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SCOTTSDALE Miles Mikolas Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — request. On Monday, 24-year-old Carson Kelly got his first chance behind the plate in the ace’s first spring training start.It was a good partnership. Greinke needed just 16 pitches — 14 strikes — to retire the Oakland Athletics in order over two innings.“Get outs — that’s kind of the big thing for him,” Kelly said of Greinke. “He did that and he did it efficiently, too, without throwing a lot of pitches. I feel like that’s Zack Greinke-esque.”Jeff Mathis was Greinke’s personal catcher last season but signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers. Kelly, acquired by Arizona from the St. Louis Cardinals in the trade for Paul Goldschmidt, caught Greinke during his last live batting practice session as a tuneup.Pitching on a back field and facing teammates, however, is different than a real game, even if it is an exhibition game.“With the live BP, I was excited, very excited,” Kelly said. “After catching him and seeing his different pitches and things like that, it was a little more comfortable this time around and I think he felt the same.”Greinke and Kelly are separated by one locker in the D-backs’ clubhouse, so they have plenty of opportunities to talk.“I told him today, the first couple outings in spring are not how I’m going to pitch in the season,” Greinke said. “I wouldn’t even want him trying to think along with me because it’s just random stuff happening for the most part.”What does Greinke look for in a catcher?“Just pay attention and give a good effort,” he said.Arizona manager Torey Lovullo tried to downplay Monday’s pairing.“I don’t want people to read into it too far that he’s going to be paired up with Zack or I’m forcing this relationship to happen ,” Lovullo said. “I wanted Zack to be exposed to him as I will do with other the catchers who have not necessarily caught him in a game. This is a good situation for Carson to catch his first game.”The D-backs have carried three catchers in the past and other options in camp besides Kelly include Alex Avila and John Ryan Murphy and non-roster invitees Caleb Joseph, Daulton Varsho and Tyler Heineman.“My plan would be to give everybody a shot at Zack because it’s a lot of fun to catch him,” Lovullo said. “He’s very pinpoint with a great game plan.”“The one thing that Zack wants is for it to be the same guy,” Lovullo said. “That’s what he asked for from the first conversation I had with him two years ago. We want to make Zack as comfortable as possible. We’re going to try to find that perfect fit for him.”After Monday’s outing, Greinke, 35, said he would not insist on a personal catcher if it means getting more offense in the D-backs’ lineup.“I prefer one guy but with Alex, it’s not ideal to have him facing (Madison) Bumgarner and (Clayton) Kershaw so it makes it a little tougher,” Greinke said. “There comes a point where offense is important.”Said Lovullo: “With Zack, we’ve opened up all sorts of dialogue over the past couple years that has enabled him to throw to that one guy and it’s worked, it’s worked very well for Zack.”“I think he’s going to want to sample each catcher,” he said.Kelly is excited at the opportunity.“Not many people get to say they caught Zack Greinke,” Kelly said. “It’s an honor and I think it’s something that I’m excited to be a part of this core here.”The Diamondbacks won 4-3 on a game-ending sacrifice fly by Heineman.NOTES: Arizona OF Jarrod Dyson underwent an MRI on his midsection on Monday after experiencing some discomfort. … Lovullo said the team will ease pitchers Archie Bradley and Yoshihisa Hirano into games this spring because of their heavy workload last season. “We’re not concerned about getting them in there early,” Lovullo said. “How many outings, I’m not exactly sure. You’re not going to see them for a few more days.” … Monday was Ketel Marte’s first spring start in the outfield. He has made two outfield starts in 2015 with the Mariners but otherwise has played second, short and third. “He looked like a normal outfielder to me with how he was getting his breaks and reads,” Lovullo said. “That, to me Jason Motte Jersey , is the most important thing.” … Oakland’s Khris Davis, who has yet to play a spring game because of mild left calf strain, took batting practice on Monday. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every game to begin the season has been a close call for the San Francisco Giants.After a rough start in San Diego — where they dropped three of four — they eked out a 4-2 victory over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.Four of the Giants’ first five games have been decided by two runs or fewer; last season, they had the most such games in the majors like that.“We had a tough weekend in San Diego and tonight we got good pitching, good defense, and timely hitting,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’re going to have a lot of close games and we have to play like this to win.”Brandon Belt hit a go-ahead, two-run double off Scott Alexander in the seventh inning to propel the Giants. He homered on the first pitch from struggling reliever Joe Kelly leading off the sixth that left San Francisco trailing 2-1.“Home runs aren’t my focus but anytime you get a good pitch to hit and get good wood on it, it feels good,” he said.Pinch-hitter Yangervis Solarte reached on an infield single to third leading off the seventh. Two outs later, Solarte scored on Pablo Sandoval’s single that took one bounce off the mound and sailed into center field. Fans lustily booed Kelly (0-1).Steven Duggar followed with a double to center, and boos again rang in Kelly’s ears as he walked to the dugout after being removed.“That’s nothing,” said Kelly, a World Series winner last year with the Boston Red Sox. “I played in a place where it’s a lot worse.”Trailing 4-2 in the ninth, Dodgers pinch-hitter Max Muncy walked. But Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor struck out to end the game, wasting a stellar start from young left-hander Julio Urias.“He was fantastic,” raved Dodgers manager Dave Roberts about Urias. “He had command of all his pitches, got ahead of guys. It was fun to watch.”Trevor Gott (1-0) earned the victory and Will Smith recorded his second save.Kelly has proven disappointing in his first two outings. He signed a $25 million , three-year deal to come over from the Red Sox in December after not allowing a run in five World Series appearances against the Dodgers last fall.The right-hander gave up three hits, two earned runs, and a walk in 1 1/3 innings against Arizona in his debut Friday.“Two really, really horse crap outings, results-wise,” Kelly said. “The key for me is pitching with the proper mechanics, which I think is there. Everything is coming out crisp. The results will come.”Giants third baseman Evan Longoria went 0 for 4 with a strikeout in his return after a sore left calf kept him out Sunday against San Diego.Taylor and pinch-hitter Alex Verdugo homered in the fifth to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Their power surge carried over from a season-opening series against Arizona in which they smashed 14 homers.The Dodgers were limited to a trio of singles over the first four innings before Taylor and Verdugo homered off Drew Pomeranz in his Giants’ debut to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.For Taylor, it was his first hit of the season after going 0 for 9 against the Diamondbacks.One out later, Verdugo stroked his second career pinch-hit homer into center field. He came in for Urias, who made his first start in nearly two years with Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill on the injured list.Urias allowed three hits over five innings and struck out seven. The 22-year-old spent most of last season recovering from left shoulder surgery.“I felt really confident and comfortable,” Urias said through a translator. “Everything was working really well.”Pomeranz gave up two runs and six hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out six and walked one while falling to 1-5 in eight career appearances against the Dodgers. He faced them for the first time since 2016.“I was amped up when the game started and was throwing hard,” he said. “I was excited to be out there. I was maybe a little too pumped up because my pitches were missing a little bit early on but I settled myself down.”TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: Kershaw (shoulder inflammation) will make a minor league rehab start in Oklahoma City on Thursday. After that, the left-hander and the team will decide whether he needs one more start before returning to the majors.HOMER HAPPYThe Dodgers have homered in all five games to start the season, the first time they’ve done so since 2003.UP NEXTMadison Bumgarner (0-1, 2.57 ERA) takes the mound for the Giants against fellow lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-0, 1.50) in the middle game of the series.

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