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Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training Gameday Thread, #11: 3/6 vs. Kansas City Royals

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Surprise! It’s a Ray day!

MLB: Spring Training-Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. A.J. Pollock, CF
  2. Chris Owings, SS
  3. David Peralta, RF
  4. Yasmany Tomas, LF
  5. Chris Herrmann, 1B
  6. Jack Reinheimer, 2B
  7. Nick Ahmed, DH
  8. Domingo Leyba, 3B
  9. Jeff Mathis, C
    + LHP Robbie Ray, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP J.J. Hoover, LHP Andrew Chafin, LHP Daniel Gibson, RHP Miller Díaz, RHP Matt Koch, LHP Jorge De La Rosa

Ray makes his second start, and will be looking to show better control than in his first outing, where he only lasted 1.1 innings, mostly thanks to the three walks he issued in the opening frame. He ended up not allowing any runs, but the spring outing was almost a miniature version of his issues in 2016, with regard to pitch counts and efficiency in particular.

Today also sees the start of life without Paul Goldschmidt, who is off to the WBC for Team USA: Herrmann gets to stand-in for Goldy this afternoon. I also note Israel got the tournament under way with a surprising win over South Korea, in a game where former (and not exactly stellar!) D-back Jason Marquis started for Israel. I like to see shocks like this: there’s not much fun in a tournament where the expected winners prevail all the time.

No TV or radio that I could locate, but let us know if you find anything. The broadcast schedule on the Diamondbacks’ site has proven less than 100% accurate, shall we say.