PHOENIX Justin Upton is starting to feel good again, which should send a shudder through the rest of the National League.
Upton can carry a team, as he did the Diamondbacks for a three-month stretch of 2011, and he showed indications of returning to those good old days in a 9-5 victory over Philadelphia on Monday that was 9-0 entering the ninth inning.
He had his first RBI of the season on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, singled during a two-run second, and hit his first home run of the season in the fourth.
The soreness that has occupied Upton's left thumb since the first week of the season seemed about as far removed as the Kyle Kendrick fastball Upton hammered over the fence in left field to lead off the third inning for a 7-0 lead.
"He's been coming," manager Kirk Gibson.
"You saw him really aggressive."
Upton's season has been disjointed because of the bone bruise he suffered April 8. He was unable to take much batting practice on the...