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Hanigan, Janish in

It looks like Ramon Hernandez and Alex Gonzalez are getting a break today, which is seems like a very good idea. Ryan Hanigan and Paul Janish are in the lineup tonight, as is Darnell McDonald in right field.

Reds lineup:

Taveras, cf
Hairston, lf
Votto, 1b
Phillips, 2b
Encarnacion, 3b
Mcdonald, rf
Hanigan, c
Janish, ss
Arroyo, rhp

  • Jay Bruce is hopeful that he can return to the lineup on Tuesday at Chicago. He was planning on hitting off of a tee today and is scheduled to do some hand strength tests with strength and conditioning coordinator Matt Krause.

“That’s my goal but I can’t say definitely,” Bruce said about Tuesday. “It’s continuing to get better. I’m doing the icing stuff to get it right and get back out there.”

Cold, rainy weather in the Chicago forecast and the Cubs pitching staff aren’t optimal conditions for a return from this type of injury.

“Aches and pains and Harden, Lilly and Zambrano,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I hope so but if not, we’ll go with our other dudes. We don’t want this to be a chronic thing.”

  • With Bronson Arroyo pitching tonight, Hanigan will have caught all three of his starts. Arroyo used to have a personal catcher in David Ross, who eventually moved from a backup to a starting role. Baker said that Hanigan isn’t Arroyo’s personal catcher.

“They work good together plus Arroyo has kind of a different set of signs,” Baker said. “I don’t really like that designated catcher thing but it’s the way things have worked out. Hanny has caught everybody and Ramon has probably caught Arroyo the least by the time he got back to Spring Training.”

  • In blogs and comment sections in stories, I’ve read a lot of complaints about Willy Taveras. Although hitting .267, he’s hit safely in six of 10 games. His on-base percentage is .410. That’s about all you can ask from a leadoff hitter.
  • From the Elias Sports Bureau:

Micah Owings has three game-winning RBIs as a pinch-hitter in his Major-League career (two in 2008).  Over the last five seasons (2005-2009), the only other pinch-hit game-winner by a man who makes his living on the mound was by Jason Jennings, for Houston on Aug. 2, 2007.

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Bradenton: March 30

Here’s today’s lineup:

Taveras  CF
Dickerson  LF
Votto  1B
Phillips  2B
Bruce  RF
Keppinger  3B
Janish  SS
Hanigan  C
Cueto  P

With Jacque Jones (and Norris Hopper) now out of the outfield picture, it’s interesting to try and figure out who will be in the outfield on Opening Day. I was talking with esteemed Reds beat writer Hal McCoy and we were trying to figure it out. You’ve got Bruce in right, Taveras in center and Dickerson in left (not saying he’s the starter for the opener, but clearly he’s on the team). Gomes is a lock to be outfielder No. 4. So here’s the issue. With Jerry Hairston Jr. on the roster, it gives you the flexibility since he can move back and forth between the infield and the outfield. That leaves perhaps one spot for a 5th outfielder, unless there’s a reason to only go with 4 and count Hairston as the fifth. Laynce Nix would provide a left-handed bat off the bench if they go that route. The other choice would be Darnell McDonald, the one-time first-round draft pick who has played over 1200 games in the Minors. He’s had the better camp and Dusty Baker has mentioned him several times in praising him for his performance this spring. Is that a hint? Only time will tell, but I’ll pose this question to all of you: Which of those two would you put on the Reds bench, or would you carry an extra infielder or pitcher instead and just go with the four outfielders pus Hairston?  — Jonathan Mayo

Masset rebounds well, other news

It was a much better second start for Nick Masset on Thursday. The fifth starter candidate pitched three scoreless innings against the Pirates with one hit and two strikeouts.

The only “uh-oh” moment for Masset came in the second inning when leadoff batter Andy LaRoche smoked a line drive off of the pitcher’s right foot. Masset needed a few minutes to shake it off and resumed nicely. He induced a 6-4-3 double play by Garrett Jones and went on to retire his final nine batters in a row.

“Last time I needed the feel of getting back on the mound, feel for finding the zone,” Masset said. “I think was trying to do more than I really should that first one out. This time I was a lot more relaxed and a lot more in tune with myself. I felt really good out there pounding the zone with all my pitches.”

In his first start on Saturday against the Red Sox, Masset was nervous and gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits with a walk in one inning. He also committed a throwing error trying to start a double play.

“You have to take it with a grain of salt,” Masset of the first-game debacle. “Everyone is going to have those type of outings. It’s Spring Training, the first game. You’re all worked up. I think the night before I lost more sleep than I did the night of. The way I looked at it was it’s something to rebound off of, get back out there and do the job I know I’m capable of doing.”

“Much more composed,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He threw the ball well. He threw the ball relaxed. He was ready today. He was ready the other day but he was a little over-amped.”

  • Pitcher Johnny Cueto didn’t have a strong World Baseball Classic tuneup. On Wednesday for the Dominican Republic against the Orioles, Cueto gave up three earned runs and five hits over three innings. Willy Taveras was 3-for-3 for the Dominican with a run scored.
  • As the DH again, Alex Gonzalez singled to left field in his first at-bat in the third inning. He ran the bases but didn’t have to go too hard. Gonzalez will not play in Friday’s game at Minnesota. It’s not clear yet It’s expected that he will make the trip to Dunedin for the Blue Jays on Saturday. Gonzalez told me he felt fine after he left today’s game.
  • The Reds beat the Pirates in 10 innings, 10-6. Darnell McDonald hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th. It was the Reds’ fourth grand slam this spring (McDonald, Craig Tatum, Jonny Gomes and Jerry Hairston Jr.).
  • ESPN’s Dick Vitale made his first appearance in Reds camp today. Vitale walked into Baker’s office to say hello while I was conducting a one-on-one interview for a future date. Vitale spoke for a few minutes and apologized after he realized he interupted my interview. Then he talked to Baker for a couple of more minutes before leaving when his cellphone rang.

Reds over Phillies, 10-3

Some of the highlights from Friday’s 10-3 Reds win over the Phillies:

  • Bronson Arroyo didn’t have a smooth top of the first inning — giving up two doubles and a walk. Raul Ibanez’s double drove in the game’s first run. Arroyo appeared to be just trying to locate strikes in the first inning. In the second inning, Arroyo seemed to throw a little harder with some more movement.
  • Arroyo’s final line: 2 IP, 1 ER, 2H, 1 BB, 0 K 

“The first inning, you always feel like an alien out there for the first one – crazy,” Arroyo said. “Honestly, you don’t know where any pitches are going. You have no idea if you’ll bounce a changeup up there or paint it right on the black. In the second inning, I felt a little better. You start feeling like you’re in the pocket a little more.

“It was actually a good first inning. I will take that first inning over an eight-pitch inning based on the fact you need some pounding on the arm. It’s impossible to get it any other way than out there with the adrenaline going. I will be a little sore tomorrow, which is nice.”

“I was trying to throw strikes, that’s it,” Arroyo continued. “Regardless of where they hit it, you just try to get it over the dish. You don’t want to go out there, no matter how established you are in the game, and go 3-1 and walk a bunch of guys. If they’re hitting it around the yard, at least you’re throwing it over the plate. It might not be that way during the season.”


  • Lefty Matt Maloney followed Arroyo and I missed much of it. His line was two innings with two earned runs and three hits allowed. Maloney gave up Pablo Ozuna’s leadoff homer in the fourth.
  • Daryl Thompson followed and pitched two scoreless innings with one hit. Thompson, who is battling for the fifth spot, looked pretty sharp.


  • Offensively, the Reds jumped Phillies starter Andrew Carpenter, who faced six batters without recording an out in the first inning before getting yanked. Ten Reds batted in the inning. 
  • Joey Votto was 2-for-2 with a first-inning RBI single and a second-inning solo homer the opposite way to the left field corner.
  • It was also a good game for left field candidate Jonny Gomes, who was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a RBI.


  • Late left field replacement Darnell McDonald made a nice diving play towards the line to end the game. It was the play of the game.


  • It was a well-played game overall for the Reds, which collected 10 hits and made no errors.

“We got some good pitching today, really good pitching,” manager Dusty Baker said. “And we got some timely hitting and played good defense.”


Reds 1-0 in Grapefruit League play

It was a solid start for the Reds, which played a solid overall game for a 7-0 win over the Rays. A five-run fifth inning broke a scoreless tie as Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a grand slam and Darnell McDonald added an RBI single. In the ninth, Adam Rosales deposited a two-run homer into the left field bullpen.

It was a positive start for Edinson Volquez, who gave up two hits, a walk and a wild pitch with three strikeouts over three scoreless innings. Volquez had a challenge in the bottom of the third when he walked the leadoff batter, gave up a one-out single off his glove. A wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. With two outs and Evan Longoria up in a 2-0 count, Volquez used three changeups and Longoria was called out on strikes.

“I felt good today,” Volquez said. “I was a little bit wild but I made the adjustment and made good pitches. I was in trouble with my fastball command a little bit and went to my changeup.”

On getting Longoria? “That was a big inning with two men on base,” Volquez said. “I got him out with a changeup.”

Johnny Cueto threw three hitless innings with three strikeouts in relief on Volquez. Homer Bailey followed with a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh with two strikeouts.

“It was a real good day, any time you get a shutout,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We threw strikes and we played very good defense – no errors. Guys executed well and that’s what happens when you get that good pitching. All of a sudden, boom, you get  a big inning.

“Everybody threw the ball well – Cueto, Volquez, Homer, [Aaron] Fultz, [Jared] Burton, all of them.”

Here is your box score:


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