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Diamondbacks 4, Royals 2: And that's a wrap

The preseason ended at Chase Field this afternoon with a Diamondbacks victory. More importantly, the team's count of functioning limbs remained unchanged.

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It was a rather different look to the Diamondbacks team that took the field this afternoon, with Brandon Drury starting in left field and - of all people - Chris Owings starting in center. On the trivial sample size of this game, we'll be perfectly fine. Neither embarrassed themselves with the glove, and the pair combined to go 5-for-8, driving in all for of Arizona's runs. Owings had two hits, including a three-run bomb over the pool in the eighth inning which broke a 1-1 tie and proved decisive, while Drury got three hits, including a triple. Might they prove to be the starters on Monday against the Rockies? We should know a bit more soon, with roster decisions looming.

Robbie Ray's final start was fine, admittedly against a Kansas City team largely populated by minor-leaguers, their main guys likely already sitting at the airport, looking at their watches and tapping their fingers impatiently. Ray threw 82 pitches, which got him one out into the fifth inning, allowing one run on three hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. The bullpen gave up one run the rest of the way - a solo homer off Silvino Bracho in the ninth inning. Brad Ziegler and Andrew Chafin each struck out two in their scoreless inning of work, and Evan Marshall worked a clean seventh. Maybe we'll see all four of them in the bullpen? Should know soon...

On offense, there were two hits for Dawel Lugo, the shortstop we got from the Mariners in exchange for Cliff Pennington, while Phil Gosselin got a hit and a walk, after coming in to take over for Jean Segura at 2B. Paul Goldschmidt was also an early departure from the game, and was last seen being carefully encased in bubblewrap - which is where he will be spending the next six months, when not actively engaged in game duties. Yeah, I was rather less concerned about the result in this one, than about the team simply getting through it unscathed. Still, the win's the thing.

Final roster moves should be released shortly, so feel free to comment in this thread until I get a formal post up to discuss them. Otherwise, the next game recap will be one that matters, on Opening Day! Woo-hoo...