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By Greg Dillard
For five seasons, he won the hearts of Arizona fans with his electric fastball and entertaining antics on the mound. He led the league in saves with 47 in 2007, and the flamethrower’s eclectic arsenal of pitches made him the dominant closer in the D-backs’ bullpen.
By Greg Dillard
Interleague play continues for the D-backs this weekend as they travel to the Motor City to take on the Tigers. Arizona is fresh off a three-game sweep of Kansas City and maintains a slim half-game lead for first place in the National League West.
The Tigers return to Comerica Park after a 2-4 road trip on the West Coast.
For several D-backs, playing in Detroit will be a homecoming, of sorts.
Manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell both starred in Detroit during their playing days. Closer J.J. Putz is also a Michigan native and attended the University of Michigan.
This weekend’s series is extra special for rookie pitcher Josh Collmenter. According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, the town of Homer, Mich., welcomed him back on Friday by celebrating Josh Collmenter Day. The right-hander was greeted by plenty of fans at the downtown celebration on Main Street, and was awarded a plaque celebrating the event.
Collmenter is slated to toe the rubber against Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Saturday’s game. The D-backs rookie owns a 4-3 record with a 2.09 ERA in 15 appearances this season.
D-backs Insider recently caught up with Collmenter to talk about his homecoming and growing up a Tigers fan.