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Gibson hopes basic workout spurs team

Gibson hopes basic workout spurs team

SAN DIEGO -- D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson put his team through a refresher course of sorts on Thursday night.

The D-backs had a two-hour workout at PETCO Park after arriving in San Diego during which pitchers had fielding practice, the team went over bunt plays, took infield and outfield, ran the bases and took batting practice.

"We just ran through a lot of stuff and tried to refresh ourselves and put them through all the game movements," Gibson said.

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Gibson, who took over for A.J. Hinch on July 1, also emphasized some attitude changes he wanted to see his players make after finishing the first half of the season 34-55.

"I expect them to come out and erase what's happened in the first half," Gibson said. "We've got to go out and play with urgency, and we have to be determined not to duplicate what we just did. I told them I was going to push them hard, and they're welcome to push back, but I don't really care."

Hard as it may seem to believe given their record, the D-backs were picked by many to compete for the National League West title, something Gibson reminded them of.

"The way we played the first half I don't think anyone would say is who we are, at least we don't want to admit that's who we are," he said. "We have to fight against that urge to get complacent and just play the season out. That's not something that I would be comfortable with."

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