Yet to cement lineup, Price bats Hamilton seventh

Manager, still looking for most productive order, slots Phillips in leadoff spot

Yet to cement lineup, Price bats Hamilton seventh

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds manager Bryan Price has guarded his thoughts about his projected regular-season lineup -- seemingly with lock-and-key -- all spring. But despite Price being coy, it was reasonable to expect center fielder Billy Hamilton would lead off and shortstop Zack Cozart would be the eighth hitter.

With his lineup on Monday vs. the Padres, Price threw a curveball at such assumptions. With seven of the Reds' eight regulars starting, Hamilton was in the seventh spot, while second baseman Brandon Phillips led off.

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Mesoraco should be 'good to go' after quad cramp

Catcher exited Sunday's game with injury, but feeling better Monday

Mesoraco should be 'good to go' after quad cramp

GOODYEAR, Ariz.-- As expected, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was not in Monday's lineup vs. the Padres after he left Sunday's game with a cramp in his left quadriceps. Mesoraco is listed as day-to-day.

"Hopefully, it's just a couple of days here, and I will be fine," Mesoraco said.

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DeSclafani gives up six runs in penultimate tuneup

Righty goes six innings, but surrenders three homers

DeSclafani gives up six runs in penultimate tuneup

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Using three home runs, including two in the fifth inning, the Padres rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Reds on Monday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Matt Kemp, who is batting .375, connected for his fourth homer of the spring with one out in the top of the fourth. Kemp launched a 2-2 pitch from Anthony DeSclafani for a two-run shot to left-center field.

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Price up for challenge in tough NL Central

Reds manager discusses Votto, health and improved bullpen in chat with MLB.com

Price up for challenge in tough NL Central

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In his second season as Reds manager, Bryan Price appeared to preside over a smooth Spring Training that had fewer injuries and more competition for spots as Opening Day approaches next Monday.

Nevertheless, Price's task is no easier this year. Following the Reds' 76-win, fourth-place finish last season, the National League Central will arguably be the deepest, most talented and most difficult division in all of baseball in 2015. A case can be made for virtually every team in the division to be a contender.

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Reds release Maholm as they whittle down roster

Villarreal optioned; Adcock, De Jesus, Falu, Skipworth reassigned to Minors camp

Reds release Maholm as they whittle down roster

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds' roster crept closer to its look for Opening Day when six players were cut from big league camp on Monday.

Veteran left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm was released; right-handed reliever Pedro Villarreal was optioned to Triple-A Louisville; and right-handed reliever Nate Adcock, infielders Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Irving Falu and catcher Kyle Skipworth were reassigned to the Minor League camp.

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Dominguez, Boesch lead offensive charge behind Marquis

Reds' non-roster invitees continue to shine in win over Angels

Dominguez, Boesch lead offensive charge behind Marquis

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Chris Dominguez hit a three-run home run and Brennan Boesch went 2-for-5 as the Reds beat the Angels, 8-6, on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Cincinnati's Jason Marquis continued his solid spring, working six innings with three earned runs and three strikeouts. Angels starter Andrew Heaney, the club'sNo. 1 prospect per MLB.com, was once again burned by a big inning.

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Roster could be set by weekend trip to Montreal

Price talks moves, updates Bailey's progress

Roster could be set by weekend trip to Montreal

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds will break camp on Thursday following the final Cactus League game of spring vs. the Indians. After that, they fly to Montreal for exhibition games Friday and Saturday vs. the Blue Jays.

With 36 players remaining, will the Reds have a set 25-man roster before heading north of the border?

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Mesoraco relieved after quad cramp diagnosis

All-Star catcher exits after pulling up lame running bases in third inning

Mesoraco relieved after quad cramp diagnosis

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Reds All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco felt relieved Sunday afternoon after being diagnosed with a left quadriceps cramp. Mesoraco felt his quad tighten running the bases and worried it was serious when he exited the game vs. the Angels in the top of the third inning.

"There's still some good strength in there," Mesoraco said. "It was hot, maybe I didn't drink enough water. I'm not sure."

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Day stresses importance of health for Reds in 2015

Cincy broadcaster speaks with MLB.com before regular season begins

Day stresses importance of health for Reds in 2015

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- There will be lots of eyes on the Reds this season to see if and how they can bounce back from a disappointing 2014.

One of those pairs of eyes belongs to someone who will be covering a vast majority of Reds games in his role as a pregame/postgame host and sideline reporter for Fox Sports Ohio, Jim Day.

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Key for Bruce is health, not spring results

Reds right fielder says he feels 'awesome' physically

Key for Bruce is health, not spring results

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Jay Bruce's results in Cactus League games would suggest he's not locked in yet for the regular season. Fortunately for a veteran like the Reds' right fielder, results aren't the most important thing right now. That won't be until April 6, when the season opens vs. the Pirates.

What does count now is that Bruce is feeling good when he's at the plate, which was something he could not say last season.

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Price: Chapman may be asked to get more than three outs

Price: Chapman may be asked to get more than three outs

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has demonstrated effective pitching throughout the spring, but Saturday's outing was about as smooth as it could have been.

Against a Cubs split-squad, Chapman -- serving as the Reds' starting pitcher -- faced three batters and struck out the side in his only inning of work. Leadoff batter Dexter Fowler was called out on a 3-2 pitch. Arismendy Alcantara swung and missed on a fastball following a changeup for strike three. Jorge Soler ended the inning on a called third strike.

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Frazier, Boesch power Reds past split-squad Cubs

Third baseman, outfielder each launch fourth spring HR; Chapman sharp

Frazier, Boesch power Reds past split-squad Cubs

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Using four runs in the first inning and four more in the fourth inning, the Reds cruised to a 9-5 victory on Saturday over a Cubs split-squad.

Todd Frazier led Cincinnati with two hits and four RBIs, including a three-run home run to right field. With one out in the inning, Frazier sent Minor League reliever Frank Bautista's first pitch over the fence in right field for his team-lead-tying fourth homer of spring.

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Frazier says swing feels ready for season to begin

Frazier says swing feels ready for season to begin

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds third baseman Todd Frazier felt that his swing was coming together right on time as Spring Training reached its final week.

"It comes quick, like usual," Frazier said on Saturday morning. "I get goose bumps thinking about it right now -- another year, it's crazy."

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Reds' plan for Cuban righty Iglesias yet to be determined

Reds' plan for Cuban righty Iglesias yet to be determined

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- As the Reds contemplate their roster decisions in the final week of Spring Training, one of the more complex issues clearly involves rotation candidate Raisel Iglesias.

If Iglesias doesn't make the rotation, would he go into the bullpen as a long reliever? Or, would last summer's Cuban signing be best served going to Triple-A Louisville to be developed as a starter?

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Phillips drives in four on two doubles in loss

Iglesias allows six runs (three earned) and strikes out four in four frames

Phillips drives in four on two doubles in loss

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Brewers hit two home runs while Brandon Phillips drove in four runs for the Reds. In the end, it was Milwaukee that prevailed with a 8-6 victory at Goodyear Ballpark.

It was a bumpy night for both starting pitchers. Reds starter, and rotation candidate, Raisel Iglesias gave up three runs in the first inning and three more in the third. The top of the first began with three straight sharply connected hits, including home runs by leadoff batter Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy for a 3-0 Milwaukee lead.

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Bailey feels good after three-inning Minors start

Right-hander tosses 41 pitches, strikes out four in Triple-A game

Bailey feels good after three-inning Minors start

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Facing Minor League batters for the second time in spring on Friday, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey worked three innings in a Triple-A game.

Bailey allowed one earned run and three hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Of his 41 pitches, 25 were strikes.

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No rust for Cueto in return to spring action

Righty goes five innings in Minor League game upon return from Dominican Republic

No rust for Cueto in return to spring action

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Other than the fact that he occasionally told his catcher, and by virtue the opposing hitter, what he was throwing and where it would be located, Reds ace Johnny Cueto had a pretty normal-looking first start back on Friday after his return to camp.

Facing Dodgers Minor League hitters in a Double-A game on a back field at the Reds complex, Cueto pitched five innings with two earned runs and five hits, no walks, four strikeouts and one wild pitch. He threw 60 pitches, including 47 for strikes.

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Richard Justice

Marquis keeps living big league dream

At 36, right-hander has come back from Tommy John surgery to earn spot in Reds' rotation

Marquis keeps living big league dream

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- If he'd reached the end of the line, he wanted his family there to savor the moment.

"I had to be prepared for that possibility," Jason Marquis said.

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'That was awesome': Lorenzen shows potential in spring start

Reds' No. 4 prospect in running for long-relief role

'That was awesome': Lorenzen shows potential in spring start

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds pitching prospect Michael Lorenzen will say that the decision of whether he makes the big league team out of camp is out of his hands, but his performance on Thursday certainly didn't hurt his chances.

In his first start of spring, while facing the Indians in a 13-2 win, Lorenzen allowed one run and four hits over three innings with no walks and no strikeouts. Over his five Cactus League games, he has a 1.64 ERA in his 11 innings of work.

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Mesoraco, Frazier flash power as Reds crush Salazar, Indians

Votto knocks in 3 runs, lineup collects 19 hits

Mesoraco, Frazier flash power as Reds crush Salazar, Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco each belted a home run for the Reds on Thursday, capitalizing on a rough day on the mound for Indians starter Danny Salazar in a 13-2 victory over Cleveland at Goodyear Ballpark. Cincinnati had 19 hits in the game, with all 12 of its hitters collecting at least one hit.

Frazier and Mesoraco homered in the first and second inning, respectively, helping Cincinnati to an early, 5-1, lead in Salazar's latest audition for a spot in Cleveland's rotation. Joey Votto (three RBIs) and Billy Hamilton (two hits, one RBI) also helped lead the Reds' early offense.

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Brandon Phillips uses Jose Siri like a phone

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Brandon Phillips uses Jose Siri like a phone

Noted astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has warned us about the dangers of artificial intelligence, saying AI "would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete and would be superseded." 

Brandon Phillips further explored that idea while in the dugout on Thursday. Pulling teammate Jose Siri over, Phillips took out an imaginary smartphone (showing excellent prop work along the way) and proceded to engage with his teammate/computer assistant.

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Jonathan Mayo

MLB Pipeline checks in from Reds camp

System on its way up, with starting pitchers like DeSclafani leading the pack

MLB Pipeline checks in from Reds camp

Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camp, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com will be visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today, we check in on the Cincinnati Reds.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds will admit that their farm system had a stretch when it was thin. There's a feeling now that things are changing for the better.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds acquire veteran Johnson in trade with Astros

35-year-old to report to Minor League camp

Reds acquire veteran Johnson in trade with Astros

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds acquired veteran first baseman Dan Johnson on Thursday from the Astros in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

Johnson will report to the Reds' Minor League camp and won't be on their spring roster.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DeSclafani dazzles through six as Reds blank Rangers

Rotation candidate strikes out 9 in best spring start

DeSclafani dazzles through six as Reds blank Rangers

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Using a four-run bottom of the second inning while sending nine men to the plate, the Reds claimed a 5-0 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Appeared headed into the Cincinnati rotation, Anthony DeSclafani had his best outing in his fifth start of spring. DeSclafani pitched six scoreless innings with four hits, three walks and nine strikeouts.

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Mike Bauman

Reds' bats should bash, but 'pen, rotation leave questions

Lineup could be exceptional with return of Votto, addition of Byrd

Reds' bats should bash, but 'pen, rotation leave questions

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Cincinnati Reds are an interesting blend of seemingly sure things and serious questions.

In a truly difficult neighborhood, the NL Central, the Reds will have to hope that the sure things remain healthy and the questions are answered correctly and soon.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Great American Ball Park undergoes array of upgrades

Glass-enclosed club, new food and retail concessions will enhance fan experience

Great American Ball Park undergoes array of upgrades

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Reds fans begin streaming into Great American Ball Park for the first time in 2015 on Opening Day, they should immediately notice a flurry of offseason upgrades that were made to the ballpark.

Among the biggest changes this season is the arrival of The Handlebar at the Riverfront Club.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Parra seeks bounceback season after injury-plagued 2014

Parra seeks bounceback season after injury-plagued 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds had 15 players spend time on the disabled list last season, but left-handed reliever Manny Parra wasn't one of them. But the injuries Parra endured did pile up, leaving periods of time that made him quietly unavailable to pitch despite manager Bryan Price's daily lineup card indicating otherwise.

Parra missed 10 days at the end of June with a sore shoulder and missed an additional 12 days around the end of July because of back spasms. He didn't pitch after Sept. 17 because of a sore elbow.

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Reds release Mijares, option 3 to Triple-A

Barnhart, Lutz and Suarez ticketed for Louisville; Satin, Wallach reassigned

Reds release Mijares, option 3 to Triple-A

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds' Spring Training roster decisions appear to be nearing the toughest phase after the latest round of camp moves were made on Monday.

Cincinnati has 36 players remaining after reliever Jose Mijares was released, catcher Tucker Barnhart, outfielder Donald Lutz and shortstop Eugenio Suarez were optioned to Triple-A Louisville and infielder Josh Satin and catcher Chad Wallach were reassigned to the Minor League camp.

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