Found March 03, 2012 on Red Hot Mama:
It’s a tie! The Cincinnati Reds started the 2012 baseball season in an inauspicious way, tying the Cleveland Indians 6-6 in a regulation 9-inning game Saturday. Mike Leake started for the Reds, and allowed 2 runs–1 earned–in his two innings of work. Ron Mahay took over for the 3rd inning and allowed 2 more, putting the Reds down 4-0 early. But after that, what is most certainly a very improved bullpen from 2011, held the Indians scoreless and gave the offense time to … [visit site to read more]

Ludwick no stranger to backing up power

GOODYEAR, Ariz. If Ryan Ludwick ends up batting clean-up in the 2012 Cincinnati Reds lineup he won't be a Stranger in Paradise. In fact, batting fourth is as comfortable to him as an old pair of bedroom slippers before the dog chews them up. And it certainly appeals to him because he would bat behind Joey Votto, just as he batted behind Albert Pujols when he was with the St...

Chapman K's three as Reds beat Tribe 8-6

After the game ended in a tie yesterday, the Reds picked up their first win of Spring Training on a gorgeous, Arizona Sunday afternoon, triumphing by a score of 8-6 over the Indians. Here is the good, the bad, and some notables from Sunday's "titanic struggle." The Good: -Miguel Cairo had a big day going 2-3 with a double, a run scored, and three RBIs. -Zack...

Chapman's role in '12, what is it?

It wasn’t too long ago when Albertin “Aroldis” Chapman was the most prized asset in the Reds organization, or at least the most intriguing. But within just two years of Cincinnati signing him he has almost become a forgotten man. The hype and luster of his electric fastball has been quickly overshadowed by a host of newcomers. The addition of Mat Latos, to go alongside...

Madson rising to challenge in Cincinnati

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Ryan Madson doesn't fall to his knees and bow deeply in front of former Phillies manager Larry Bowa. Oh, he has thought about it. He even has thought about kissing Bowa's feet. Instead, he says thank you, "Every time I see him. I thank him," said Madson. That's because Bowa changed Madson's life, even though at the time Madson believed...

2012 projections: Bronson Arroyo

The 35-year old is aiming for a bounce-back year in '12 The 2011 campaign was one to forget for the Cincinnati right-hander. The lingering effects of contracting mononucleosis in the spring seemed to have carried over well into the regular season. Not only did Bronson Arroyo fall one inning shy of 200 IP for the seventh consecutive year, but he gave up a franchise-record 46...

Indians 6, Reds 6 F

The first exhibition game of the spring slate is now in the books! The contest - which was played on a 67-degree day in Goodyear, Arizona - was suspended after nine innings and ended in a 6-6 draw. Here is the good, the bad and a couple notables regarding Saturday's contest: The Good: -Drew Stubbs had a solid game going 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs....

3 Reds named top 50 fantasy prospects

Cozart leads a trio of Redlegs who made the list In yet another fantasy baseball-related post, Kevin Goldstein of ESPN Insider recently ranked his "Top 50 Fantasy Prospects" for the 2012 season. The list includes only those players who still hold rookie status, and their rankings were based solely on their fantasy impact for now rather than in the future. So, without...

3 Reds on MLBN's top 100 list

MLB Network just finished unveiling the last of their Top 100 Players "Right Now" list, and three Cincinnati Reds made the cut. The criteria they used in determining these rankings are as follows: -Emphasized stats from last 3 seasons, weighting 2011 -Projected 2012 performance -Defensive position -Intangibles -Accolades Basically, if every player was available...

2012 projections: Mat Latos

Cincinnati has a lot invested in the 24-year old hurler It's safe to say that there is a lot of pressure riding on Latos to perform well this season. The Reds gave up a bounty of players (SP Edinson Volquez, 1B Yonder Alonso, RP Brad Boxberger, C Yasmani Grandal) to get him from San Diego, and what they hope to receive in return is a perennial ace-caliber pitcher. The 24-year...

Reader response – Lineup discussion

Below is an email we got from Kevin: I know I may be late to this party but I thought I would toss in my two cents on the lineup discussion. I think the lineup should be as follows: 1. Zack Cozart 2. Brandon Phillips 3. Joey Votto 4. Scott Rolen 5. Jay Bruce 6. Drew Stubbs 7. Ryan Ludwick 8. Hanigan or Mesoraco 9. Pitcher   Now obviously this could change depending on how Cozart...

Sunday news and notes

The Reds played their first spring training game yesterday. To a tie. Doesn’t matter though, these are glorified practices. With that said, here is how the prospects did: Zack Cozart went 0-2. Neftali Soto went 1-2 with a home run. Donald Lutz went 1-2 with a double. Denis Phipps went 0-2. Devin Mesoraco went 1-2 with an RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 0-1. Todd Frazier went 1-2 with...

Reds’ playoff chances increase with Wild Card expansion

The long-talked about wild card expansion has finally been announced. Both the National League and the American League will both be getting a second wild card team. This expansion is the first since 1994 and brings the total number of playoff teams to 10, which is the largest number in major league history. The playoff series are changing in a way that actually puts the wild card...

Some quotes and some notes

-"I’ve had a couple of spring training slow starts. I think this is just one of them. Hopefully, a couple days and I’ll be able to get back into it full steam. I’m not concerned. Usually every spring training, there’s about a week, 10 days, where I’m just sitting around ready to pitch in a game, kind of wasting bullets." -Closer Ryan Madson on his sore elbow...

Most awesome Reds video ever

As I was browsing over the wonderful world of YouTube this morning I stumbled across this. It's a fantastic compilation of Reds highlights - both past and present - and a must see for any fan of the franchise. If this doesn't get you geared up for the upcoming season I have no idea what will. Enjoy.

Old man Rolen knows his Seinfeld

Scott Rolen shows his best impression of Elaine’s … [visit site to read more]
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