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Spring Training Games #5 + #6 Gameday Thread

Another double-dip into the Diamondbacks, but at least they don't have to travel. It's a Salt River double-header, with the Brewers first in for the afternoon contest, and then the Cubs come to visit in the evening - Archie Bradley starts the night-cap. All lineups liable to change, of course.

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There are actually nine Cactus League games being played today, with us, the Cubs and Brewers all splitting their squads. I can see the need for one team to have to do that on any given day - 15 teams train in Arizona, and so, a split evens up the numbers. But asking three outfits to do it, does seem like a bit of overkill. Wonder if it's just a case of trying to cram in bonus games to make up for the loss of us and the Dodgers for ten days? Might backfire, since the weather forecast for today is distinctly iffy-looking.

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To be announced
LHP, 0-0, N/A
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Trevor Cahill
RHP, 0-0, N/A

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. Tony Campana, CF
  2. Chris Owings, SS
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Miguel Montero, C
  5. Aaron Hill, 2B
  6. Mark Trumbo, LF
  7. Jake Lamb, 3B
  8. Ender Inciarte, RF
  9. Danny Dorn, DH
    + Cahill, J.J. Putz, Joe Thatcher, Josh Collmenter, Zeke Spruill, Santos Rodriguez, Andrew Chafin, Adam Russell, Matt Stites

I'm presuming not all these will get in the game, unless there's early inning carnage. However, does the fact so many are lined up (compared to the evening one), suggest Cahill is not scheduled to pitch as long as our other starters: maybe he's not going to Australia, so there's less "rush" to get him ready? Pure speculation at this point. On the other hand, three weeks from now, we'll be between Sydney games. It's closer than you think. This game will be broadcast through the radio, on Arizona Sports, and presumably on MLB.tv as well. On the Milwaukee side, we may see the former Diamondbacks now battling for the first-base spot with the Brewers: Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds.

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Edwin Jackson
LHP, 0-0, N/A
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Archie Bradley
RHP, 0-0, N/A

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. Didi Gregorius, SS
  2. A.J. Pollock, CF
  3. Gerardo Parra, RF
  4. Martin Prado, 3B
  5. Mike Jacobs, 1B
  6. Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B
  7. Shelley Duncan, DH
  8. Alfredo Marte, LF
  9. Henry Blanco, C
    + Bradley, Addison Reed, Brad Ziegler, Willy Paredes, Chase Anderson

Shame it doesn't appear there'll be any meaningful way to follow this contest from a D-backs perspective - I believe it's on radio from the Cubs side, but I imagine he'll not exactly be their top priority. I think there'd be a lot of interest in seeing how Bradley does in his first start of spring. I think the signing of Bronson Arroyo probably ended any meaningful contest for rotation spots, but since the general opinion is that Bradley will be seen for us at some point this year, his performance is still very relevant. The only German-born player in our history goes for Chicago: the Cubs are his fourth team since leaving us, having also played for the White Sox, Cardinals and Nationals.