On Friday, the 2011 Cactus League schedule began as the defending World Series Champions defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6. Saturday afternoon there are three games scheduled, the Los Angeles Dodgers play in two of them. Also, featured will be Colorado Rockies breakout star Ubaldo Jimenez, who will start against the Diamondbacks. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim veteran outfield, Tori Hunter, will see his first action in right field, while Vernon Wells makes his debut in left field.
Projected lineups and pitchers for each Grape Fruit League contest after the jump...
Los Angeles Dodgers (Tempe) at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe, AZ, 3:05 p.m. ET)
LAD starting pitcher: RHP Hiroki Kuroda; projected bullpen: Rubby De La Rosa, Scott Elbert, Lance Cormier; projected players: OF Andre Ethier, OF Matt Kemp, OF Jay Gibbons and C Dioner Navarro.
LAA Angels starting pitcher: RHP Trevor Bell; projected bullpen: Hisanori Takahashi, Scott Downs; projected players: LF Wells, RF Hunter and CF Peter Bourjos.
Quick preview: First-year manager Don Mattingly wont be at this contest, he'll be in Scottsdale, but stars Ethier and Kemp will be. Wells makes his debut for the Angels, while teammate Hunter makes his first start in right field. Bourjos is now in center.
Los Angeles Dodgers (Scottsdale) at San Francisco Giants (Scottsdale, AZ, 3:05 p.m. ET)
LAD starting pitcher: RHP Tim Redding; Expected bullpen: Carlos Monasterios; Projected players: 1B James Loney, C Rod Barajas and LF Marcus Thames.
SF starting pitcher: LHP Jonathan Sanchez; projected players: 1B Aubrey Huff.
Notes: Ace Tim Lincecum pitched 1.2 innings with 3 R, 5H and 12 strikes for SF in its 7-6 win Friday. Sophomore catcher Buster Posey had 2 RBI.
Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks (Scottsdale, AZ, 3:10 p.m. ET)
COL starting pitcher: RHP Jimenez; projected bullpen: Greg Reynolds, Claudio Vargas, Billy Buckner; projected lineup: C Chris Iannetta, Wigginton, 2B Jose Lopez, 3B Ian Stewart, SS Troy Tulowitzki, OF Carlos Gonzalez, CF Dexter Fowler and RF Seth Smith.
ARI starting pitcher: RHP Aaron Heilman; projected players: 1B Geoff Blum, CF Chris Young.
Quick preview: Arizona will open up their brand-new facility, Salt River Field at Talking Sticks. The Rockies will share the facility with the D-backs.