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D-backs skip batting practice for second straight day

D-backs skip batting practice for second straight day

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PHOENIX -- With his team in a stretch of 20 games in 20 days and coming off a disheartening sweep at the hands of the Dodgers, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson did not have his team take batting practice before Thursday night's game with the Brewers.

So when the D-backs went out and beat Milwaukee, 5-3, to snap their losing streak, Gibson had them once again skip on-field batting practice and report to the ballpark later than usual Friday.

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While most players still took pregame swings in the indoor batting cage, not having to be there early and hit on the field was a welcome respite during the grind of the season.

"I think sometimes BP can be a little overrated," veteran outfielder Cody Ross said. "Obviously it helps just to go out there and get loose and get the blood flowing. That's basically what I use it for, just to get loose. Any time that I want to work on my swing, I try to do it in the cage as opposed to during BP."

The later arrival time also drew smiles.

"It can definitely help rejuvenate a little bit," Ross said. "You get excited when you hear no BP, because it just gets so routine-oriented in this game. You can spend a little more time at home."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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