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Finally, Yoenis Cespedes got to have fun at the ballpark again -- and he enjoyed every second of it.
Signed by the Oakland A's to the biggest contract ever given a Cuban player, Cespedes was able to put the seven months of uncertainty following his defection behind him on Saturday afternoon.
A week after finalizing the four-year, $36 million deal with the A's, Cespedes made his exhibition game debut.
It wasn't quite what A's manager Bob Melvin said he was hoping for on Saturday morning.
"I'd like to see him hit three home runs, steal three bases and rob someone of a home run in center field," Melvin said.
But it wasn't bad.
Facing Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto, Cespedes drew a six-pitch walk, never swinging the bat, in the first inning.
"I was trying to recognize pitches," said Cespedes, who said he was thrown two fastballs among the six pitches.
In the second inning, against Cueto again, he fouled off the first pitch he was...
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Denis Phipps has enjoyed a solid spring thus far
Believe it or not, the Redlegs (4-4-1) are already a quarter of the way through their Spring Training schedule. And while the preseason isn't exactly a good indicator of regular season success, it does carry serious implications for a lot of players just trying to make the roster.
With that in mind here are the players turning...
For the parade on Opening Day this year, the Reds have selected former third baseman Aaron Boone to be the Grand Marshall. One can only look forward to the year when Sean Marshal is chosen. Grand Marshal Marshal. It has a certain Catch-22 ring to it.
The Cincinnati Reds and Findlay Market announce that Reds great and ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone will be the Grand Marshal of the...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. It would be easy for Bill Bray to throw his hands in the air and say, "Why me? Why put myself through this? Is there something else I can do?"
That, though, isn't in Bray's make-up and is part of the reason that when he is healthy he is a guy you want on the mound when it it decide-time in baseball games.
Uh, that's when he is healthy. And...
Saturday's affair with the Oakland A's (6-3) made the Reds (4-4-1) thankful that these games only serve as exhibitions. Dusty Baker's crew fell 6-3 on the road in a game in which both ace Johnny Cueto and the defense struggled a bit. Here is the good, the bad and a few notables from Saturday:
-Prospects Donnie Joseph and Kyle Lotzkar combined to toss...
The Cincinnati third basemen is pursuing another productive
and non-injury filled season in '12
Scott Rolen is one of those few players in Major League Baseball who can positively impact a team off the field. However, if given the choice the Reds would much rather have him impact the team on the field in 2012. A shoulder ailment limited the Jasper, In. native to just...
I have set up a Bracket Challenge for the NCAA Tournament for the website. No cash prize, but if you win you get a PDF version of the 2012 Prospect Guide. If you already have one, then play for bragging rights! If you want to play, click here. The bracket is public, so anyone can join and there is no password needed (unless I totally screwed something up).
Here is how the prospects...
The Reds played two games Friday afternoon. Here is how the prospects performed:
Ryan LaMarre went 0-1 with a walk and a run.
Brodie Greene went 1-1 with an RBI.
Cody Puckett went 0-1.
Neftali Soto went 0-1 with a walk.
Felix Perez went 0-2.
David Vidal went 0-2.
Donald Lutz went 1-2 with a HR and 3 RBI.
Josh Fellhauer went 0-1.
Tucker Barnhart went 0-1.
Didi Gregorius went 0-1...
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen fouled off some tough pitches from Vin Mazzaro before hitting an RBI single on Friday.
''I will take at-bats like that all year long,'' Rolen said.
All year long? The Reds would like that very much, too.
Rolen's health is a big key for Cincinnati, which beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Friday. He played in only 65...
On a gorgeous 78-degree and sunny day in Arizona, the Reds (4-3-1) beat the Angels (5-4) 5-4, as newly acquired Mat Latos made the start, while former Reds' nemesis and new Halo Albert Pujols did not play. Here are the good, the bad, and the notables from a lazy Sunday:
-Dioner Navarro had a good day going 2-2 with a double and two RBIs.
-Miguel Cairo made...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Scott Rolen singled in a run to help a Cincinnati Reds split squad beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Friday.
Rolen's health is a key for Cincinnati after the veteran third baseman played in only 65 games for the Reds last season. He had surgery on his left shoulder in July.
Rolen has five hits in nine at-bats this spring and appears to be mobile in...
Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes homered, walked and singled in his first major league game, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
Manny Ramirez went 0 for 3 in his return to the lineup after missing a few days because of lower back stiffness.
Cespedes walked on five pitches in his first at-bat against Johnny Cueto. He singled in his second...
The 26-year old Cozart is penciled in as
the club's Opening Day shortstop already
Greetings everyone! You've successfully navigated your way to another beloved weekend. And to help celebrate this momentous occasion I have compiled the following Reds-related links to read at your leisure. So, don't be bashful. Go ahead and dig in!
* Doc Moseman of the Bleacher...
Cuban-born outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will make his debut for the Oakland Athletics in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Cespedes will bat second in the lineup and play center field, manager Bob Melvin said on Friday.
The 26-year-old Cespedes has played in three consecutive simulated games. After hitting home runs in his first two contests, he went...
Juan Francisco celebrates his 2-run home run by whipping out his … [visit site to read more]