Afternoon delight.

The afternoon workout under game-like conditions is complete at Ed Smith Stadium. The home white team beat the visiting gray team, 7-3.

Aaron Harang had smooth sailing and a quick outing. In one scoreless inning, Harang threw 10 pitches over one scoreless inning with one strikeout. He threw 20 more pitches in the bullpen and said he faced the equivalent of four batters out there under simulated conditions,

“I felt good,” Harang said. “I was letting it go free and easy. Of course, the breaking stuff won’t be as sharp but as long as my heater is where it’s at right now, I’m not too worried about it. I’m keeping it down in the zone.”

Harang’s first exhibition start is on Sunday vs. the Yankees. He’s, of course, the Reds’ Opening Day starter on April 6 vs. the Mets.

The home team starting lineup was very close to what might be seen on Opening Day. In just two swings over two at-bats, Joey Votto hit an RBI double and a three-run home run to center field off of oitcher Jordan Smith. Jay Bruce added an RBI double for the white team while Jacque Jones hit a solo homer to right field.

In other news, lefty Bill Bray threw in the bullpen on Tuesday and is scheduled to throw a live BP session on Thursday. Bray was a little behind because of a sore shoulder at the start of camp but is doing OK.

Here is the starting lineup for Wednesday’s opener vs. the Rays. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET. It’s pretty close to what the regular one will look like on April 6.

1. Willy Taveras CF

2. Jerry Hairston Jr. SS

3. Joey Votto 1B

4. Brandon Phillips 2B

5. Jay Bruce RF

6. Edwin Encarnacion 3B

7. Chris Dickerson LF

8. Ramon Hernandez C

9. Jacque Jones DH

SP – Edinson Volquez

Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey are among the pitchers to follow Volquez. Also making the trip will be former Rays outfielder Jonny Gomes and 2008 top draft pick Yonder Alonso.


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