PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson etched out another creative lineup on Saturday for the late afternoon game against the Padres at Chase Field. It was his 106th of the season, including only position players -- and 137th, adding pitchers, in 146 games.Saturday's lineup had Gerardo Para in the leadoff slot for only the second time this season, plus Geoff Blum in the fifth spot and Lyle Overbay in the seventh spot for the first time. Ironically, Gibson played right field for a World Series-winning Tigers team in 1984, during a season in which manager Sparky Anderson was able to roll out virtually the same lineup every day. "In reality, I think the game has changed a bit right now," Gibson said. "If you have the personnel, [it's changed] even more so. When I was a player, you wanted to play 155, 160 games. Maybe there's no reason for that; maybe there is. But you have to keep everybody healthy. You have to keep everybody engaged. Maybe I look at it a little differently, but you have to know your players." Right now, Justin Upton batting third and Miguel Montero batting fourth seem to be the only constants. One thing that was different from the norm: In Friday night's 3-2 win over the Padres, Gibson used nine players, a rarity in the National League where pitching changes and double-switches are commonplace, particularly with expanded rosters. Daniel Hudson pitched his third complete game of the season. "In general, but not always, I try to let everyone play," Gibson said. "When you have a pitcher like Huddy, I could've pinch-hit for him, but he wanted to finish and I wanted him to finish. That's the way I chose to go. Everybody else got to watch."
D-backs donning purple pinstripes this weekend
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have decided to wear their throwback 2001 purple pinstriped uniforms for the remainder of the weekend series against the Padres, manager Kirk Gibson said on Saturday.The decision was made by the players after the D-backs came from behind to defeat the Padres, 3-2, on Friday night at Chase Field while wearing their former uniforms. The win was a record 14th in a row at home and the 15th out of their last 17 overall. "It was what the team wanted to do. They liked it," Gibson said. "They thought it was good and a good tribute to those guys." The D-backs rebranded and changed their color scheme from purple, black and teal to Sedona red and black after the 2006 season. They wore the old uniforms on Friday in honor of the 10th anniversary reunion of the 2001 team that defeated the Yankees to win their only World Series, but took batting practice in their red tops, white pants and red caps on Saturday. The celebration of that victory was held on the field before Saturday's game and it included 32 former players and former team officials manager Bob Brenly, managing general partner Jerry Colangelo and general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. Several members of that team, including Reggie Sanders, Junior Spivey and Jay Bell, visited the clubhouse prior to batting practice. All were welcomed in by Gibson. "I want our guys to get an idea what they went through," Gibson said. "When you're on a team like that, we'll see very quickly how they were. Hopefully we'll say we're similar. They were very close, very committed. The thing they've done is accomplished it." These D-backs are still a division title and a postseason run away.
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.