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Gibson frustrated by comparisons to 2011

SAN DIEGO -- The 2011 season was a fun year for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they captured the National League West.

Yes, it was a team, like this year's, that started slowly, and most of the same players are back this year.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, though, has had enough of talking about last year, and he made that clear prior to Saturday's game when a reporter referenced the 2011 season.

"I don't think it's productive," Gibson said referring to talking about last season. "It's this year."

Last year's D-backs turned their season around in May and found ways to win games, especially late.

This year's edition went 11-17 in May and has not had the same late-inning magic.

"We need to redefine who we are going to be," Gibson said. "We have to have the desire to get on that track. It's going to be a different path."

The first-place Dodgers lost five in a row heading into Saturday, but the D-backs had managed to go just 3-2 over that span.

"It's frustrating that we're not taking our opportunity," Gibson said. "It's not do or die, but every day is. You have to have that urgency."

SAN DIEGO -- The 2011 season was a fun year for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they captured the National League West.

Yes, it was a team, like this year's, that started slowly, and most of the same players are back this year.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, though, has had enough of talking about last year, and he made that clear prior to Saturday's game when a reporter referenced the 2011 season.

"I don't think it's productive," Gibson said referring to talking about last season. "It's this year."

Last year's D-backs turned their season around in May and found ways to win games, especially late.

This year's edition went 11-17 in May and has not had the same late-inning magic.

"We need to redefine who we are going to be," Gibson said. "We have to have the desire to get on that track. It's going to be a different path."

The first-place Dodgers lost five in a row heading into Saturday, but the D-backs had managed to go just 3-2 over that span.

"It's frustrating that we're not taking our opportunity," Gibson said. "It's not do or die, but every day is. You have to have that urgency."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.