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Diamondbacks turn to hard-nosed Gibson in shake-up

Kirk Gibson, named interim manager of the Diamondbacks, brings instant credibility and a much-needed attitude adjustment to the Arizona clubhouse. Whether that can cut down the unrelenting string of strikeouts or blown leads by the game's worst bullpen remains to be seen.

Gibson has a resume of 17 years as a major-league player with a reputation for fiery toughness. His limping, triumphant game-winning home run in the 1988 World Series stands as one of the game's most memorable moments.

Gibson has been bench coach since 2007 for the Diamondbacks. He has had to hold his personality somewhat in check in deference to manager A.J. Hinch, who was fired Thursday night after less than a full season at the helm.

"A.J's personality and Gibby's personality are opposites," third baseman Mark Reynolds said. "Gibby's fiery and seems ready to go every day. You can't really convey that as a bench coach . . . But now that he's running the ship . . . the fans and the media are going to see a lot more of the old Gibby. It should be a kick in the butt."

Gibson said he's matured since his playing days. "You get more savvy," he said at a news conference. " . . . That's not to say I'm not going to have a blowup. It may happen. To see a fiery team on the field, playing with fire, would not make me mad."

El Duque a National?

The Nationals denied a report they have reached an agreement with Orlando Hernandez, 44, on a minor-league contract, but his half-brother, Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez, says El Duque is on his way. Orlando Hernandez last pitched in the majors in 2007 with the Mets.

Red Sox 3, Orioles 2

Pinch hitter Daniel Nava sliced a bloop single down the rightfield line to break an eighth-inning tie for host Boston.

Twins 2, Rays 1

Danny Valencia had two hits and the go-ahead RBI in the seventh inning for host Minnesota.

Braves 4, Marlins 3

Omar Infante's two-run single in the 11th inning led host Atlanta.

Pirates 2, Phillies 0

Ross Ohlendorf (1-6) became the third Pirates starting pitcher in as many days to get his first win this season, limiting Philadelphia to five hits in seven innings in Pittsburgh.

Reds 12, Cubs 0

Bronson Arroyo (8-4) allowed two hits in six sharp innings and visiting Cincinnati scored nine runs in the seventh inning. Scott Rolen, Jonny Gomes and Ramon Hernandez each had two RBIs in the seventh. Chicago had six walks, an error and a run-scoring passed ball as 13 Reds came to the plate. - AP


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