Found March 04, 2012 on Red Hot Mama:
PLAYERS: Scott Rolen
TEAMS: Cincinnati Reds
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Ludwick no stranger to backing up power

GOODYEAR, Ariz. If Ryan Ludwick ends up batting clean-up in the 2012 Cincinnati Reds lineup he won't be a Stranger in Paradise. In fact, batting fourth is as comfortable to him as an old pair of bedroom slippers before the dog chews them up. And it certainly appeals to him because he would bat behind Joey Votto, just as he batted behind Albert Pujols when he was with the St...

Indians 6, Reds 6 F

The first exhibition game of the spring slate is now in the books! The contest - which was played on a 67-degree day in Goodyear, Arizona - was suspended after nine innings and ended in a 6-6 draw. Here is the good, the bad and a couple notables regarding Saturday's contest: The Good: -Drew Stubbs had a solid game going 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs....

3 Reds named top 50 fantasy prospects

Cozart leads a trio of Redlegs who made the list In yet another fantasy baseball-related post, Kevin Goldstein of ESPN Insider recently ranked his "Top 50 Fantasy Prospects" for the 2012 season. The list includes only those players who still hold rookie status, and their rankings were based solely on their fantasy impact for now rather than in the future. So, without...

Chapman's role in '12, what is it?

It wasn’t too long ago when Albertin “Aroldis” Chapman was the most prized asset in the Reds organization, or at least the most intriguing. But within just two years of Cincinnati signing him he has almost become a forgotten man. The hype and luster of his electric fastball has been quickly overshadowed by a host of newcomers. The addition of Mat Latos, to go alongside...

Reader response – Lineup discussion

Below is an email we got from Kevin: I know I may be late to this party but I thought I would toss in my two cents on the lineup discussion. I think the lineup should be as follows: 1. Zack Cozart 2. Brandon Phillips 3. Joey Votto 4. Scott Rolen 5. Jay Bruce 6. Drew Stubbs 7. Ryan Ludwick 8. Hanigan or Mesoraco 9. Pitcher   Now obviously this could change depending on how Cozart...

Indians 6, Reds 6

Scott Rolen went 2 for 2 in his return to the Reds' lineup as Cincinnati and the Cleveland Indians played to a 6-all tie Saturday. The exhibition opener for both teams was called after nine innings. Rolen was limited to 65 games last season. The All-Star third baseman did not play after having surgery on his left shoulder on Aug. 3. Todd Frazier helped his chances to earn...

Reds’ Castellini: ‘Are you with us, or aren’t you?’

I’ve been saying since around 2009 that this 2012 season would be an ‘all-in’ season for the Cincinnati Reds. For the first time that we’ve seen now, one of the local media members in the Queen City has penned the same sentiment. Paul Daugherty has long been one of our favorites–we think he’s incredibly underrated. He had the chance to talk to Reds majority owner Bob...

2012 projections: Mat Latos

Cincinnati has a lot invested in the 24-year old hurler It's safe to say that there is a lot of pressure riding on Latos to perform well this season. The Reds gave up a bounty of players (SP Edinson Volquez, 1B Yonder Alonso, RP Brad Boxberger, C Yasmani Grandal) to get him from San Diego, and what they hope to receive in return is a perennial ace-caliber pitcher. The 24...

Sunday news and notes

The Reds played their first spring training game yesterday. To a tie. Doesn’t matter though, these are glorified practices. With that said, here is how the prospects did: Zack Cozart went 0-2. Neftali Soto went 1-2 with a home run. Donald Lutz went 1-2 with a double. Denis Phipps went 0-2. Devin Mesoraco went 1-2 with an RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 0-1. Todd Frazier went 1-2 with...

Spring Training Game 1: Indians 6, Reds 6

It’s a tie! The Cincinnati Reds started the 2012 baseball season in an inauspicious way, tying the Cleveland Indians 6-6 in a regulation 9-inning game Saturday. Mike Leake started for the Reds, and allowed 2 runs–1 earned–in his two innings of work. Ron Mahay took over for the 3rd inning and allowed 2 more, putting the Reds down 4-0 early. But after that, what is most certainly...

Reds’ playoff chances increase with Wild Card expansion

The long-talked about wild card expansion has finally been announced. Both the National League and the American League will both be getting a second wild card team. This expansion is the first since 1994 and brings the total number of playoff teams to 10, which is the largest number in major league history. The playoff series are changing in a way that actually puts the wild card...

Some quotes and some notes

-"I’ve had a couple of spring training slow starts. I think this is just one of them. Hopefully, a couple days and I’ll be able to get back into it full steam. I’m not concerned. Usually every spring training, there’s about a week, 10 days, where I’m just sitting around ready to pitch in a game, kind of wasting bullets." -Closer Ryan Madson on his sore elbow...

Most awesome Reds video ever

As I was browsing over the wonderful world of YouTube this morning I stumbled across this. It's a fantastic compilation of Reds highlights - both past and present - and a must see for any fan of the franchise. If this doesn't get you geared up for the upcoming season I have no idea what will. Enjoy.

Reds rough up Masterson, beat Indians 12-7

Joey Votto and Jay Bruce each drove in a pair of runs off Justin Masterson on Monday, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 12-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Bruce singled, doubled and walked. Masterson retired only four batters, allowing six runs on five hits and three walks. Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto pitched two innings and gave up one run, allowing two hits without a walk...

MLB News: Ryan Madson Sidelined with Elbow Soreness

Cincinnati Reds new closer Ryan Madson missed the first two Cactus League games with what the team is calling “a little irritation in his arm.” More specifically, he has elbow soreness. Madson just missed out on signing a long term contact with the Philadelphia Phillies and now needs to be healthy if he hopes to get a long term deal after signing just a one year $8.5 million...
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