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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). 


For today’s off day story, I focused on reliever Jared Burton. Here is a link to the feature.

Dusty Baker is a man of many interests and seems to know pop culture over multiple generations. I fancy myself knowledgable of pop culture but Baker got me on Sunday after I asked him what made Burton tough against hitters.

“Burton is very athletic and has great deception,” Baker said. “You watch when he spreads out. He throws that glove at you and looks like Rodan.”


200px-GojivRodan.jpgMy response (that wasn’t in the story) was “who?” Baker said “forget it” but after a few seconds, I realized it had something to do with Godzilla, or movies of that ilk. I had to look up Rodan in Google to write the story so I could accurately support the reference. It’s one of the things that makes this job fun — you never know what you’re going to hear.

To the left, is a picture of “Rodan” that I borrowed from Wikipedia.


Below is a picture of Burton.

Springing forward stinks

I have a life lesson to impart so please gather the kids, grandma and grandpa and the neighbors around the laptop….

When you “spring forward,” be extra careful if you use your cellphone as the alarm clock.

I learned that at 7:35am today when carpool partner Hal McCoy called me out of a deep slumper to wonder where I was. I was supppsed to pick him up at 7:30am so we could meet with Dusty Baker at the usual 8am. The alarm was set and the cellphone clock was at the correct time when I peeked at it. But I guess if you set your alarm before the actual daylight savings time change of 2am, the alarm time won’t adjust along with the clock. It happened to Hal too, but he woke up on his own.

Because it’s Sunday, there was no traffic at least. And I’m proud to say that I went from wake-up to the ballpark in less than 30 minutes. (The park is about 20 minutes from Siesta Key). And because we weren’t the only ones to have clock issues, we were all still able to get to chat with the manager before the workout.

So with that Regis and Kelly-like story out of the way, let’s get to notes and lineups:

  • Baker was pleased with Homer Bailey’s outing vs. Toronto on Saturday where the right-hander allowed one earned runs and six hits over four innings with a strikeout. Six of the outs came via groundballs.

“He wasn’t sharp but that’s a sign of maturity when you can get by without your best stuff,” Baker said. “He wasn’t as sharp as he had been but he still got a key double-play groundball and a key line drive at the right time. You have to have a pitcher do something to get you out of trouble.”

  • Reliever Jared Burton gave up three runs in Saturday’s loss — the first runs he’s allowed in four outings this spring.

“Burton threw the ball well but was a little too strong,” Baker said. “He’s a guy that needs work to have movement.”

  • Non-roster outfielder Laynce Nix came in with an outside shot at one of the Reds’ reserve outfield spots. He’s played well in camp. Once a promising star with the Rangers, he’s been mired in Triple-A for most of the past three seasons. In the Brewers organization since 2006, Nix hit 23 homers last season and 24 in 2007.

“My particular situation the last couple of years was that way being with a  team that kind of had its roster set and didn’t have too much opportunity,” Nix said. “There wasn’t a lot I could do. I’m going to produce and do what I do on the field, no matter where I’m going to be. You have to exercise patience sometimes and that’s what I’ve done the last couple of years. I’ve tried to get better no matter where I was playing or what level.” 

A 2004 shoulder injury with the Rangers put a big dent in Nix’s career. Now he’s trying to prove himself all over again at 28. He entered Sunday batting .286 with one homer and three RBIs for the Reds this spring.

  • Baker was pleased with how well Alex Gonzalez has been swinging the bat. Gonzalez went 1-for-2 Saturday as the DH and is doing that again today. He is on track to play shortstop vs. the Yankees on Tuesday.
  • No word yet on potential cuts, but Baker said waiting for players to return from the WBC wasn’t a factor.

“That has nothing to do with it,” Baker said. “Most of the time, it has to do with pay day. That’s a cold, hard fact but it’s as truthful as you can say it. It happens at every job doesn’t it?”

Reds lineup:

Jones LF, Gonzalez DH, Dickerson CF, Phillips 2B, Gomes 1B, Nix RF, Keppinger 3B, Cota C, Janish SS

P – Owings

Rhodes, Cordero and Weathers are also expected to pitch today from the bullpen.

Blue Jays lineup:

Inglett 2B, Coats CF, Lind LF, Overbay 1B, Rolen 3B, Snider RF, Barrett C, Arencibia DH, McDonald SS

P – Purcey 

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:


Phillips to bat cleanup, more news

Heard there was ice back at the ranch in Cincinnati. Sorry folks — mid 70s down here again. But don’t worry — we’re going to get ours Friday when it will get no higher in the 50s. So it’s not all sun and surf in Sarasota.

Here’s some stuff to keep you updated:

Dusty Baker said that Brandon Phillips will be his cleanup hitter this season.

images.jpg“Oh yeah. He’ll be better,” Baker said. “Brandon will have a good year. Everybody struggles sometimes that third or fourth year. Now Brandon will re-adjust to what they’re throwing him. Sometimes, they wouldn’t throw Brandon a lot of strikes. Sometimes when you’re in the middle of it, you can’t see it. But when you’re smart like Brandon and take some time away from it, you can step back and see things.”

Also — reliever Bill Bray has started throwing in the bullpen after missing a couple of days with a sore shoulder.

Outfielder Norris Hopper has reported no trouble with throwing. Hopper is coming off Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He began his throwing program in January.

There was another session of live BP for hitters. Francisco Cordero, Bronson Arroyo, Nick Masset, Micah Owings and Jared Burton were among those who took the mound. Hitters particularly had their hands full with hard-throwing lefty prospect Pedro Viola. Masset has dropped about 15 pounds since last season.

Owner/CEO Bob Castellini arrived at the complex Thursday.



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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