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Friday, two days until Deadline

Reds lineup vs. Giants

Stubbs 8
Lewis 7
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Hernandez 2
Janish 6
Willis 1

*RHP Sam LeCure leads the NL with a 0.61 ERA as a reliever (min 29 1/3 innings)

*LHP Matt Maloney and RHP Jared Burton are both scheduled to make rehab assignment appearances tonight for Triple-A Louisville.

*Vs. Reds LHP Dontrelle Willis — Freddy Sanchez is 12-for-20 (.600) but is on the DL. Pat Burrell is 13-for-49 with three homers, and is also on the DL. And in another break — Mark DeRosa is 5-for-12…and guess what? On the DL.

*Vs. Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong — Brandon Phillips is 5-for-7.

Moves are coming…

I know that Todd Frazier and Matt Maloney are in town so we’ll be seeing them soon. The Reds players being sent out have not been told yet of the moves. Therefore, nothing official is out there yet from the club.

Reds lineup vs. Phillies

Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Lewis 7
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

*In other news not as pressing, Joey Votto’s ESPN commerical started airing today and it’s pretty good.

*The Reds new Class AA team that begins play in 2012 will be named the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. So there you go.

More much to come later…stand by.

Maloney down, Fisher up

 Tough break for LHP Matt Maloney. He pitched long relief and was needed in long relief to help save the bullpen three times in a week. But he is the one that got optioned to Triple-A Louisville because he has options left and the Reds needed an extra arm. Carlos Fisher was recalled from Louisville and is on site.

Maloney made the spot start last night afte the rain delay and pitched two-plus innings with three runs and eight hits allowed. He also threw 73 pitches. Jordan Smith (three innings) and Nick Masset (two innings) were all used pretty heavily. Dusty Baker said Masset could be available for a short situation.

Fisher had a 7.71 ERA in six games for Louisville, but had four saves in four chances. He last pitched Tuesday at Columbus and saved the 4-2 Louisville victory (1.1ip, 0h, 0r, 1bb, 1k, 20 pitches). He was in Toledo last night and flew this morning to Chicago and then to Evansville before making the two hour drive to St. Louis since Lambert Airport is closed because of tornado damage.

*For those wondering, Dontrelle Willis (2-0, 0.53 ERA) last pitched five innings on Wednesday. He would not have been available this quickly. It came down to Fisher was on the 40-man roster and available to give the Reds a little length if they needed it.

*Dusty Baker is not revealing, yet, is plan for Edinson Volquez and if he might start Sunday. He only said he’d announce a decision “tomorrow.” As for current Sunday starter Sam LeCure’s availability for today, Baker said “we’ll see.”

Wood off, Reds routed

This was a good old fashioned rout that the Reds absorbed during a 13-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.

*Travis Wood was not his usual self. His location was off and the Arizona hitters were on. His line was 5+ innings, with six earned runs and seven hits. He walked two and struck out four.

*While the Reds hitters did little, you have to credit D-Backs starter Ian Kennedy. The dude was dealing pretty good and guys were not hitting his fastball and breaking stuff.

*As for lefty reliever Matt Maloney, it was a night he’ll be paying for a long while. For giving up seven earned runs and six hits over 1 2/3 innings (including three homers), his ERA jumped to 23.63. As a reliever, that will take a couple of months to whittle it down to respectability.

Quotes:

“He had his fastball and was locating that. His breaking ball and slider were good. He didn’t make any mistakes with his breaking ball. He was throwing them down. He was throwing them in the dirt. He had a pretty good game plan and executed it by having good location. They have a new pitching coach over there, Charles Nagy, that was a pretty good pitcher himself. We’re trying to get a feeling on him and his philosophy and how he’s teaching those guys. We’ll be better and figure it out.” — Dusty Baker on Kennedy.

“After the first, I kind of settled down a little bit. I was still missing but I was able to get it a little bit better. It eventually caught up to me. They hit my mistakes well tonight.” — Travis Wood.
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Lots of crooked numbers

If you’re one of those folks that love crisp pitching, quick innings and a low-scoring affair…be glad you were not at grand HoHoKam Park on Friday. For those that enjoy bountiful offense, it was hitter’s delight for both teams as the Reds eeked out a 14-13 win that featured a combined 40 hits.

“I told the guard sitting next to me in the second inning that this looks like a 13-12 game,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Then we had that five-run lead, I said ‘man, I’m nervous.’ Anything can happen in these games, especially in this park.  Our guys kept battling and we scored just enough.”

The highlights:

*Sam LeCure came in with seven scoreless innings over four relief appearances in the making of a strong bid for a bullpen spot. LeCure started vs. Chicago and had a long afternoon for just 2 1/3 innings of work. He allowed six earned runs and eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts.

LeCure had a one-walk, scoreless first inning but the hits started coming in a two-run Cubs second.

“I felt like I made some pitches in the second inning to get out of that deal,” LeCure said. “We had a potential double play that was going to be tough to turn.”

The lasers started coming in the third as four of his five batters faced reached with sharp line drive hits. Alfonso Soriano’s RBI double was the end.

“I made some pitches I was happy with even though I ended up giving up some runs,” LeCure said. “I haven’t pitched in trouble in all of Spring Training. I didn’t have a guy get to second base until today. I understand it’s going to happen. The last inning, they were hitting missiles all over the place. The ball was starting to come up some. Overall, I’m trying to take some positives from it. I pitched in some trouble, which I hadn’t done. I got stretched out more than I had. I think that will bode well for me when it’s time to pick guys for the team.”

*Daniel Ray Herrera, who is trying to earn a bullpen spot, inherited runners on second and third with one out from LeCure and both scored. A sac fly by Soriano followed. After a wild pitch, Darwin Barney’s RBI single on the ground to left field scored another run. Herrera returned in the fourth inning and picked up two outs. Then he allowed two singles and a walk but escaped the bases loaded jam.

*Jared Burton allowed  three earned runs and three hits over two innings with a homer.

*Matt Maloney gave up three earned runs and five hits over two innings with two walks.

*The regular players played seven innings. The lineup had an Opening Day-type look to it.

*Jonny Gomes, who came in batting .071, went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

*Scott Rolen (3rd inning) and Joey Votto  (5th inning) slugged their first homers of the spring. Both came against Carlos Zambrano on the first pitch. Rolen’s was a three-run shot and Votto’s was for two runs.

*Speaking of Rolen, I took my turn asking him about the discussion of how many games played. It will be seen in today’s feature. Not surprising, he doesn’t buy into the speculation nor worry about injuries.

“You have 162 games ahead of you. We’re going to be injured,” Rolen said. “We’re going to be beat up, banged up, bruised up and that’s a fact. It’s something that we know. So is everyone else in the league. That’s true. Hopefully we stay away from the big injury.”

*Reds starter Homer Bailey pitched on Friday in a Minor League game for Class A Bakersfield vs. Brewers Minor Leaguers. Bailey gave up four earned runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 76 pitches.

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Bring forth the Ohio Cup?

Finally, southern Ohio’s burden is now lifted. The Reds finally beat the Indians in exhibition baseball with a 7-6 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Last spring out here, Cincinnati was 0-5-1 vs. the Tribe. But don’t drink from your homemade Ohio Cups just yet — there are three more spring games left. Of course, there are six more during the regular season. The Reds got the real Ohio Cup in last year’s Interleague games.

It’s hard to look too much into the results after one day but there was some quick observations.

*Matt Maloney started for Edinson Volquez and looked very, very sharp with two perfect innings. He is trying to earn a spot in the Reds bullpen. One of his fellow contenders for the same bullpen role, Sam LeCure, gave up two hits over two scoreless innings but had four strikeouts.

*Dave Sappelt, who was 3-for-3 in yesterday’s scrimmage, sparked the Reds with a long two-run homer to left field. For a 5-foot-9 guy, it was an impressive knock. He’s not going to let many pitches get by him, but he was called out on strikes to end the top of the ninth.

*For the guys competing for the bench spots, it was a competitive day. Chris Valaika followed Sappelt and made it back-to-back homers with a shot to right-center field. Chris Heisey started the winning ninth inning rally with a one-out walk and Jeremy Hermida kept it going with a single through the left side.

*Corky Miller (and his mustache) had the biggest hit with the game-winning two-run double off of the right field wall.

*Jose Arredondo made his first big league appearance of any kind in over a year and got the save in the ninth. Although he gave up a leadoff single, Arrendondo got a guy to hit a line drive to Yonder Alonso for a double play.

*On the negative side, young pitcher Donnie Joseph got knocked around for five earned runs, three hits and two walks while notching only one out in the seventh.

Overall, Dusty Baker was happy with the game.

“We looked pretty good,” Baker said. “Joseph got roughed up a little bit. He was probably a little nervous. He left some balls down over the heart of the plate after he got a little wild. Other than that, everybody looked pretty good. We played good defense, ran the bases well and had some timely hitting. Our young guys came back and won it for us late.”

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28 pitchers, 6 catchers get to work

Welcome to the first day of Reds Spring Training.

Most of this morning has been about formalities for the 28 pitchers and six catchers that officially reported today. Namely, it was physicals. There were blood pressure machines and other medical equipment spread out through the player development complex.

The team is meeting at around 10:30 AZ time and the workout begins at 11 a.m.

Reporters already met with manager Dusty Baker.

“It’s the start of the race,” Baker said. “When the plane left Sacramento yesterday, that was the start of baseball season for me. You wonder when the plane comes back home and the smoke clears, where you’re going to be. It’s a long race, a lot of things can happen, a lot of changes. We think a lot of positive things are about to happen.”

I will have more from Baker later in my stories on MLB.com. But one thing he did say is seven to eight pitchers would be prepared as starters. Besides the main three, that would include Bailey, Leake, Wood, LeCure and Maloney.

“That’s early,” Baker said. “Then you start cutting back once you decide which guys. Health is a big issue here too. You hope it doesn’t come into play but it usually does.”

Maloney and LeCure will also be prepared for possible bullpen duties.

“They’ve been knocking on the door here,” Baker said. “If it was an organization with lesser pitching, they’d probably be in the door. This is scouting, development, and the minor league system. It starts with scouting.”

Edinson Volquez is the only one not here so far. He was due to fly in later today from the Dominican Republic. Otherwise, everyone was present and accounted for.

More later…

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T-minus two weeks, and counting

In exactly two weeks on Feb. 16, Reds pitchers and catchers have their report date to Spring Training and Goodyear, Ariz. They begin working out that same day. In many ways, this off-season flew by quickly. (Maybe not to you, however, but definitely to me).

Most of the time in the current era, players do not wait until the report dates to get started. Virtually all have been working out on their own at home since November or December and some pitchers start a throwing program around the holidays. Many of them will be early arrivals to the spring complex.

I was told that Justin Lehr and Chad Reineke are already on site throwing bullpen sessions. Dontrelle Willis has been working much of the winter with pitching coach Bryan Price near their homes in Scottsdale but moved over to Goodyear last week for drills and to get comfortable in the Reds bullpens.

Matt Maloney, Daniel Ray Herrera, Sam LeCure and Jared Burton are planning on arriving this week. Several more could be on the ground by next week. Price said he would be at the camp to work with the pitchers.

“I think it’s good to be there to provide some of the essentials of coaching,” Price said. “It’d be hard for me to be sitting at home knowing guys are there working out five days a week.”

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Cabrera activated, two call-ups

*The Reds activated SS Orlando Cabrera today from the 15-day disabled list and recalled LHP Matt Maloney and RHP Jordan Smith from Triple-A Louisville.

*Cabrera hasn’t played for the Reds since straining his left oblique on Aug. 2.

*Smith didn’t fare all that well at Louisville but it was a small sample: (3g, 8.10, 3.1 ip, 3 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 0k)

*Maloney last pitched on Tuesday for the Bats. It was an abbreviated three-inning start where he allowed one run and four hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

 

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Reds, Mariners not serious yet

It appears that discussions between the Reds and Mariners about pitcher Cliff Lee have yet to hit the serious stages.A baseball source told MLB.com Thursday that no formal proposals have been exchanged between the two teams.

“It’s just been the parameters and the types of players that they are looking for or not looking for,” the source said. “It’s been quiet lately.”

The first-place Reds are one of several teams in the hunt for the left-handed Lee, an ace-quality starting pitcher, who is earning $8 million this season with Seattle. He would essentially be a “rent-a-player” for Cincinnati since he can become a free agent at season’s end.

It’s been widely reported that the Mariners are seeking multiple big league ready prospects, which is an area where the Reds have some chips they could deal. Triple-A Louisville first baseman Yonder Alonso is blocked in the Majors by Joey Votto and Alonso’s teammate, third baseman Juan Francisco, is blocked by Scott Rolen.

The Reds also have young left-handed pitchers like Travis Wood and Matt Maloney, who have both recently been called up.

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