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Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2006 7:51 am | Updated: 3:27 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Manager Bob Melvin appreciated catcher Chris Snyder’s home run Friday but was more taken by the patience Snyder showed by drawing two walks.

“I know that one myself,’’ said Melvin, a former catcher who had 301 at-bats in the busiest of his 10 major league seasons.

“Usually No. 2 catchers, it’s tough to get deep in the count with them. They see that first fastball . . . it’s impressive that he doesn’t feel too antsy up there, that he thinks he has to swing at the first pitch.’’

Snyder’s homer was his third of the season, and he and regular Johnny Estrada have accounted for seven homers and an NL-high 46 RBIs while hitting .298.

D-Backs catchers had 44 RBIs last season, a major-league low.

“Night and day. Both have been very good,’’ Melvin said.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Damion Easley, 36, celebrated the one-week anniversary of besting Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb on Saturday night.

In the second game of a June 3 doubleheader in Atlanta, Easley went 4-for-5 with three home runs and seven RBIs, making him the oldest player to reach those plateaus in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Cobb, at 38, was 6-for-6 with three homers and five RBIs in 1925. Ruth, 40, went 4-for-4 with three homers — his last three — and six RBIs for the Boston Braves in 1935.

DEVIL TO D-BACK

The D-Backs announced the signing of Arizona State right-hander Tony Barnette, their 10th-round pick in the June draft, along with shortstop Blake Sharpe (16th round, USC) and Derrick Walker (23rd, Wabash Valley College). All three have been assigned to Missoula of the Pioneer (Rookie) League.

SHORT HOPS

D-Backs first-round pick Max Scherzer made what could have been his last college start when he gave up four runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings Friday of Missouri’s 7-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton in an NCAA super regional. Scherzer retired the first 12 men he faced before giving up a run in the fifth. . . .

Juan Cruz (shoulder) played catch for the first time since going on the disabled list Wednesday and is scheduled to play catch again today and perhaps throw off a mound Tuesday.

Cruz appears unlikely to return when he is eligible June 20, however, which could mean Enrique Gonzalez will get more than the two starts he already is scheduled for Tuesday and June 18 at Texas. Gonzalez would be a top candidate to start June 23 or 24 against the Angels. . . .

Left-hander Greg Swindell, a member of the 2001 World Series champions and a Fox TV analyst, threw extra batting practice in the batting cages Saturday to give players a look against lefties.

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