SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- While Spring Training is a mere dress rehearsal for the likes of Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez, every opportunity carries meaning for those in pursuit of steady work. In his and his team's Cactus League debut on Wednesday, new D-backs right-hander Rubby De La Rosa was a gem for first-year manager Chip Hale.
Bidding for a spot in Hale's rotation, De La Rosa made a bright impression on his 26th birthday. In two innings against the Rockies at Salt River Fields, he struck out two and yielded one scratch single, an unplayable slow roller. In the process, he managed to demonstrate his resolve in escaping a second-inning test.
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