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Almost home…

Being 6-3 on the trip is nice for the Reds but going home 7-3 would be even better for their morale I’d gather. The Reds haven’t won three consecutive road series since August, 2007 (over two trips) and haven’t won three series on the same road trip since Sept. 21-30, 2004.

Reds lineup:

Taveras, cf
Dickerson, lf
Votto, 1b
Encarnacion, 3b
Bruce, rf
Phillips, 2b
Hernandez, c
Gonzalez, ss
Harang, rhp

I talked to Walt Jocketty during batting practice about the Reds winning without any real hitting lately. At the moment, he’s not looking to make any changes. He’s not overly concerned.

“No because I know we’re going to hit. Guys like Brandon and Edwin and Gonzalez are not going to hit under .200. I think when the weather gets a little better, traditionally you see the bats get a little better. We just have to continue to pitch well, because that will be our formula – pitch well and play good defense. The bats will come. I’m not that worried about it.”

“We just have to stay with what we’ve got right now and see what happens. I’m not sure who is really out there.”

Adam Rosales had four more hits for Triple-A Louisville and raised his average to .409 in 12 games.

“You can’t ignore what he’s doing down there,” Jocketty said. “He’s doing everything we’ve asked him to do. At some point, we’ll have to acknowledge that. Right now as long as we’re winning, we’ll stay with what we’ve got.”

Everyday is like Sunday

Or in this case, it really is Sunday.

After last night’s two-hit effort and some real struggles of late, I was a little surprised at how similar this lineup is compared to Saturday’s. Only Dickerson is different.

Reds lineup:

Taveras, cf
Dickerson, lf
Votto, 1b
Phillips, 2b
Encarnacion, 3b
Nix, rf
Hernandez, c
Gonzalez, ss
Volquez, rhp
 
Jay Bruce’s (bruised right hand) was doing OK this morning. His handshake was pretty firm so he wasn’t favoring it. But he won’t hit today — just running and throwing. He was available to pinch-run and play defense.

“It’s so much better than it was,” Bruce said. “It didn’t even bother me until the check swing and that was two days ago. When I went for the X-rays and the other stuff yesterday, it was so hard for me to believe it could have been broken. I had played without pain and that one check swing made me feel it.”

Dusty Baker was asked about the hitting woes of his team. The Reds came into today batting .208 as a club. Six players (Phillips, Encarnacion, Hernandez, Gonzalez, Bruce and Hairston) were hitting .200 or under.

“It just means the odds of them hitting increase,” Baker said. “It’s like when a bad hitter is hitting good, his odds increase not to hit. Guys will be around where they usually are, sooner or later.

“The fact that we’re 5-5 without hitting yet, gives me more hope and confidence.”

Adam Rosales, who hit his fourth homer on Saturday, and is batting .387 isn’t an imminent call-up it appears. Baker was asked if Rosales’ hot hitting could spark some more offense.

“It depends if he’s playing but where’s he going to play?” Baker said. “Plus, he’s down there not only to hit but to improve his game. Hitting is only part of the game. There are so many phases of this game, if you’re going to be a major league ballplayer, that you have to try to improve. We just look at hitting sometimes. There’s a lot more to this game to play winning baseball than just hitting. Hitting is the part you notice the most.

“He’s doing what we think is best for him, being down there and playing every day. He will be here eventually. I told him that when he went down there.”

 

Taking on Oswalt

Roy Oswalt enters Friday 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA this season. He is 23-1 all time vs. the Reds. Here is the lineup Oswalt will be facing:

Taveras, cf
Dickerson, lf
Votto, 1b
Phillips, 2b
Bruce, rf
Encarnacion, 3b
Hernandez, c
Gonzalez, ss
Cueto, rhp

News you can use:

  • Dusty Baker got a scouting report on IF Drew Sutton, who came over Thursday in the Jeff Keppinger trade.

“I talked to some guys over with the Astros,” Baker said. “They told me they liked him. They said he was a good player. He can run. They said he can play second base, first base and they believe he can play the outfield too because of his speed and instincts.”

  • Keppinger wasn’t in Friday’s Astros lineup and is one of several Houston players bothered by a sore back. He came into the day hitting .467 with a six-game hitting streak. Knowing a little more about Sutton as the “player to be named later”, how do you feel about the return from this deal?
  • Baker was asked about the Reds facing Oswalt.

“We’ll get him,” Baker said. “The law of averages is definitely on our side…been on our side for a long time.”

The last time the Reds beat Oswalt was April 28, 2006.

  • After his last outing at Milwaukee on Wednesday where he gave up four sixth-inning runs, plus one charged to Micah Owings, reliever Jared Burton was pretty down and sounded like someone who had been struggling for a while despite some good numbers. On Friday, Burton clarified a little but said he hasn’t felt like himself on the mound, yet.

“For some reason, my command has been suffering a little bit,” Burton said. “I find myself feeling for my pitches. Me personally, I’m not a feel pitcher. I like to rely on my intensity and things like that. It’s what gives me that good finish on my pitches, that late movement.

“My velocity isn’t where it will be in another month.”

  • In the clubhouse, some players were watching the Cardinals-Cubs afternoon game. Reliever Chris Perez was pitching for St. Louis. Edinson Volquez remembered seeing Perez routinely throw 100-101 mph when they were in Double-A.

When asked, Volquez said his top speed in the Minors was 100 mph. I asked how he felt when he threw it.

“I got dizzy,” Volquez said with a laugh. “Then I tried to throw 100 again, and it was 94 mph.”

  • Some Minor League news from Jamie Ramsey of the Reds:

In last night’s Triple-A Louisville loss to Indianapolis, Adam Rosales was 2-for-4 and hit his third homer of the season. Jonny Gomes reached base three times with a single and two walks.

Rosales is batting .375 (9-for-24) through seven games. Gomes is batting .217 (5-for-23). 

Frigid in Milwaukee

The thermostat is still turned way down in Milwaukee and we’re all thankful again for the Miller Park roof.

The aforementioned frigid output of Ramon Hernandez (2-for-19) and Alex Gonzalez (0-for-16) has prompted a lineup change. Ryan Hanigan is catching and Paul Janish is the shortstop. Here is the full Reds lineup:

Taveras, cf

Hairson, lf

Votto, 1b

Phillips, 2b

Bruce, rf

Encarnacion, 3b

Hanigan, c

Janish, ss

Arroyo, rhp

 

News you can use:

 

Gonzalez and Hernandez took extra BP this afternoon to work on their swings. Gonzalez found his session to be productive.

 

“Everybody wants to get a hit,” Gonzalez said. “When you’re in that situation, you try to get the first hit. I will keep working. I worked today and tried to fix what I saw in the video. I’m opening up too quick and that’s why I miss a lot of pitches. I will be ready for tomorrow. I will go out there and try to do what I did in BP.”

 

Dusty Baker said that starting pitcher Micah Owings would bat ninth on Wednesday, but unlike some comments Baker made last week, he seems open to batting Owings higher in the order down the road.

“Maybe,” Baker said. “He’s a pretty good ace in the hole in that ninth spot, too.”

Edinson Volquez will be working with pitching coach Dick Pole between starts to tighten his delivery and improve his command

 

“He couldn’t get to his secondary pitches because he couldn’t control his primary pitch – his fastball,” Baker said. “He didn’t throw hardly any changeups. He threw a few breaking balls. It’s hard to throw your changeup if you’re not locating your fastball.”

  

In Minor League news from Jamie Ramsey, Adam Rosales hit another homer (a 435-foot two-run shot) for Triple-A Louisville Monday to extend his hitting streak to five games. Rosales has opened the season batting .412 (7-for-17) with two homers and seven RBIs.

 

Double-A Carolina’s Todd Frazier had three hits last night at Mississippi and raised average to a team-best .455 (10-for-22, 5rbi).

 

Carolina OF Chris Heisey is hitting .412 (7-for-17, 2hr, 4rbi, 2 2B, 6r, 6bb, .583obp)

Late update — Homer Bailey was ejected from tonight’s game vs. Toledo in the top of the third inning when he hit a batter immediately after allowing a home run. Bailey’s line was: 2.2ip, 3h, 3r-2er, 3bb-3k, 2hr. He threw 53 pitches, 30 strikes.

Rough first outing for Bailey

Homer Bailey started Triple-A Louisville’s opener vs. Columbus Thursday night and the line wasn’t too pretty. Bailey gave up nine runs (eight earned) and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings (1bb, 5k, 3hr). Bailey was also charged with 2 throwing errors. The Bats were defeated 12-4.

Adam Rosales played third base and had two hits, including a solo homer.

In Class A Sarasota’s first game, 1B Yonder Alonso went 1-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored.

 

Janish, Herrera make it, Arroyo gets cortisone shot

Before the Reds workout at Great American Ball Park got going, some players that came north learned they weren’t going to be around for Monday’s opener.

Here’s what I know so far:

IF Adam Rosales and LHP Bill Bray were optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Jonny Gomes was reassigned to the Minor League camp. That last move totally shocked me. I thought Gomes was as good as in when I left camp a couple of weeks ago and will try to learn more about the thought process behind it.

That also means shortstop Paul Janish and lefty Daniel Herrera made the team.

“I’m excited and fired up to be here,” Janish said. “Being on the Opening Day roster, for whatever reason, has such implications to it, so it’s a good thing. It’s huge because it makes me feel like they have a lot of confidence in me too to start the year here.”

There are still some extra players in the clubhouse so I’m not sure on the final 25-man roster just yet.

Outfielders Laynce Nix and Darnell McDonald were both given new numbers (16 and 17, respectively) and were unpacking lockers. Looks like they’re in. 

RHP Homer Bailey is still here, as is RHP Nick Masset. That decision could come down to the health status of Bronson Arroyo, who has been dealing with carpal tunnel in his right wrist. Arroyo, who is scheduled to start on Thursday, is going to play catch during the workout. The results of that session could decide Bailey’s fate — Louisville or starting on Thursday for the Reds.

“I don’t know what they’re going to tell me but I’m telling you that I’m going to pitch on Thursday,” Arroyo said. “I think I’ve earned my stripes to look them in the face and say ‘I’m fine, give me the ball.’

“It’s just sore from the cortisone but all of the tingling is gone. I haven’t had this much energy in two years. I’m so pumped just to play catch. It’s the first time my arm feels normal in about three weeks.”

  • The Reds are showing off their new HD scoreboard today and the early reviews are solid. Not only that, they have LED displaying of out-of-town scores on the left field wall now. And those lousy looking flags that showed the standings behind the right field moon deck are gone (they actually blew away during September’s wind storm). In their place and in the same spot are an electronic display of the standings — much better looking.

 

  • FYI — I’m back on the beat again starting today after the extended time off. Team Sheldon did add a new member but he will need extended, extended Spring Training before he will be able to start learning to type and post on my blog.

 

  • I have to offer sincere thanks and gratitude to Jonathan Mayo, who filled in very well while I was out. His effort made it easier for me to get away and for me to catch up as I returned. Thanks as well to my boss, Jim Banks, for giving me the time off.

— Mark Sheldon 

 

 

I like long walks on the beach…

One of the true perks of getting to cover Spring Training in Florida is Siesta Key. Last year was the first time I stayed on the island and I returned to the same spot this year. I’m not exactly a beach person, but it’s certainly nice to have it close by — especially when you can watch some of the best sunsets around.
 My cellphone camera that took this shot Monday night probably doesn’t do it justice.

 
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Later today, the Reds will be playing in what’s being termed an afternoon workout. Aaron Harang will be pitching to hitters. There will be three outs per inning and no batting cage being used. But it’s not technically a game.

The first game is on Wednesday at the Rays’ new facility in Port Charlotte.

“Now you’ll have something to write about, and talk about,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Definitely. In my nine seasons of covering baseball, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a more serene camp. There have been no major injuries — with only precautions being taken with Alex Gonzalez and a little soreness for Bill Bray. There has been no drama. No superstars mean little national coverage. USA Today has been around twice and someone from SI.com made an appearance today. With games starting, performances can be evaluated and news can hopefully start flowing.

As mentioned last week, second baseman Brandon Phillips will be batting fourth. He acknowledged that he isn’t your prototypical cleanup hitter but embraces the role.

“I will go out there and do my best to hit fourth,” Phillips said. “I’m not really a No. 4 hitter so I’ll try my best. If I was on any other team, I know I wouldn’t be out there hitting fourth. Me hitting fourth and having the year I had last year, I was very happy. I’m not complaining. I understand I hit .260 with 20 jacks but those are beautiful stats for a second baseman. I’m not a home run hitter but I have to be that guy that’s going to drive in runs. I wish I could have drove in more but I missed three weeks of the season.”

Phillps broke his right index finger while bunting in September at Milwaukee. He said he’s had no issues since coming to camp.

With Joey Votto one of several players leaving camp for the World Baseball Classic soon, Baker plans to have a plethora of players manning first base. Expect to see Daryle Ward, Jeff Keppinger, Kevin Barker, Todd Frazier, Yonder Alonso, Adam Rosales, Wes Bankston, Jacque Jones and Jonny Gomes all get chances.

The Reds have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with four more 0-3 year players: OF Chris Dickerson, C Ryan Hanigan, IF/OF Jeff Keppinger and IF Danny Richar. That means 11 players remain unsigned.

More later from the afternoon workout — please check back.

 

Almost that time…

Early Friday morning, I will be catching my flight to Sarasota, where the forecast says it will be 76 degrees (not bad). If all goes smooth with the trip, I will head over to the complex around midday and see who is around. Maybe I will be able to start banging out some copy too. The pitchers and catchers report date is Saturday and it’s Tuesday for position players.

Media relations director Rob Butcher sent out a note earlier listing some of the early arrivals.

RHP Aaron Harang, RHP Jared Burton, OF Chris Dickerson, IF/OF Jeff Keppinger, LHP Arthur Rhodes, RHP Homer Bailey, RHP Nick Masset, RHP Josh Roenicke, LHP Daniel Ray Herrera, RHP Daryl Thompson, C Ryan Hanigan, IF Adam Rosales, IF Paul Janish and OF Norris Hopper.

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