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Ian Kennedy Struggles In Final Spring Start

Ian Kennedy is set to be the ace for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012, but had a rough outing in his final Spring Training start on Saturday. The D-backs took on the Los Angeles Dodgers and came up on the losing end in a 9-3 affair.

Kennedy pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits. The three runs allowed matches the amount of runs he had given up in his 18.1 Spring Training innings coming into Saturday.

According to FOX Sports, Kennedy is remaining upbeat despite the black mark to round out Spring Training.

"I have been feeling better and better with command and my off-speed stuff, today too,'' Kennedy said. ''Today's results aside, I am pretty happy with how things are going."

The silver lining is that Kennedy fared much better than Dodgers ace and reigning Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who also gave up three runs, but in just 3.2 innings, on six hits and a walk.

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