PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks were one of baseball's big surprises a year ago. The surprise this year would be if they don't keep winning.
"Last year we kind of snuck up on people and had to earn their respect," said Torey Lovullo, the National League manager of the year in his first season in the desert. "I think we've done that, which I'm very proud of."
Nearly everyone is back from the team that went 93-69 - 24 more wins than the previous year - and earned the National League's No. 1 wild card spot. Optimism abounds in the clubhouse.