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Spring Training Gameday Thread, #4: Diamondbacks @ Athletics

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Yep, the A’s again...

MLB: Spring Training-San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. Starling Marte, CF
  2. Josh Rojas, 2B
  3. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
  4. David Peralta, LF
  5. Christian Walker, 1B
  6. Carson Kelly, C
  7. Ildemaro Vargas, SS
  8. Drew Ellis, DH
  9. Travis Snider, RF
    + RHP Luke Weaver, RHP Merrill Kelly, RHP Damien Magnifico, RHP Eduardo Jiménez, RHP Mauricio Cabrera, RHP Archie Bradley

Good to see Walker in the line-up today, having missed the first few games with “general body soreness.” Any SnakePitters over the age of 40 will be nodding sympathetically at that ailment. But the most important thing will be seeing Weaver taking the mound. He missed four months last season, before a token two-inning outing in late September. But if the team is to go anywhere this year, getting a full season out of Luke is likely to be key. He has apparently looked good in his warm-up sessions, but a strong, healthy spring will make everyone feel considerably more confident. Not least, Weaver himself.