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 So [url=http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-molitor-jersey]Paul Molitor Jersey[/url] , how did it go?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodArizona Diamondbacks April confidence pollNew,13commentsThe first week is in the books. So, how did it go? EDTShareTweetShareShareArizona Diamondbacks April confidence pollAllan Henry-USA TODAY SportsMarch resultsHope springs eternal when spring training begins. That’s one of the mantras of baseball, with every team having a 0-0 record. Did that apply for the Diamondbacks, after a winter probably best described as “troubled”? Certainly, there was plenty of room for improvement in optimism, with confidence having been at a low for the calendar month in four consecutive polls. But there had been a small improvement from January to February: would that continue on into March? Here are the tallies from the poll at the beginning of the momth. 14% - 1 (not confident in the slightest)9% - 218% - 319% - 411% - 515% - 69% - 72% - 8 5% - 9 (very, very, VERY confident)That is indeed a little better than last month, in particular a further drop in those at the bottom of the list. Each of 1, 2, and 3 are all down in percentage terms from last month. In particular, 1’s have dropped by more than a third, going from 21.8% to 13.6%. At the other end, the percentage who voted 7 or better - an endangered species over the winter - reached 15.2%, the best figure since the beginning of September [url=http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-tony-oliva-jersey]Tony Oliva Jersey[/url] , and almost triple the 5.3% recorded in February’s poll. If you’re doing the math, you’ll have figured out that the middle remained kinda stable. Though I imagine it’s more like 3’s turning into 4’s, and 6’s to 7’s, rather than 1’s suddenly undergoing an epiphany and going to 9’s...Below, you can see the breakdown of voting for the past year. Time progresses from the top down, beginning with the April 2018 poll.The average improved by three-quarters of a point overall, and now sits at 4.20. That was the best figure since November - though it still extended the run of lowest figure for the month of March in the four years I’ve been running this. The previous low was 4.98 in March of 2017, and at this point last year, it was 6.81. Here’s the chart with all the poll averages, and you can see how 2019 has consistently been at an all-time low as far as confidence goes. April pollTechnically, this should have come out on Monday, being the first of April. It’s probably for the best in terms of confidence that I forgot, given that would have put it right after the worst four games ever to start a season, in terms of D-backs pitching. A little more perspective has likely been gained after a 3-4 road-trip which likely falls relatively close to what was expected. However, since we last asked you, the team lost Stephen Souza for the season [url=http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-kent-hrbek-jersey]http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-max-kepler-jersey[/url] , Socrates Brito is now a Padre Blue Jay [check back tomorrow for further updates!] and Jake Lamb’s status is uncertain. So, where do you stand now there are actual games in the books?Here’s the poll: as usual, explanations are welcome in the comments... ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — With slugger Joey Gallo healthy, the Texas Rangers plan to start the season with eight pitchers in the bullpen and a shortened bench for new manager Chris Woodward.They just have to decide who will be that eighth reliever.Texas claimed right-hander Kyle Dowdy on waivers from the New York Mets on Tuesday, and the Rule 5 draft pick will have to stay on the big league roster. That leaves right-handers Connor Sadzeck and Adrian Sampson and lefty Kyle Bird the likely contenders for the Rangers final roster spot.“They all bring something unique to the table. There’s good reasons to keep each,” general manager Jon Daniels said after the Rangers beat Cleveland 5-4 in the final spring training game for both teams. “We’ve just got to talk through it some more. Most likely it will be one of those guys.”Sadzeck, who is out of roster options, is the only one who pitched Tuesday. He struck out two in his only inning.Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger allowed four runs (two earned) in three innings. He walked two, struck out five and gave up a three-run homer to Nomar Mazara, his first homer of the spring.“I don’t know if because he was in a stadium, it looked like he was a little over-amped, but the ball’s coming out great,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Early on, he wasn’t commanding his breaking ball (but) as he got into it, he started to do that better. I think he’s situated to have a good [url=http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-kennys-vargas-jersey]Kennys Vargas Jersey[/url] , solid year.”Rangers lefty newcomer Drew Smyly, who missed the last two seasons after Tommy John surgery, allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three.The 26-year-old Dowdy was 9-12 with a 5.15 ERA last season split between Double-A and Triple-A.Texas feels comfortable going with eight relievers since Gallo, coming off consecutive 40-homer seasons, played the past two games without any issues after dealing with a strained right groin during spring training.FINAL OUTCOMEThe Rangers took advantage of an experimental rule designed to limit extended extra-inning games.Franklin Rollin singled home Zack Granite, who had been placed on second base to start the bottom of the ninth inning as part of a rule change implemented in spring training games this season. Granite stole third base and jogged home on Rollin’s liner to left.The rule was used in the minor leagues last season beginning in the 10th inning, and it will also apply to this year’s All-Star Game. During spring training, the automatic baserunner was put in play beginning with the ninth inning, so long as both teams agreed. The rule will not be used during the regular season.Rangers closer Jose Leclerc retired three batters on fly balls, stranding the runner placed on second, when pitching the top of the ninth.ROSTER MOVESDaniels said the Rangers would option Granite to Triple-A Nashville and release veteran outfielder Ben Revere. Texas still has to purchase the contracts of outfielder Hunter Pence, utility infielder Logan Forsythe and right-hander Jeanmar Gomez.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: Francona said 3B Jose Ramirez (left knee contusion) will meet the team in Minnesota on Wednesday appears set to be in the opening day lineup after working out in Arizona. He fouled a pitch off his knee in a game Sunday. … SS Francisco Lindor (strained right calf) had a home run and four RBIs in a minor league spring training game Monday. He also played eight innings in the field.UP NEXTIndians: Play at Minnesota on Thursday. RHP Corey Kluber (20-7, 2.89 in 2018) will be the first Cleveland pitcher to make five straight opening day starts since Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski in 1921.Rangers: Host the Cubs in the season opener on Thursday. LHP Mike Minor (12-8, 4.18) starts for Texas.