DENVER -- The D-backs will sell special authentic merchandise commemorating the 2001 World Series at Chase Field during World Champion Reunion Weekend beginning Friday.Among the items for sale: limited edition Majestic D-backs' 2001 throwback home jerseys, adjustable and fitted New Era purple Authentic Collection D-backs caps, limited edition 2001 D-backs player t-shirts, World Series clubhouse celebration t-shirts, Highland Mint commemorative coins, Mounted Memories plaques, replica jumbo tickets from Game 7 of the World Series, souvenir baseballs, mini bats and label pins. The Team Shop, which is located near the main rotunda entrance of Chase Field will be open from 10 a.m. MST until 3 p.m. Friday and then when the gates open for that night's game. On Saturday, it will be open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and then again when the gates open for that night's game. Tickets are still available for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday games. Check out www.dbacks.com/reunion for more information.
Kennedy shares success with teammates
DENVER -- Ian Kennedy cannot help but think of getting 20 wins."Obviously it creeps into your mind when you get asked about it a lot," Kennedy said. When you lead the National League in wins with 18, questions about your chances of getting to 20 are natural, but Kennedy does not seem overly concerned with whether he gets to the mark. "Anything over 15 is all just icing on the cake for me," said Kennedy. "I know that it's possible, but for me, 15 was a cool number." Kennedy said if he got to 20 wins he would view it as more of a team accomplishment, seeing as how he relies on his offense to score runs and his bullpen to help close things out. "It doesn't happen when you're on a bad team," he said.
Gibson letting CY regroup
DENVER -- D-backs outfielder Chris Young was out of the lineup for the second time in three days Wednesday, and manager Kirk Gibson found himself a new leadoff man for the day.Young is hitting just .147 since the All-Star break and has been bothered by a sore left wrist. "Just playing different guys," Gibson said when asked about Young being out of the lineup. "He presses hard for sure. Doesn't hurt him to relax and not be so hard on himself all the time. He's my center fielder. He's getting a day off. He's struggling right now." Gibson was asked what he thinks could be causing Young's struggles at the plate. "I'm not going to get into details," he said. "We discuss things and he works on it. He's not on a good streak for sure. But we need him to regain that. He can do it and I believe he will." Left fielder Gerardo Parra was in the top spot in the order for the first time this year on Wednesday. "I'm comfortable hitting anywhere from here to there," Parra said, smiling as he pointed at the top spot in the lineup card and then the No. 8 spot. The decision to hit Parra leadoff was more because of who else was playing. "I'm not really sure who else I could have led off," Gibson said.