Ahoy hoy, it’s time for another D-backs Spring Training game. We’ve got most of the Arizona starters in the lineup again today.
The most interesting note of the lineup – Conor Jackson is getting some innings at first base. He’s going to be a full-time left fielder barring any unforeseen circumstances, but whenever Adam LaRoche needs a day off this year, Jackson could slide over to first. Good to get him some innings over there now.
Chris Young – CF
Stephen Drew – SS
Justin Upton – RF
Mark Reynolds – 3B
Conor Jackson – 1B
Miguel Montero – DH
Ryan Roberts – 2B
Chris Snyder – C
Gerardo Parra – LF
Pitchers – Rodrigo Lopez, Kevin Mulvey, Zach Kroenke, T.J. Beam, Bob Howry
Eric Patterson – CF
Mark Ellis – 2B
Kurt Suzuki – C
Kevin Kouzmanoff – 3B
Eric Chavez – 1B
Ryan Sweeney – RF
Jack Cust – DH
Gabe Gross – LF
Adam Rosales – SS
Pitchers – Gio Gonzalez, Tyson Ross, Brad Ziegler, Henry Rodriguez
As always, I’ll check in with some notes as the game progresses.
— Tomorrow’s pitchers for the D-backs vs. Royals in Tucson – D-backs: Billy Buckner, Loe Rosales, Chad Qualls, Clay Zavada, Blaine Boyer. Royals: Brian Bannister, Kyle Farnsworth, TBD.
— One of the fun things to watch at a Spring Training game is the unique way some players get ready. For example, Tony Abreu and Augie Ojeda worked on some middle infield skills, standing about 15 feet away from each other and firing the ball back and forth as quickly as they could. Cool thing to see.
— The “gasp!” you heard from miles away was the crowd reacting to Mark Reynolds launching a BOMB that may have hit a monkey in the Phoenix Zoo. It easily cleared the billboards in left-center. It was Reynolds’ second homer of the Spring (the first came yesterday) and gave the D-backs a 1-0 lead.
— Apologies for the scarcity of updates. Phoenix Muni is my favorite ballpark in the Cactus League, but this is definitely my least favorite wireless network.