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Back home to Salt River Fields for Arizona, as they take on Texas, who have struggled this year. They are only 1-6, compared to our 4-3 record. Will that project in to a win for the D-backs?
It's officially a sellout at Salt River Fields today for a game against the Rangers. That follows on the heels of some vaguely disappointing attendances during the week, though Derrick Hall seems unconcerned: "We think it’s because of the early start. It’s a February start. Nobody’s on spring break yet and the weather still hasn’t gotten to the warmth that people expect with spring training. I think probably in the next week we’ll see it lift." That would make sense: I also think it's worth noting there are more games this year, due to the extra week, which would likely lead to the entertainment dollar being spread a bit more thinly.
Here's the D-backs line up for today., which is on the radio again, if you can find one.
- Gerardo Parra CF
- Willie Bloomquist SS
- Martin Prado LF
- Miguel Montero C
- Paul Goldschmidt 1B
- Eric Chavez 3B
- A.J. Pollock DH
- Josh Wilson 2B
- Adam Eaton RF
+ Pitchers Wade Miley, Randall Delgado, Chase Anderson, Brad Ziegler, Matt Reynolds, Warner Madrigal and Joe Paterson
As noted in the comments, Aaron Hill was a late scratch with a tight left quad, so Josh Wilson comes in, batting in the eight spot. If you missed the World Baseball Classic Game last night - I dunno, through preferring sleep - looks like there were some good games. Taipei beat Australia 4-1, but Japan had to rally in the eighth inning to beat Brazil 5-3, and avert what would have been a massive shock. There was a surprise as the Netherlands blanked Korea 5-0, Diegomar Markwell and the Dutch pitchers four-hitting the Koreans, who also committed four errors.