10/01/11 7:09 PM ET
D-backs plan to run aggressively in postseason
By Steve Gilbert and John Schlegel / MLB.com
Manufacturing runs -- which added up to the No. 4 total in the National League, slightly ahead of the more vaunted Brewers lineup -- is one of the key elements of the D-backs' resurgence this season. From their 133 steals (second in the NL) to a propensity to go for the extra base, being aggressive has worked.
Gibson knows there's give and take to that approach, but that's part of the change in attitude.
"I would never say anything to my player about running into an out," Gibson said. "If you want them to be aggressive and push the envelope, you can't have a negative comment to them for doing what you ask them to do. That's part of it. You're going to run into outs.
"We've had several games, I guess, throughout the year where we've run into several outs, but you've just got to deal with it."
Another side of manufacturing runs -- sacrifice bunts -- is something the D-backs did not do a lot of this year, registering just 50 sacrifice bunts to rank last in the National League. But Gibson said if the situation dictates, he'll have someone drop one down if need be.
"Maybe the fact that I haven't bunted means that I will," Gibson said.
Collmenter, Saunders tabbed for NLDS starts
MILWAUKEE -- The D-backs will go with rookie Josh Collmenter in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Tuesday in Phoenix.
If a Game 4 is necessary, left-hander Joe Saunders will get the ball.
Collmenter has dominated the Brewers in two starts this season. The right-hander did not allow a run in 14 innings.
The first time Collmenter faced the Brewers, it was at Miller Park, where he tossed six innings, and then he allowed just three hits over eight innings at Chase Field.
Saunders is the lone starter with postseason experience, having started once for the Angels in the 2008 American League Division Series and twice in the 2009 AL Championship Series. The left-hander faced the Brewers on July 20 this year at Chase Field and did not get a decision after allowing two runs over seven innings.
Baylor back with D-backs for NLDS Game 1
MILWAUKEE -- D-backs hitting coach Don Baylor was back with the club Saturday, performing his pregame duties a day after being transported to a hospital following a fainting spell.
Manager Kirk Gibson said before Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Brewers that Baylor cleared all the tests given to him in his overnight hospital stay, and that he may have had a reaction to some medication that triggered the incident in the clubhouse dining room Friday morning.
"He'll be fine. He'll be in the dugout," Gibson said. "They tested him for everything."
Baylor, 62, is in his first year with the D-backs and his 19th as a manager or coach in the Majors after 19 as a player. Gibson knew Baylor was back in his normal form when he arrived at Miller Park before the game.
"He's probably the toughest guy I know," Gibson said. "I think he's worried about me trying to be tougher, I don't know. But we're trying to make sure he's OK and he's acting like, 'Come on.'
"We're happy to see him in great spirits today."
Overbay gets Game 1 start at first base
MILWAUKEE -- Veteran Lyle Overbay got the starting nod at first base over rookie Paul Goldschmidt in Saturday's Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
"He's got some experience," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said of Overbay. "Just decided to mix it up. Three lefties in the lineup today."
Overbay was originally drafted by the D-backs but was dealt to the Brewers after the 2003 season in a deal that brought Richie Sexson to Arizona.
Released by the Pirates in August, Overbay was at his home near Seattle washing his car when D-backs GM Kevin Towers called and offered him a job after Xavier Nady was lost for the year due to a broken hand.
Goldschmidt was called up from Double-A Mobile on Aug. 1 and hit .250 with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 177 plate appearances.
Gibson declined to say which player would start Sunday's Game 2.
Parker calls rapid ascent to NLDS 'unreal'
MILWAUKEE -- It's been quite a two-week stretch for Jarrod Parker.
The 2007 No. 1 Draft pick pitched Double-A Mobile to a Southern League title and then joined the D-backs in time to see them clinch the National League West.
Just days after that, he got to make his Major League debut, and he threw 5 2/3 shutout innings.
Following the regular-season finale, he was told he was headed to Milwaukee and might wind up being on the roster for the NL Division Series.
"I knew it was a chance," Parker said just before batting practice Saturday. "I came in today and it was actually official."
How do these last two weeks rank for him?
"Unreal -- I'll remember it forever," he said. "Probably the best two weeks of my life, a lot of great things."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.