Roberts shakes off Opening Day jitters

Roberts shakes off Opening Day jitters

PHOENIX -- Ryan Roberts was so nervous before his first Opening Day start that the D-backs third baseman said just before batting practice that he would have to remember to breathe when he got out there.

Turns out, Roberts was just fine as he wound up driving home the winning runs with a two-run double in the sixth off Tim Lincecum.

"It was very exciting," he said of the day. "I had more nerves from when I woke up to about a half hour before the game than I did during the game. During the game there was a little bit of nerves, but it kind of calmed down once I got on the field, oddly enough. I would have thought it would be the other way, but it wasn't. It was really strange that it worked out that way."

And how about coming through with the winning hit? Did that make his first Opening Day start more exciting?

"Anybody could have come up in that situation," he said. "Just to get the win was enough."