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Zagurski and Martinez make bigs

Zagurski and Martinez make bigs

Zagurski and Martinez make bigs
PHOENIX -- For D-backs relief pitchers Mike Zagurski and Joe Martinez, getting called up to the Major Leagues on Tuesday was special enough.

But what made the experience even better was going through it with a close friend. Zagurski and Martinez met at Spring Training and were roommates together on the road while at Triple-A Reno.

"It's more fun coming up with someone else that I'm also happy for," Martinez said. "It's cool because we hang out a lot already."

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As early arrivals every day at Salt River Fields, the pair got to know each other while playing catch.

"We just became friends from there," Zagurski said. "It was nice, there's somebody to travel with and go through everything together with."

To top everything off, Reno manager Brett Butler broke the news to the friends together.

Zagurski was the first of the pair to pitch in a D-backs uniform, he threw an inning Monday against the Phillies, allowing a home run to Shane Victorino then retiring the next three batters.

"I didn't think my stuff was all that great with getting the ball where I wanted to but I got through it," Zagurski said. "One bad pitch which resulted in a homer, but it's going to happen. It's something to build on the next few days and hopefully get back in there soon."

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