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Diamondbacks Spring Training Gameday Thread, WBC, vs. Team Mexico

A bit of extra-curricular activity tonight which, one imagines will not count towards the Cactus League standings or statistics, so I'm not giving it a number either. This one is on Fox Sports Arizona and the MLB Network, and features our new TV duo of Berthiaume and Brenly, so should be fun!

2 hrs Salt River Fields is getting ready for #Dbacks vs Mexico.
2 hrs Salt River Fields is getting ready for #Dbacks vs Mexico.

Yes, for those outside the Arizona area, this will be your first chance to see the 2013 Diamondbacks live, as the game is being televised nationwide [the previous Cactus League game was on a headache-inducing tape delay, not least because it was a split-squad day too, so we had, effectively, three games being discussed simultaneously!] It's also the Diamondbacks' first evening game of the year, and it looks like a very pleasant evening over at Salt River Field, so I think there may well be a decent crowd for the event. The Diamondbacks line-up still lacks Cody Ross, who is expected be out for 2-3 weeks, with his leg issue. Here's who is playing::

  1. Adam Eaton CF
  2. Cliff Pennington SS
  3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  4. Jason Kubel LF
  5. Eric Chavez DH
  6. Matt Davidson 3B
  7. A.J. Pollock RF
  8. Wil Nieves C
  9. John McDonald 2B
    + pitchers Ian Kennedy, Tyler Skaggs, Charles Brewer, J.J Putz, Bo Schultz and Brad Ziegler

The scheduled starter for Team Mexico is Yovanni Gallardo, which makes this a rematch of the 2011 National League Divisoin Series. However, he's not expected to pitch more than about an inning this evening, as he's just making sure he's 100% recovered from a groin strain. Assuming all is well, he'll then start against the United States on Friday.