There's nothing like an 11-strikeout outing to give a pitcher confidence, regardless of the opponent.
Arizona right-hander Trevor Cahill went 5 2/3 innings, scattered four hits and allowed an unearned run in the Diamondbacks' 9-3 victory over the Texas 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 Arizona manager Kirk Gibson
Cahill, who will make his first regular-season start April 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals, threw 63 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
''I felt good going a little bit longer and stretchin...