05/30/10 8:22 PM ET
Hinch focused on winning, not excuses
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
"I've read this book," the D-backs manager said.
With that experience, Hinch knows that a certain mindset can begin to creep into a clubhouse, and he is taking a proactive approach to making sure that does not happen with his team, which had lost six straight heading into Sunday's series finale with the Giants.
"One thing to make perfectly clear is we're not victims here," Hinch said. "So I'm not going to accept any sort of sour faces around here and 'woe is me' because we're not victims. We created this mess and we've got to get ourselves out of it. If you want better results, you have to force the issue."
Instead of talking about tough schedules or bad breaks or just-misses, Hinch wants the team's energy focused on figuring out a way to win on any given day.
"Misery loves company, but I don't want to be that company," he said.
Snyder details nervous road trip
SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs catcher Chris Snyder had a knot in his stomach throughout the team's road trip through Atlanta and Florida earlier this month.
And it wasn't just because the D-backs were struggling on the field.
Snyder's pregnant wife, Carla, began having contractions the Thursday the team left for the five-game trip. When the team reached Atlanta, Snyder got five or six calls from Carla during dinner wondering if she needed to go to the hospital.
"We didn't know what to do," Snyder said.
Doctors were able to slow the contractions, so Snyder stayed with the team, but he did have plenty of backup plans thanks to D-backs senior director of team travel Roger Riley.
"Roger gave me all the flights that were leaving from Atlanta, Miami and Fort Lauderdale," Snyder said. "And if it was going to come down to it, he had talked to some people about getting a private jet set up on a couple of hours notice. It was very nerve-racking."
Snyder was focused on the field, but the down times in the dugout were the hardest.
"There were times where I would be sitting in the dugout during the game looking at that clock in right field and thinking, 'Missed that flight. If she calls right now, I can still sneak on that last flight. I missed the last flight, hope she can hang on until the morning,'" Snyder said. "It was pretty crazy."
Carla, though, was able to hold off until the team returned home, and labor was induced a day or so after that. Trevor Snyder, the couple's third child, was born May 22.
"She's a trouper," Snyder said. "I tell you what, when we landed in Phoenix that was like a weight off my chest."
Kennedy recalls college-era Lincecum
SAN FRANCISCO -- Prior to the series-opening game, D-backs right-hander Ian Kennedy spent some time catching up with Giants ace Tim Lincecum.
The pair faced each other during their collegiate careers, with Lincecum toiling for the University of Washington and Kennedy at the University of Southern California.
Kennedy first became aware of Lincecum when Lincecum was named 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year over Kennedy. Lincecum, who became the first player to win that award as well as the conference's Pitcher of the Year Award, was 10-3 with a 3.53 ERA that year while Kennedy checked in at 7-2 with a 2.91 ERA.
"He wasn't the kind of pitcher his first two years as he is now," Kennedy said. "He came back for his junior year after playing summer ball and he started throwing a slider and he was throwing harder. He always struck out a lot of guys, but he was dominant as a junior."
So dominant, in fact, that he won the Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation's top collegiate player.
"It was kind of cool to see his progression in college," Kennedy said. "I'm happy for him because he's a good guy. Very level-headed, just a nice guy."
The D-backs' game with the Yankees on June 21 has been moved to a 7:09 p.m. MST start, and it will now be televised by ESPN. FOX Sports Arizona will also broadcast the game. It is the first of a three-game Interleague series between the two teams. ... D-backs manager A.J. Hinch was tempted to start Rusty Ryal for a second straight game Sunday, but instead went with Gerardo Parra in left field in place of Conor Jackson, who has been struggling of late. Ryal accounted for the team's lone run Saturday with a homer. Hinch has encouraged Ryal, an infielder by trade, to take more fly balls in left to make himself even more of an option out there. ... Kris Benson made his second rehab start for Triple-A Reno on Saturday and allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits over four innings. Benson threw 58 pitches, 38 for strikes. In his previous start, he allowed six runs in two innings. Benson, who strained his shoulder April 28, will start again for Reno on Thursday.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.