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Skipping BP, pregame drills suits D-backs

Skipping BP, pregame drills suits D-backs

MIAMI -- D-backs senior director of team travel Roger Riley stood in the visitor's clubhouse at Marlins Park following Friday night's victory over the Marlins and shouted, "Show and go again tomorrow!"

In the dog days of August and in the midst of a 10-game road trip that has already included a rainout and a doubleheader, having back-to-back show and go days is welcomed by players.

Show and go simply means that players are asked to report to the ballpark later than usual and there is no batting practice or infield drills. They just show up and go play.

"You should have been in here to hear the reaction when Roger yelled it was show and go," second baseman Aaron Hill said. "We obviously can't do it every day, but long road trip, and it's funny how much grown men get excited about little things."

In August 2011, manager Kirk Gibson called for a show and go with the team on the road and in the midst of a six-game losing streak. The D-backs won that night and ended up going five straight days without batting practice during what was a nine-game winning streak.

"You can tend to get dragging a little bit, and to do something cool like show and go, it kind of just instantly gives guys a little pep in their step," veteran infielder Cliff Pennington said. "It just gives you a little burst of energy. At this point in time, missing a day or two of [batting practice] isn't going to change how we hit. So it's the perfect time to try and do it."

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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