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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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.

'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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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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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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'Difficult decisions' near for Reds as roster spots remain in play

Rotation, bench, 'pen all yet to be nailed down

'Difficult decisions' near for Reds as roster spots remain in play

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Reds camp broke before last season, the club had a Major League-high eight players opening 2014 on the disabled list. That meant a few players made the team who weren't expected to when Spring Training started.

With 36 players remaining in this year's camp, manager Bryan Price indicated there could be some stunners again, and this time it wouldn't be because of attrition from injuries.

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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.

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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Cueto back at camp; return to mound imminent

Reds expect ace right-hander to start on Opening Day against Pirates

Cueto back at camp; return to mound imminent

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Feeling relieved but still somewhat personally conflicted, ace Johnny Cueto made his awaited return to Reds camp on Thursday morning. Cueto revealed that he went home to the Dominican Republic to be with his mother, Cristina, because she needed open-heart surgery.

Cueto, who missed one scheduled start last Friday while he was away, also felt on track to be the Reds' Opening Day starter.

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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.

DeJesus determined to make most of opportunity with Reds

Price praises non-roster invite's performance: 'He's impressed me greatly'

DeJesus determined to make most of opportunity with Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- As Spring Training approaches the home stretch, non-roster invite and infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. is still in camp fighting to earn a spot as a bench player on the Reds' Opening Day roster.

Batting .360 in 17 games, including 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk on Wednesday night vs. the Rangers, DeJesus has had a strong spring. But he realizes that there is no time to let up.

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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.

Bailey, Leake to make next starts in Minor League games

Bailey expected to begin regular season on DL

Bailey, Leake to make next starts in Minor League games

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Instead of his second start coming in a Major League exhibition game on Friday, the Reds decided to start pitcher Homer Bailey that day in a Minor League game.

Bailey, who is working back from September surgery that repaired a torn flexor mass tendon near his right elbow, pitched two scoreless innings in a Triple-A game on Sunday.

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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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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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Marty Noble

Going 16 for Sweet 16 with Reds on the mind

The NCAA basketball tournament annually provides a service to big league baseball players who are in Florida and Arizona and dealing with the ongoing demands of Spring Training.

By this time each year, players have had their fill of drills and bus trips. Telecasts of tournament games will be on in more than a few clubhouses this weekend, and more eyes will be focused on them than on the final days of dress rehearsal for Opening Day.

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

Negron's botched throw still turned out OK

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Negron's botched throw still turned out OK

Reds second baseman Kristopher Negron made a diving stop on a grounder from Prince Fielder. He then proceeded to throw the ball directly into the dirt.

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Mesoraco, Dominguez bash two-run homers in tie with Texas

Marquis allows two runs, strikes out three in six innings

Mesoraco, Dominguez bash two-run homers in tie with Texas

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers and Reds played to a 6-6 tie on Monday night at Surprise Stadium in a game that ended after 10 innings.

Ryan Rua hit a three-run triple off reliever Burke Badenhop in the bottom of the eighth to give the Rangers a 6-5 lead. The Rangers trailed, 5-2, going into the inning. The Reds tied the game at 6 in the top of the ninth on Marlon Byrd's fielder's choice.

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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. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leake goes five strong, Satin plays hero as Reds rally vs. A's

Satin hits homer, adds game-winning single in 9th

Leake goes five strong, Satin plays hero as Reds rally vs. A's

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In a game that featured strong starting pitchers from both sides, the Reds emerged with a 4-3 comeback win over the A's on Sunday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.

A's rotation candidate Kendall Graveman tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and five strikeouts.

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Bailey feels good after starting in Minor League game

Reds righty allows one hit in first appearance since surgery

Bailey feels good after starting in Minor League game

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In his first game since having surgery in September, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey worked two scoreless innings during a Minor League start on Sunday.

Bailey allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts while throwing 29 pitches, including 20 for strikes, in a Triple-A game vs. the Indians. He felt like the outing went pretty good and more important, there were no health issues.

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Reds send Soto to White Sox for cash

Corner infielder, once considered rising prospect, struggled with bat in bigs

Reds send Soto to White Sox for cash

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds traded Minor League corner infielder Neftali Soto to the White Sox on Monday for cash considerations.

Although he batted .302/.350/.406 last season for Triple-A Louisville, Soto wasn't able to take advantage of big league callups in both 2013 and '14. In five stints for Cincinnati over those seasons, he batted .071 (3-for-42) with one RBI.

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Byrd leads Reds at plate, but not yet satisfied

Price says left fielder has made 'seamless transition' to new team

Byrd leads Reds at plate, but not yet satisfied

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds' key offensive acquisition during the offseason, left fielder Marlon Byrd appears to be dialed in at the plate. Byrd leads the team in hitting with a .417 average in 10 games and has a five-game hitting streak that includes two hits in each of his last three games.

The key word was "appears," because on Sunday morning, Byrd felt he was still not where he wanted to be.

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Price to keep tinkering to decide on Reds lineup

Manager aims to establish 'cohesiveness' for Opening Day

Price to keep tinkering to decide on Reds lineup

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - In all eight of his games this spring, Reds first baseman Joey Votto has batted second. In seven of his 12 games, second baseman Brandon Phillips has batted third. In five of their games together, including Sunday, Votto has batted second with Phillips behind him in the third spot.

Is this a sign of how the Reds lineup will be constructed in the regular season? It sure seems like it. But as he has been since the offseason, manager Bryan Price declined to tip his hand about his lineup.

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Donald Lutz hangs out with Dirk Nowitzki

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Donald Lutz hangs out with Dirk Nowitzki

The list of successful NBA stars from Germany isn't expansive and the number of German-developed Major League Baseball players is currently just one: Reds outfielder/first baseman Donald Lutz.

Put two of Deutschland's premier athletes in the same room together? Well, that's wunderbar!

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Iglesias 'set to work hard' through challenge of first MLB season

'I know what's in front of me is big,' says Cuban righty after uneven outing

Iglesias 'set to work hard' through challenge of first MLB season

MESA, Ariz. -- Based on the current situation, it looks quite good for Cuban import Raisel Iglesias to make the Reds rotation out of camp. But as he gets used to a new league in a new country full of new opponents, Iglesias is taking nothing for granted.

"My mind is set to work hard," Iglesias said via translator Tomas Vera on Saturday after facing the A's. "I continue to work hard because I know what's in front of me is big. I've never had a chance to participate in a season as long as the season that is ahead of me. We never had that kind of season back where I come from."

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Reds expect Cueto to be ready for Opening Day start

In Dominican Republic due to family emergency, ace working out at team's complex

Reds expect Cueto to be ready for Opening Day start

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Johnny Cueto remains at home in the Dominican Republic tending to an unspecified family emergency, but the Reds have every confidence that their ace will be ready to start on Opening Day on April 6 against the Pirates.

"We did some Facetiming with him [Friday] from the hospital," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's one of those day-to-day things but we hope to see him by early next week. Fortunately, he lives about 30 minutes from the [Dominican] complex, so he's able to get some regular throwing, running, shoulder exercises -- all the stuff that he would be doing here outside of pitching in games."

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Iglesias, Chapman tagged for six runs in loss to A's

Negron drives in Reds' lone run on triple

Iglesias, Chapman tagged for six runs in loss to A's

MESA, Ariz. -- A's third baseman Brett Lawrie smashed a three-run homer in the first inning of an 8-1 win over the Reds at Hohokam Stadium on Saturday afternoon, his first of the spring season.

A's catcher Josh Phegley also homered, sending a two-run shot to left-center off Aroldis Chapman, who was also tagged for back-to-back doubles from Mark Canha and Marcus Semien in a three-run sixth.

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