Enright relishes chance to battle aces

Enright relishes chance to battle aces

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs are facing Giants ace Tim Lincecum on Friday night in the series opener between the two teams.

Naturally, Barry Enright is starting for Arizona.

In a scheduling fluke, the rookie right-hander has drawn Ubaldo Jimenez, Stephen Strasburg and Manny Parra in his past three outings, and this will be the second time he's gone up against Lincecum this season.

Rather than bemoan the fact that he continually seems to face the other team's ace, Enright relishes the challenge.

"To be the best, you've got to beat the best," said Enright. "For me, in any sport, whenever I've faced someone who was better than me, I felt like it brought out the best in me. It makes you better. Some games you're going to have it and some games you're not, but when you do have it and when you do go toe-to-toe with those guys, it's pretty special."

Enright's attitude has drawn praise from interim manager Kirk Gibson, who loves the mentality the former football player brings to the table.

"He knows that he has to pitch his game and not against the pitcher," Gibson said. "He's a guy that can locate, stick with his game plan and throw all his pitches in all counts."

A good hitter in college, Enright loves getting to stand in the box against some of the game's best. Prior to his start against Strasburg, he talked with excitement about getting to see a 100-mph fastball up close.

Last time he faced Lincecum, he went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs.

"I got lucky against him twice, so I'm batting 1.000," Enright said with a smile. "But I don't know how long that will last."