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10/22/2001 04:21 AM ET
Juggling lineup pays off again for D-Backs
By Steve Gilbert
MLB.com
Bautista knocked in the first Arizona run with a single.
ATLANTA -- Another day, another lineup change for Bob Brenly and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Friday, Brenly decided to start Danny Bautista in center field instead of Steve Finley. Despite the fact that Finley is batting .375 during the postseason and hits Atlanta starter Tom Glavine well (.306), Brenly went with Bautista, a .154 lifetime hitter against Glavine.

"Danny likes that ball out over the plate where he can extend his arms," Brenly said of Bautista, who is 0-for-6 during the postseason. "Tom Glavine lives on that outside corner. The career numbers don't bear it out, but from what I've seen of Danny in this postseason, the way he's swinging the bat right now, I think this is our best chance to generate some numbers against Tom Glavine. So Danny Bautista gets the nod in center."

JUST YOUR AVERAGE FAN: Brenly has watched the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners, but he hasn't been scouting either club.

"I'm just watching those games like a fan," Brenly said. "Obviously, two tremendous ballclubs, one with a very rich postseason history. The other one that had maybe the single best season in the history of the game."

THE OTHER BRENLY STILL WORKING: Bob Brenly's son, Michael, has served as batboy for the Diamondbacks during the NLCS. The 15-year-old though is scheduled to be back in school beginning Monday.

Unless, of course, the D-Backs advance to the World Series and he can convince his parents to let him miss another few days.

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"I've got my mom leaning my way," Michael Brenly said. "We'll have to see, I'm trying to tell them it's a once in a lifetime experience."

STARTING THE FLOOD:Arizona lefty Greg Swindell jokes that he should get the credit for the D-Backs reaching the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

"After I signed, we got Todd (Stottlemyre), Curt (Schilling), Randy (Johnson) and (Mark) Grace," Swindell said. "I started the parade."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Sure we had our opportunities out there tonight. But that's why he gets paid the big bucks to get outs in clutch situations." -- Chipper Jones on Randy Johnson getting out of jams in Game 5.

STAT OF THE DAY: Including the regular season and playoffs, the Diamondbacks won all six games at Turner Field and outscored the Braves 38-9.

STAT OF THE DAY: Erubiel Durazo, who hit a pinch-hit homer in the fifth inning Sunday, has one other postseason hit -- a home run in Game 1 of the 1999 NL Division Series against the Mets.

NOTES
Bob Brenly is the first manager since Kansas City's Jim Frey in 1980 to lead his team to the World Series as a rookie manager in his first full season. He also became the first manager to lead his team to the World Series after managing his first game in his rookie campaign since Cincinnati's Sparky Anderson in 1970. Tommy Lasorda was the last manager to lead his club to the World Series in the his first full season when he guided the 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers to the World Series after having managed four games during the 1976 season. ... Craig Counsell tied the NLCS record for most sacrifice hits in a series when he laid down his second in the first inning. The record is shared by several players. ... Mark Grace was lifted in the top of the fifth inning because of a tight right hamstring.

Steve Gilbert is the site reporter for azdiamondbacks.com.