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The wind was blowing out today between 15-20 mph, which made for not a banner day for pitchers of either team. There were eight homers and 33 hits totaled in the 13-11 Reds win over the Yankees on Sunday.
“You knew it’d be a wild one when it started. I was predicting 15-12,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “The balls were flying today. They were hit pretty good.”
The need to know rundown:
Like many starters in their first spring outing, Reds starter Aaron Harang spent some time trying to get his bearings on the mound. Harang’s line was three innings pitched with three earned runs and six hits, including a home run. Two of the runs and four of the hits came in the first inning.
“I felt good out there. The first inning, of course, the adrenaline gets going,” Harang said. “I kind of have to get everything back under control. I got a little erratic with my mechanics. I was out in front and I was keeping the ball over the plate and up a little bit. In the second and third innings, I kind of settled in.”
“Aaron threw the ball well,” Baker said. “At first he started out so-so, like he usually does. But his delivery was good. His control was good. And that wasn’t a bad lineup he was facing.”
- The Yankees brought regulars like Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez to Sarasota.
- The numbers were grim looking for veteran relievers David Weathers, Arthur Rhodes and Francisco Cordero. Weathers gave up two earned runs and three hits in one inning, including two homers in the fourth. Rhodes gave up three earned runs and five hits over his one inning while Cordero allowed three earned runs and four hits in one inning with two strikeouts. Baker didn’t seem too concerned.
“Our veteran guys were throwing the ball good,” he said. “They just got roughed up a little bit. They all threw the ball with good velocity. It usually takes them a little longer to get going, the older guys. I like where they are at this point.”
- The Reds totaled five homers, their most in a spring game since 2003. Chris Dickerson went deep twice while Joey Votto, Laynce Nix and Craig Tatum (grand slam) hit one homer each.
- Daryle Ward was supposed to play left field as a replacement but was sent home with the flu.
- The announced attendance was 6,345 — I’d guess half were comprised of Yankees fans. Rodriguez got a mix of lusty boos and cheers when he came to the plate.
For envious folks in colder climates, you aren’t going to be missing much, weather-wise, down here. A front has moved in Sunday morning with gloomy gray clouds, rain and wind. When it’s finished, we’re looking at highs in the 50s and low 60s for a few days. Snow is predicted in very southern spots like New Orleans, Atlanta and possibly northern Florida.
“I learned for the first time that snow and Florida could be used in the same sentence,” joked pitcher Homer Bailey.
It’s not a lock yet that the Reds-Yankees game will start on time, or at all. Here is the Reds lineup:
McDonald CF, Rosales SS, Votto 1B, Phillips 2B, Dickerson RF, Keppinger 3B, Alonso DH, Hopper LF, Hanigan C
P – Harang
Gardner CF, Jeter SS, Teixeira 1B, Rodriguez 3B, Cano 2B, Nady RF, J. Rodriguez LF, Ransom DH, Cash C
- Alex Rodriguez was supposed to meet with MLB officials today but now he wants the meeting pushed back. His appearance here was interesting for friend Yonder Alonso.
“That’s one reason I’m playing Yonder today,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s DHing so A-Rod can see him play.”
“It’s going to be nice. I can’t wait. Hopefully we can get this game in,” Alonso said.
- It turned out that Saturday wasn’t Joey Votto’s last game before the World Baseball Classic. He’s obviously in the lineup and will head to Dunedin, Fla. to meet up with Team Canada after the game.
“He wants to play,” Baker said. “His point of destination is a lot shorter than the rest of the guys.”
- The Reds are targeting to have Alex Gonzalez start at DH on Wednesday night vs. the Netherlands WBC squad. Gonzalez will run the bases and slide a couple more times before that game to test his knee. He told me he’s sore in the muscle above the knee but that the knee itself feels fine.
- Former Reds GM Jim Bowden resigned from the Nationals this morning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Marty Brennaman so giddy.
- The Reds agreed to one year contracts with Bailey and RHP Nick Masset.
Finally, friend and Boston photographer Brita Meng Outzen sent me this picture from Saturday’s game in Fort Myers. I thought it was pretty cool.