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Posted: Monday, June 4, 2007 5:05 am | Updated: 7:42 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

NEW YORK - The statistics were hard to ignore. So Doug Davis did not. “I was a ‘thumber’ today,” said Davis, using baseball slang for a breaking-ball specialist.

According to the in-depth scouting service the Diamondbacks use, the Mets were hitting a hair over .200 against curveballs the last two seasons. One was hitting .056. Another was at .120.

Davis estimated he threw 30 to 35 curveballs, more than his normal allotment, in a 4-1 victory over the Mets after studying the numbers and devising a game plan with catcher Chris Snyder.

“It is something I use religiously every start,” Davis said of the statistical analysis.

“I made one mistake on it (curve), when Endy Chavez got a double” to lead off the sixth inning. He was the only Met to score.

“As long as you get it down in the zone, they are hitting .200.”

Davis is 4-6 despite a 3.05 ERA, a product of the D-Backs having scored 26 runs in his 12 starts when he was in the game.

“I made a little bit of an adjustment and was able to keep my front side in,” Davis said of his previous two starts. “I wasn’t able to do that maybe three, four starts ago.”

ALCOHOL-FREE

There will be no more alcohol in the clubhouses at Chase Field.

The Diamondbacks, in consultation with their players, announced the new policy Sunday, a studied response to the alcohol-related death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock on April 29.

“Anything that you determine perhaps could place yourself and the players in harm’s way, you’re forced to look at,” Tony Clark said.

“In a situation where we lost one of the baseball family in Josh, it just seemed like the right thing to do.”

The D-Backs already had banned alcohol on team flights returning to the Valley, since players then often drive home.

Clark was involved in discussions with his teammates and with team president Derrick Hall and general manager Josh Byrnes.

Hancock was killed in a one-car accident in St. Louis hours after a Cardinals game.

STILL CONCERN

Chris Young did not play Sunday. Manager Bob Melvin said Young is still feeling the effects of a groin strain that has been bothering him since May 18.

“I just don’t think he’s getting down the (first-base) line … It’s not like he’s not trying. I think he thinks he’s 100 percent. I just think he is a little bit guarded,” Melvin said.

Young missed five games immediately after the injury and has been held out of three of the 10 games since.

SHORT HOPS

Livan Hernandez reported his sore neck was feeling better Sunday and that he will make his scheduled start Thursday against San Francisco. Hernandez spent time talking outside the D-Backs’ clubhouse with his half-brother, Orlando Hernandez, before the game. …

Switch-hitter Alberto Callaspo started at shortstop against Mets left-hander Oliver Perez, giving Stephen Drew a day off. …

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