Let's Play Two
The Reds have their first Split-Squad day of the spring. At Goodyear Ball Park the Reds play host to Adam Dunn and the Chicago White Sox. Mike Leake will make that start. In Peoria, David Holmberg who was traded to the Reds in the Ryan Hanigan deal the Reds will make the start against the Seattle Mariners.
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When there is nothing on TV the only thing you can do is take a bat to it.
Tony Cingrani threw 3 innings of no hit shutout baseball. He struck out 3 but also walked 3. Cingrani also picked a couple Giants off first base.
Chien-Ming Wang took the loss for Cincinnati. He had a good 4thinning and a good 6th inning but sandwiched between was a rough 5th. Wang gave up 3 runs on 4 hits including a home run off the bat of Pablo Sandoval.
Bryan Price talked Thursday about the future of Neftali Soto. The 25 year old is having a good spring. He had a 6 game hitting streak snapped yesterday but is still hitting .533 and had a monster home run Wednesday night against the Dodgers. Finding a place for Soto to play may be his biggest hurdle to sticking in the big leagues. Joey Votto occupies first base and he's not going anywhere for a long, long time. Third base is a possibility if Todd Frazier stumbles but he's also learning to catch. "He's doing early and late work on his catching and trying to by a viable option as a third catcher or maybe even better than that" said Reds manager Bryan Price, "it sure is nice to know that you have that third catcher there in case something happens to the one guy who's left in the game. So that adds value and there's also a feeling here that he has a chance to be better than a third catcher. We're getting good reports from Mike Stefanski (Reds catching coordinator) on his development."
Neftali Soto has played first and third but is working on his catching skills
The day in Scottsdale
The Giants home in Scottsdale, Arizona is one that you need to visit if you come out for Spring Training. No matter what the day, no matter who the opponent, they fill this place up.
It is always a packed house at Scottsdale Stadium
Minor Leaguers at Goodyear
Before the Reds were out taking batting practice, many of the minor leaguers were already getting started.
In case you missed it
Jim Kelch's interview with Reds bullpen coach Mack Jenkins