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  • May 21, 2019
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    Mo. (AP) — Having spent six seasons in the minor leagues and last year working
    on his mechanics, right-hander Kyle Zimmer had a strong spring training for
    Kansas City and hoped to make the Royals’ opening day roster.Then manager Ned
    Yost told the Zimmer and infielder Frank Schwindel they were going to Omaha,
    where the Royals’ Triple-A farm team plays.“You could see their heads down,”
    Yost recalled. “But I said afterwards, Omaha is going to get on a plane and go
    back to Arizona. We’re going to get on a plane and go to Kansas City. And you’re
    going to be on that plane.”The fifth overall pick in the 2012, Zimmer was with
    the Royals for Thursday’s opener against the Chicago White Sox.“I feel like I
    have to have some sort of record for the most times coming out of a game with a
    trainer,” the 27-year-old said. “Any time you come off the field with a trainer
    is not a good time. Last spring was tough. It just felt like that was it.”Zimmer
    resurrected his career with a six-month stint at Driveline baseball in Seattle,
    participating in a data-driven strength training program. He responded with a
    0.71 ERA in nine spring training appearances over 12 2/3 innings.“I never
    thought this day would be possible,” Yost said. “The way he would continue to
    fight but struggle with injury after injury after injury, I figured Driveline
    was a last resort.”Zimmer said he doubted he would ever be in this
    position.“Every day, several times, for multiple years,” he recalled, “you’d
    wake up with dagger-pain in your arm, not being able to perform the way you can
    because of having pain. There were several times when I thought this day would
    never come. For it to be here is pretty amazing.”Yost enjoyed the way he
    delivered the good news.“That’s as much fun, telling a guy he made the team, as
    it is not fun telling a guy that he didn’t,” the manager said. SAN DIEGO (AP) —
    It was a night of memorable debuts for the Arizona Diamondbacks.Merrill Kelly
    paused for a moment before making his first big league appearance at age 30.“I
    took a minute before I threw the first pitch and took in the stadium, took in
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    , just so I can have that memory before I stepped on the
    rubber,” the right-hander said. “Once I got going, once I stepped on the rubber,
    it was game time.”Kelly threw six strong innings for the victory and benefited
    from an offensive outburst started by Adam Jones‘ leadoff homer to lead the
    Arizona Diamondbacks over the San Diego Padres 10-3 Saturday night.A few hours
    later, the bullpen gate opened and right-hander Jon Duplantier, 24, jogged in to
    throw his first big league pitches when he took over for Kelly starting the
    bottom of the seventh.“I wasn’t nervous jogging in. I was more nervous warming
    up,” Duplantier said. “As soon as I walked through the door, hit the pad and
    took about three steps before it was like, ‘OK, I’m not going to fall, I’m not
    going to trip,’ because I’ve got big feet and every now and then the turf
    monster will get me, but he didn’t get me today.“Took about three steps and I
    just couldn’t stop looking up, just taking it all in like everybody was
    encouraging me to do. It was just pure joy. I felt like a child, you know, like,
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    , run free. Go play. These people are watching you.’ I was
    just so happy,” he said.“It was a special day for him and Jon, two guys making
    their major league debut,” manager Tory Lovullo said. “You’d never suspect it by
    their mound presence, their poise and their ability to attack hitters.”Padres
    rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his first big league homer, a two-run
    shot in the sixth that landed at the base of the Western Metal Supply Co.
    building in left field.Kelly (1-0), who grew up in Arizona, joined the
    Diamondbacks on a two-year contract in December after spending four seasons with
    the SK Wyverns in Korea. That followed five seasons in the Tampa Bay
    organization. He became the first player with no big league experience to play
    in Korea and return directly to the majors.Kelly held San Diego to three runs
    and five hits while striking out three and walking two.Kelly started strong
    thanks to his defense. Left fielder David Peralta made a diving catch of a liner
    by leadoff batter Ian Kinsler, and center fielder Ketel Marte made a sliding
    catch of Eric Hosmer’s liner.San Diego didn’t get a hit until Franchy Cordero,
    who entered in a double switch in the third inning, singled to right in the
    bottom of the inning. Cordero had an infield single in the fifth that hit off
    Kelly, who stayed in the game.Kelly faltered in his final inning, allowing
    Hosmer’s double and Manny Machado’s single before Franmil Reyes hit a sacrifice
    fly. With two outs, Tatis, the team’s prized prospect and the son of the former
    big leaguer, drove the first pitch he saw for his first homer.“I enjoyed it as
    soon as I hit it and it was a pretty decent walk around the bases,” Tatis said.
    “Took that one out of the way, first one, here we
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    a lot more to come.”Matt Strahm (0-1) had a rough season debut for the Padres,
    allowing five runs and eight hits while walking two in just 2 2/3 innings. The
    left-hander is in the rotation this year after making five starts as an opener
    last year and 41 appearances overall as he was eased back from surgery on his
    torn left patellar tendon the previous season while with Kansas City.“I was just
    getting a little too much plate and they were taking advantage of it.” Strahm
    said. “They clearly read the scouting report that I’m aggressive with my
    fastball and jumped on it early, so I found myself pitching behind there a
    little bit.”Jones, who played at San Diego’s Morse High, homered to left on
    Strahm’s third pitch, his third, and David Peralta added an RBI double. Eduardo
    Escobar hit an RBI single in the second and the Diamondbacks chased Strahm in
    the third on Nick Ahmed’s sac fly and Alex Avila’s run-scoring single.The
    Diamondbacks piled on with four runs in the fifth against Robbie Erlin, who
    allowed four hits before getting an out.GRAND CANYON BALLERSKelly is the fifth
    Diamondbacks player to play high school and college ball in Arizona, joining
    Jake Barrett, Tuffy Gosewisch, Cody Ransom and Ed Vosberg. Kelly grew up in
    Scottsdale and attended Desert Mountain High, Yavapai College and Arizona
    State.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (0-1, 17.18) is scheduled to start
    Tuesday night. He’s looking to bounce back from opening day, when he allowed
    seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 12-5 loss at the Los Angeles
    Dodgers.Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (1-0, 0.00) threw six shutout innings in an
    opening day victory against San Francisco.