Found March 05, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Albert Pujols hit a pair of groundouts and struck out in his first spring training appearance of the year for the Los Angeles Angels, a 6-4 win Tuesday over the Cincinnati Reds. The three-time MVP, recovering from offseason surgery on his right knee, hit a broken-bat grounder to third in the first against Mike Leake, struck out swinging in the fourth versus Aroldis Chapman and grounded to shortstop in the sixth against Wilkin De La Rosa. About 10 days ahead of the schedule the Angels had anticipated, Pujols was the designated hitter and batted third. The Los Angeles lineup included its projected starting outfield for the first time: Mike Trout in left, Peter Bourjos in center and Josh Hamilton in right field. They combined to go 4 for 8. Jay Bruce hit a pair of solo homers for the Reds, off Tommy Hanson in the second and Scott Downs in the fourth. Hanson made his first spring training start for the Angels and allowed one run and three hits in two innings. Leake, making his seco...

Albert Pujols to make spring training debut

TEMPE, Ariz. Albert Pujols will make his exhibition debut today about a week ahead of schedule. The Angels slugger who is recovering from Octobers right knee surgery will bat third as designated hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Tempe Diablo Stadium. Pujols had been limited to batting practice, ground balls hit right at him and light jogging for the first few weeks of camp,...

Weaver strong as Angels beat Team Italy

TEMPE, Ariz. Jered Weaver looked strong during a three-inning stint, top prospect Kaleb Cowart hit a three-run double in the first inning, and the Angels broke a tie with seven runs in the eighth inning for a 12-6 exhibition victory over Team Italy at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Wednesday. The Italian team was playing its final tuneup before opening the World Baseball Classic against...

Mike Trout Knows His Role with Los Angeles Angels in 2013

A hot topic recently is what Mike Trout‘s 2013 salary will be as he mans the outfield for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. After having a historic season, Trout’s agent asked the organization to compensate his client fairly, based on his MLB service time (1 year, 70 days). However, the final number wasn’t exactly what Craig Landis was hoping for. Saying Trout had a breakout...

2013 Reds predictions: Most Improved Player

Here we are on day four of our eight-part series, predicting the Reds season. Today, we will take a look at players who have a chance to show the greatest improvement from 2012. It was not an easy decision, but the votes came in from the Redlegs Review staff and a decision was made, sort of. It was a tie on this one. The Most Improved Reds Players in 2013 will be... ...

The Brief: preparing for the All-Star Game

Homer Bailey is looking good so far. Not no-hitter good, but you want to save those for the regular season anyway.Last Game Homer Bailey took his turn on the mound yesterday against Kansas City and put in 2 scoreless innings. He struck out 5 and allowed only 1 hit. Unfortunately for him, the Royals are on a tirade this spring and went to town on Tony Cingrani (1 ER), Logan Ondrusek...

Spring training game 13: Reds 4, Angels 6

The Cincinnati Reds dropped their seventh game in a row yesterday, losing 6-4 to the Angels. However, just like the points in Who’s Line is it Anyway?, the losses don’t matter. What can matter is the results of the players. Since the Reds have pretty much no competition for any of their starting roster spots, the players can actually take the time to focus on practicing and getting...

Why The Angels Made The Right Call On Mike Trout

I think we can all agree that last season, the Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout put on quite a show. But disagree if you must, the Angels did nothing wrong giving Trout that second-year salary.

Trout gets three hits in Angels' loss vs. A's

PHOENIX (AP) -- John Jaso had a bases-loaded triple, Brandon Moss had two hits and an RBI, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 13-5 on Monday. Vernon Wells hit a three-run home run, extending his hitting streak to five games, and reigning AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout had three hits for the Angels, who lost their third straight. Howie Kendrick and Scott Cousins...

Thursday news and notes

Mark Sheldon has up a piece on Daniel Corcino and his relationship with Johnny Cueto. Corcino has long been compared to Cueto, and while they look similar and their stuff remsembles the other guy, Corcino still has a lot of things to pick up from Cueto. “My changeup is much better now from working with Mario Soto,” Corcino said. “Everything, my mechanics and changeup, will...

Spring Training game 12: Reds 2, Diamondbacks 7

Zack Cozart got the Reds a very short-lived lead in the first.The Cincinnati Reds continued their losing ways yesterday, dropping their 10th Spring Training game to the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2. Johnny Cueto started and pitched well. Over three innings, he allowed one run on one hit and struck out four. Overall, the pitching wasn’t as bad as the 7-spot makes it look. The defense...

Dusty Baker and Kirk Gibson share harsh words over use of designated hitter

Tempers flared between a pair of competitive managers on Monday over the use of the designated hitter. The Reds traveled to Scottsdale for a friendly spring training affair against the Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields. They were subsequently handed a 7-2 defeat to drop their record to a dismal 2-10 on the spring. However, the biggest story from this contest came before the first...

Diamondbacks 7, Reds 2

Brandon McCarthy pitched three innings in his second start, allowing a home run in the first inning to Zack Cozart, and the Arizona Diamondbacks took advantage of some sloppy Cincinnati play to beat the Reds 7-2 Monday. Johnny Cueto went three innings in his second start for Cincinnati. He slipped in the first inning, causing concern for the Reds because he strained an oblique in...

The Survivor

Undrafted Ryan Hanigan entered the Cincinnati organization as an unheralded free agent in 2002. He climbed up the organization over the years and become one of the players upon which the the Reds built a pennant contender. The underrated catcher is now one of the longest-tenured members on a team where he's provided solid performance behind the plate for five seasons.
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