It’s raining southpaws?

After John Lamb’s start on Friday, David Holmberg will get the ball for the Reds on Saturday vs. the Dodgers. Big deal, you say?

It registers a little at least because it will mark the first time that the Reds have started lefties back-to-back since 2011. That was Dontrelle Willis and Travis Wood.

Did manager Bryan Price like injecting some southpaw pitching into his rotation?

“I like to have five starters that get people out. You know my stance on that,” Price said on Friday. “I like guys that consistently give us a chance to win. Our best rotations in my time here were 2012 and 2013 and that included the same five and they were all right-handed. And they were a very good, special group. Truth be told, I think it’s nice to have some lefties in there.

“There are certain times you’d like to have that left-handed element in there for certain things.”

Game 114: Reds at Dodgers

Phillips 4
Suarez 6
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Byrd 7
Pena 2
Lamb 1
Hamilton 8

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More on Lamb, Lorenzen

You can read my full John Lamb call-up story here:

http://atmlb.com/1J3wHzE

But I also have some added elements that I was unable to include in the story. Lamb was once the Royals No. 1 prospect until he needed Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2011. This year, however, he has put it all together again.

“He’s just getting back on top of his game again for the first time this year as far as maintaining the quality of his velocity and his pitch quality and has become the type of pitcher that will regain the form he had in 2010,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We’re very excited. We’re getting a kid with his best years ahead of him. Really going to take a hard look at him as a piece in the rotation going forward.”

Before leaving, Lorenzen threw a bullpen session here at Dodger Stadium and was very pleased. He used some suggestions provided by his agent, Scott Boras, during a meeting on Wednesday.

“With my other pitches – my slider, changeup and curveball – I trust that I can throw it. When it comes to my fastball, there’s ‘don’t miss here,’ or ‘just throw it over the plate,’ rather than going through the process,” Lorenzen said. “Scott told me that last night. He’s such a knowledgeable person. It was good to sit down and talk to him about it. It was perfect timing, especially that the lord puts everything together for a reason. I’m going to go down to Triple-A and I’m not going to be searching. I’ll just apply what I learned last night and what happened tonight and do my thing down there.”

Lamb to debut on Friday

The Reds announced that LHP John Lamb will be called up Friday from Triple-A Louisville to make his Major League debut vs. the Dodgers.

Michael Lorenzen will be coming out of the rotation, but no roster move has been made as of yet.

The rotation order is this:

Thurs: Sampson
Fri: Lamb
Sat: Holmberg
Sun: DeSclafani
Mon: OFF DAY
Tues: Raisel Iglesias (vs. KC)

The Reds acquired Lamb and fellow lefty prospects Brandon Finnegan, and Cody Reed from the Royals for Johnny Cueto on July 26.

Lamb is 10-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 20 Triple-A starts this season for Omaha and Louisville. In 111 1/3 innings, he has 94 hits, 36 walks and 117 strikeouts.

When he pitches, Lamb will be the seventh different Reds player to make his Major League debut — and the sixth starting pitcher.

The Reds have assigned Lamb No. 47, Cueto’s old number.

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Game 113: Reds at the Dodgers

Phillips 4
Suarez 6
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Byrd 7
Barnhart 2
Sampson 1
Hamilton 8

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‘Just a day’ for Phillips

Brandon Phillips got a rare day off from the Reds starting lineup on Wednesday as Ivan De Jesus Jr. started vs. the Padres. Phillips is batting .330 (33-for-100) since the All-Star break, including 6-for-19 on the road trip.

Manager Bryan Price said there was nothing wrong with Phillips, who last had a day off on June 30. He also didn’t start one game of a day-night doubleheader on July 22.

“Just a day. I was trying to look ahead,” Price said. “He’s been on quite a run of consecutive games played. I gave him a heads-up a few days ago that I was going to pick out a game. I think he feels good. It’s just a good idea and I can rotate De Jesus around a bit as well.”

Game 112: Reds at Padres

Hamilton 8
Suarez 6
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Byrd 7
Pena 2
De Jesus Jr. 4
Iglesias 1

First pitch is at 3:40 p.m. ET

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Game 111: Reds at Padres

Phillips 4

Schumaker 7

Votto 3

Frazier 5

Bruce 9

De Jesus Jr. 6

Barnhart 2

Lorenzen 1

Hamilton 8

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Game 110: Reds at Padres

Phillips 4
Suarez 6
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Byrd 7
Pena 2
Holmberg 1
Hamilton 8

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Schumaker’s fantasy football draft

Once again, Reds INF/OF Skip Schumaker is hosting a fantasy football challenge and has invited teammates Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart and Brayan Pena to take part.

With Big League Impact on Tuesday, Aug. 25, Schumaker will be holding a fantasy football live draft. It will be held at The Handlebar at Great American Ball Park from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fans will then have the opportunity to compete against one of the Reds player participants throughout the NFL season.

Proceeds benefit the Big League Impact Global Initiative (www.bigleagueimpact.org), the Reds Community Fund (www.reds.com/community) and the Jessie Rees Foundation (www.negu.org).

Fans can register at http://www.bigleagueimpact.org.

More from the press release:

Participants will be treated to a VIP ballpark experience that includes drafting and playing fantasy football against a Reds player, a tour of the ballpark, team photos, autographed memorabilia, limited edition BLI merchandise, batting practice viewing, seats to the game and the chance to win an autographed Skip Schumaker BLI jersey and other prizes.

Founded by Adam Wainwright and his brother Trey, Big League Impact started with a single Fantasy Football charity event in 2013 and has expanded to eight MLB cities: San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.. This year’s roster of participating MLB players has reached 60 strong and includes Hunter Pence, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Neil Walker, Kyle Gibson, Torii Hunter, Matt Holliday, Michael Wacha, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, as well as Cardinal Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, actor Jon Hamm and St. Louis Rams legends Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner. BLI has raised $560,000 in support of 18 local charities and made major impact around the globe.

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