Diamondbacks 4, Royals 2
At Salt River Fields
On the mound: LHP Robbie Ray still hasn’t been officially announced as a member of the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation, but he said Tuesday he’s ready to start the season. “All my pitches are crisp,” Ray said after giving up two runs in five innings. “They’re feeling good coming out of the hand.” Ray is lined up to be the club’s No. 3 starter, slotting in after RHPs Zack Greinke and Taijuan Walker and before RHP Shelby Miller and LHP Patrick Corbin. He walked one batter on Tuesday and has just two walks in his past 15 1/3 innings in the Cactus League. “I feel like my mechanics are in a good place,” Ray said. “I feel really good with all my pitches right now. The thing I came into spring to work on was landing offspeed in the zone and I feel like I’ve done a really good job with that.” Ray said he’s not bothered by the fact that manager Torey Lovullo hasn’t announced him in the rotation.
At the plate: LF Chris Herrmann connected for a solo home run in the bottom of the second, hitting the first pitch he saw off Royals LHP Jason Vargas over the wall in right field. “It’s nice when our guys are having productive at-bats, especially when we fall behind and kind of answer the bell,” Lovullo said. “It was a nice approach, a nice, backspinned ball.” He began the spring 1 for 14 but has since gone 9 for 26 (.346) with a double, two homers and three walks. Both home runs have come in the past three days.
Extra bases: Former Diamondbacks prospect DH Peter O’Brien slugged a first-pitch home run off Ray in the second inning. He has seven homers this spring but is expected to open the season in the minors for the Royals.
Wednesday’s game: Off.
Thursday’s game: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke vs. Cubs TBA, 1:10 p.m., Salt River Fields.