9/12 vs. PIT

Reds lineup vs. Pirates

Phillips 4
Valdez 6
Votto 3
Ludwick 7
Bruce 9
Rolen 5
Heisey 8
Hanigan 2
Bailey 1

*UPDATE — SS Zack Cozart (left oblique strain) took swings off of a tee for first time since last Tuesday. Cozart also took ground balls, stretched with the pitchers and ran.

“It actually felt pretty good,” Cozart said. “It was nothing major, I just hit off the tee. There’s still steps to be made, but it was a positive day. Everything is feeling a lot better.”

There is no ETA yet for Cozart’s return. Wilson Valdez and Didi Gregorius have been filling in at shortstop.

“I can’t really put a day,” Cozart said. “We did a lot of stuff today, knowing we had the off-day [Thursday] for recovery. We’ll see how it goes Friday. It’s been progress pretty much every day. I couldn’t do a jog three days ago, and today I ran. I can’t really put a day on it, but hopefully sooner than later. Based on today, I would think sooner.”

*The Reds enter today with a 10 1/2 game lead over the Cardinals, the team’s biggest division lead since it had an 11-game lead on 9/22/95. The magic number to clinch the NL Central is 10.

*In case you missed it, the Reds 2013 schedule is out. Opening Day is April 1 vs. the Angels, yes…the Angels.


Mark, what’s your opinion on Stubbs at this point in time?

Lacks confidence at the plate. Still great defensively.

Mark, Do you think we have finally seen the last of Stubbs in the starting lineup? Will he be sent to winter ball to learn to hit? I can only see him needed as a pinch runner, Hiesey covers CF nicely.

Baker said today that Stubbs would see action in Miami, where the outfield is expansive. Stubbs covers a lot of ground.

What is the latest on Cozart?

Just updated blog with new Cozart info

Thanks for the update.

What’s up with the dwindling of the Ohio Cup? Plus, the games are played on weekdays…again. Really not too happy about that.

From what I heard, they cut all rivalry games to 4 games with 2 at each home and they are all played weekdays in a row.

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