Lopez, Clark lead HR outburst in Arizona win

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UPDATE APRIL 6, 3:50 p.m.:

PHOENIX -- Tony Clark and Arizona newcomer Felipe Lopez each homered from both sides of the plate, and the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 9-8 in a home run derby of an opener Monday.

Eight home runs were hit in the game, including the decisive shot by Chad Tracy leading off the seventh inning against reliever Jason Grilli.

Lopez and Clark are the first switch-hitting teammates to homer from both sides of the plate in a game since Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams did it for the New York Yankees on April 23, 2000. It had never been done on opening day.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX -- Brandon Webb is the opening day starter for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Expectations were high

The Arizona ace takes the mound against Colorado's Aaron Cook when the Diamondbacks open their season this afternoon at home for the first time since 2005.

It's the first of 18 home games -- out of 22 overall -- in April for Arizona, beginning with a nine-game stand that includes visits by the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals.

First, though, it's the Rockies and Cook. He's the unquestioned leader of the Colorado staff with Jeff Francis out because of season-ending shoulder surgery.

It will be the second opening day start for Cook, who had a career-high in wins last year. His first opening day start was two seasons ago.

Webb led the NL in victories last year and was runner-up for the Cy Young Award for the second season in a row. He won it in 2006.

Byrnes starts in right against Colorado

Arizona manager Bob Melvin's opening day lineup will be a bit different than his normal every-day look.

He will start Eric Byrnes in right field in place of Justin Upton and shift Chad Tracy from first base to third, with Tony Clark getting the start at first.

Melvin said he wants to get some left-handed bats in against some of the tougher right-handed pitchers in the league.

Melvin expects Mark Reynolds and Upton to be back in the lineup Tuesday night against Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez. Melvin said the lineup changes are an example of the team's versatility.

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