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Owings takes on Peralta's nickname in big way

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PHOENIX -- David Peralta has taken to a nickname bestowed upon him a few years ago from D-backs television voice Steve Berthiaume -- The Freight Train.

The nickname was a result of how hard Peralta runs the bases, and there have been T-shirts made with the phrase.

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PHOENIX -- David Peralta has taken to a nickname bestowed upon him a few years ago from D-backs television voice Steve Berthiaume -- The Freight Train.

The nickname was a result of how hard Peralta runs the bases, and there have been T-shirts made with the phrase.

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When shortstop Chris Owings began getting playing time in right field on Peralta's off-days, Peralta took to calling him "The Little Freight Train."

Owings has been trying to get Peralta to use the song, "C'mon N' Ride The Train," by Quad City DJ's as his walk-up music, but Peralta had yet to do it.

Thursday, when Owings got the start in right, he arranged it so that would be his walk-up song. He also set it up so that the train horn sound they play when Peralta gets a hit would play instead for Owings.

"I had no idea that he was going to do that," Peralta said. "First at-bat I'm like, 'Hey let's go C.O.' and then I heard the walkup song and it was so funny. And then he gets a double and they played the train sound and that made my day. He got me. I didn't see it coming."

First-year manager Torey Lovullo has encouraged his players to have fun as a way of building a closeness in the clubhouse.

"It was a good moment for all of us," Lovullo said of Owings walk-up music. "I love those moments. I see that every single day. I watch these guys walk around as a group that cares about one another and loves one another and that translates each and every day. When they have to rely on each other it's always a team moment."

Walker throws bullpen

Taijuan Walker, who is on the disabled list with a blister on his index finger, threw a bullpen session Friday. Lovullo said they were close to determining when Walker would be slotted back into the rotation.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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