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D-backs players play tourist at Fenway Park

D-backs players play tourist at Fenway Park

D-backs players play tourist at Fenway Park

BOSTON -- With the D-backs making a rare trip to Fenway Park, some of the players took advantage of the opportunity to play tourist.

Left-handers Wade Miley and Patrick Corbin took pictures up in the seats above the Green Monster before batting practice while others went into the wall itself to check it out.

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Outfielder A.J. Pollock was raised in Connecticut and was a Red Sox fan as a kid.

"I grew up watching this team and it was probably my favorite place to go watch a game," Pollock said of Fenway.

Pollock, who was Arizona's leadoff hitter Friday, took batting practice at Fenway while he was playing in the Cape Cod Summer League.

"I'm going to be pretty excited," Pollock said of the first at-bat. "A little more adrenaline, but at the same time, it's still just a game and we've got to go and get things rolling here. It will last for a couple of minutes and then it's just a normal game."

Corbin, meanwhile, grew up a Yankees fan in upstate New York. Friday was the first time he had gotten to see Fenway in person. Corbin will start Saturday's game against Jake Peavy.

"It's just neat the history and everything here," Corbin said. "Probably a place I always wanted to come, but never had the opportunity. Now I've got the chance to pitch here."

Even manager Kirk Gibson, who has seen plenty in his years around the game, takes time to reflect when he comes to Fenway, which opened in 1912.

"Just think of the guys that have sat in this room," Gibson said from behind the visiting manager's desk. "The lockers, they're virtually the same. There's just been great players, great tradition, history and some great ballgames played here."

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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