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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Puma Rihanna Nederland . -- While much of the nation is buried in snow, glazed by ice or just plain shivering in the cold, its time to play ball in the desert. Spring training officially began Thursday when Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers reported, with their first workout set for Friday. On the other side of suburban Phoenix, in Glendale, Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers and catchers report on Saturday. Full-squad workouts for both teams begin next week. The Diamondbacks and Dodgers get an early start because they will open the MLB season with a two-game series in Australia on March 22-23. The rest of the teams begin workouts next week at their spring training haunts in Arizona and Florida. Arizonas reporting date signals the beginning of preparation for a season that wont end until the World Series eight months from now. The Diamondbacks are coming off consecutive 81-81 seasons and face the prospect, like the rest of the NL West, of trying to compete with the cash- and pitching-rich Dodgers. Arizona wanted to add a veteran starter in the off-season and still may. A person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday that the Diamondbacks were talking with representatives of Bronson Arroyo with the possibility of landing the 36-year-old right-hander. The person asked not to be identified because the talks had not been made public. The Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles also reportedly have interest in Arroyo. If no changes are made, the Diamondbacks rotation is expected to include left-handers Patrick Corbin and Wade Miley and right-handers Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy. Young right-hander Randall Delgado and top minor league prospect Archie Bradley could vie for the other rotation spot. Diamondbacks players went through informal workouts in relatively chilly weather, at least by Arizona standards, on Thursday. Temperatures were in the low 60s but were expected to rise to the high 70s over the weekend. Kirk Gibson is entering his fourth season as manager and earlier this week got an extension of his contract, which had been set to expire this year. He said the early start to spring training will mean a larger gap between the start of full-squad workouts and the beginning of spring games. "Well come in on the 11th and our first games on the 26th," he said. "It gives us a challenge. We need to get our pitchers ready to be ready to go on March 22." After the long trip to Australia, the Diamondbacks and Dodgers will come back to Arizona to complete spring training before their stateside regular-season openers. "The seasons going to be a little longer, " Gibson said, "but if you look at the other people that have played abroad early, I think theres 10 teams that went and five of them have went to post-season play." Even though its an early start to spring training, McCarthy said players are more than ready to get back at it. "In the last month is when you start to hit that boredom point," he said. "Youre done with the off-season, youre sick of your loved ones, you want to get out of your house. Now it turns real and you kind of get back to work." The other significant addition to the Diamondbacks pitching staff is Addison Reed, The 25-year-old right-hander had 69 saves the last two seasons with the Chicago White Sox, 40 last year. Arizona acquired him from the White Sox for third baseman Matt Davidson. Reed hasnt been anointed the Arizona closer yet, though, facing competition from the likes of J.J. Putz, David Hernandez and Brad Zeigler. "Obviously everybody knows that I want to close. Its the only thing Ive ever wanted to do," Reed said, "but Im here and whatever they have me do is what Ill do and Ill be happy to. As long as Im out there throwing, Ill be a happy guy." McCarthy said that a core group of Arizona players plans to take a bigger leadership role in the coming year. "I think theres a group of guys here that know exactly what they want," he said. "Last year I think we were kind of getting there but we didnt have that true leadership that really came through. Its the one thing Ive seen just in talking to guys so far, that heres an idea of exactly what we want and I think we know how to implement that now. "Youre going to see a clubhouse of guys that go out of their way to get things the way they want it, to set an attitude the way they want it." Puma Fenty Creeper . A steady downpour and low temperatures were predicted for much of the night. No makeup date was immediately announced, although it was determined that the game will not be part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Puma Creeper Velvet Fenty . - Tom Brady was upset that his New England Patriots hardly looked like a division champion in the first half. http://www.creeperspumarihanna.nl/puma-rihanna-fenty-creepers-zwart.html .Y. - Joe Johnson hit six 3-pointers in his 27 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 points, and the Brooklyn Nets won their 11th straight at home, beating the Boston Celtics 114-98 Friday night.EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New York Giants running game could have its best back available when it plays the San Francisco 49ers.After missing the last four weeks with sprained knee, Rashad Jennings hopes to return to the lineup on Sunday when the Giants (3-6) face the 49ers (5-4) at MetLife Stadium.Jennings practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, and both he and coach Tom Coughlin were optimistic that he would be able to play in what has become a must-win game for New York.The Giants have lost all four games since Jennings was injured against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 5, and the running game has been almost nonexistent.Thats what I am here for, Jennings said. If I am on the field, there is no hesitation and wondering what if — I am picking up where I left off.After a slow start, Jennings ran for 176 yards in a win over Houston and followed that with 55-yard performances in victories over Washington and Atlanta.During the winning streak, Jennings averaged a little more than 5 yards, and New York looked like it would be a contender for a playoff spot for the first time in three seasons.With him out of the lineup, the offence sputtered, the defence was on the field too long and New York was blown out in four straight games. The playoff hopes are dim.Rookie Andre Williams started those games and carried 60 times for 165 yards, a 2.8 yard average.You cant do it by yourself, Jennings warned. Like I said before, if you ever see the run game being positive, its simply because the offensive line and quarterback are putting us in the right play and the receivers and tight ends are blocking downfield. If you dont see it moving forward, I think its because of us in the backfield.Coughlin believes having Jennings in the lineup will give the Giants a much-needed lift. Puma Fenty Rihanna Creeper. . He is a tough runner, who knows how to read defences and pick his spots to get those ugly hidden yards to move the chains.Having Rashad back will definitely be helpful, quarterback Eli Manning said. Andres done a great job at running back but having that one-two punch is going to be a good combination. He was playing well for us before he got injured, (he) does a lot of things in the pass game and in the run game.Rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. also is excited about playing with a running game. He has had consecutive 100-yard games receiving and says his job will be easier if defensive backs have to worry about a runner getting to the second level.Any time you have a running game that can open up the passing game, Beckham said. At the same time, we have to do better in the passing game and maybe that will open up the running game.The line also has to help. Williams did not have many big holes over the past month.We have to be more physical up front and go out there and make room for the running backs, tackle Justin Pugh said.NOTES: LB Jacquian Williams and RB Peyton Hillis are still bothered by concussions and did not practice along with DT Cullen Jenkins (calf) and DE Damontre Moore (shoulder). ...Spencer Paysinger would proably fill in for Williams on the weakside spot except in passing situations. ....P Steve Weatherford and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were not on the pre-practice injury record for the first time in more than a month. ...G Geoff Schwartz is going to get more work this week and may make his Giants debut Sunday. The team has until Monday to decide whether to take him off recallable injured reserve. 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