LHP Joe Saunders to start Arizona's spring openerPosted: Updated:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Joe Saunders will start the Arizona Diamondbacks' spring opener against San Francisco on Friday.
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson announced the decision Tuesday, adding that right-hander Aaron Heilman will start Saturday against Colorado in the first game at Salt River Fields, the new spring training home for the Diamondbacks and Rockies.
Saunders went 3-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 13 starts last season after coming to Arizona as part of the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Los Angeles Angels.
Right-hander Ian Kennedy will start for the Diamondbacks on Sunday against the Giants.
Each is expected to throw two innings at most.