Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/7/12
GOODYEAR, Ariz. For all of last year, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo felt like singer Bob Seger: He was pitching Against the Wind. Or underwater. Or uphill. The velocity on his fastball hovered near 83 to 84 miles an hour, an unsafe speed when trying to retire major-league hitters. So Arroyo's first spring exhibition start Wednesday against the San Diego Padres was a significant examination. Would the missing velocity show up? Arroyo, scheduled for two innings, pitched three because the Padres were swinging away and Arroyo's pitch count was low. He gave up a first-inning home run to former Reds outfielder Jeremy Hermida in the first inning, but retired seven in a row after that. Then he gave up a single and a walk, but Hermida ended Arroyo's outing by hitting into a double play as the Reds dropped a 5-0 decision. AFTER HIS OUTING, Arroyo said, "I'm just interested to see what my velocity was. I don't know what it was, but my eyes were telling me it is definitely bette...
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