5/12/2013 8:48 P.M. ET
D-backs break out pink gear in Mother's Day tribute
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- In celebration of Mother's Day on Sunday, D-backs players and coaches donned an array of pink apparel stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo to show their support.
Brandon McCarthy and A.J. Pollock each wore pink cleats and appeared to gain some good fortune from the gesture, as both players delivered a strong performance despite the D-backs falling in 10 innings, 4-2. McCarthy tossed eight shutout innings and struck out four while Pollock smacked a two-out RBI single in the first inning.
Martin Prado was only the D-backs player to use a pink bat Sunday, swinging with the lumber for his first plate appearance of the game before switching back to his usual equipment.
Others, like Didi Gregorius, wore pink wristbands, necklaces and batting gloves to do their part. Gregorius went 2-for-5 on Sunday with a pair of extra-base hits, an afternoon he was proud of given how much his mother means to him.
"I owe everything to her," Gregorius said. "She has helped me so much."
Goldschmidt receives first breather of season
PHOENIX -- He was the last one standing, but Paul Goldschmidt finally joined every other D-backs player on Sunday as manager Kirk Gibson left the first baseman out of the lineup for the first time this season. Goldschmidt had started each of the club's first 37 games of 2013.
"He's got to be a little tired, he was ready for a day off, definitely," Gibson said. "He's pretty important to our team. It's hard to do it, but at the same time you have to at some point."
After hitting four home runs in span of three games against the Dodgers in Los Angeles last week, Goldschmidt was 1-for-9 through the first three meetings of the four-game set with the Phillies at Chase Field. While the 25-year-old is hitting .385 with seven homers and 22 RBIs on the road, he's batting just .232 with two long balls and eight RBIs at home.
Entering Sunday's action, his 30-RBI total is second in the National League behind Brandon Phillips and his on-base percentage (.404) is seventh.
"I told him [Saturday] when he came in he'd get the day off," Gibson said. "You look at him and wonder how many games he can play and still be effective. Obviously I think it's quite a few. He's the guy you'd push the furthest, just because of the way he takes care of himself and the way he is."
Goldschmidt, who played in 145 games last year, struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth Sunday and remained in the game at first base as the D-backs fell, 4-2, in 10 innings.
In Goldschmidt's place, Eric Hinske got the nod at first base. Hinske was in the starting lineup once before as the designated hitter under American League rules at Yankee Stadium, but Sunday marked the first time he began a game in the field.
"It's hard to get starts the way he has been playing," Hinske joked. "I'm just hoping to contribute and keep it going."
In 27 at-bats entering Sunday, Hinske had six hits, a homer and four RBIs.
• Hours before Sunday's game against the Phillies, a group of D-backs coaches were out on the grass at Chase Field getting in some exercise in an unusual way: fungo golf. Beginning at certain locations on the field, the coaches chose a "hole" somewhere across the playing surface and tried to get it there using the fewest swings. One of the rounds started at home plate and ended in the D-backs' bullpen area.
"We just hit the ball around, pick a target and try to hit the target," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We run after the ball, it's just something to keep you moving. We don't keep score, we just have fun and chirp at each other. I can't really handle a bat at my age."
• Daniel Hudson (Tommy John surgery) threw three innings in a simulated game on Saturday at Salt River Fields (46 pitches). He is expected back with the D-backs sometime around the All-Star break. Meanwhile, Adam Eaton (elbow) went 0-for-5 with an RBI in his first rehab game with Class A Advanced Visalia.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.