SnakeBytes 3/31: Opening Day

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As baseball gets underway in cities all over America, including Arizona, we take a look at some of the biggest story lines facing the D-backs.

Daily Dbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks play their first home game of the season Monday night against the San Francisco Giants. Here's a quick guide to prepare you for the festivities.

As he went about tormenting major-league pitchers last season, Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt noticed a slight difference in the way he was being pitched. Pitchers seemed to be a little more careful later in the season. Or he thinks he noticed it. The difference was small, so he's not really sure.

It's a brutal task, but somebody has to hang out at Cactus League games all spring to identify players who could have a breakout season or go into the tank. So far, however, we haven't been able to convince the boss to fly us off to Florida to provide a little balance with some Grapefruit League games.

During the winter, when he wasn't perched up in a tree on his Michigan ranch hunting and contemplating, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson devoured Phil Jackson's latest book, "11 Rings: The Soul of Success."

The Diamondbacks put on their dress whites and pose for the cameras for Media Day at Salt River Fields.

Around the League

The Dodgers lead the league again.

The First Lady launched the Take the Field initiative this week, encouraging Major League baseball players to get active and eat a healthy diet.

John Anderson's morning breakfast meeting doesn't go as planned.

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