In his first appearance with the Diamondbacks on Saturday, Dan Haren said he felt the rush common among big-name players debuting for their new team.
"I was happy with the way I was able to control myself and throw strikes, because sometimes when your adrenalin gets going, you are all over the place. It has happened to me before," said Haren, acquired by the Diamondbacks in an eight-player trade with Oakland on Dec. 14.
It is the second time Haren has been involved in a major deal, the first coming when he joined the A's with Kiko Calero and Daric Barton for Mark Mulder before the 2005 season.
Haren, who gave up five singles and a run in his two innings Saturday against the White Sox, also was glad to begin establishing a rapport with catcher Chris Snyder.
"I'm just trying to build a relationship with him -- him figuring out what works for me, and figuring out little things, like where I like setting up. It takes time, and I think it was a good first day," Haren said. Added Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin: "(Haren) made some comments to me about how he likes throwing to 'Snydes.' He is a big target. He had a lot of good things to say about him even before we got into a game."
--RHP Micah Owings could hit higher than the No. 9 spot in the batting order this season, manager Bob Melvin hinted, after using Owings as a DH and hitting him eighth in a split-squad game against the White Sox on Sunday. "He's a guy I would like to hit fifth or sixth. He's a power guy." Owings hit .333 with seven doubles, four home runs and 15 RBIs in 60 at-bats last season; he was used as a pinch hitter four times.
--C Miguel Montero will be held out of all baseball activity for a week after a CT scan Friday revealed little progress in his fractured right index finger. The injury, which occurred in winter ball in Venezuela, calls into question his availability for the start of the regular season. Montero will wear an electronic bone stimulator on his affected finger and will continue to do lower body strength and conditioning.
--LHP Doug Davis threw all four of his pitches in his first exhibition appearance Sunday, a departure from previous seasons, when he worked his curveball into the mix more slowly. "I need all four pitches; I might as well use them all," Davis said. "I didn't really have my curve until that game against the Mets" last June 3, a 4-1 victory in which he struck out six in 7 2/3 innings.
--LHP Randy Johnson threw his first batting practice session of the spring Feb. 28, with a second one set for March 4. He has not been scheduled into an exhibition game yet and appears about a week behind the other starters, although the Diamondbacks have said all along that Johnson will be on his own timetable this spring following his second back surgery in 10 months last August.
--RHP Max Scherzer, the team's No. 1 draft pick in 2006, got his fastball to 96 mph in his first appearance against major league hitters in a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox on March 1. With the staff apparently set, Scherzer is scheduled to open 2008 in the rotation at Class AAA Tucson.
--OF Gerardo Parra, who ranks as the fourth best Diamondbacks prospect after the Dan Haren trade, had six hits in his first six spring training at-bats, including a home run and a double.
--RHP Tony Pena, delayed leaving the Dominican Republic because of visa problems, reported to spring training on Thursday and subsequently threw two bullpen sessions. He is expected to make his spring debut this week.
BY THE NUMBERS: 96 -- Miles per hour of a fastball rookie RHP Max Scherzer threw in his first career appearance against major league hitters, an exhibition game against the White Sox on March 1.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I like to get after it every day." -- RHP Max Scherzer, whose competitiveness has been evident in his spring work.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are more experienced than last year, ostensibly healthier than last year,…