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Spring game No. 1 in the books

The Reds first Cactus League game wasn’t one for the time capsule. Cincinnati fell behind 9-0 and wound up losing by a 9-2 score to the Indians.

Tough day for starter/5th spot candidate Mike Lincoln, who gave up four earned runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings. Most of the hits were solid shots, including the leadoff homer by Asdrubal Cabrera in the top of the first. Lincoln started Cabrera 3-0 and surrendered the long ball on a 3-2 fastball.

“The very first inning, I still had some nerves I was settling down. I felt good,” Lincoln said. “I felt really under control. I was just missing a little bit and then sure enough, next thing you know I was down 3-0 to the first hitter and then came back into him and he took me out of the park.”

It was a better day for another fifth spot contender, Matt Maloney. Taking over from Lincoln with one out in the second inning and runners on second and third, Maloney worked out of Lincoln’s mess and tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings with one walk and two strikeouts.

“Maloney did very well,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He came and got us out of trouble and then had a clean inning the next inning. He threw the ball well today.”

Other notes –

*Baker has been impressed with the camp performance of Ramon Hernandez, who smoked a leadoff double to right field in the third inning.

*After replacing Joey Votto, Yonder Alonso had a tough afternoon defensively with two errors. There was one moment when Alonso made a nice diving stop but committed a two-out E3 with a bad toss to pitcher Sam LeCure covering the bag.

*LeCure followed Alonso’s first error by allowing a three-run home run to Nick Weglarz. All three runs were unearned.

*Miguel Cairo prevented the shutout. Cairo hit a RBI double to center field in the eighth inning that scored Ryan Hanigan. Cairo scored on a Paul Janish sacrifice fly.

*Only 4,631 fans turned out for the first game. My early review of Goodyear Ballpark is positive. It seems like a nice place to watch a game. Bring your sunscreen because shade is a premium but the sun does go behind the home plate area earlier and cools things off. It was a perfect weather day though…sunny and 73 degrees at first pitch.

 

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Frazier OK and Friday notes

Todd Frazier could have been feeling much worse this morning. Frazier took a 95 mph Aroldis Chapman fastball to his right leg and walked away with only a bruised right quadriceps. Frazier’s leg was tightly wrapped when he walked into the clubhouse Friday morning.

“You never know when you get hit, especially when the ball hits the bone,” Frazier said. “You’re always worried about it. At the same time, I walked it off which was very good.”

This was the same knee Frazier had surgery on over the winter but there were no issues. He won’t play in Friday’s game.

“I’ll be back tomorrow,” Frazier said.

I jokingly asked Frazier if he kept the ball as a souvenir, a teammate had the same thought right after the incident.

“[Laynce] Nix threw me the ball in the dugout. I tossed it and started laughing,” Frazier said. “It’s never good to get hit but making a joke about it was funny.”

*Speaking of Nix, he was scratched from Friday’s lineup. He was shaken up during the intrasquad game  trying to catch Miguel Cairo drive to left field.

“He ran into a wall on that play,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a precautionary thing.”

Drew Sutton replaced Nix as the designated hitter and will bat ninth vs. Cleveland.

*Someone in the office asked Baker about what Orlando Cabrera brings to the team. One of the attributes was leadership.

“He’s a leader that doesn’t mind leading,” Baker said. “A lot of leaders are people are pushed into leadership. He’s vocal. Brandon [Phillips] gets on him and says he doesn’t understand what he’s saying, but they go way back.”

The Reds left side of the infield now has two leader-types with Cabrera and Scott Rolen. Both are different personalities, however.

“We’ve got one that’s vocal and one that’s not,” Baker said. “The one that’s not, Scott, you kind of have to figure out what he’s saying. He’ll say something that will ignite your thought process. He’ll do it with a smile, laughter or a joke and you have to figure out what he’s saying. Most times, it’s something very profound.”

*Baker said he would take it slower in getting Rolen and Cabrera ready, a right they’ve earned as veterans. The manager also says he knows when guys need to be pushed or dialed back some.

“The older you get, it takes you a little longer to get fine tuned,” Baker said. “When you get there, you keep it longer.”

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Busy Monday for the Redlegs

Remember when everyone complained about the lack of Reds hot stove activity from October through mid-January?

Since then — Aroldis Chapman, Miguel Cairo, Orlando Cabrera have been added. And on Monday, fan non-favorite center fielder Willy Taveras was subtracted. Jonny Gomes could be returning any day with a Minor League deal if the two sides can come together.

What did you think of the latest moves?

Personally, I was not overly wowed with the Cabrera signing but I understand why the Reds felt they had to make it. To them, the lineup wasn’t strong enough to wait while Paul Janish developed as a hitter. The front office wanted more of a sure thing.

Cabrera won’t be a defensive liability but he won’t nearly as sound as Janish, who I think would have come around offensively — eventually. I also think Janish’s defensive ability is so good that he would have saved more runs to make it worth starting him. Is the offense Cabrera might provide worth all the extra money? I would have pocketed it for later in the year when more tweaks might be needed.

You can debate the merits of the signing but you can’t debate the motive. The Reds have to feel they have the pieces in place to contend.

As for the trade, I was amazed the Reds found a way to trade Taveras and not have to eat any of his salary. That’s a huge plus. Anything Aaron Miles can do is pretty much a bonus at this point. I’m not expecting much but I’m also not expecting him to struggle as bad as he did last year.

When you add up the money — Taveras’ $4 million salary compared to $2.7 million for Miles and the difference that went to pay Cabrera — the Reds could have done much worse under the circumstances.

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