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Game #115: Diamondbacks vs. Royals

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The Jake Lamb era begins.

@dbacks, via Twitter
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Jeremy Guthrie
RHP, 7-9, 4.50
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Vidal Nuño
LHP, 2-7, 4.78
Norichika Aoki - RF Ender Inciarte - CF
Omar Infante - 2B Aaron Hill - 2B
Salvador Perez - C David Peralta - RF
Billy Butler - 1B Mark Trumbo - 1B
Alex Gordon - LF Miguel Montero - C
Lorenzo Cain - CF Jake Lamb - 3B
Mike Moustakas - 3B Didi Gregorius - SS
Alcides Escobar - SS Roger Kieschnick - LF
Jeremy Guthrie - RHP Vidal Nuño - LHP

The Diamondbacks waste no time with Jake Lamb, catapulting him straight into the starting line-up at third, as they try to avoid a sweep by the Royals. He'll be the 59th position player to make his major-league debut for Arizona, and the fourth this year, following Ender Inciarte, David Peralta and Nick Ahmed. If you're looking for records: 26 of those 59 got a hit; only six had a multi-hit game, including Peralta. The sole one with a three-hit performance was Travis Lee, in our very first game, back in 1998. He is also one of six to homer in their debut; the last of these was in 2009, when John Hester (of all people!) did it, the third that season after Trent Oeltjen and Gerardo Parra.

Vidal Nuño will make his sixth start tonight as a Diamondback, still looking for his first win. He's currently tied for seventh on our list, but has some way to go before he'll catch the leader. The top spot belongs to Max Scherzer who made thirteen starts for Arizona, going 0-7 and with a pretty respectable 3.67 ERA. You'd think he'd have lucked into a win once before then. Still, seems to be making up for lost time since, going to show, it's not how you start that matters, it's how you finish. Definitely a young team, with four of the starting nine for Arizona still being rookies. The future is now?