Justin Upton had a huge night in his return to Arizona with the Atlanta Braves.
Making his first trip to Chase Field as a visiting player, Upton homered and had four hits in Atlanta's 10-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday night.
Before the first pitch, he said his goal was to treat it like any other game. Turned out, it wasn't.
This three-game series against Arizona, the team that traded him away, will be different, to be sure, but it's not going to define his season.
''It's a long season. It's a marathon and you have to put up numbers over a long period of time,'' Upton said. ''This three-game series is very small on the scale of how your season is going to turn out, so I don't see that as any type of motivation. I motivate myself either way. When you're on the field and competing, it doesn't matter where you're playing.''
Upton hit his major league-leading 13th homer of the season in the sixth inning, snapping a 14-game power drought. He came into the game leading the ...