Just when it seemed safe to pencil top right-handed prospect Jon Gray into the Rockies' season-opening rotation, he turned in a short, rough start Saturday against the Cubs.
On Saturday, Jake Arrieta batted eighth, the first time he's done that this spring. It worked out well in the first inning vs. the Rockies, as he belted his first spring homer, a three-run shot. Arrieta isn't the first Cubs pitcher to be moved up out of the traditional No. 9 spot. It may become more of the norm with manager Joe Maddon's lineup.
After skipping his last start, D-backs right-hander Jeremy Hellickson threw 75 pitches in Saturday's 10-5 loss to the Royals and pronounced his arm healthy and ready for the start of the season.
J.P. Howell is one lefty sure to make the Dodgers' bullpen, but arguments could be made for Paco Rodriguez (8 1/3 scoreless innings) and Adam Liberatore (eight scoreless innings).
Two members of the Giants' 2014 Draft class deepened the organization's optimism on Saturday.