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D'BACKS SEEK A BIG SPARK FROM 'FIERY' NEW LEADER

PHOENIX - Kirk Gibson brings credibility and a much-needed attitude adjustment to the Arizona clubhouse. Whether that can turn around the last-place team remains to be seen.

Gibson's resume includes 17 years as a major-leaguer with a reputation for fiery toughness. His limping, triumphant winning home run in the 1988 World Series stands as one of the game's most memorable moments.

Late Thursday, he became the Diamondbacks interim manager after A.J. Hinch was fired along with GM Josh Byrnes.

"My hope is that Gibby let's his hair down and we get to see the fire that is Kirk Gibson," interim GM Jerry DiPoto said.

Gibson was Detroit's bench coach from 2003 to 2005 and Arizona's since 2007.

"A.J.'s personality and Gibby's personality are opposites," 3B Mark Reynolds said before Friday's game against the Dodgers. "Gibby's fiery and seems ready to go every day.

"You can't really convey that as a bench coach. But now that he's running the ship and it's his team to manage, the fans and the media are going to see a lot more of the old Gibby. It should be a kick in the butt."

Gibson said he has matured some since his playing days.

"You get more savvy," he said. "There's just different ways of delivering your intensity. That's not to say I'm not going to have a blowup. It may happen. To see a fiery team on the field, playing with fire, would not make me mad."

Managing partner Ken Kendrick said the shakeup is the result of a 30-day review of the entire organization.

"The evaluation that we made basically drew us to a conclusion that a change was necessary," he said, "hopefully to bring a new energy to the club and to the organization."

Hinch, 36, is the fourth manager fired this season, joining Florida's Fredi Gonzalez, Baltimore's Dave Trembley and Kansas City's Trey Hillman.

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Boston's DL grows

BOSTON - The Red Sox are putting together an impressive roster - on their DL. The latest additions to a group that includes five former All-Stars among its 10 players are C Jason Varitek and RHP Manny Delcarmen.

Varitek is out 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his right foot sustained Wednesday on a foul ball by the Rays' Carl Crawford. Monday, fellow All-Star C Victor Martinez broke his left thumb. Delcarmen, a reliever, has a strained forearm and could be activated as soon as he's eligible.

Later Friday, CF Mike Cameron was scratched with abdominal soreness. His status has not been determined.

The DL already includes All-Star 2B Dustin Pedroia (2007 rookie of the year and 2008 MVP), All-Star RHP Josh Beckett (2003 World Series MVP and 20-game winner in 2007), All-Star 3B Mike Lowell (2007 World Series MVP), OF Jacoby Ellsbury (majors-high 70 stolen bases in 2009), OF Jeremy Hermida, SS Jed Lowrie and RHP Junichi Tazawa.

A'S: LHP Dallas Braden, scheduled to go today, will miss his second start because of elbow stiffness. He is 0-5 in eight starts since his perfect game May 9 against the Rays.

CARDINALS: OF Ryan Ludwick aggravated a left calf injury during a treadmill workout and could be placed on the DL. He has missed nine of the past 10 games.

DODGERS: RF Manny Ramirez likely will remain out through the weekend with a sore right hamstring. The team will decide next week about a DL stint.

MARLINS: RHP Clay Hensley was activated after missing 17 games with a strained neck.

ROCKIES: 1B Todd Helton and OF Brad Hawpe sat. Helton has lower back stiffness that cost him two games this week. Hawpe has missed three of the past five games after bruising his ribs while running into a wall going for a flyball.

WHITE SOX: Closer Bobby Jenks rejoined the team after five days on the family medical emergency list. He left the team Sunday.

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