Posted March 09, 2013 on
AP on Fox
Cesar Izturis boosted his chance to win a utility job on the Cincinnati Reds, hitting a sixth inning home run off Travis Webb and an eighth-inning RBI single against Johnny Hellweg in the Cincinnati Reds' 6-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
Logan Schafer drove in two runs with a single and a double and Donnie Murphy hit three hits, including a double.
Schafer, a third-round pick by the Brewers in the 2008 amateur draft, is a candidate to make an opening-day roster that will be missing Corey Hart and Mat Gamel. Murphy is also in the mix for a utility spot and the first-base job.
Schedule to pitch three innings, Homer Bailey allowed three runs - one earned - and four hits in two innings. The Reds auditioned second baseman Henry Rodriguez and shortstop Jason Donald, and they failed to turn two ground balls into double plays, leading to the unearned runs.
On a day with wet conditions, Reds manager Dusty Baker gave most of his regulars the day off.
Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta allowed three runs and five hits in 2 1-3 innings.
BEST OF MAXIM
It's day six of our Reds predictions. Most players are going to give you what they're going to give you and you can expect it like clockwork. For example, Joey Votto is going to be Joey Votto. He's going to hit for average, get on base, and drive in runs because that's what Joey Votto's do. However, every manager hopes to hit the jackpot with one or two players...
This week marks the third installment of the Redlegs Review round table. In this edition, RR staffers Jimmi Adair (@Redlegs_Review), Scott Eddy (@scotte97), Jesse Welte (@RedlegsWriter), Dan Howard (@DaHermit16), Jon Davis (@I_Bleed_RedsRed), and Matt Bollmann (@RedlegsMatt) discuss four recent topics up for debate.
These topics include the prospects of Todd Frazier playing...
If Kelvim Escobar is going to successfully complete his comeback attempt he's going to do it with a team other than the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers announced Sunday they've unconditionally released the 36-year-old after he appeared in just one spring training game.
Escobar was forced to leave last Sunday's spring training game against the Cubs after just two-thirds...
Michael Olmsted opens eyes wherever he goes.
At 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds with a thick beard, Olmsted is a mountain of a man and stands out in a crowd. This spring training, he's doing his best to stand out on the mound in order to try and earn a spot in Milwaukee's bullpen.
Thus far, he's done just that. With a fastball that sits in the mid-to-upper-90's, Olmsted has...
Happy weekend, folks. Here are some Reds news and notes for your weekend.
+ ESPN.com's Jim Bowden writes about possible turmoil brewing in Reds camp over how to effectively use Aroldis Chapman. According to Bowden, Dusty Baker and most of the players allegedly want Chapman to remain the closer. GM Walt Jocketty and pitching coach Bryan Price think Chapman is better served...
Bobby Crosby thought he was done. The desire to play baseball had left him and he was content knowing his career was over.
Two seasons later, Crosby is making a comeback, attempting to make the Milwaukee Brewers as a utility infielder.
So, what changed?
"I finally got the fire back to come back and play," Crosby said. "I had lost it a little bit there, and I finally...
You know the usual suspects on the Reds: Votto, Chapman, Phillips, Latos, Bruce, Choo, and so on and so forth. None of them are really going to be an x-factor this year, because everyone is counting on them to be a huge part of the team. So when looking for someone a bit under the radar to make an impact on such a star-studded team, you've got to think about more than the usual...
The 2012 Reds rebounded back into a the second-best record in baseball and a post-season berth. Can they maintain that same level of success or are they poised for another big drop off?
Reds on TOC
End of Season Postmortem
2013 Season Preview
You May Say I'm a Dreamer (12:00 PM)
2013 Burning Question (1:30 PM)
This Is My Nightmare (3:00 PM)
2013 X-Factor (4:30...
Shin-Soo Choo got four hits and Todd Frazier homered Sunday as the Cincinnati Reds beat a Chicago White Sox split squad 7-3.
Frazier had three hits and Cesar Izturis drove in two runs.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto was erratic in his second spring start. He walked three and hit another, but completed four innings and gave up just two runs.
Chicago starter Gavin Floyd allowed four...
We've reached the end of our NL Central preview week, and today, we'll be looking at the defending division champions: the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds had an awesome season in 2012 behind a rock solid starting rotation, a dominant bullpen, and one of the best all-around players in baseball in Joey Votto. This offseason, the Reds made some nice tweaks going forth, and will look...