SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Usually, hard feelings do not occur until a game begins. Not Monday. Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker would not shake D-backs manager Kirk Gibsons hand at the pregame lineup exchange because the D-backs opted against using a DH at Salt River Fields.
Newcomer Brandon McCarthy has not had an official at-bat since 2009, spending his entire career in the American League, and the Gibson wanted to get him an at-bat. Baker wanted to use the DH, but the home team sets those rules in exhibition play.
The first lineup the D-backs sent to the D-backs hours before the game included a DH, intensifying feelings in a game the D-backs won, 7-2.
I wanted to play a National League game," Gibson said. "I notified them several times. They just wanted to do it their way and they couldnt do it. They didnt like that. We play by the rules here. If we were over there, we play by their rules."
Gibson said he absolutely wanted to see McCarthy at the plate.
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