SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- There's nothing like an 11-strikeout outing to give a pitcher confidence, regardless of the opponent.
Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill went 5 23 innings, struck out 11, scattered four hits and allowed only an unearned run in the D-backs' 9-3 victory over the Rangers on Thursday.
"I felt a lot better today than I have," Cahill said. "I was throwing my sinker for strikes and threw to both sides of the plate, which is the first time I've done that consistently this spring."
The Rangers' lineup was made up solely of minor leaguers, the majority of whom will begin the season in Class A -- either with Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League or Hickory in the South Atlantic League.
"All their guys weren't here today, so it was a good day for him to go out there and relax," said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson.
Cahill, who will make his first regular-season start April 2 against the Cardinals, threw 63 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
"I felt good going a lit...