New old guys aim for maturity in Diamondbacks clubhouse

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The newest Arizona Diamondbacks are pretty old by baseball standards, some of them borderline ancient.

They have been brought to the desert to add some much-needed maturity and character to a clubhouse that could be described as bland at best, uncaring at worst.

Acceptance of losing gnaws at manager Kirk Gibson worse than anything, and the spring training roster has been loaded with allies whose careers have been long, not just because of talent, but because of an attitude.

Third baseman Melvin Mora, two weeks past his 39th birthday, says the veterans have come with a message -- that "this is no joke, this is serious."