minors from 1939-57.
The pair were introduced by Sparky Anderson when Anderson was Gibson's manager in Detroit in the '80s.
Spending time with people who have a long history in the game like Garcia is something that Gibson finds valuable.
"They have a lot different views on the game," Gibson said. "He told me that you'll learn more how to manage by losing and I said, 'Yeah, well I've learned enough.'"
World Series stars to host Fantasy Camp
SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs may not be training in Tucson next spring, but the organization will still hold its annual Fantasy Camp there in January 2011.
The sixth annual Fantasy Camp will be held at Tucson Electric Park and the Kino Sports Complex from Jan. 9-15, with the bulk of the instructors coming from the '01 World Series championship team.
Luis Gonzalez, who recently had his No. 20 retired by the club, Matt Williams, Mark Grace, Damian Miller, Greg Colbrunn, Greg Swindell, Reggie Sanders and Steve Finley will be among the staff that interacts daily with the campers.
Participants will use the same fields and batting cages that the D-backs have used to prepare during past Spring Trainings in Tucson.
The week culminates with a game between the participants and staff on the main field at Tucson Electric Park. Participants will stay at the luxurious JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa while in Tucson -- the same hotel used by Major League players and staff during Spring Training -- and receive personalized authentic D-backs uniforms.
For more information or to register, go to dbacks.com/fantasycamp or call 602-462-3710.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.