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Diamondbacks Spring Training Gameday Thread, #9, vs. Rangers

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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?

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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.

  1. Gerardo Parra CF
  2. Willie Bloomquist SS
  3. Martin Prado LF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  6. Eric Chavez 3B
  7. A.J. Pollock DH
  8. Josh Wilson 2B
  9. 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.