Friday's lineup, morning blend

Good morning. It’s a different one around here as the clubhouse is under lockdown for the annual union meeting with executive director Don Fehr and his crew. Hopefully after the meeting, I can get some more stuff flowing.

Here are your lineups for today, which are also a little different:

Reds:

Taveras CF, Hairston SS, Votto 1B, Francisco 3B, Gomes RF, Dickerson LF, Keppinger 2B, Hernandez C, Bankston DH

P Arroyo

Phillies:

Victorino CF, Donald 3B, Ibanez LF, Stairs DH, Dobbs 1B, Jenkins RF, Ozuna 2B, Chavez SS, Marson C

P Carpenter

Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion got breaks today.

“We’ve only got 37 more to go,” manager Dusty Baker semi-joked. He was also doing some forward planning since there is a night road game on Saturday followed by a day game Sunday.

This will be the first chance many at the big league level get to see Juan Francisco, one of the promising sluggers in the system. The 21-year-old lefty hitter belted 23 homers at Class A Sarasota last season and another 18 homers in Dominican winter ball. Of course, there are a ton of strikeouts on the resume too — 123 last season but that’s not a chief concern right now.

“He can hit,” Baker said. “He’s what you want in young hitters – -he’s aggressive. You want a young hitter that you can tone down vs. tone up. You want guys to be selective and go deep in the count but that comes with more experience I think. Young hitters you want to see aggressive.”

In transactions: Johnny Cueto and Ramon Ramirez agreed to terms on one-year contracts. Only six platers remain unsigned for 2009. 

 

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