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PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks teammates Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young were both a little out of place in Friday's opening-day lineup against the San Francisco Giants. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson slotted Young, the center fielder, second in the batting order, a spot he hadn't hit in all spring and had hit in only once in 2011, exactly one year earlier. Goldschmidt, meanwhile, was taking in his first opening-day start as a major leaguer, having played in just 48 games and the playoffs after an August call-up last season to become the starting first baseman. Familiar or not, both looked pretty comfortable Friday at Chase Field, crushing home runs off two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum in the first inning to spot the D-backs an early three-run in an eventual 5-4 win. "That was a lot of fun," Young said. "When you have a matchup like (Ian) Kennedy and Lincecum, you expect it to be a 1-0 game (or a) 2-1 game, but the offense was able to come out -- myself and Gol...
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