Kennedy in the spotlight as spring training begins

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Ian Kennedy and the Arizona Diamondbacks won't be sneaking up on anyone this season.

The Diamondbacks were the surprise NL West champions last season, outpacing the defending world-champion San Francisco Giants, and Kennedy was one of the main reasons. Entering spring training, he's being looked upon to again help lead the way.

Kennedy knows he set the bar high for himself last season and is aware it won't be easy duplicating his successes, which included a 21-4 record.

The 27-year-old Kennedy finished fourth in the voting for the NL Cy Young Award. He finished the season with a 2.88 ERA and his 21 wins tied the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw for the most victories in the National League. The .840 winning percentage was the best ever for a Diamondbacks starter.