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Twenty-six more days to go until the Diamondbacks open their 2018 season against the Colorado Rockies and there are still plenty of questions looking for answers.

MLB: Spring Training-Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies Cheryl Evans-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado 15, Arizona 6

Jarrod Dyson made his debut and Jake Lamb launched a grand slam, but Chis Iannetta went deep twice and drove in five to propel the Rockies to a comfortable victory over the Diamondbacks.

Dyson Debuts

Jarrod Dyson made his spring debut. Jake Lamb hit a grand slam, driving in Peralta, Pollock, and Goldschmidt. In addition to two hits, Pollock played some defense. Unfortunately for Arizona, Chis Iannetta happened.

Diamondbacks Announce Single Game Ticket Sales

Fans can pick up single game tickets beginning Monday at 9 a.m.

Diamondbacks Adjusting to New Mound Visit Rule

One would think that the Commissioner would at least beup on the specifics of the controversial rule change before he talks about it in a press conference. Given how little this change is going to actually do for the game, I have a feeling this will be a point of conversation in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Until then, catchers and managers are still trying to figure out how to make things work.

Mathis, entering his 14th major league season and his second with the Diamondbacks, isn’t sure what to make of all of it. He genuinely looked and sounded perturbed when discussing the new rules.

Questions Facing the NL West

Most everyone agrees that the Dodgers are still the team to beat in the NL West. What about the rest of the division?

A New Defensive Shift?

Although not an entirely new practice, Philadelphia’s new manager, Gabe Kapler, is taking the concept of defensive switching in the outfield to a new level.

2017 Baseballs Found to be Different After All

To almost no one’s surprise, a more in-depth look at baseballs used over the last five seasons has revealed a substantial difference in balls used in 2017. At least one pitcher is not happy with MLB.

The Pit’s favourite tweeter got in on the conversation too.

I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of investigations regarding state of game balls, especially with the new move towards all teams being responsible for climate controlled storage of game balls.