SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Arizona right fielder Justin Upton has been tested.
He passed, with flying colors.
Now, it's time for the opposition to move on.
A year ago, Upton was hit by a pitch 19 times, sharing the top spot in the National League.
He would take some extended stares at the opposition pitcher, but avoided charging the mound.
This year, the Diamondbacks, as a team, won't be as understanding.
"Most of them were intentional," said Arizona hitting coach Don Baylor, who was hit by more pitches (267) than any other player who did not wear padding. "I think, with him, there is a perception as to what (opposing players) think he is or what he was.
"He is still young (24), but he is a guy who plays every day and wants to play every day. I think he is perceived as something else."
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