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Always good to blank a divisional rival. Hopefully, we can do it when it counts, too.

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MLB: Spring Training-Cleveland Indians at Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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[AZ Central] Luke Weaver tosses five scoreless in Diamondbacks’ shutout of Giants - Christian Walker had a productive day at the plate, driving a triple off the right field wall in the second inning and doubling down the left field line in the fourth. “He continues to be a very, very good bright spot for us on both sides of the baseball,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “Defensively, he’s made huge strides, and offensively he’s got a great approach and he gets that foot down and his hands are firing for him he can drive the ball out of any part of the ballpark.

[] Rzepczynski knows new rule could affect career - “Obviously, in my role, I’ve been thinking about that,” Rzepczynski said. “I’m going to be honest -- it could affect my job next year. Guys in my role that they don’t see being able to face right-handers as successful as left-handers, it could cost jobs. Me being a little bit older, it’s going to question a lot of things if it does come into play. I hate saying it like that, but I’m going to be honest because whether or not I think I can get anybody else out, it’s going to be the team’s opinion.”

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks considering moving away from 3-catcher system - Another factor could be the organization’s depth at the position. The willingness to shift away from three catchers seems mostly a product of roster concerns. Another factor could be the organization’s depth at the position... The club also is confident that Kelly, acquired as part of the Paul Goldschmidt trade, is ready to shoulder a significant workload at the major league level. “I still like the three-catcher setup, but we’ve always felt like we were going to get to a two-catcher system at some point,” Hazen said. “We just didn’t feel like we had the right ways to do it. I feel like we now have more of an opportunity to do it if we choose to.”

[Arizona Sports] Steven Souza Jr. ‘going back to basics’ after forgettable 2018 - “I’ve seen [Souza] focus on himself and taking care of what he needs to do to get ready to go,” Lovullo said before the D-backs played the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. “He’s an extremely compassionate guy and he’s a great teammate but I think for this time-being right now because the year he had last year that was built around frustration and injury that he needs to simplify it and go back to the basics and we’re watching him do that.”

[The Athletic] Thinking positive: Diamondbacks’ De La Rosa nears return after second Tommy John surgery - Twice during a 10-minute interview De La Rosa called his rehab “fun.” “If you believe in yourself and you believe you can come back and work hard and do everything possible to come back and pitch again, I think that’s the strongest thing,” he said. “That personality and just trust. A lot of people can’t find fun about it but I found a way to have fun. Just put my music on, talk to guys, talk to my family. It was the fun the whole way.”

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks pitcher worries new rule could mean end of lefty specialists - Lefty reliever T.J. McFarland is looking doubtful for Opening Day. He has only begun to play catch this week and has yet to throw off a mound since being shut down earlier in camp with what the club called shoulder inflammation. Manager Torey Lovullo didn’t rule anything out but he said the club would exercise caution. “We don’t like to rush things and force guys into situations where they’re playing catch-up and then the year is one of those where they’re not ready mentally or physically and they’re playing uphill,” Lovullo said. “We’re going to take our time with it.”

[Arizona Sports] D-backs OF Adam Jones: Phasing out vets isn't good for MLB - Jones said older players aren’t receiving the same deals they once were — even if they remain productive. “Ten years ago, the guys 33, 35, you still were getting three-, four-year deals,” he said. “The game has changed and I completely understand that. I just think the new culture of baseball, you have to adapt to it... But we want to play. We love to play. When you take that away from us, some players get bitter about it and … that’s not good for the game, that’s not good for the next generation of the game.”

[Camp Verde Bugle] Baseball babies: Diamondbacks pitchers are learning dual roles - Godley said that he and his wife are still working out a schedule, but that she will stay with him almost all of the season, with a couple of trips planned to return home. With his focus on giving his team any chance he can at winning a ballgame, however, missing moments with his daughter are inevitable. “That is the hardest part about this,” Godley said. “(It’s) being away from your child and not being able to see the little growths, and the bits of personality that come out each and everyday that you don’t get to see when you are away from them.”

[CarterHud] Arizona Diamondbacks 2019 season preview - "Losing isn't easy, and though the Arizona Diamondbacks had a 2018 record over .500, the offseason brought them with plenty of losing... But, despite all that, the team is still looking at contention, and it isn't too far away." Just another season preview looking at the D-backs. Except this one is written by a 7th-grader. Wish I had started writing about baseball in the 7th grade. I might be good by now. :)

And, elsewhere...

[NYMag] Is Baseball About to Get Really Weird? - Of course there is no guarantee that any of these changes, if implemented, will actually work, in the sense of attracting more younger fans. The next millennial to tell me, “I’d watch more baseball if there were more balls in play and fewer relief pitchers” will be the first. The danger is needlessly irritating your most dedicated fans while chasing the elusive phantom that is the Millennial With Expendable Income. And baseball fans, for better or worse, are more resistant to change than fans of other sports.

[ESPN] Predicting the next top-100 player for all 30 teams - Robbie Ray, LHP. Ray was on this last a year ago at No. 49, but scuffled through some injuries and went 6-2 with a 3.93 ERA over 24 starts. (And, yes, getting only eight decisions was weird; he’s the first pitcher with that many starts and so few decisions in MLB history, not including Tampa Bay opener Ryne Stanek). The stuff is still filthy -- 165 K’s in 123⅔ innings -- and he finished strong with a 3.23 ERA in the second half.

[MyWorkDayJobs] FOX Sports Arizona - Digital Content Producer - This position is responsible for producing content for the FOX Sports Arizona digital and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube) both in front of and behind the camera. The ideal candidate will have the ability to create and deliver compelling sports and entertainment content. Must exude personality, have the ability to host solo and as part of a team, and understand the local market. This position may contribute to FOX Sports Arizona’s television products (live and pre-produced). Must also have good news judgement and be able to develop relationships with the local professional sports teams.

Oh, well: never mind. :)