4/13 at WAS
Reds lineup vs. Nationals
*Regarding the lineup, Dusty Baker said it was just a day off for SS Zack Cozart, whose six-game hitting streak ended with a 0-for-5 on Thursday.
“He’s been playing every day, running the base and doing a great job,” Baker said. “He’ll be back in there tomorrow, maybe even today.”
*Brandon Phillips is available to pinch-hit tonight, and might even get into Saturday’s lineup.
“We’ll see,” Baker said. “He was better yesterday than he was. I might have to bat him down in the order some so he doesn’t have to run as much until that leg gets back 100 percent.”
*Since many have asked about him over the last day or so — over at Triple-A Louisville, final Reds cut Todd Frazier is off to a .160 (4-for-25, seven strikeouts) through his first six games.
*Willie Harris has been off to a slow start, entering 0-for-9 in his six games. Baker had a chat with Harris and also told Miguel Cairo to speak with him. During his first year as a Red in 2010, Cairo started out 2-for-20 (.100) and drew the ire of fans immediately. Cairo didn’t really kick it into gear until May.
“Now they love him. I told Cairo to talk to Willie about what happened to him, “Baker said. “We need to get Willie going. We need Willie. He’s always done well. He’s probably trying too hard. Hopefully he’ll relax and beat his old team.”
*And if you don’t think Major League players hate to lose, check out the photo here of rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco. He tried to block Alfredo Simon’s wild pitch yesterday and it just took a funny bounce off of his body to allowed the Nationals to score the winning run. Mesoraco heard from friends and family once the photo surfaced.
“I had no clue at the time. It was kind of an embarrassing shot I guess,” Mesoraco said. “It’s my fault. As a player, you’re supposed to do that somewhere people can’t see it. I will learn from it to take it down in the tunnel if I have to get out that frustration as opposed to where people can snap pictures.
“That was a tough way to lose a game, especially as a catcher. That’s something you never want to happen. I think [the photo] made it a lot bigger of a deal than it was.”