Cincinnati Reds Spring Training 2014: Day-by-Day Updates, Scores and News

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2014

Cincinnati Reds Spring Training 2014: Day-by-Day Updates, Scores and News

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    Paul Sancya/Associated Press

    With all of the Cincinnati Reds' players reporting to spring training, baseball season is about to slowly get going.

    The Reds don't have much intrigue entering spring training. Aroldis Chapman's role is defined, Billy Hamilton is going to be on the club and nearly all of the roster is set. 

    Fans can keep an eye on some of the prospects throughout the spring. Everyone wants to know how Robert Stephenson, Daniel Corcino and David Holmberg will do. None of them will make the club out of spring training if everything goes according to plan, but seeing how they progress will be something to watch.

    A lot goes on during the spring. There will be news from the coaching staff, and games will be played. It can be a lot for fans at times, so luckily, this tracker will keep everyone caught up.

    Be sure to keep checking back to see what is going on in Reds' camp. 


    All information is via

Reds' Schedule and Results

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    Cincinnati Reds' 2014 spring training record: 8-12


    Spring Training Schedule

    DateTime (ET/MT)OpponentBallparkResult
    2/263:05/1:05 Cleveland IndiansGoodyear BallparkW, 8-3
    2/273:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Cleveland Indians Goodyear Ballpark L, 12-3
    2/283:05/1:05 Cleveland IndiansGoodyear Ballpark L, 4-0 
    3/13:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Colorado Rockies Goodyear Ballpark W, 3-2
    3/23:05/1:05 San Diego Padres Peoria Stadium W, 15-4 
    3/33:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Seattle Mariners Goodyear Ballpark L, 6-5
    3/43:05/1:05 Kansas City Royals Surprise Stadium L, 9-5 
    3/59:05/7:05 p.m.vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Goodyear Ballpark L, 10-3 
    3/63:05/1:05 San Francisco Giants Scottsdale Stadium L, 3-2 
    3/73:05/1:05 Seattle Mariners  (ss)Peoria Stadium W, 10-9
    3/73:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Chicago White Sox (ss)Goodyear Ballpark L, 4-3
    3/83:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Chicago Cubs Goodyear Ballpark L, 9-0 
    3/93:05/1:05 Los Angeles Angels Tempe Diablo Stadium L, 4-3 
    3/103:05/1:05 Texas Rangers Surprise Stadium L, 8-2 
    3/113:05/1:05 p.m.vs. San Francisco Giants Goodyear Ballpark L, 8-5 
    3/123:10/1:10 Colorado Rockies Salt River Fields at Talking Stick L, 3-2 
    3/133:05/1:05 Los Angeles Dodgers Camelback Ranch W, 8-2 
    3/149:05/7:05 p.m.vs. Texas Rangers Goodyear Ballpark W, 2-1 
    3/153:05/1:05 Milwaukee BrewersMaryvale Baseball Park W, 16-4 
    3/163:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Oakland Athletics Goodyear Ballpark W, 7-6 
    3/173:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Cleveland Indians Goodyear Ballpark  
    3/198:05/6:05 Kansas City Royals Surprise Stadium  
    3/203:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Texas Rangers Goodyear Ballpark  
    3/213:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Kansas City Royals Goodyear Ballpark  
    3/223:05/1:05 Chicago Cubs Cubs Park  
    3/233:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Milwaukee Brewers Goodyear Ballpark  
    3/243:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Cleveland Indians Goodyear Ballpark  
    3/253:05/1:05 Oakland Athletics Phoenix Municipal Stadium  
    3/263:05/1:05 Chicago White Sox Camelback Ranch  
    3/272:05/12:05 Milwaukee Brewers (ss)Maryvale Baseball Park  
    3/272:05/12:05 p.m.vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Goodyear Ballpark  


    Pre-Opening Day Games

    3/286:10 p.m. EDT/5:10 p.m. CDTat Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)Pensacola Bayfront Stadium
    3/294:05 p.m. EDTat Louisville Bats (AAA)Louisville Slugger Field

March 16: Cincinnati Reds 7, Oakland Athletics 6

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    For those who were worried about the Reds when they were losing, relax. A four-game winning streak, albeit in the spring, has eased some fans' worries.

    Cincinnati's offense came on strong on Sunday, thanks to a big performance out of the top of the lineup.

    It's becoming a (great) trend to have to talk about Billy Hamilton as one of the top performers. All eyes have been on him this spring, and he has exceeded expectations. Hamilton recorded two more hits in this game to up his average to .303 on the spring. The speedster stole two more bases, which puts him up to nine this spring without being caught.

    Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto provided the lumber. Votto got the Reds on the board in the first inning with his first home run of the spring, and Phillips blasted his second of the spring later in the game.

    Tony Cingrani was hurt by an error in the first inning. Although he allowed two runs right after it, he settled down. He retired the next 10 batters after surrendering two runs in the first. Unfortunately he ran out of gas in the fifth and got touched up for three runs, which led up to getting pulled before he recorded an out in the inning.

    The bullpen came through in a big way. Cincinnati's relievers allowed only one run on three hits and a walk over the final five innings. Drew Hayes allowed the lone run on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

    It was a great day for the top of the lineup, and it should have Reds fans more at ease now that everyone is starting to produce.

    Notable Position Players:

    CF Billy Hamilton: 2-for-4, RBI, R, 2 SB

    2B Brandon Phillips: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, 2 K

    1B Joey Votto: 1-for-3, BB, HR, RBI, R


    Notable Pitchers:

    LHP Tony Cingrani: 4 IP, 3 H, 5 R (3 ER), 4 K/3 BB

    RHP Chien-Ming Wang: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 K/0 BB

    RHP Logan Ondrusek: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 K/0 BB


    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF Roger Bernadina: 0-for-1

    3B Ramon Santiago: 0-for-3, RBI, 2 K

    1B Chris Nelson: 0-for-0

Homer Bailey Scratched from Start with Groin Injury

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    The Reds went through the entire 2012 season without suffering an injury to the rotation. In the past year, all of five of the team's projected starters have dealt with an injury now that Homer Bailey is banged up.

    The right-hander was scratched from his start on Saturday with a mild right groin strain, according to's Mark Sheldon

    Bailey spoke about the injury:

    It was kind of weird. It all just kind of happened at once. I was already done with my throwing for the day and throwing a little flat ground and literally said, 'OK, one more.' Sure enough, that one more was [it]. I didn't feel anything before it happened, nothing. It just kind of came out of nowhere.

    It scared me right away. Even afterwards, I was doing stuff and it kind of tightened up on me, and I said, 'Well, maybe I'll get it checked out. Let's be proactive about it and get this thing knocked out.'

    Manager Bryan Price also discussed the issue:

    We just decided to be cautious. He's right on time, he's throwing the ball good, so we're just going to push him back. I can't tell you exactly when he's going to make his next start. It's not a significant strain.

    It doesn't appear to be a serious injury. Bailey was scratched as a precautionary measure, and The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reported that the pitcher is expected to make his next start.

    Even with all of the injury concerns this spring, Price isn't too concerned about his staff:

    I guess better now than when the season starts. Optimistically, I feel like there's a chance we can start with all five intact. I don't think the Homer thing will be an issue. Johnny has been feeling good. Mat came out of [Friday live batting practice] feeling good. Leaker seems to be over the hump. Some of these things we could have been more aggressive with if it was in-season or if it was a big series. These guys probably could have pitched. It just doesn't make any sense to run these guys through it.

March 15: Cincinnati Reds 16, Milwaukee Brewers 4

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    The Reds are on a roll, and the offense came to play on this day.

    Eleven different players, including pitcher Brett Marshall, recorded a hit. Cincinnati scored 16 runs on 18 hits, and they scored early and often. The club scored seven runs in the first three innings.

    Outfielder Chris Heisey clubbed his fifth home run of the spring, which leads all major league players. Infielder Neftali Soto, outfielder Roger Bernadina and infielder Chris Nelson added homers to help make it a rout.

    Aroldis Chapman had another multi-inning appearance. The southpaw was touched up for two runs on five hits over two innings. Sam LeCure and J.J. Hoover also got to work an inning apiece. 

    It was a big day for the Reds' offense. A huge outburst helped the club pick up its third straight victory.

    Notable Position Players:

    CF Chris Heisey: 2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

    3B Todd Frazier: 2-for-3, BB, RBI, 2 R


    Notable Pitchers:

    LHP Aroldis Chapman: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 K/0 BB

    RHP Sam LeCure: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K/0 BB

    RHP J.J. Hoover: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 K/2 BB


    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF/RF Roger Bernadina: 2-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

    SS/3B Ramon Santiago: 0-for-5

    3B Chris Nelson: 1-for-1, HR, RBI

Mat Latos Continues to Recover from Elbow/Knee Surgeries

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    Update: Saturday, March 15 at 12:05 a.m. ET

    Mat Latos faced live hitters on Friday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery. He threw 20 pitches to Chris Nelson and Brayan Pena, and it looks like everything went well. Latos talked about his outing, via's Mark Sheldon:

    Everything was good. I was a little anxious, a little nervous. My mechanics are definitely rusty. I can't complain for the first time out facing live hitters. I was a little amped up. All in all, I'm satisfied. There are a couple of tweaks and adjustments I need to make.

    Latos is ready to take the next step. The right-hander is tentatively scheduled to start on Wednesday, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.

    --End of Update--


    Update: Wednesday, March 12 at 12:05 p.m. ET

    The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reported that Mat Latos threw curves and sliders in his latest bullpen session. The progress led manager Bryan Price to saying that the pitcher is "very close to game-ready."

    --End of Update--


    Update: Sunday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET

    Any Reds fan who is hoping to see Mat Latos pitch on Opening Day can pretty much give up on that thought. Manager Bryan Price hasn't named an Opening Day starter, but he did rule Latos out, via The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.

    The plan for Latos will be to throw one more bullpen session, live batting practice and four starts if he is going to be ready to go for the start of the season. Cincinnati can go until April 6 without using a fifth starter, so the club has until then to get the right-hander ready.

    Price talked about how he will handle Latos:

    We don't want to put a carrot in front of him because we don't want to do anything irresponsible to have him on the Opening Day roster. If he's stays on his protocol, he'll be ready to start after that off day on the first. He could pitch on the sixth but everything has to go right.


    The innings our starters don't pitch our relievers do. We're concerned with how many times we have to go to our relievers in April. If we can build Mat up to where he's ready to throw 90 pitches in a big league game, I think that's reasonable. Then he can throw six innings comfortably and not overtax the bullpen.

    It appears that Opening Day will go to either Johnny Cueto (who has allowed one run in 14 innings over the last two openers) or Homer Bailey.

    --End of Update--


    Update: Wednesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. EST

    Mat Latos' bullpen session on Wednesday went well, according to's Mark Sheldon. The right-hander threw 20 pitches, which included two-seam and four-seam fastballs along with five changeups.

    Latos talked about his first time back on the mound:

    Everything feels fantastic. I expected a little bit of soreness while I was throwing or to feel it once or twice. I didn’t feel anything while I was throwing. My mechanics were a little off. The ball was up but that’s to be expected. I’m almost three weeks late.

    I let go for the last one and cut it loose and didn’t feel anything in the knee or the elbow. That’s a plus.

    As for his status for Opening Day, Latos is still aiming to be back for the start of the season.

    “I’d love to be there against St. Louis for Opening Day and the next away series [at New York],” Latos said. “Am I pushing for it? Yes. But there’s nothing I can do. It’s out of my hands.

    Cincinnati would love to have him back at the start of the season, but his health is more important than one or two starts.

    --End of Update--


    Update: Tuesday, March 4 at 11:15 a.m. EST

    Reds manager Bryan Price expects Mat Latos to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans.

    --End of Update--


    Mat Latos missed the Wild Card Game due to bone spurs in his pitching elbow, and he had surgery shortly after the season to clean them up, according to's Mark Sheldon.

    The 26-year-old spent the offseason trying to recover from that surgery and get back to his routine. He had gotten back on track and recovered from that surgery, but unfortunately, he had a freak accident early in spring training that served as a minor setback.

    After reporting to Goodyear, Ariz. early, Latos slipped while throwing before pitchers and catchers were supposed to arrive. He suffered a torn meniscus and waited until the team's doctor got out there Feb. 14 to have surgery.

    According to Sheldon, Latos is walking without a limp and is already back to his throwing program. The right-hander shared how he is feeling on the knee injury:

    I had been doing my exercises and strengthening stuff, but I wasn't able to actually get out and interact with the guys. This was a huge positive to be able to go out there and throw and run and the other stuff.

    We're boosting up the cardio where I'm putting in a huge amount of effort real quick, because I have to get my legs under me. The arm has been there. I've already rehabbed that. I haven't taken a huge step back. After four days, I'm already at 100-plus feet. The knee feels good. Dr. [Tim] Kremchek says he's not worried about me reinjuring it.

    Cincinnati doesn't have much pitching depth in the minors. Not having Latos at the beginning of the season would put the team in a tough spot, but the pitcher shouldn't rush back before he's ready to limit the risk of a long-term injury.

    The Reds could adjust their rotation to skip Latos during the first couple series, but they will most likely need a fifth starter April 6. 

    Latos hasn't thrown off a mound yet since undergoing surgery, so that's one big step that he will have to take before he knows when he will be ready. There's no rush right now, especially for a pitcher coming off two surgeries since the end of last season.

Roster Cuts

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    March 14

    The Reds optioned the following players to Triple-A Louisville:

    • C Tucker Barnhart
    • RHP Curtis Partch

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    March 11

    The Reds optioned the following players to Triple-A Louisville:

    • RHP Carlos Contreras (4 G, 0-0, 1 SV, 2.70 ERA, 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 K/1 BB)
    • RHP Daniel Corcino (3 G, 0-1, 58.50 ERA, 2 IP, 8 H, 1 HR, 13 R, 3 K/7 BB)
    • LHP David Holmberg (1 G, 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 K/2 BB)
    • OF Ryan LaMarre (.250/.333/.250, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 BB, 1 K)
    • LF Donald Lutz (.235/.316/.529, 1 HR, 0 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
    • RHP Chad Rogers (3 G, 0-1, 10.13 ERA, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 HR, 6 R, 5 K/4 BB)


    The Reds optioned the following players to Double-A Pensacola:

    • LF Juan Duran
    • LHP Ismael Guillon
    • OF Yorman Rodriguez


    The Reds reassigned the following players to minor league camp:

    • RHP Tim Crabbe
    • RHP Michael Lorenzen
    • INF Rey Navarro
    • C Rossmel Perez
    • C Max Ramirez
    • RHP Robert Stephenson


    The Reds released:

    • INF Henry Rodriguez


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March 14: Cincinnati Reds 2, Texas Rangers 1

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    All is right in Reds country as the team is now on a two-game winning streak, thanks to great pitching.

    Right-hander Johnny Cueto had a very impressive outing. He threw five innings, allowing only one run on five hits. The veteran continues to make his case to start a third straight Opening Day.

    Jeff Francis had his best outing of the spring. The southpaw allowed only one hit in three innings, and he was able to hold the Reds' lead. Left-hander Manny Parra capped off the great pitching by throwing a scoreless inning.

    It was another strong game for Billy Hamilton. The rookie had a hit and a walk in four plate appearances, and he stole his seventh base of the spring and has yet to be thrown out. He also threw a guy out at third base with a strong throw.

    Utility man Chris Nelson helped his cause by upping his average to .304 and knocking in two runs. However, he also committed his third error of the spring.

    It was an efficient day on the mound for the Reds, and they got just enough offense to come out on top.

    Notable Position Players:

    CF Billy Hamilton: 1-for-3, BB, SB

    RF Jay Bruce: 1-for-3

    C Devin Mesoraco: 1-for-2, BB, R


    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Johnny Cueto: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 5 K/0 BB

    LHP Jeff Francis: 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K/0 BB

    LHP Manny Parra: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 K/0 BB


    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF Roger Bernadina: 0-for-1

    3B Chris Nelson: 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Reds Being Cautious with Sean Marshall

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    A year after appearing in only 16 games due to shoulder issues, Sean Marshall continues to try to find a way to stay healthy.

    According to's Mark Sheldon, the Reds are taking it slow with Marshall this spring.

    Update: Sunday, March 15 at 12:10 a.m. ET's Mark Sheldon shared some disappointing news for Reds fans. It looked like a long shot already, but it appears that relievers Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton will not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Bryan Price spoke on the matter:

    We're not going to put the kibosh definitely on Broxton until we've let him get out there and pitch and see how he recovers,. We don't want to put anyone on speed-up rules and not start the season -- not just healthy but ready to handle the rigors of what we ask them to do.

    They've got to be able to do what the other guys are doing -- pitch back-to-back games and have the durability necessary to be able to help us in that way.

    The Reds' two highest-paid relievers are likely to start the season on the disabled list, which is where they spent a lot of time last year.

    If Mat Latos isn't ready for the start of the season either, that creates a big hole in the bullpen. Alfredo Simon would shift to the rotation, so three spots could potentially be up for grabs in the bullpen.

    --End of Update--


    Update: Sunday, March 9 at 7:45 p.m. ET's Barry Bloom reported that Sean Marshall is still working to get back from injury. Manager Bryan Price spoke on how the club will handle Marshall this spring:

    He had some real challenges with the shoulder last year. Every time we seemed to get close, we took a step back. So we didn't want to go down that road again. He checked out well with Dr. [Tim] Kremchek. He's done a lot of offseason work, but he just didn't get out of the gates the way we hoped. Instead of pushing him through it, force him through it, we decided to take a step back.

    He's been playing catch, but he hasn't gotten back on the mound yet. We're hoping that's going to come soon. And if it does, and there are no setbacks from that point, it's still realistic to see him on the Opening Day roster. But if we're talking about it being a week from now, that might be more of a challenge.

    --End of Update--


    The southpaw has yet to appear in any of the team's games and isn't expected to appear in any during the first week, and possibly the following week as well.

    Manager Bryan Price spoke about how the club will handle the 31-year-old reliever:

    He's just a little stiff. We're going to be on the front end of this thing. We're going to back him off. He doesn't need a full Spring Training to be ready for Opening Day. He did all of his offseason throwing. Slowing him down a little bit here, hopefully, will pay dividends later in the spring.

    We're going a lot slower with him, No. 1, to make sure he's completely strong, he's pain free and we don't have any setbacks. We're going to be cautious on the front end.

    Marshall has pitched in enough games to be able to get ready quickly. The left-hander is a big part of the team's bullpen, so the Reds need to do whatever it takes to make sure he is healthy enough to throw more than the 10.1 innings that he threw in 2013.

Reds Set Spring Rotation

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    Cincinnati manager Bryan Price has set the rotation for spring training, according to's Mark Sheldon.

    Update: Saturday, March 15 at 12:10 a.m. ET

    If Mat Latos is not ready to go on April 6, it appears that Alfredo Simon will be the man to take his place. Manager Bryan Price praised Simon's work this spring, via's Mark Sheldon:

    I'm still optimistic that Mat could be ready to pitch -- it'd basically be as the fifth starter for timing reasons.

    He's [Simon] doing a terrific job. I know he'd love to start. We'd like our rotation intact if they're all healthy. We'd love having Freddy in our bullpen. That being said, if we need a starter, he's certainly pitched his tail off. He deserves that chance.

    --End of Update--


    Alfredo Simon will start the opener against the Cleveland Indians on Feb. 26. Here's the order after Simon: Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, Tony Cingrani and Mike Leake.

    If Mat Latos is not ready for the start of the season, there's a good chance that that will be the order to open the regular season. Price shared his thoughts, via Sheldon, on the rotation:

    What I look at now is how we get out of the blocks and match up with the early opponents. That's more my concern now. We have some history with St. Louis, who we play in six out of the first nine games. I think setting the rotation to line ourselves up to match up the best we can with an in-our-division opponent is important. We don't know where we'll be with Mat, so we have to look at a lot of different potential candidates should he not be ready to start the season and see how that affects how we line up our rotation.

    Fans might wonder why Cingrani is ahead of Leake. If it stays that way for the regular season, it would make sense based on last year's results. The St. Louis Cardinals struggled against the hard-throwing starters (Latos, Bailey and Cingrani) but feasted on the pitchers who rely on control (Bronson Arroyo and Leake).

    Cingrani was 2-0 with a 4.35 ERA in two starts against St. Louis last year. His earned run average is slightly higher than fans would like, but that was inflated due to the fact that he failed to pitch more than 5.1 innings in either start.

    Leake went 0-2 with an 8.27 ERA in three starts against the Cardinals in 2013. He allowed 15 runs in 16.1 innings, so St. Louis was able to get to him often.

    With six of their first nine games against the Cardinals, the Reds need to play matchups with the rotation. If Latos is unavailable and the team sticks with the spring rotation, Leake would not have to face St. Louis in his first start.

    Cincinnati could be looking to stretch Simon out in hopes that he fills the No. 5 spot if Latos isn't ready to start the year. David Holmberg, Daniel Corcino, Jeff Francis and Chien-Ming Wang could also be candidates to fill in if Latos misses some time.

March 13: Cincinnati Reds 8, Los Angeles Dodgers 2

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    For the first time in a while, the Reds came out on the smiling side of the scoreboard. 

    The offense got off to a quick start. Cincinnati scored six runs in the first three innings, thanks to two home runs. Outfielder Chris Heisey and infielder Todd Frazier both hit homers. For Heisey, it was his fourth blast of the spring.

    Center fielder Billy Hamilton finally cooled off at the plate. He didn't record a hit in four at-bats, but he did force an infielder to commit an error. That is hopefully a sign of things to come. Right fielder ay Bruce ended up driving Hamilton in with a single off a southpaw.

    Right-hander Alfredo Simon continued to get stretched out. He threw 4.1 innings and allowed only one run against a solid lineup. He was the only who took the mound in this game that is expected to make the Reds' roster.

    The lineup had a different look to it on Thursday. Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick and Devin Mesoraco had the day off, so some players got moved up in the lineup. Zack Cozart moved back up to the second spot and Frazier was right behind him.

    It was a good day for the Reds, thanks to a fast start.

    Notable Position Players:

    LF Chris Heisey: 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, R

    1B Todd Frazier: 1-for-2, BB, HR, RBI, R

    RF Jay Bruce: 1-for-4, RBI, R


    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Alfredo Simon: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 K/0 BB


    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF Roger Bernadina: 0-for-1

    3B Ramon Santiago: 2-for-3, 2B

    3B Chris Nelson: 0-for-0, RBI

March 12: Colorado Rockies 3, Cincinnati Reds 2

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    Cincinnati had a great chance to come out on top for once, but a ninth-inning rally came up short.

    The first four batters of the ninth inning walked to cut the deficit to 3-2, but two ground balls ended the game.

    A few of the regulars (Billy Hamilton, Jay Bruce and Zack Cozart) got the day off. Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey helped carry the offense early on by picking up two hits apiece.

    Mike Leake had a good day overall. He allowed only one run in three innings on the mound, and he picked up a hit in his lone plate appearance. Sam LeCure and J.J. Hoover got some work in as well.

    Notable Position Players:

    RF Chris Heisey: 2-for-3, 2B, R

    LF Ryan Ludwick: 2-for-3


    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Mike Leake: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 K/1 BB

    RHP Sam LeCure: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 K/1 BB

    RHP J.J. Hoover: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 K/0 BB


    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF Roger Bernadina: 0-for-1, BB, RBI

    3B Chris Nelson: 0-for-0, BB, R

    2B Ramon Santiago: 1-for-3

March 11: San Francisco Giants 8, Cincinnati Reds 5

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    This spring has not been kind to the Cincinnati Reds.

    For the ninth time in 10 games, all in nine days, the Reds came out of a game with a loss. This time, starting pitching was to blame.

    Left-hander Tony Cingrani got roughed up for six runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings of work. He made it 2.2 innings without giving up a run, but he got roughed up over his final three outs.

    Manager Bryan Price continues to stretch out Aroldis Chapman. The southpaw tossed three shutout innings, yielding only one hit and one walk. It wasn't a typical Chapman outing, as he recorded only one strikeout. He even managed to get an at-bat, a grounder to third.

    The story of the spring continues to be Billy Hamilton. The rookie continued his impressive spring by drawing a walk to lead off the game and followed that up with an RBI double a few innings later. The speedster is hitting .318 a year after hitting .192 in the spring. He also has five walks to only two strikeouts.

    Cincinnati has to be encouraged by Hamilton's performance, and Chapman is showing that he can go multiple innings.

    Notable Position Players:

    CF Bill Hamilton: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI, R 

    3B Todd Frazier: 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

    LF Skip Schumaker: 2-for-3, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 R


    Notable Pitchers:

    LHP Tony Cingrani: 3.2 IP, 8 H (2 HR), 6 R, 3 K/0 BB

    LHP Aroldis Chapman: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K/0 BB

    LHP Manny Parra: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K/0 BB


    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF Roger Bernadina: 1-for-2, 3B, R

    3B Chris Nelson: 0-for-1, committed error on defense

    2B Ramon Santiago: 1-for-2, RBI

March 10: Texas Rangers 8, Cincinnati Reds 2

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    The Reds had a lot of runners, but they struggled to score yet again.

    Although Billy Hamilton didn't have his best day at the plate, he did manage to pick up another hit. Reds fans should be thrilled that it was a bunt hit. He did finally strike out for the first (and second) time this spring. It took him 21 at-bats to do strike out for the first time, which has to be a good sign.

    Right fielder Jay Bruce upped his average to .353 with an RBI double that drove in Hamilton.

    There doesn't appear to be much separation in the race for the final roster spot. Chris Nelson continues to play different positions to improve his value. 

    On the mound, Homer Bailey did alright. He continues to be tough to hit as he allowed only three hits in four innings.

    Notable Position Players:

    CF Bill Hamilton: 1-for-3, R, 2 K

    RF Jay Bruce: 1-for-3, RBI, 2B


    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Homer Bailey: 4 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 2 R, 5 K/0 BB

    LHP Jeff Francis: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 K/1 BB


    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    LF Jason Bourgeois: 0-for-2, K

    1B Chris Nelson: 1-for-2, R

    2B Ramon Santiago: 1-for-2, RBI

March 9: Los Angeles Angels 3, Cincinnati Reds 1

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    Morry Gash/Associated Press

    Another day, another game without much offense.

    A few of the regulars got the day off, but those who did play had a hard time getting much going against the Los Angeles Angels.

    None of the four regulars (Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier) who played managed to get a hit, but Votto was in midseason form as he drew two walks.

    It was a good day overall on the mound.

    Johnny Cueto rebounded from a rough start to go four shutout innings. Right-hander Robert Stephenson had his best outing of the spring to date by throwing a perfect inning.

    Sam LeCure was touched up for two runs, although he was hurt by a missed call. Although they reviewed the play (the first time the Reds have used expanded replay), the call on the field stood. However, The Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reported that MLB's Randy Marsh admitted the call was wrong. In spring trai