SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With a second straight Opening Day start already on his itinerary, Ian Kennedy can take the unsightly results from his second spring start Saturday night in stride, knowing it's all part of a process.
That hasn't always been true for the 27-year-old right-hander, but after allowing four runs on six hits in his three-inning start against a Mariners split squad, there was no reason for concern in Kennedy's mind.
"I think last spring was my first spring when I didn't really have to worry about that, just get ready to the season," Kennedy said. "Coming over here from the Yankees [prior to the 2010 season], I was really trying to make the team. It's a nice luxury to have just to get ready for the season."
Certainly, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson wasn't worried about the numbers on the scoreboard, just that his starter hit his pitch count and accomplished what he needed to in early March.
"He was fine," Gibson said. "He was working on some things. He threw mostly fastballs and threw some changeups later, not many curveballs. He worked on his move today. He worked on throwing inside. His arm feels fine."
Kennedy got his proverbial work in by throwing 45 pitches without recording a walk. The Mariners were attacking Kennedy's fastball early in the count, which kept him from getting much work on his offspeed pitches until his final inning.
"I was really just trying to get my location down," Kennedy said. "I felt my fastball in was better against righties and wasn't leaving anything over the plate, so location's more important for me right now, especially the second outing."