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D-backs digest disappointing season

Improving selectivity at the plate a priority for Arizona's young free swingers

Originally Published: March 18, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If you had seen the Arizona Diamondbacks at their best last April, it would have come as no surprise that a Phoenix-area sports franchise wound up playing for a championship at the end of the 2008 season.

But who could have predicted that team would be led by Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald?

The young Diamondbacks, oblivious to expectations and immune to scouting reports, posted a 20-8 record in April 2008 to take an early lead in the National League West. They ...

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