SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kirk Gibson is not one to take losing in stride, not as a highly self-motivated player and not as a manager who found such success in his first season in charge.
So after his Arizona Diamondbacks dipped from NL West champions in 2011 to a .500 team in 2012, Gibson is at work building the kind of team he likes, one that, to use one of his favored words, ``grinds'' to get its victories.
Nothing flashy, just hard work, hustle and success based on good team chemistry and aggressive, hard-nosed play.
With Gibson the one setting the tone.
As he put it after pitchers and catchers reported for spring training on Monday, ``81 and 81 does not sound good to me at all, and I took it very personally.''

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