Game 29: Reds at White Sox

Hamilton 8

Byrd 7

Frazier 5

Mesoraco DH

Phillips 4

Bruce 9

Cozart 6

Barnhart 2

Negron 3

*It’s Mesoraco’s first time in the starting lineup since April 11.

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If Negron doesn’t find his stroke soon, they’re going to have to send him to Louisville to play every day to accomplish this. .048 just doesn’t cut it.

Hitting .118 after going 2 for 4 yesterday.

Pena batting .306 not playing first or catching. Bruce at .170 is playing. Am I missing something???

I live about 45 minutes from US Cellular park and we’ve got severe storms coming through the area as we speak. This one will at least most likely be delayed.

There are two teams that are in dire need of supreme starting pitching, and have the wherefore all ($$$) to pay for it…Dodgers and Red Sox. The question is, what are they willing to part with.

One interesting aside about the Dodgers; they now have Grandal catching for them. He went 4 for 4, 2 HR with 8 RBI yesterday. He was the ‘center piece’ of the trade to get Latos. The reason he was available was due to the fact that we had Mesoraco; thought to be the second coming of JB.

CBS Sports…
The Chicago White Sox own a better record against the Cincinnati Reds than they do versus any opponent.

That means little Friday night since they are sending Hector Noesi to the mound.

Noesi has lost six straight starts for the White Sox heading into the opener of this three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

Chicago (10-15) is 14-3 against Cincinnati, including 4-1 at home, but these teams haven’t met since 2009.

The White Sox begin the weekend by starting Noesi (0-3, 6.75 ERA), who has posted a 5.94 ERA in losing his last six outings – three this year. The right-hander gave up five runs over 4 1-3 innings in Saturday’s 5-3 defeat at Minnesota.

Though Noesi hasn’t pitched well in this losing streak, the White Sox haven’t helped him by totaling seven runs of support.

That’s been an issue all season for Chicago, one of baseball’s lowest scoring teams with 3.3 runs per game and a major league-low 14 homers. The White Sox have not gone deep in 10 of their last 11 games.

Cincinnati (14-14) will be without Joey Votto after the first baseman was ejected and then made contact with home plate umpire Chris Conroy in Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Pittsburgh. Votto, second on the team with a .311 average, was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB on Friday.

The Reds will play their first interleague game after going 6-14 in such contests a year ago for baseball’s second-worst mark. They went 1-9 on the road against the AL.

Shortstop Zack Cozart may be back in the lineup after missing all three games in Pittsburgh when he was hit by a pitch on the wrist Sunday in Atlanta.

“There is still inflammation in there right now, but it just feels way better,” Cozart told MLB’s official site. “I swung, took soft toss, and did my normal routine and it felt really good.”

Cincinnati may like its chances of adding to Noesi’s woes because starter Jason Marquis (3-1, 5.22) leads the NL with a run support average of 9.82. The Reds have totaled 28 runs in his three-start win streak, with the right-hander posting a 4.66 ERA.

Marquis gave up three runs over 6 1-3 innings in Saturday’s 8-4 win at Atlanta.

This will be his first start against Chicago since 2008.

Adam LaRoche is a .289 hitter against Marquis in 38 at-bats and Melky Cabrera is 0 for 8. Chicago may want to use Emilio Bonifacio, who is 7 for 16 against Marquis but didn’t play in this week’s three-game home set against Detroit.

The White Sox, who fell 4-1 to the Tigers on Thursday, have taken two of three in every home series. Jose Abreu, homerless in his last 11 games, is hitting .356 at home compared to .212 on the road.

“You want to win every game, but taking two of three from a good team like them is a good step for us,” center fielder Adam Eaton said.

Reds hire Larkin…
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com | @m_sheldon | 11:13 AM ET
CHICAGO — Barry Larkin is a Reds icon and a Hall of Famer. And once again, the shortstop great is back with the organization.

The Reds announced on Friday that Larkin was hired as Minor League roving infield instructor. His first stop for work has been this week with Double-A Pensacola.

Reds minor leaguers David Ayala, Adolfi Telleria given drug suspensions
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Cincinnati Reds pitchers David Ayala and Adolfi Telleria have been suspended 25 games each for violating baseball’s minor league drug program and free-agent pitcher Dawson Brown was banned 50 games.

In announcing the penalties Friday, the commissioner’s office did not specify the nature of the violations for the Reds players. Under the minor league program, the only 25-game penalty listed is for a first violation for use or possession of a syringe.

Brown was disciplined for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Ayala, 20, and Telleria, 21, are right-handed pitchers with the Reds in the Dominican Summer League. Brown, a right-hander who turns 22 on May 16, was released by Oakland on May 6. He was 1-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 11 relief appearances last year for the Athletics’ Arizona Rookie League team.

There have been 49 suspensions this year under the minor league program, including 26 for drugs of abuse. There have been five suspensions under the major league program.

CHICAGO — Rain postponed Friday’s interleague game between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds, with both teams now scheduled to play a traditional doubleheader Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.

The first game Saturday will begin at 3:10 p.m. CT, with the second game beginning 30 minutes after the first game, but no earlier than 6:10 p.m. CT.

The White Sox will use Friday’s scheduled starter Hector Noesi in the first game, while rookie Carlos Rodon pitches the second game, the first start of his major league career. The Reds will push Friday’s starter Jason Marquis to the second game, while veteran Johnny Cueto will start the first game.

Wow…these guys could W over 100 G this season…
Their ace’s season is over. Their most versatile hitter is back home in St. Louis dealing with a couple of unexpected health issues.
No biggie. The Cardinals keep right on rolling.
Matt Holliday and Kolten Wong hit three-run homers and Michael Wacha remained unbeaten as the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5 on Friday night.

Hope Carpenter’s health issue is something as simple as needing rest.

From MLBTR yesterday:
•In his latest Insider-only post, ESPN’s Buster Olney cites the Athletics‘ Scott Kazmir and the Reds‘ Mike Leake as potential trade candidates if their teams continue to struggle. Both hurlers are scheduled for free agency this winter. Olney speculates that the Dodgers could be interested in either pitcher to bolster their rotation, while Kazmir could also be a fit with the Red Sox or Astros.

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