SnakeBytes 3/30: Spring Break Over

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And with that, the D-backs strange Spring Training is over. Position battles were won and lost, injuries happened, but regardless the team must rebound and start the long trek of 160 games.

Quotables

If you look back 60 years, you'll find the three most popular sports are baseball, boxing and horse racing," Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick said. "We're the one that has actually survived and is still thriving.

- Ken Kendrick

We feel this year specifically we're going to have to score a lot of runs to win ballgames. We felt having his bat in the lineup, there's power there, it's quick. We decided to go with, in our eyes, the guy we thought was a better offensive player.

- Kevin Towers

Daily Dbacks

Everybody has been playing nice lately, carefully doing their best to avoid saying anything that might escalate the situation. And to a point, it probably makes sense. A little detente in the budding feud between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers was actually necessary.

The Diamondbacks picked Chris Owings as their starting shortstop over 24-year-old Didi Gregorius, who will be sent down to Triple-A Reno to start the season.

Chris Owings won the starting shortstop job as the D-backs demoted Didi Gregorius to Triple-A Reno following Saturday's exhibition game with the Cubs.

The way Diamondbacks first-base coach Dave McKay looks at it, good baserunning can be the difference between a World Series and missing the playoffs.

Mike Harkey informed righthander Randall Delgado on Friday that he had at least one major-league start in his future.

Bronson Arroyo threw 77 pitches in 4 2/3 innings of his final spring appearance, his second start in a major league game after being delayed because of back soreness early in camp. The Cubs got six hits off Arroyo, all singles, and two runs, but Arroyo looked comfortable and appears ready to make his first scheduled start April 3 in the final game of a four-game series against the Giants at Chase Field.

Bronson Arroyo returned to the mound and allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings before the Cubs rallied for a 9-8 victory on Saturday afternoon at Chase Field in the final spring game for both teams.

Having made his Major League debut, tossing a scoreless inning in last Sunday's 7-5 defeat in Australia, Schultz did something that just a few years ago seemed utterly impossible.


Around the MLB

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This is the time of year when the baseball team must lock the doors to its second residence and move back to its summer home, a roofed mansion in Phoenix that's only 16 years old, 21 miles away and yet feels like another world entirely.

Criticizing baseball managers is a pastime as American as baseball itself. Players make their share of gaffes, but few mistakes are dissected with as much scrutiny as those made by the men in the dugout, especially during the postseason. Whether it’s his faulty in-game tactical choices or just the vague sense that he’s lost control of the clubhouse, the manager is an easy target.

Opening Day is almost upon us, baseball fans. If you're planning on buying tickets to go and see your ballclub's home opener, here are the prices of those games and how they stack up compared to other teams in baseball.

Penmanship seems to be a thing of the past in Major League Baseball, with players often leaving autograph collectors scratching their heads.

The Angels and superstar outfielder Mike Trout have agreed to terms on a six-year extension which is reportedly worth $144.5 million. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has the year-by-year breakdown.
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