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D-backs take time to bond over paintball

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs went through an abbreviated workout schedule on Tuesday in order to leave Salt River Fields early for a team bonding outing at a local paintball range.

In addition to such players as Heath Bell and Wade Miley -- who were decked out in camouflage and other combat gear -- the club sent about 120 people to the 20-acre field, the specific location of which was known by only a handful of coaches and veteran players who helped set up the getaway.

"I think we've worked hard the last couple of days," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Now we're going to come together, have some fun, challenge each other and compete against each other. It's a good group so far. We want to continue that and get to know each other better."

The idea originated when Gibson met with closer J.J. Putz for lunch a couple of months ago to discuss the possibility of doing something as a team other than golf.

"We talked about changing things up a bit," Gibson said. "Then J.J. said he had it. Aaron Hill got involved then and started going out there to find a spot."

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