Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/3/13
When Jason Kubel was scratched from the lineup with a stiff back on Sunday at Chase Field Kirk Gibson replaced him in the outfield with A.J. Pollock. This prompted Cody Ross to head into his manager’s office with a question: Am I a platoon player? Gibson told him he wasn’t. He told him to hang in there. And he told him the time would soon come when he would begin to play more consistently. It feels like that time is here. Starting for the third consecutive night Ross had a monster game against his most recent former team collecting four hits including a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning in a 7-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night at Fenway Park. In those three games Ross is 8 for 14. His batting average which has hovered in the .250s for much of the summer is up to .280. His slugging is north of .400 for the first time since April. He is beginning to produce as the Diamondbacks envisioned when they signed him to a three-year $26 million deal in December. And so for that matter is third baseman Martin Prado who had his eighth multi-hit game in his past 12 starts. “A lot of us have been around for a while” Ross said. “We were eventually going to turn it around. Obviously there’s no better time now that we’re in a playoff race and down the stretch in August and September.” During batting practice earlier in the day Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers sat in the third-base dugout and wondered how much longer the Diamondbacks would have to wait — and how much longer they could afford to wait — for their veteran bats to start hitting like the backs of their baseball cards say they should. Perhaps this is the beginning of something but Gibson seems reluctant to go all-in. His team went from nearly being shut out on Tuesday to a seven-run outburst on Wednesday to a feeble performance on Thursday a stretch that for this team in this season isn’t exactly atypical. “We hit the ball well” Gibson said. “That’s the way we should be swinging the bats.” Ross seemed to take pride in doing it here. Earlier in the day he went on a Boston radio station and said Ben Cherrington “lied to my face” about his willingness to do a long-term deal in the off-season saying the Red Sox general manager told him he wouldn’t be handing out such deals but turned around and gave them to other players anyway.
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