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D-backs lefty Vidal Nuņo excited for his first start at Chase Field

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Traded on Sunday.

Get to the new ballpark Monday.

Pitch on Tuesday.

That is the three-day itinerary of pitcher Vidal Nuņo, whom the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired from the New York Yankees in exchange for right-hander Brandon McCarthy over the weekend.

"It's part of the business," Nuņo told reporters Monday. "It's thrilling that another team wants me to pitch for them. I'm going to do the same routine that I was doing in New York and try to have quality starts down here."

Quality starts were too few for Nuņo with the Yankees. The 26-year-old left-hander had just three in 14 starts for New York in 2014, after having a pretty good 2013 season split between the minors and the big leagues.

So what's been the difference this season?

"I was just trying to find my pitches. I didn't pitch for almost six months," Nuņo said. "Getting to the highest level, it was kind of hard to find my routine, find my release point. The last two starts, I found it and now I'm just proceeding to try and do something great for (Tuesday)."

In his second-to-last start for the Yankees, Nuņo pitched well, hurling 5.2 scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on June 27.

Nuņo will make his Chase Field debut against left-hander Brad Hand of the Miami Marlins Tuesday night.

"He's a good kid, has a good attitude," manager Kirk Gibson said of Nuņo. "Talking to him, he's pretty excited about being here, it's a good opportunity. He's from San Diego, so he's closer to home.

"He's heard good things about us and he's looking forward to the opportunity."

He may be out of the pressure cooker-type environment in the Bronx, but Nuņo knows there is still plenty of expectation on him to succeed.

"There's other guys in the minor leagues trying to take my spot," he said. "Every day is going to be a grind. I tell myself when I wake up that I've got to put in the work, I've got to do my flexibility because I pulled my groin last year, so I can't have that happen this year, so I've been doing that on a daily basis."

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School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: October 2011

Favorite sports memory: Watching Cardinals win NFC Championship over Philly in January 2009 with my Dad...ASU wins 1987 Rose Bowl...Suns defeat Lakers in 1990 NBA Playoffs...2001 World Series

Favorite all-time athletes: Don Mattingly, Jeff Hornacek, Walter Davis, Anquan Boldin

Favorite sports movies: Friday Night Lights, The Natural, Hoosiers


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