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D-backs ready to move on from late 2018 skid

After missing the playoffs a year ago, Lovullo, players looking ahead
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- They've talked in small groups. They've talked in larger groups. The front office has discussed it. It's a topic that kept manager Torey Lovullo up at night at times.

What in the world happened to the D-backs last September when they watched the National League West Division lead slip away during an 8-19 finish?

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- They've talked in small groups. They've talked in larger groups. The front office has discussed it. It's a topic that kept manager Torey Lovullo up at night at times.

What in the world happened to the D-backs last September when they watched the National League West Division lead slip away during an 8-19 finish?

There are many theories, including that they put too much pressure on themselves or got a little tight as their lead shrunk, but one thing everyone can now agree on is it's time to move on.

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The D-backs' fresh start began Monday morning during the first full-squad meeting of the spring.

"Everybody has turned the page, and it's a new year," shortstop Nick Ahmed said. "Guys had time to reflect and work on things they needed to do in the offseason. We've learned from it, and we're ready to come out stronger this year."

So, what exactly did they learn from it?

While the specifics vary depending on the player, there were a few main themes: One, sometimes trying harder makes it more difficult to be successful, especially when things are going badly.

As the division lead, and then the postseason, began to slip away, it seemed as though the players were each trying to do too much to stop the slide, instead of staying within themselves.

"It wasn't for a lack of effort that we didn't play the way we wanted to," Ahmed said. "I think, if anything, we're going to try and just relax and play our game all year. I don't think that there's one thing that we've all pinpointed and said, 'Hey, that was it.' But it's a six-month season, and you've got to be good enough for six."

Another main theme was to not pay attention to the standings, or what outside expectations there may or may not be.

"I think it also told us that we can't scoreboard watch so early," reliever Archie Bradley said. "Guys can say what they want, but it felt good being in first place the whole year, we felt great about it, but all that matters is the end of the year."

First baseman Jake Lamb got a chance to view last year's September struggles from a different vantage point, as he was on the injured list following shoulder surgery.

Video: Jake Lamb discusses Goldschmidt trade, team makeup

Again, though, the lesson Lamb got was about focus.

"One thing that we need to do as a group, and especially myself individually, is just worry about what's going on in the clubhouse and what's going on with the Arizona Diamondbacks," Lamb said. "Don't worry about the outside noise."

Lovullo emphasized the fresh start to his players during the first full-squad meeting Monday.

"For me, you know, it was probably mid-November when I wrapped it up and threw it in the trash can and learned what I learned, and I carry those lessons along with me and I think everybody is doing that collectively," Lovullo said. "We're putting that behind us."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Lamb continues to progress at first base

Former third baseman preparing to take over for Goldschmidt
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Lamb's education at first base hit another checkpoint during Monday's initial full-squad workout when he went through bunt drills for the first time.

With Paul Goldschmidt gone to St. Louis, the D-backs are looking for Lamb to move from his usual third base over to first, where he has played only 29 innings at the professional level.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Lamb's education at first base hit another checkpoint during Monday's initial full-squad workout when he went through bunt drills for the first time.

With Paul Goldschmidt gone to St. Louis, the D-backs are looking for Lamb to move from his usual third base over to first, where he has played only 29 innings at the professional level.

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During the bunt drills, Lamb initially began retreating back to first base when another player fielded the ball before being reminded that he didn't need to because the second baseman covers first in those situations.

"I've done a lot of work over there, but I haven't done the bunt plays," Lamb said. "That's what Spring Training is for. We work on bunt plays every day."

Lamb has gotten comfortable taking ground balls at first and is getting the footwork of turning double plays down, but other things will take game reps, such as positioning himself with no runners on and a right-handed hitter up.

"I want to get as far off the first-base line as I can," Lamb said. "Goldy did that really well, seemed to get halfway to second base. So that's not going to happen right away, but those are things that you can only really work on in a game and realize, 'Oh wow, I've got a lot of time to get back to first.' So those are things that I really want to work on once games start up."

Lamb will get his own first-base glove at some point, but right now, he is using one that Goldschmidt gave him. The black glove has Goldschmidt's name in red stitching on it.

Listen to your mother
While Lamb got a lot of tips from Goldschmidt in the three or four times the pair worked together this offseason, he also got an important reminder from his mom, Deonne.

"I'm usually the quiet guy," Lamb said. "Over at third, you don't have to talk to anybody. I have to give my mom a shoutout, she was the first one to say, 'You've got to work on your conversation skills.' That is a part of my game that I've got to work on."

Cloudy and cold
The temperature was 48 degrees with a light drizzle when the D-backs took the field for practice Monday. Not exactly the chamber of commerce weather one usually associates with Arizona this time of year.

"It was chilly and cold, which I don't mind, because we have to practice in those conditions to prepare for the season when we play in those conditions," manager Torey Lovullo said.

The D-backs got all of their scheduled work in and were not about to complain, given the heat they know is coming in a few months.

"This is not bad," shortstop Nick Ahmed said. "It's going to be hot soon enough."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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The D-backs' Spring Training battle to watch

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Stars might put fans in the seats, but baseball is a sport that rewards the most complete clubs. That's what makes Spring Training more than a series of exhibitions; big league jobs are on the line, and they could end up having a major impact on the season-end standings. 

The next five weeks will see lots of shuffling on Major League rosters. Here are the most intriguing positional battles on each of the 30 MLB clubs. 

Stars might put fans in the seats, but baseball is a sport that rewards the most complete clubs. That's what makes Spring Training more than a series of exhibitions; big league jobs are on the line, and they could end up having a major impact on the season-end standings. 

The next five weeks will see lots of shuffling on Major League rosters. Here are the most intriguing positional battles on each of the 30 MLB clubs. 

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AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Left field
Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney are set to battle it out for the starting job. Hernandez offers a lot more power after slugging 22 home runs in 134 games last season. McKinney is the vastly superior defender, someone who draws walks and frequently puts the ball in play. The early favorite might be Hernandez, but this is also a make-or-break year for him in the outfield. The Dominican native wants to avoid being labeled as a designated hitter and this will be the spring to do it. -- Gregor Chisholm

Video: TOR@TB: Hernandez slugs a solo homer in the 6th

Orioles: Right field
Trey Mancini is ticketed for left, and Cedric Mullins has the inside track on claiming the center-field job. The O's right-field situation, though, is wide open. Joey Rickard, Anthony Santander, DJ Stewart and Austin Hays are the four immediate candidates, with the runner-up likely cracking the roster in a backup role. All come with big league experience; Rickard is the only member of the group without options. They'll battle it out in the shadow of top prospect Yusniel Diaz, who could be up in Baltimore as early as this summer. -- Joe Trezza

Rays: First base
When the Rays traded away Jake Bauers to Cleveland, they knew they would learn a lot about their situation at first base during the spring. But despite not having a proven first baseman on the roster, Tampa Bay remains optimistic that it has enough options for it to not be a problem. Ji-Man Choi, Yandy Diaz and Brandon Lowe will get the reps at first base during the spring. Choi, Diaz and Lowe all have the ability to play multiple positions for the Rays, which only adds to the versatility, but the big question of the spring will be which of the three steps up and solidifies a very important position for Tampa Bay. -- Juan Toribio

Red Sox: Catcher
The Red Sox have a wide-open race for the starting catcher spot. Last year, the club carried three catchers for most of the season in Christian Vazquez, Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart. Vazquez and Leon essentially shared the position, with Swihart serving in more of a utility role. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and manager Alex Cora are both on record as saying that arrangement is no longer sustainable. One of the three will likely get traded, leaving the other two to battle for the top spot. Swihart has the most offensive upside in the group, and seems to be far more in the mix to win the job than he was a year ago. Swihart has made significant improvement defensively in the last year thanks to exhaustive work with catching instructors Jason Varitek and Chad Epperson. Leon is the best defender of the three, but his bat went nearly silent last season. Vazquez is coming off a down year at the plate but has a cannon arm. The area he needs to improve most at is game calling. -- Ian Browne

Video: Luke Voit primed for big 2019 season

Yankees: First base
Luke Voit has "a leg up" in the competition to serve as the Yankees' everyday first baseman, according to general manager Brian Cashman, by virtue of the terrific offense he provided in the second half of last season. Cashman has said that Voit was the most impactful bat moved ahead of the Trade Deadline, a group that included Manny Machado. Greg Bird will have an opportunity to reclaim the promise that he showed at the end of 2015, before injuries derailed his rise. -- Bryan Hoch

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Left field
Although who will take the job is unknown, it's almost certain that the Indians will only consider in-house candidates and not look to the free-agent market to sign an outfielder. The Tribe could dip into infielders Bauers, Carlos Santana or Jason Kipnis (though he was named the starting second baseman on Monday) if they feel they need extra depth in left, but the true race will come down to returning outfielders Tyler Naquin and Greg Allen, new addition Jordan Luplow and non-roster invitee Matt Joyce. -- Mandy Bell

Royals: Right field
This will be the most intriguing position battle in camp. Jorge Bonifacio, Brett Phillips, Jorge Soler and Brian Goodwin all will compete for the job. Do the Royals go offense there? That would be Soler. Do they go defense, which has been their mantra for years? That would be the speedy Phillips, who has an 80-grade arm. Further complicating matters is that Terrance Gore, their designated late-inning pinch-runner, will occupy a roster spot as an outfielder, meaning the Royals will have to decide whether to keep five or six outfielders (Alex Gordon, Billy Hamilton, Soler, Gore and Goodwin are locks). Phillips and Bonifacio have options, which could work against them. -- Jeffrey Flanagan

Video: Goodrum glad for 2018 opportunity, looks to improve

Tigers: Second base
Niko Goodrum was a revelation as a super-utility player last spring but settled into regular duty at second down the stretch last year. The Tigers must decide what role he's more valuable in. Dawel Lugo, widely seen as the second baseman of Detroit's future, will push to move up his timetable. Another utility player, Ronny Rodriguez, is in the competition, as is former White Sox second baseman and non-roster invite Gordon Beckham. -- Jason Beck

Twins: 25th roster spot
With the defensively limited Nelson Cruz needing a spot on the Twins' roster, positional flexibility will be at a premium on Minnesota's bench. Behind utility infielder Ehire Adrianza, who is out of options and is expected to earn a bench role, the Twins could currently have fourth outfielder Jake Cave and backup catcher Mitch Garver. But there are several contenders for a possible fourth bench role, including first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin -- who is also out of options and showed promising power last season -- utility infielder Ronald Torreyes and super-utility catcher Willians Astudillo, who impressed at the plate in September and could offer the Twins a second alternative to starting catcher Jason Castro, who hasn't appeared in a Major League game since his knee surgery last May. That's not to mention veterans Lucas Duda and Adam Rosales, who are in camp on Minor League deals and could also push for consideration. -- Do-Hyoung Park

White Sox: Fifth starter
The White Sox traded for Manny Banuelos because they had enough interest to secure his services before he became a six-year free agent. The southpaw is out of options and could have a slight edge as Cactus League action approaches, but don't count out Dylan Covey or even Carson Fulmer, who is being viewed more as a reliever but has renewed confidence after returning to a delivery he used successfully at Vanderbilt. General manager Rick Hahn still might go out of the organization to find a more veteran candidate. -- Scott Merkin

AL WEST

Angels: Second base
The Angels will have a competition for the second-base job this spring, as David Fletcher is considered the favorite but will compete with prospect Luis Rengifo and veteran Tommy La Stella. Third baseman Taylor Ward is also in the mix, but if he wins the job it will mean Zack Cozart will open the year at third base. Cozart is practicing at third and second this spring to be prepared for both positions, depending on how the infield competition shakes out. -- Rhett Bollinger

Video: ALCS Gm4: James K's Devers on 5 100-plus-mph pitches

Astros: Fifth starter
The Astros filled one rotation spot by signing Wade Miley to a one-year deal a few weeks ago, but the spring will see an open audition for the fifth spot. The two to watch are hard-throwing Josh James and lefty Framber Valdez, both of whom weren't even in big league camp last year and pitched in key games down the stretch. Forrest Whitley, the top pitching prospect in baseball, is in the mix as well, but he'll probably make his debut later in the season. -- Brian McTaggart

Athletics: Rotation
At this point, only three starters in A's camp are guaranteed a rotation spot when camp breaks: Mike Fiers, Marco Estrada and Brett Anderson. The competition behind them is crowded. Daniel Mengden appears to be a leading candidate in a group that also includes the organization's top pitching prospect, Jesus Luzardo. Paul Blackburn, Parker Bridwell, Aaron Brooks, Frankie Montas and Chris Bassitt can also be found on this lengthy list. Complicating matters is the short spring schedule; the A's leave for Tokyo in less than a month, which will likely force them to speed up the decision process. -- Jane Lee

Mariners: First base
Ryon Healy is the returning starter, but he'll compete again this spring with Daniel Vogelbach as well as new veteran acquisitions Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion. Healy, 27, started 128 games last year and hit 24 homers with 73 RBIs, but he'll need to raise his .235 batting average and .277 on-base percentage to remain part of the Mariners' rebuilding plans. Vogelbach, 26, has been a big producer at Triple-A the last three years, but has yet to translate that to the Major League level and is out of Minor League options, so decision time is looming for his future with the organization. He could be a viable designated hitter contender should the Mariners trade Encarnacion, who will be the primary DH and see some time at first base as long as he remains with the club. Bruce will back up in the corner outfield spots, but also see some time at first as the club wants to keep his bat in the lineup as well in order to maximize his trade value. -- Greg Johns

Rangers: Fourth outfielder
This one is interesting because it could come down to Hunter Pence versus Willie Calhoun. Pence may be a better fit for the Rangers because he gives them a right-handed hitter to help balance a predominantly left-handed lineup. But the Rangers have also been impressed with how hard Calhoun worked in the offseason and how he looks coming into Spring Training. Pence is also coming off a poor offensive season, so he has to show that he can still swing the bat. -- T.R. Sullivan

NATIONAL EAST

Video: Duvall on his offseason work, Braves' exciting core

Braves: Bench
The primary question is whether the Braves will choose to carry Adam Duvall as a bench player again this year. The veteran outfielder produced a second consecutive 30-homer season in 2017 and he is regarded as an above average defender. But while he has the tools to be a productive backup, he didn't make a good impression with the bat or the glove as he hit .132 with a .344 OPS over the 57 plate appearances he compiled after being traded from the Reds to the Braves before last year's Trade Deadline. If Duvall continues to create concerns during camp, the Braves might take a chance on Ryan LaMarre, a 30-year-old outfielder who showed some potential when he hit .303 and produced a .809 OPS over 71 plate appearances for the White Sox last year. -- Mark Bowman

Marlins: Shortstop
Miguel Rojas' versatility created enough playing opportunities for himself and JT Riddle at shortstop in 2018. But this Spring Training may determine if the club settles on just one. Last year, Rojas played in 153 games, but moved around to third base, second and was a late-innings defensive replacement at first. Riddle, who played in 103 games, opened the year on the injured list as he recovered from shoulder surgery. Riddle is fully healthy, and is a left-handed alternative at short. -- Joe Frisaro

Mets: First base
While the Mets could use some clarity in center field and the bullpen, their foremost competition will unfold at first base, where top prospect Peter Alonso hopes to make the roster as a rookie. Service-time considerations may come into play here, because the Mets can ensure an extra year of team control by keeping Alonso in the Minors until mid-April. But manager Mickey Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen have both been outspoken in saying they plan to bring the best 25 players north with them -- including Alonso, if he proves he's among that group. If not, Todd Frazier makes the most sense to start regularly at first base, given the fact that Jed Lowrie appears to have displaced him at third. With a strong spring, Dominic Smith could also crack the roster as the left-handed half of a platoon with Frazier. Much remains unsettled at the position. -- Anthony DiComo

Phillies: Outfield
The Phillies have a few position battles this spring, but the outfield battles might be more intriguing than third base or the bullpen because of the personnel involved. Andrew McCutchen will play almost daily in left field, putting Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, Roman Quinn and Aaron Altherr in an open competition for playing time in center field and right field. Herrera has to be considered a slight favorite in the foursome because of his track record. Williams might be No. 2 for now. Everything changes if the Phillies sign Bryce Harper in the coming days or weeks. If that happens, the Phillies might try to trade Williams. -- Todd Zolecki

Video: Addition of Hellickson all about rotation depth

Nationals: Fifth starter
While Dave Martinez acknowledged Jeremy Hellickson has the "upper hand" in the battle for the Nationals final rotation spot, the team plans to hold an open tryout. That means Joe Ross, Erick Fedde and Henderson Alvarez will all have an opportunity to win the job in camp, making each of their Grapefruit League outings worth keeping an eye on. Hellickson performed well in the role last season, and with a solid spring showing he will be the Nats likely fifth starter. -- Jamal Collier

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Rotation
The Mike Moustakas signing means the Brewers' position player group is set, but there are plenty of spots up for grabs on the pitching staff. Jhoulys Chacin is the only real lock in the starting rotation, though Chase Anderson and Zach Davies have a leg up by virtue of their experience, and Jimmy Nelson will have a spot if healthy. Then it comes down to a group of promising young pitchers like Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta, or veteran non-roster invitee Josh Tomlin. The Brewers used 11 different starters last year, so just because a player doesn't make the cut on Opening Day does not mean he won't contribute during the season. -- Adam McCalvy

Cardinals: Right field
Dexter Fowler will get every opportunity to re-earn the starting right-field job this spring. That's Plan A for the Cardinals. However, two things could complicate that decision. One is Jose Martinez, who was the team's most consistent offensive performer last season. A strong spring from Martinez could give the Cards pause. The team may also have to reconsider its plans if Fowler does not show the sort of offensive bounce back expected on the heels of a career-worst year. -- Jenifer Langosch

Video: Maddon discusses Cubs' bullpen, starting rotation

Cubs: Bullpen
With closer Brandon Morrow (right elbow) likely to be out for all of April, the Cubs have a long list of arms in the hunt for spots in the bullpen. The only sure things appear to be Pedro Strop, Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr., Mike Montgomery and Brad Brach. Behind that group, Tyler Chatwood, Brian Duensing and Brandon Kintzler enter camp with something to prove. Chicago also signed Tony Barnette and Xavier Cedeno, and has a considerable amount of rostered and non-roster candidates jockeying for position. That gives manager Joe Maddon a lot of things to consider for a competition that will likely take the entire Spring Training to shake out. -- Jordan Bastian

Pirates: Shortstop
The Pirates will spend Spring Training evaluating their internal options at shortstop before picking a starter. It could be Kevin Newman, the former first-round pick who struggled in his late-season debut last year. Or it could be Erik Gonzalez, the Indians' former super-utility man who joined the Pirates in an early offseason trade. Pittsburgh is high on the slick-fielding Gonzalez, believing he could thrive with the everyday opportunity that he couldn't secure in Cleveland. The Bucs still believe in Newman, too, and he reported to camp in good shape after dropping 15 pounds before his debut last season. Also keep an eye on shortstop prospect Cole Tucker, who could make his debut later this year if all goes well in Triple-A. -- Adam Berry

Reds: Center field
By far the most interesting position battle on the Reds will be who becomes their regular center fielder. After non-tendering Billy Hamilton, the front office looked at the trade and free-agent market but did not make an acquisition, choosing instead to look in-house. Scott Schebler and Yasiel Puig -- both natural corner outfielders -- have some experience in center field. Then there is No. 1 prospect Nick Senzel (No. 6 overall according to MLB Pipeline), an infielder who is learning center field and competing for the job simultaneously. The club has no starting spots for Senzel besides center field, so if he can earn the spot it would solve the problem of finding him a place to play. -- Mark Sheldon

NL WEST

D-backs: Closer
Archie Bradley appeared to be the de facto closer until the D-backs signed free agent Greg Holland at the end of January with the promise that he would get to compete for the role. As camp started, the race appeared to be wide open. The D-backs also have Yoshihisa Hirano slated for the back end of the 'pen, but when it comes to the closer role it's a two-man race between Bradley and Holland. -- Steve Gilbert

Video: Can Martin be an everyday catcher for the Dodgers?

Dodgers: Catcher
The departure of Yasmani Grandal has left the catching position up for grabs. Austin Barnes returns after a dreadful offensive season, and he'll need to beat out former Dodger Russell Martin, who just turned 36 and has tailed off offensively as well in recent years. The Dodgers' rumored pursuit of J.T. Realmuto is a sign that neither Barnes nor Martin has the full faith and confidence of management. Will Smith, the most advanced of a deep prospect pool, is ready defensively and figures to open the season at Triple-A -- but he could arrive any time. -- Ken Gurnick

Giants: Backup catcher
The Giants are searching for Buster Posey's new backup after allowing Nick Hundley to depart via free agency this offseason. It will be a key competition to watch this spring, as the Giants want to be cautious with Posey as he works his way back from major hip surgery. Rookie Aramis Garcia impressed after being called up in September last year, but he will be challenged by veterans Rene Rivera, Cameron Rupp and Stephen Vogt, all of whom are in camp as non-roster invitees. Vogt's ability to handle multiple positions aligns with the Giants' desire for more versatility, but he is coming off shoulder surgery and likely won't be ready to play in Cactus League games until mid-March. -- Maria Guardado

Padres: Outfield
On the current Padres roster are six outfielders who have seen time as regulars over the past three seasons. There's a chance that as many as two of those big league caliber outfielders open the season in Triple-A. The competition will be particularly fierce in the corners, where Wil Myers, Hunter Renfroe, Franmil Reyes and Franchy Cordero are all set to compete for playing time. Cordero could fight for starts in center field, too, but Manuel Margot and Travis Jankowski are options in center as well. -- AJ Cassavell

Rockies: Second base
Ryan McMahon brings left-handed power potential. Garrett Hampson is a right-handed hitter with above-average speed and a line-drive swing. Pat Valaika had a strong 2017 as a right-handed pinch-hitter, although he didn't accomplish much last season. Brendan Rodgers -- the Rockies' No. 1 prospect and the No. 10 prospect overall per MLB Pipeline -- has power and solid defensive tools. Unless one player is so dominant this spring that the Rockies count on him excelling immediately when the season begins, expect this to at least begin as a two-man job. One issue is this group has a total of two years and 44 days of big league experience, and Rodgers has yet to debut. If they all prove unready, the Rockies could always slide non-roster veteran Mark Reynolds into the position. -- Thomas Harding

Future closer? Confidence runs high for Lopez

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It was the eighth inning of a late September game against the Dodgers when D-backs right-hander Yoan Lopez showed that not only might he have the stuff to be a future closer, but also the moxie of one as well.

With the D-backs clinging to a 3-2 lead, Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado led off the top of the eighth with a double. In an effort to get his teammates fired up, Machado looked toward the Dodgers dugout and gestured with his hands.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It was the eighth inning of a late September game against the Dodgers when D-backs right-hander Yoan Lopez showed that not only might he have the stuff to be a future closer, but also the moxie of one as well.

With the D-backs clinging to a 3-2 lead, Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado led off the top of the eighth with a double. In an effort to get his teammates fired up, Machado looked toward the Dodgers dugout and gestured with his hands.

Lopez, who made his MLB debut a couple of weeks beforehand after being signed out of Cuba in January 2015, did not let the moment overwhelm him.

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Instead he struck out the next three hitters -- Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig and Alex Verdugo -- to end the inning.

While Lopez showed his dominating stuff to get out of the inning, he demonstrated his confidence afterward as he pumped his fist and then looked toward Machado and imitated the gesture that the four-time All-Star had done after the double.

It didn't go unnoticed by Machado, who never took his eyes off Lopez as the pitcher walked back to the dugout.

Video: LAD@ARI: Lopez glares at Machado after K in the 8th

"I enjoyed that Machado moment," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I liked that."

The D-backs have always been enamored with Lopez's stuff -- a high 90s fastball and wipeout slider -- but his transition to professional baseball was not an easy one. After all, he was just 22 when he signed and came to the U.S.

After a rough first couple of seasons in pro ball, Lopez began to turn things around both on and off the field in 2017. Then last year after pitching well at Double-A Jackson he was rewarded with his first trip to the big leagues.

Lovullo expects D-backs to vie for playoff spot

Lovullo had hoped to get Lopez a "soft landing" into his first game, but wound up having to use him in the ninth inning of a Sept. 9 game against the Braves.

With Arizona trailing 6-4, Lopez allowed a home run on the second pitch he threw, then gave up a triple before the next batter homered, and Lovullo took him out.

A debut like that can often demoralize a young pitcher, but Lopez would go on to throw nine more innings over nine appearances in September. He did not allow another run while while striking out 11 and allowing one walk.

"As I look back on the full body of work, I watched a young pitcher come in here with a lot of confidence, really get banged around extremely hard in his first outing, and the last time he threw for us I felt like he was overmatching big league hitters," Lovullo said.

While the closer competition will likely come down to Archie Bradley and Greg Holland, it would surprise no one if Lopez pitches in high-leverage situations for the D-backs this year and is their closer at some point in the future.

"I've only caught him a few innings, but his stuff is nasty," catcher John Ryan Murphy said. "Fastball explodes out of his hand, he's got a wipe-out slider and I think he's trying a changeup."

For now, though, Lopez will have to focus on making the Opening Day roster. There's a lot of competition for the final two bullpen spots, which is the way Lovullo wants it.

"I don't want him to think anything is going to be handed to him," he said. "He's going to have to go out and earn everything that he will get this year. But I think last year's final outings were a tremendous building block for what he could become for us."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Lovullo expects D-backs to vie for playoff spot

Greinke feels fine after throwing first bullpen session
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Monday morning, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo will stand in front of his entire team prior to the first full-squad workout of the spring.

It's a moment he's been preparing for ever since the disappointing end to the 2018 season, when the D-backs went 8-19 in September to fall out of postseason contention.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Monday morning, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo will stand in front of his entire team prior to the first full-squad workout of the spring.

It's a moment he's been preparing for ever since the disappointing end to the 2018 season, when the D-backs went 8-19 in September to fall out of postseason contention.

• Future closer? Confidence runs high for Lopez

"I've spent a whole offseason trying to think about what I'm going to say [Monday]," Lovullo said. "I want to make sure that these guys know what my intentions are for the season, what my outlines and expectations are and not have any sort of my vision get mixed up."

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As he has in his initial address to the team each of the past two years, you can expect the word "family" to be used.

Lovullo is also expected to take advantage of the moment to acknowledge the offseason departures of key veterans like Patrick Corbin, Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock while at the same time letting the team know he expects them to compete for a playoff spot.

"It's always fun to get in front of the group," Lovullo said. "It's always fun to let them know that, 'Hey, this is go time, we're here together, this is Day 1 of our family uniting and bonding as one.' I haven't necessarily practiced or rehearsed anything, but I have some thoughts that I want to get across, and I'm going to make sure that I don't miss that opportunity."

Greinke throws bullpen session
Ace Zack Greinke threw his first bullpen session since he reported to camp Friday, a 35-pitch session in which he threw all of his pitches.

"It went good," Greinke said. "Felt good. Threw a lot of strikes, all of the pitches were OK."

Once he got his stiff neck warmed up, Greinke said it did not bother him during the session.

Video: Greinke discusses how he's feeling going into spring

Speaking of Greinke
Over the past two seasons, veteran Jeff Mathis was Greinke's designated catcher, and the pair worked extremely well together.

"For me, I like being comfortable with a catcher," Greinke said.

With Mathis, though, having signed with the Rangers as a free agent last offseason, the D-backs will have to pair Greinke up with someone else.

"I don't necessarily love the idea of having designated catchers, but in this we've seen it work over the past couple of years," Lovullo said. "Jeff Mathis had an unbelievable ease in dealing with Zack. He could tell by body language when things were right and when things were wrong. We're going to give it a lot of attention and we're going to talk to Zack, and we're going to talk to the catchers and find the right situation for him to be successful."

Leading the way
D-backs reliever Archie Bradley listened in on part of Greinke's session with the media Sunday. And while Greinke can be a man of few words in that setting, Bradley says that's not the case when the clubhouse doors close.

"We get to see a different side of Zack," Bradley said. "I would say over the past few years he's been one of the better leaders in terms of talking to younger guys. And he really does. He opens up a lot in the clubhouse and especially to some of these starters. I mean you want to learn from Zack. Look at what he's done in his career. Anything he says, you really do try and be quiet and listen."

All but one
The D-backs expect all of their players to be in camp Monday except for infielder Domingo Leyba, who the team said is having a visa problem. Leyba, who is from the Dominican Republic, is expected to be in camp later in the week. 

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Reasons for optimism for each MLB club

MLB.com @RichardJustice

On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. You've read a lot about teams being all-in for 2019 and also about some teams rebuilding. Here's what's also true: When players and coaches get to work in Florida and Arizona, optimism is infectious.

That's the very nature of the sport. Every single team is excited about something. Some teams want to get a look at the new acquisitions. Others want to see prospects or returning veterans or unheralded players hoping for a new start.

On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. You've read a lot about teams being all-in for 2019 and also about some teams rebuilding. Here's what's also true: When players and coaches get to work in Florida and Arizona, optimism is infectious.

That's the very nature of the sport. Every single team is excited about something. Some teams want to get a look at the new acquisitions. Others want to see prospects or returning veterans or unheralded players hoping for a new start.

Some of it is the warmer weather of Spring Training. Some of it is the guys seeing one another again. And some of it is simply putting the uniform on and getting back out on the field and doing the thing they love more than anything.

Here's an optimism cheat sheet for all 30 teams:

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Josh Donaldson
To a young team that won the NL East and has a deep farm system comes a 33-year-old former American League Most Valuable Player ready to prove he's still one of the best players in the game.

Video: Donaldson thrilled to be with the Braves

Marlins: Youth
Manager Don Mattingly's Opening Day lineup probably will have at least six players in their 20s, and it's going to be fun watching those young guys grow and begin to prove themselves.

Mets: Expectations
The Mets finally have some after an offseason in which they've been upgraded all over the place while holding onto a rotation that might be baseball's best.

Nationals: Max Scherzer
His every start is a must-see event, and now he's the biggest name on a team that has had a tremendous offseason and might just be the NL's best team whether Bryce Harper returns or not.

Phillies: Anticipation
The Phillies made a string of solid acquisitions and remain in the middle of the race for Harper and/or Manny Machado. Regardless of how that plays out, the additions of J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura and David Robertson have moved them closer to a postseason berth.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: NL's best record
The Brewers were one win from going to the World Series and are bringing back the core of that 2018 team, in addition to upgrades behind the plate (signing Yasmani Grandal) and in the rotation (the return of injured ace Jimmy Nelson).

Cardinals: Paul Goldschmidt
He's on the short list of baseball's best offensive players and could transform the lineup, if not the entire team. With the signing of lefty reliever Andrew Miller and a slew of young arms, the Cardinals probably could not feel better about 2019.

Video: Paul Goldschmidt gets formally introduced

Cubs: Yu Darvish
He's ready to be the ace the Cubs projected he would be in 2018, when he was limited to just eight starts in his first year with the club due to injury. If the Cubs can keep Darvish and their other core guys on the field, there may not be a better NL team.

Pirates: Youth
Don't sleep on this team. The starting rotation could be very good. If third base prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes makes his debut in the first half of the season, he'll join first baseman Josh Bell to give the Pirates a solid pair of corner infielders to go with a potentially very good outfield.

Reds: Rotation
The Reds could turn a big corner with the addition of Alex Wood, Sonny Gray and Tanner Roark to the rotation. Watching new right fielder Yasiel Puig hit in Great American Ball Park could be one of the best shows in baseball.

NL WEST

D-backs: Rotation
There are legitimate reasons to be excited about this club, thanks to a rotation that could be as good as any in the NL with Taijuan Walker back from Tommy John surgery and Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray and Zack Godley all returning.

Dodgers: Corey Seager
With six straight division championships and back-to-back NL pennants in their pocket, the Dodgers are getting potentially their best player back from Tommy John surgery.

Video: BP, throwing across diamond next on docket for Seager

Giants: Madison Bumgarner
He's healthy again after injuries limited him to 38 starts the last two seasons. Last time he pitched a full season was 2016 when he threw 226 2/3 innings, and the Giants made the playoffs. Go ahead and connect the dots.

Padres: Youth
The Padres have 10 of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects, a record. Even better is that at least four of them, including shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (No. 2 overall), are projected to play in the big leagues this season.

Rockies: Nolan Arenado
Both sides are publicly optimistic he'll be signed to an extension before reaching free agency after the season. Meanwhile, his team is positioned for a third straight postseason appearance, thanks to what should be the best rotation in franchise history.

AL EAST

Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
He's the top prospect in the sport and one of the best hitting prospects ever, according to MLB Pipeline, and will be playing third base for the Blue Jays at some point this season. He's the face of a wave of kids that will usher in a new chapter of baseball in Toronto.

Video: Top Prospects: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays

Orioles: The future
The Orioles are being rebuilt by two of the men -- Mike Elias and Sig Mejdal -- who helped make the Astros a powerhouse. This season will be devoted to throwing young kids on the field and giving them a chance to show they belong, much the way Houston did a few years before winning a World Series.

Rays: Front office
Smartest in baseball? It's in the conversation. Same thing with manager Kevin Cash. Last season's 90-win team reinforced both those notions. They've gotten better this offseason with depth and flexibility up and down the roster.

Red Sox: Trophy case
Why would the Red Sox be optimistic? Other than winning the World Series four times in 15 seasons. Other than having the reigning AL MVP (Mookie Betts) and an offense and rotation that could be baseball's best.

Yankees: Bullpen
General manager Brian Cashman upgraded his team all over the place, especially in the bullpen, which has a chance to be one of the best ever. No division has three teams as good as the top three in the AL East.

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Rotation
There may not be one better, and that's why the front office resisted the temptation to trade a starter for a hitter. The Indians are solid favorites to win the AL Central again, and that rotation could make them a formidable October opponent.

Royals: Kyle Zimmer
What a story. He is a former top pitching prospect whose career appeared to be over after four surgeries. He was sent to the Driveline Baseball program in Seattle as sort of a last-chance saloon. Now at 27, he's throwing hard and without pain and should make his Major League debut in 2019.

Video: Kyle Zimmer on returning to form going into 2019

Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
His 2018 season ended after 38 games when he underwent biceps surgery. Now 35 years old, he's ready to continue building on a Hall of Fame resume.

Twins: Byron Buxton
He has added 21 pounds of muscle and seems confident he'll get his career back on track after a tough 2018 season that was mostly spent in the Minor Leagues. He's still only 25, and the Twins are hopeful he can be the electrifying presence he was once projected to be.

White Sox: Eloy Jimenez
He's the crown jewel of a very good farm system and ranked No. 3 overall by MLB Pipeline. Injuries delayed his debut last summer, and now that he's healthy again, he'll be the most-watched player at Sox camp.

AL WEST

Angels: Mike Trout
OK, this is stating the obvious. We could be watching one of baseball's 10 greatest players ever at his peak, and the Angels may have constructed a team that'll help put Trout on display in October.

Astros: Alex Bregman
He did more than emerge as a great player in 2018. He also became a huge presence in his community, giving of his time and money and making himself a role model for every other professional athlete.

Athletics: Matt Chapman
If you're not completely familiar with his game, you soon will be. He's a generational defensive player at third and on his way to becoming one of the players every other is compared to.

Mariners: Yusei Kikuchi
He was the most interesting addition in an offseason of change for the Mariners and will slot between Marco Gonzales and Mike Leake in a rotation that will give Seattle a chance to be competitive.

Video: Yusei Kikuchi discusses his first bullpen session

Rangers: Joey Gallo
There's a buzz the moment he steps into the batter's box. His 81 home runs the last two seasons are the fourth most in the Majors. His 93.9 mph average exit velocity is third highest.

Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice.

Projected 2019 lineups, rotations for every team

MLB.com

Spring Training is here, so now is a good time to project what each club's Opening Day lineup and rotation would look like if the season began today. Of course, rosters are still fluid at this point, but with help from all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a roundup of how they might turn out.

Spring Training is here, so now is a good time to project what each club's Opening Day lineup and rotation would look like if the season began today. Of course, rosters are still fluid at this point, but with help from all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a roundup of how they might turn out.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

BLUE JAYS
Lineup:
1. Devon Travis, 2B
2. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., SS
3. Justin Smoak, 1B
4. Kendrys Morales, DH
5. Randal Grichuk, RF
6. Teoscar Hernandez, LF
7. Kevin Pillar, CF
8. Brandon Drury, 3B
9. Danny Jansen, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Marcus Stroman, RHP
2. Aaron Sanchez, RHP
3. Ryan Borucki, LHP
4. Matt Shoemaker, RHP
5. Clayton Richard, LHP
Closer: Ken Giles, RHP

ORIOLES
Lineup:
1. Cedric Mullins, CF
2. Jonathan Villar, 2B
3. Trey Mancini, LF
4. Mark Trumbo, DH
5. Chris Davis, 1B
6. Renato Nunez, 3B
7. DJ Stewart, RF
8. Richie Martin, SS
9. Chance Sisco, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Dylan Bundy, RHP
2. Andrew Cashner, RHP
3. Alex Cobb, RHP
4. David Hess, RHP
5. Nate Karns, RHP
Closer: Mychal Givens, RHP

RAYS
Lineup:
1. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
2. Matt Duffy, 3B
3. Tommy Pham, LF
4. Ji-Man Choi, DH
5. Willy Adames, SS
6. Yandy Diaz, 1B
7. Austin Meadows, RF
8. Mike Zunino, C
9. Joey Wendle, 2B

Rotation and closer:
1. Blake Snell, LHP
2. Charlie Morton, RHP
3. Opener
4. Tyler Glasnow, RHP
5. Opener
Closer: Jose Alvarado, LHP

RED SOX
Lineup:
1. Andrew Benintendi, LF
2. Mookie Betts, RF
3. J.D. Martinez, DH
4. Xander Bogaerts, SS
5. Mitch Moreland, 1B
6. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
7. Rafael Devers, 3B
8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9. Christian Vazquez, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Chris Sale, LHP
2. David Price, LHP
3. Rick Porcello, RHP
4. Nathan Eovaldi, RHP
5. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
Closer: Matt Barnes, RHP 

YANKEES
Lineup:
1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Aaron Hicks, CF
4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5. Gary Sanchez, C
6. Miguel Andujar, 3B
7. Gleyber Torres, 2B
8. Luke Voit, 1B
9. Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Luis Severino, RHP
2. James Paxton, LHP
3. Masahiro Tanaka, RHP
4. J.A. Happ, LHP
5. CC Sabathia, LHP
Closer: Aroldis Chapman, LHP

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

INDIANS
Lineup:
1. Leonys Martin, CF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Jose Ramirez, 3B
4. Carlos Santana, DH
5. Jake Bauers, 1B
6. Tyler Naquin, RF
7. Jordan Luplow, LF
8. Roberto Perez, C
9. Yu Chang, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Corey Kluber, RHP
2. Trevor Bauer, RHP
3. Carlos Carrasco, RHP
4. Mike Clevinger, RHP
5. Shane Bieber, RHP
Closer: Brad Hand, LHP

ROYALS
Lineup:
1. Whit Merrifield, 2B
2. Adalberto Mondesi, SS
3. Alex Gordon, LF
4. Jorge Soler, DH
5. Salvador Perez, C
6. Ryan O'Hearn,1B
7. Hunter Dozier, 3B
8. Brett Phillips, RF
9. Billy Hamilton, CF

Rotation and closer:
1. Danny Duffy, LHP
2. Brad Keller, RHP
3. Jakob Junis, RHP
4. Ian Kennedy, RHP
5. Jorge Lopez, RHP
Closer: Brad Boxberger, RHP

TIGERS
Lineup:
1. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
2. Christin Stewart, LF
3. Nicholas Castellanos, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Niko Goodrum, 2B
6. John Hicks, DH
7. Grayson Greiner, C
8. JaCoby Jones, CF
9. Jordy Mercer, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Matthew Boyd, LHP
2. Michael Fulmer, RHP
3. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
4. Matt Moore, LHP
5. Tyson Ross, RHP
Closer: Shane Greene, RHP

TWINS
Lineup:
1. Jorge Polanco, SS
2. Eddie Rosario, LF
3. Miguel Sano, 3B
4. Nelson Cruz, DH
5. C.J. Cron, 1B
6. Max Kepler, RF
7. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
8. Jason Castro, C
9. Byron Buxton, CF

Rotation and closer:
1. Jose Berrios, RHP
2. Kyle Gibson, RHP
3. Michael Pineda, RHP
4. Jake Odorizzi, RHP
5. Martin Perez, LHP
Closer: Trevor May, RHP

WHITE SOX
Lineup:
1. Jon Jay, RF
2. Yoan Moncada, 2B
3. Jose Abreu, 1B
4. Yonder Alonso, DH
5. Welington Castillo, C
6. Daniel Palka, LF
7. Tim Anderson, SS
8. Yolmer Sanchez, 3B
9. Adam Engel, CF

Rotation and closer:
1. Carlos Rodon, LHP
2. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP
3. Ivan Nova, RHP
4. Lucas Giolito, RHP
5. Manny Banuelos, LHP
Closer: Alex Colome, RHP

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

ANGELS
Lineup:
1. Zack Cozart, 3B
2. Mike Trout, CF
3. Justin Upton, LF
4. Justin Bour, 1B
5. Albert Pujols, DH
6. Andrelton Simmons, SS
7. Kole Calhoun, RF
8. David Fletcher, 2B
9. Jonathan Lucroy, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Tyler Skaggs, LHP
2. Andrew Heaney, LHP
3. Matt Harvey, RHP
4. Trevor Cahill, RHP
5. Jaime Barria, RHP
Closer: Cody Allen, RHP

ASTROS
Lineup:
1. George Springer, CF
2. Alex Bregman, 3B
3. Jose Altuve, 2B
4. Carlos Correa, SS
5. Michael Brantley, LF
6. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
7. Josh Reddick, RF
8. Tyler White, DH
9. Robinson Chirinos, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Justin Verlander, RHP
2. Gerrit Cole, RHP
3. Wade Miley, LHP
4. Collin McHugh, RHP
5. Josh James, RHP
Closer: Roberto Osuna, RHP

ATHLETICS
Lineup:
1. Nick Martini, LF
2. Matt Chapman, 3B
3. Matt Olson, 1B
4. Khris Davis, DH
5. Stephen Piscotty, RF
6. Jurickson Profar, 2B
7. Ramon Laureano, CF
8. Marcus Semien, SS
9. Chris Herrmann, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Mike Fiers, RHP
2. Marco Estrada, RHP
3. Brett Anderson, LHP
4. Daniel Mengden, RHP
5. Paul Blackburn, RHP
Closer: Blake Treinen, RHP

MARINERS
Lineup:
1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Mitch Haniger, RF
3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
4. Kyle Seager, 3B
5. Domingo Santana, LF
6. Ryon Healy, 1B
7. Omar Narvaez, C
8. Tim Beckham, SS
9. Dee Gordon, 2B

Rotation and closer:
1. Marco Gonzales, LHP
2. Yusei Kikuchi, LHP
3. Mike Leake, RHP
4. Wade LeBlanc, LHP
5. Felix Hernandez, RHP
Closer: Hunter Strickland, RHP

RANGERS
Lineup:
1. Delino DeShields, CF
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, DH
4. Nomar Mazara, RF
5. Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B
6. Joey Gallo, LF
7. Rougned Odor, 2B
8. Ronald Guzman, 1B
9. Jeff Mathis, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Mike Minor, LHP 
2. Lance Lynn, RHP
3. Drew Smyly, LHP
4. Edinson Volquez, RHP
5. Shelby Miller, RHP
Closer: Jose Leclerc, RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

BRAVES
Lineup:
1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Ronald Acuna Jr., LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Tyler Flowers, C
7. Ozzie Albies, 2B
8. Dansby Swanson, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Mike Foltynewicz, RHP
2. Sean Newcomb, LHP
3. Kevin Gausman, RHP
4. Julio Teheran, RHP
5. Touki Toussaint, RHP
Closer: Arodys Vizcaino, RHP

MARLINS
Lineup:
1. Lewis Brinson, CF
2. Curtis Granderson, LF
3. Starlin Castro, 2B
4. Brian Anderson, 3B
5. Peter O'Brien, RF
6. Neil Walker, 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro, C
8. JT Riddle, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Jose Urena, RHP
2. Dan Straily, RHP
3. Wei-Yin Chen, LHP
4. Sandy Alcantara, RHP
5. Trevor Richards, RHP
Closer: Drew Steckenrider, RHP

METS
Lineup:
1. Brandon Nimmo, RF
2. Jed Lowrie, 3B
3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Wilson Ramos, C
5. Michael Conforto, LF
6. Todd Frazier, 1B
7. Juan Lagares, CF
8. Amed Rosario, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
4. Steven Matz, LHP
5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Closer: Edwin Diaz, RHP

NATIONALS
Lineup:
1. Adam Eaton, RF
2. Trea Turner, SS
3. Anthony Rendon, 3B
4. Juan Soto, LF
5. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
6. Brian Dozier, 2B
7. Victor Robles, CF
8. Yan Gomes, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Max Scherzer, RHP
2. Stephen Strasburg, RHP
3. Patrick Corbin, LHP
4. Anibal Sanchez, RHP
5. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
Closer: Sean Doolittle, LHP

PHILLIES
Lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Jean Segura, SS
3. J.T. Realmuto, C
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Andrew McCutchen, LF
6. Odubel Herrera, CF
7. Maikel Franco, 3B
8. Nick Williams, RF

Rotation and closer:
1. Aaron Nola, RHP
2. Jake Arrieta, RHP
3. Nick Pivetta, RHP
4. Zach Eflin, RHP
5. Vince Velasquez, RHP
Closer: David Robertson, RHP, or Seranthony Dominguez, RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

BREWERS
Lineup:
1. Lorenzo Cain, CF
2. Christian Yelich, RF
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Travis Shaw, 3B
5. Jesus Aguilar, 1B
6. Yasmani Grandal, C
7. Cory Spangenberg, 2B
8. Orlando Arcia, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
2. Chase Anderson, RHP
3. Zach Davies, RHP
4. Jimmy Nelson, RHP
5. Brandon Woodruff, RHP
Closer: Corey Knebel, RHP

CARDINALS
Lineup:
1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
2. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
3. Paul DeJong, SS
4. Marcell Ozuna, LF
5. Dexter Fowler, RF
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Kolten Wong, 2B
8. Harrison Bader, CF

Rotation and closer:
1. Miles Mikolas, RHP
2. Carlos Martinez, RHP
3. Jack Flaherty, RHP
4. Michael Wacha, RHP
5. Adam Wainwright, RHP
Closer: Andrew Miller, LHP

CUBS
Lineup:
1. Ben Zobrist, 2B
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Javier Baez, SS
5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
6. Willson Contreras, C
7. Jason Heyward, RF
8. Albert Almora Jr., CF

Rotation and closer:
1. Jon Lester, LHP
2. Kyle Hendricks, RHP
3. Cole Hamels, LHP
4. Yu Darvish, RHP
5. Jose Quintana, LHP
Closer: Pedro Strop, RHP

PIRATES
Lineup:
1. Adam Frazier, 2B
2. Starling Marte, CF
3. Corey Dickerson, LF
4. Josh Bell, 1B
5. Francisco Cervelli, C
6. Colin Moran, 3B
7. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF
8. Erik Gonzalez, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Jameson Taillon, RHP
2. Chris Archer, RHP
3. Trevor Williams, RHP
4. Joe Musgrove, RHP
5. Jordan Lyles, RHP
Closer: Felipe Vazquez, LHP

REDS
Lineup:
1. Jesse Winker, LF
2. Jose Peraza, SS
3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Eugenio Suarez, 3B
5. Scooter Gennett, 2B
6. Yasiel Puig, RF
7. Scott Schebler, CF
8. Tucker Barnhart, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Sonny Gray, RHP
2. Tanner Roark, RHP
3. Alex Wood, LHP
4. Luis Castillo, RHP
5. Anthony DeSclafani, RHP
Closer: Raisel Iglesias, RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

D-BACKS
Lineup:
1. Ketel Marte, CF
2. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
3. David Peralta, LF
4. Steven Souza Jr., RF
5. Jake Lamb, 1B
6. Wilmer Flores, 2B
7. Nick Ahmed, SS
8. Alex Avila, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Zack Greinke, RHP
2. Robbie Ray, LHP
3. Zack Godley, RHP
4. Luke Weaver, RHP
5. Merrill Kelly, RHP
Closer: Archie Bradley, RHP

DODGERS
Lineup:
1. A.J. Pollock, CF
2. Corey Seager, SS
3. Justin Turner, 3B
4. Cody Bellinger, RF
5. Max Muncy, 1B
6. Chris Taylor, 2B
7. Joc Pederson, LF
8. Austin Barnes, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Clayton Kershaw, LHP
2. Walker Buehler, RHP
3. Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP
4. Rich Hill, LHP
5. Kenta Maeda, RHP
Closer: Kenley Jansen, RHP

GIANTS
Lineup:
1. Steven Duggar, CF
2. Joe Panik, 2B
3. Buster Posey, C
4. Brandon Belt, 1B
5. Evan Longoria, 3B
6. Brandon Crawford, SS
7. Gerardo Parra, LF
8. Mac Williamson, RF

Rotation and closer:
1. Madison Bumgarner, LHP
2. Derek Holland, LHP
3. Dereck Rodriguez, RHP
4. Drew Pomeranz, LHP
5. Jeff Samardzija, RHP
Closer: Will Smith, LHP

PADRES
Lineup:
1. Manuel Margot, CF
2. Luis Urias, SS
3. Eric Hosmer, 1B
4. Franmil Reyes, RF
5. Wil Myers, LF
6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
7. Austin Hedges, C
8. Ty France, 3B

Rotation and closer:
1. Joey Lucchesi, LHP
2. Eric Lauer, LHP
3. Robbie Erlin, LHP
4. Bryan Mitchell, RHP
5. Matt Strahm, LHP
Closer: Kirby Yates, RHP

ROCKIES
Lineup:
1. Charlie Blackmon, LF
2. David Dahl, RF
3. Nolan Arenado, 3B
4. Trevor Story, SS
5. Daniel Murphy, 1B
6. Ian Desmond, CF
7. Ryan McMahon, 2B
8. Chris Iannetta, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Kyle Freeland, LHP
2. German Marquez, RHP
3. Tyler Anderson, LHP
4. Jon Gray, RHP
5. Chad Bettis, RHP
Closer: Wade Davis, RHP