Game report: Royals 10, D-backs 5

Paul Goldschmidt hit his first home run of the spring on Saturday.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Finally, it looked something like a real baseball game.

The Arizona Diamondbacks fell to the Kansas City Royals 10-5 on Saturday afternoon, but for one of the first times this spring the batting order got second and third looks at a major league pitcher. Their big bats showed the ability to make in-game adjustments. Two home runs — including the first of the spring from Paul Goldschmidt — were the bright spots.

Arizona put up seven hits, four earned runs and two homers agaisnt lefty Danny Duffy, who last year finished with a 2.56 ERA. They did so after Duffy rolled through the lineup the first go-around and had six strikeouts against his first nine batters faced.

"He went nine up, nine down," Goldschmidt said. "He’s a really good pitcher, you saw how much success he’s had in his career. We faced him last year and it was a good job by the whole lineup really after that first time through. There wasn’t much panic."

"It’s nice to get a more realistic game, where you get two or three bats off (a quality pitcher)," Pollock said.

Jeremy Hellickson

After he missed his scheduled start earlier in the week because of a dead arm, Hellickson went 4-1/3 innings, throwing 75 pitches and allowing three earned runs and eight hits. He said his arm felt fresh and he should have no problem getting a 90-pitch outing in before spring training ends to be ready for a full plate come the regular season.

Robbie Ray

The most significant news regarding the D-backs’ search for its fourth and fifth starting pitchers wasn’t positive for the lefty. Through the sixth and seventh innings, Ray tossed 45 pitches and allowed five hits and five earned runs.

"(Ray) started out OK but they were real aggressive … on his fastball," Arizona manager Chip Hale said. "When it’s up, doesn’t matter how hard you throw, these guys will hit it. He had some good sink on his fastball earlier, in the first couple innings. Once it got up a little bit, it flattened out and they were able to get on it."

The D-backs could push an expected Sunday cut to Monday because an early morning flight to Hermosillo, Mexico, where a split squad will face the Rockies. They could also make the cut before departing at 8 a.m. … Hale still hopes to make the team’s final cuts by next Friday, though nothing is guaranteed. … Third baseman Yasmany Tomas’ at-bats have improved of late after the staff helped him adjust his leg kick. Here’s Hale on what Tomas changed in his swing: "What was happening is was just kind of doing a knee turn, which makes your front side kind of pull out too quick. So we went back to have him have that knee tuck — more like he tucks it off the ground — instead of leaving his toe on the ground and just turning his heel. It’s given him a more timing on the ball and he’s had better passes at it." … Daniel Hudson will get the start in the U.S.-based game against Colorado on Sunday.

Probable pitchers: Arizona — RHP Daniel Hudson, RHP Rubby De La Rosa, RHP Brad Ziegler, RHP Addison Reed, LHP Matt Reynolds. Colorado — RHP Jordan Lyles, RHP Adam Ottavino, RHP John Axford, RHP Rafael Betancourt, RHP LaTroy Hawkins.

Probable pitchers: Arizona — RHP Aaron Blair, LHP Dan Runzler, LHP Oliver Perez, RHP Evan Marshall, LHP Vidal Nuno. Colorado — RHP Christian Bergman, LHP Christian Friedrich, RHP Brooks Brown, LHP Ken Roberts, RHP Scott Olberg, RHP Jairo Diaz.

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