5/11/2014 2:58 P.M. ET
Mother's Day a chance for D-backs to honor loved ones
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Players, coaches and managers throughout Major League Baseball wore pink on Sunday in honor of Mother's Day and to raise awareness of breast cancer.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, however, has a daily reminder.
Gibson wears a white silicone bracelet around his right wrist with "11:11" on it to honor his late sister-in-law, Lori Sklarski, who died of breast cancer in 2011. Sklarski's birthday was Nov. 11.
Gibson sent his wife, Joann, a text early Sunday morning that read: Happy Mother's Day, you're the best mom any husband could have to care for his children. I love you.
The Gibsons' have four children.
Shortstop Chris Owings was not in the starting lineup Sunday, but he planned on wearing pink spikes, just like he did last year on Mother's Day when he was with Triple-A Reno, to honor his mother, Sherri, and his grandmother, Wilma Shiley.
"It's nice to do something for the moms, for sure, but you know this really doesn't compare to the stuff that they've done for us," Owings said of he and his teammates wearing pink. "Especially my mom and grandma, the stuff they've done for me whether it was taking me to baseball games when I was younger, or being at games, or shooting me texts after games this year. It really doesn't compare, but it will be a nice gesture. Last year I gave my mom the pink cleats that I wore and I'll probably do the same thing this year."
The same goes for outfielder A.J. Pollock, whose mother, Karen, drove him to and from baseball games as a kid.
"It's special because you think of your mom and all she's done for you," Pollock said. "I'm not sure if the pink bat does that justice, but it's just something cool and I think everyone kind of embraces. My mom has always been a big part of baseball for me, so when I'm playing I'm always thinking about her."
Ross heating up at plate in May
CHICAGO -- D-backs outfielder Cody Ross has begun to dig himself out of an early hole at the plate.
Ross began the season on the disabled list after suffering a horrific injury last August in which he dislocated and fractured his hip when he stumbled running to first base.
When he returned in mid-April, he slumped badly at the plate, and at the end of the month he was hitting just .103.
However, in May he is hitting .381, and over the last three games he is 6-for-12.
Ross credits extra time put in with hitting coach Turner Ward and assistant hitting coach Henry Blanco.
"I feel like I'm getting close," he said. "I'm seeing the ball better. I'm letting the ball travel as opposed to trying to go out and get it. I'm starting to feel it. I wish it would have clicked a little bit sooner, obviously. Seventy at-bats in is not generally how you'd really chalk it up. It is what it is and you've got to keep going out there battling and putting together quality at-bats."
McCarthy still puzzled, frustrated by rough start
CHICAGO -- Brandon McCarthy still is not quite sure why he had such an epic meltdown in the fourth inning Friday night, but after thinking about it for a couple days, he's not sure there is an answer.
McCarthy set down the first nine White Sox he faced Friday only to be chased from the game in the fourth as Chicago scored seven runs in the inning with nine of the first 10 batters getting hits.
"That's my plan: to just keep working, keep trying to pitch well and see where it turns," McCarthy said. "Nine hits in 10 batters, I couldn't try to do it. I don't know what kind of run of luck that is or what that is. It's not good, but I don't know what to take away from that one exactly."
McCarthy is usually pretty good about putting a disappointing start behind him, but Friday's has proven more difficult.
"Usually about 15 minutes," McCarthy said when asked how long he dwells on the disappointment. "That's one of the things I do well is move on from things quickly. This one has hung around for a little while just because it was so perplexing.
"It will be something by the time I wake up tomorrow it's time to go back to work. Enough time separates it and you break on from it and then it just becomes a new start you're getting ready for. But that one lingered for a little while because it was so hard for me to explain. Usually I'm not searching for answers, it's just something that I know what I need to work on. That one, I don't know what that was, but it's hung a little bit longer."
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.