Paul Goldschmidt picked up right where he left off last July, as the D-backs first baseman singled sharply up the middle in his lone at-bat in Tuesday’s 4-0 win in an exhibition game against Arizona State University.
In the Rockies’ world, a player may need to move around to move up. The Rockies usually carry 13 pitchers, while most teams tend to go with 12. That means fewer players on the Rockies’ bench, so the more versatile a player, the better.
The A’s have frequently used a strength-in-numbers approach, but rarely more often than this winter. In total, Billy Beane and David Forst acquired 27 players in nine trades during the Hot Stove season.
Madison Bumgarner wasn’t even sure how many runs he gave up in his tough spring debut, showing how little it mattered to him.
The D-backs wore black patches with “KAYLA” on them on their left shoulders for Tuesday’s exhibition game against Arizona State University in memory of Prescott resident Kayla Mueller.
Tim Lincecum demonstrated his potential for dominance, striking out two and reaching two-strike counts to each hitter he faced while working the third inning. He also proved susceptible to lapses as he surrendered Ben Zobrist’s leadoff double and wild-pitched him home.
Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa will get the start for the D-backs in their Cactus League opener on Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies at Salt River Fields.
Phillies right-hander David Buchanan entered Spring Training last year as a last-minute invite to camp and a relative unknown outside the organization. But Buchanan, who allowed five hits and one run over two innings in Tuesday’s 5-5 tie with the Yankees at Bright House Field, enters this camp as the favorite to be the team’s No. 5 starter behind Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams.
Ryan Howard could have come to Phillies camp last month in a miserable mood and with a scowl on his face. Howard’s offseason included a lawsuit between himself and his family, a concerted effort by the organization to trade him and a local radio interview in which his general manager said the Phillies would be better without him. But Howard showed up with a smile, and unless he is putting on an Oscar-worthy performance, he has maintained an upbeat appearance.