07/25/10 3:34 PM ET
Gibson recalls Hawk's greatness
By Andrew Pentis / MLB.com
"He played hard, but he had a good game, too," said the D-backs interim skipper, whose 17-year career, primarily with the Tigers and Dodgers, overlapped with Dawson's from 1979 to 1995.
"When I played against Dawson," Gibson added, "those were the kind of guys [Detroit manager] Sparky [Anderson] would talk to us about: 'You watch that guy; you watch that young man.'"
Gibson also remembered Dawson as a victim of baseball owners' collusion entering the 1987 season, when the free-agent outfielder left the Montreal Expos for the Chicago Cubs.
"He had no offers from anybody," Gibson marveled. "If that didn't make everybody guilty. Then he went to Chicago and gave 'em a blank contract. I mean, the guy loved the game.
"I just remember the way he stood up there at the plate, the way he ran the bases, the way he came out and threw the ball. And I've gotten the opportunity to know and talk to him. He's a man of great character, and he wants to pass it on, too. He certainly belongs."
'Grinding' Reynolds gets day off
PHOENIX -- Mark Reynolds won't have the opportunity to take it to Tim Lincecum.
The D-backs third baseman, who is 3-for-19 (.158) with 12 strikeouts all-time against the Giants starter, was absent from Sunday's starting lineup, giving him two full days off, as Arizona will be idle Monday.
It's been feast or famine for Reynolds through six games of the seven-game homestand: He has smacked three home runs but also struck out 12 times in 24 at-bats.
"He's been grinding hard," interim manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's been working a lot, off the field, too, in the [batting] cage.
"I haven't seen him since the lineup has been posted, so he may be pursuing me," Gibson joked. "He cares, and he's very motivated, I know that."
Reynolds was replaced in the lineup by reserve Augie Ojeda, who was slated to bat eighth.
Saturday's seventh-inning pitch to Juan Uribe -- the one he lifted for a grand slam -- was a Sam Demel cutter that didn't cut. "His cutter was backing up on him," interim manager Kirk Gibson said. "That's a pitch that designed to be on the outside part of the plate and move off, but it actually went in." ... Asked if any pitcher from his playing days compared to Giants Sunday starter Tim Lincecum, Gibson brought up former Oakland pitcher Mike Norris, who threw a screwball Gibson had never seen. ... The D-backs counter the Giants nine more times this season after Sunday for a 2010 total of 18 matchups. ... Since Gibson took the reins on July 2, Arizona has had three separate three-game losing streaks, or one per week.
Andrew Pentis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.