04/08/12 5:07 PM ET
Roberts creates 'Tatman' shirts for charity
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Roberts quickly became a fan favorite in Arizona for his intense playing style, and with his body adorned with tattoos, he was given the nickname "Tatman."
Roberts, who was in the Opening Day lineup for the first time in his career this year, had a hand in creating the shirts, which are being produced by Los Angeles Youth Monument.
"Now it's just a matter of trying to make some money so we can give it to charity," Roberts said. "That's the whole goal of making the Tatman shirts."
Roberts said he has a couple of charities he'd like to donate to, but wants to see at the end of the year how much money he raises to see if he can donate to multiple organizations.
Kubel gets break from D-backs' starting lineup
PHOENIX -- Gerardo Parra was in the D-backs' starting lineup for the first time Sunday as manager Kirk Gibson decided to give left fielder Jason Kubel a day off.
Kubel, who was signed to a two-year contract during the offseason and replaced Parra in the starting lineup, was 0-for-6 in the first two games of the season.
Gibson was asked after Saturday's game if he thought Kubel was pressing.
"Could be," Gibson said. "It's hard to tell. I asked him about that and I told him to relax and play his game. He'll be fine. He'll be fine."
One of the biggest challenges for Gibson this year figures to be how to get Parra enough at-bats to keep him happy and productive. Parra had his finest professional season in 2011, hitting .292 and winning a National League Gold Glove Award.
Gibson is also trying to give each of his position players a start early in the season. Sunday also marked first baseman Lyle Overbay's first start, while backup shortstop John McDonald started Saturday.
That leaves infielder Geoff Blum and catcher Henry Blanco as the only two position players not to get a start.
"When we get to San Diego, I'll try to get the other guys in at some point," Gibson said, referring to the team's upcoming road trip that starts against the Padres on Tuesday.
Personalized pants a symbol of Shaw's arrival
PHOENIX -- How does D-backs reliever Bryan Shaw know that he's finally arrived in the big leagues?
He's got his own uniform pants.
Players get fitted for pants during Spring Training and the ones that are made for them have their name stitched onto the inside of the waistband. Last year, though, Shaw was not invited to big league camp, so when he was called up for the first of two stints on June 10, he was issued some leftover pants.
"I didn't care whose pants they were," said Shaw, who was just happy to be in the Majors.
Shaw wears his pants high up on his calf, so he was issued pants that had been made for outfielder Chris Young and former outfielder Eric Byrnes, both of whom wear their pants high.
Now Shaw has pants made specifically for him, and there's also some stability in living arrangements for him and his wife, Kristen.
Shaw and his wife moved five times last year going from Spring Training to Double-A Mobile, Mobile to Triple-A Reno, Reno to Phoenix, back to Reno and then finally Phoenix again.
"Just having the opportunity to be here with those guys again and have the chance to contribute is special," Shaw said. "Hopefully we can continue on and do better than last year."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.