Posted: Mar 31, 2011 6:34 PM by Jordan Mason
DENVER (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies both had extra pep in their step Thursday and not just because Opening Day was 24 hours away.
Players on both teams said they're refreshed heading into April thanks to the state-of-the-art spring training complex they now share in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, which replaced their respective ballparks in Tucson, is the envy of Major League Baseball. Players said its sellout crowds and regular season buzz helped prepare the D-Backs and Rockies for the real thing.
Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez faces Arizona ace Ian Kennedy at Coors Field on Friday.
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