Serving as Bob Melvin's bench coach in Arizona for two and a half seasons, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson sent Melvin, now the Athletics' manager, a text congratulating him on his team clinching a postseason berth on Monday.
"I told him I was proud of him," Gibson said. "Wish we were there to try to match up with him. He's done a great job, obviously. I know how Bob is, he's taught me a lot. Hopefully he can tell me some things when we get together in the offseason. "
After the D-backs' season ends Wednesday, Gibson is planning to head home to Michigan over the weekend and might catch some playoff baseball while he's there, but he'll be watching the Tigers, not the A's.
Inducing a double play in the ninth inning on Monday, D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler has rolled up 21 this season, matching the most by a reliever since the Orioles' Doug Sisk in 1988.
Ziegler has appeared in 76 games in 2012, boasting a 2.53 ERA in 67 2/3 innings. That means the 32-year-old has forced a double play just less than once per three innings pitched.