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Haren, D’Backs cruise

Arizona’s Young hurt in 12-5 victory

June 19, 2009

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— The Arizona Diamondbacks don’t need any more bad injury news.

With staff ace Brandon Webb returning Thursday to Phoenix to have his sore shoulder examined again, Chris Young pulled up lame with a sore groin on an eighth-inning triple, his career high fourth hit, in the Diamondbacks’ 12-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

“We’ll know more tomorrow,” Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said. “Immediately when it grabbed on his groin he pulled up, which is the right thing to do. His strength was good. His flexibility was good, so hopefully we avoided something (major) and it’s just a little scare.”

Young, who raised his average from .189 to .204, had a triple and two doubles before hurting his groin.

Gerardo Parra homered, tripled and drove in three runs, and Justin Upton contributed three hits, including two doubles, as the Diamondbacks collected a 16 hits, one shy of their season high. Eric Byrnes also homered. Every Diamondbacks starter except Mark Reynolds had at least one hit.

That was more than enough for Dan Haren, who earned his sixth victory in decisions.

“I don’t think he was at his best, but he’s pretty good when he’s not at his best,” Hinch said.

Haren (6-4), who has lost only once in his past 11 starts, limited the Royals to two runs on seven hits, while striking out six and walking none in seven innings. Haren’s 2.23 ERA ranks second in the National League.

“I felt real good especially early in the game,” Haren said. “I had good stuff. It really starts with the offense. I’ve had plenty of runs the last couple of times out and it really made it pretty easy for me. I just went after the guys.”

Parra led off the sixth with a home run off Royals reliever Juan Cruz and had a two-run triple in the third.

“He hits with runners in scoring position and hits with two strikes,” Hinch said. “He manages his bat as well as anybody. He was pretty frustrated with himself early (striking out in the first with two runners on) when he didn’t get the runner in. It was good to see him take some aggression on the baseball and hit the ball well late in the game.”

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