Originally written on Redlegs Review  |  Last updated 11/18/14
We are coming down the home stretch of spring training, folks. It's been a long, cold offseason, but the start of the regular season is a mere handful of days away. The Reds will play host to the Padres at Goodyear Ballpark later this afternoon before welcoming the Royals to town on Thursday. They will wrap up their spring slate with a visit to Chase Field for a date with the Diamondbacks on Friday and a pair of split-squad games against the Indians and D'backs on Saturday. Sunday is an off day before Opening Day commences on Monday against the Angels. Here is a mixed bag of news and notes to enjoy until then... + Mark Sheldon reports that Devin Mesoraco has won the backup catching duties. He beat out veteran Miguel Olivo, who appears to be heading to Triple-A Louisville. + How bad does Joey Votto want a World Series ring? Answer: pretty bad. He recently told the folks at Big League Stew that winning baseball's most coveted prize is the "most important thing in my car...
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