Sunday vs. Marlins

Phillips 4
Cozart 6
Votto 3
Ludwick 7
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Stubbs 8
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1


*Ludwick gets a start because of the matchup vs. Miami’s Carlos Zambrano. Ludwick is batting .375 (9-for-24) with two home runs and five RBIs.

“Ludwick has hit Zambrano better than anybody here,” manager Dusty Baker said.

*Had Juan Francisco made the team in camp, these were the types of games he would have started for the Reds — day after night when Scott Rolen gets a rest. The Reds still like their choices however, especially with Miguel Cairo. The 37-year-old Cairo filled in very capably at third base last season when both Rolen and Francisco were hurt.

“He did a great job for us,” Baker said. “I’ve got Cairo. I’ve got Willie Harris and I’ve also got Wilson Valdez too. I’ve got some options. A lot of it depends on who I think needs at-bats, who’s pitching and what kind of defense I need.

“Cairo has played third a lot behind Bronson [Arroyo]. The left side of the infield gets a lot of action. Cairo has a pretty good idea of what he’s going to throw in certain counts, certain situations and he’s played more there than anybody.”

1 Comment

Went to the game last night. 0-1 when I’m in attendance this year. Just hoping for an over .500 year. I thought Latos looked fine. He just fell behind in the count a few too many times and had to bring strikes when hitters knew they were coming. He was trying to be fine, he’ll be alright.

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