Spring Feigning

So, not only are you scratching your head wondering where the first two months of 2014 have gone, but now your fingers are glistening with salty, foreboding little beads of sweat, gently reminding you that the mercury is once again rising. Fortunately, you still have about a month to get some color on those pasty stems before you inevitably decry the heat and recoil back into your hermitage like the rest of us. So you might as well make the most of it.

And what better way to spend a few hours outdoors (before it becomes a fatal enterprise) than to check out a spring training game? And as the temperatures rise, our hometown Arizona Diamondbacks are likewise hoping to improve on last season's lukewarm production. A visit from the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, March 3, oughta be quite the litmus test. Opening pitch is at 1:10 p.m. at Scottsdale's Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 North Pima Road. Tickets start at $11. Visit or call 480-270-5000 for details.

Mon., March 3, 1:05 p.m., 2014