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Diamondbacks 8, White Sox 4 - Lolback of the Week

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[That one's for hotclaws. ;-)]

One of these days, I'm going to get home before 10pm, and have a chance to write a post without having sternly to resist the siren-call of the bed. However, that day is not today.

I'll therefore be brief, and just point out that we finally got a good outing from one of our starters. Dan Haren pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, with the only damage coming on a pair of solo leadoff homers in the second and fifth, as Arizona rolled over the White Sox 8-4. Said Haren, "I felt really good. I wanted to make sure I went out there six or seven times to get my innings in and my pitch count up. I felt good, even out there in the seventh." At the plate, Jackson was 2-for-3 with a homer, and Robby Hammock had easily his best day of spring, going 3-for-4. Chris Young reached three times, with a hit and two walks, while Upton had a hit and a walk.

In something of a shock, Alex Romero has made the Diamondbacks' roster, pipping Trot Nixon for the final spot. It simply seems like Bob Melvin decided to go with the hot-hand: in spring, Romero's hit .333 and Nixon only .218 - though the gap was much narrower in OPS, where Romero's edge was only .722/.720, mostly because he only had one extra-base hit. While Romero is left-handed, he has no experience playing first, which means that Chris Burke will be backing up Jackson at first, until Chad Tracy is ready. That also means no 40-man roster move is necessary. The final bullpen spot is still to be decided, but with Edgar Gonzalez replacing Johnson, that would appear to leave room for both Nippert and Medders, at least initially.

Back to Chase Field for the D-backs tomorrow, facing [yawn!] the Rockies one final time, before the start of the season. That one's on FSN, so I certainly hope to get to watch some of it; might even run a Gameday Thread, if anyone is interested? Today's Talking Point Do you believe Jose Canseco's allegations about Alex Rodriguez asking him where to get steroids?