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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #2: It's Miller time!

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Our other big-ticket pitching acquisition of the winter, Shelby Miller, makes his first start for us in the majors. Hopefully, it'll go better than last night!

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Chad Betts
RHP, 0-0, N/A
Shelby Miller
RHP, 0-0, N/A
Charlie Blackmon - CF Jean Segura - 2B
Trevor Story - SS Socrates Brito - CF
Carlos Gonzalez - RF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Nolan Arenado - 3B David Peralta - RF
Gerardo Parra - LF Welington Castillo - C
Nick Hundley - C Jake Lamb - 3B
Ben Paulsen - 1B Yasmany Tomas - LF
DJ LeMahieu - 2B Shelby Miller - RHP
Chad Bettis - RHP Nick Ahmed - SS

Just one change to the line-up, Brito taking over from Chris Owings in CF - Peralta and Castillo also swap places in the line-up. I'm thinking this will largely be what we see against right-handed starting pitchers. As well as Miller, this one also marks the debut of another uniform: tonight, we'll be playing in the "Home alternate teal with teal outline "A" cap." The ones worn last night will never be seen again, I trust, having been ceremonially burned, with the remains being placed in a small urn and presented to Trevor Story.

Couple of bits of follow-up info from Chip Hale. He more or less denied the idea that Greinke was suffering from the 'flu last night. He said, "I don’t know where that came from. I got a text, actually, early this morning from Ken Rosenthal, who reported it — I guess he tweeted it — and asked me, and I didn’t respond to it because, first of all, even if it was true, I don’t know if anybody would want to make excuses for having a poor outing. But not that I know of, that there was any issue." Chip also said "sorry" for his comments last night about the media - apparently, his son got on his case about them:

He does have a point, to some extent. Virtually every starter will drop a turkey like last night's over the course of the season [just ask Clayton Kershaw, who has had his share of nightmares here!]. But the fact that it was on Opening Day - and the first game of our most expensive player ever - magnifies everything. As we noted elsewhere, it's only one game, and there will like be 70 or more defeats over the coming months, some likely irritating us to an even greater degree. That said, a good performance tonight, by both Miller and the offense, will go a long way to rinsing the bad taste from Monday away.

Also, note that the game tonight is being broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona PLUS, since the Suns and Coyotes are also in action tonight. This should help you track down the channel, if you're having issues!