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Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: preview and game thread

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The Rockies open their Cactus League slate against the Diamondbacks today at 1 p.m. MT.

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The death throes of winter are upon us. Those living in the southeastern parts of the United States are, today, confronted with the tired phrase "Winter Storm Watch" coming from sundry media sources and apps. But it can't go on much longer, for in Arizona--at Salt River Fields at Talking stick, to be precise--spring has arrived: the Colorado Rockies will play their first baseball game of 2015 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks (away):

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Dbacks lineup vs. Rockies: Pollock, Pennington, Goldschmidt, Peralta, O&#39;Brien, Lamb, Evans, Brito, Drury.</p>&mdash; Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) <a href="https://twitter.com/nickpiecoro/status/573137830563594240">March 4, 2015</a></blockquote>

My best guesses as to the positions these players will play, in order: DH, SS, 1B, OF, C, 3B, OF, OF, 2B. The newly acquired Rubby De La Rosa will start for the Diamondbacks. Chase Anderson is also scheduled to pitch, as are top prospects Aaron Blair and Braden Shipley, according to Steven Gilbert.

The Rockies (home):

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rockies?src=hash">#Rockies</a> starting lineup for the Cactus League opener vs. <a href="https://twitter.com/Dbacks">@Dbacks</a>: <a href="http://t.co/I1HQuIZbWT">pic.twitter.com/I1HQuIZbWT</a></p>&mdash; Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) <a href="https://twitter.com/RockiesPR/status/573134177421295616">March 4, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Jordan Lyles is scheduled to throw two innings. Jon Gray is scheduled to pitch innings three and four. They will be followed by innings from Aaron Laffey, Yohan Flande, Jairo Diaz, and Tommy Kahnle.

Don't expect the starters to get more than two or three plate appearances. If we really want to learn something from today's game, let's hope that all balls thrown to Rosario at first are in the dirt.

What you can't do today is watch the game, unless you're at the ballpark. What you can do is listen to the game. For those who live within the reach of its signals, you can listen on KOA. For those who don't, you can listen to the Arizona feed here, providing that you have purchased a subscription to do so.

Baseball!