Injured outfielder Fred Lewis, who has been rehabilitating a strained right oblique muscle at the club's player-development complex, stopped at Chase Field to visit the Reds on Friday. Earlier, Lewis had played in his first game at extended Spring Training.
"I walked a few times and got a couple of hits. No pain," Lewis said. "I played two innings in the outfield, too. I'm just behind on at-bats now, and I'm trying to make up for those. I'm actually trying to get my swing down, also."
In 20 spring games, Lewis batted .205 with 11 RBIs, before getting injured during his final at-bat of the March 26 exhibition game vs. the Giants. One day after seeing his 13-game hitting streak, dating back to last season, end, Drew Stubbs started another one, going 1-for-4 on Friday. After coming on late in Spring Training, Stubbs is hitting .300, with one homer and four RBIs in the early part of the season.
"Spring Training is a time to get yourself prepared for the season," Stubbs said on Friday. "Fortunately for me this year, I was in a position of not having to press to make the team and worry about having an outstanding camp. I wanted to make sure when I got out of there to get off on the right foot to start the year. You're not always able to do that. This year, I've been able to hit the ground running. It's a beneficial way to start the season."D-backs: Drew returns to lineup
Shortstop Stephen Drew made his first start of 2011 on Friday, going 1-for-4 with an RBI. Aside from one pinch-hit appearance, it was Drew's first action of the season, after suffering an abdominal strain halfway through March.
"We're happy to have him back," Gibson said. "He's obviously one of our better players."
Gibson added that Drew is not under any type of limitations. Arizona signed veteran left-hander Ron Mahay to a Minor League contract and assigned him to extended Spring Training on Friday. The 39-year-old posted a 3.44 ERA, with 25 strikeouts and eight walks, in 34 innings for the Twins last season. Worth noting
Friday's win marked Arizona's fourth-straight win in its home opener. The D-backs are 8-6 all-time in home openers. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Thursday -- when the 0-5 Astros beat the 5-0 Reds -- was the first time since 1987 that a winless Major League team with at least five losses beat an undefeated team with at least five wins. ... Arizona's Willie Bloomquist and Miguel Montero each extended their hitting streaks to six games on Friday, while Reds shortstop Paul Janish extended his to five.