Battling for rotation spot, Romano roughed up vs. Brewers

Battling for rotation spot, Romano roughed up vs. Brewers

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Sal Romano has offered the Reds a compelling case to be included in the Opening Day rotation, and even if he doesn't solidify a starting spot, he figures to be in the club's plans for 2017.

Statistically, Romano had his worst outing of the spring in Friday's 12-11 win over the Brewers. He gave up seven runs (five earned) on nine hits -- all spring highs for the Reds' No. 9 prospect per MLBPipeline.com.

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Cozart's leadoff homer starts offense in walk-off win

Cozart's leadoff homer starts offense in walk-off win

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A pitching matchup between starters hoping to crack their respective teams' Opening Day rotations developed into an offensive outburst, as the Reds outlasted the Brewers, 12-11, on Friday at Goodyear Park, capped by a two-run, walk-off double by Arismendy Alcantara.

Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 3-for-4 with a leadoff homer, part of a four-run first inning against Brewers starter Tommy Milone, who gave up seven earned runs on nine hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings and struck out three.

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Jennings out with hip stiffness, expects quick return

Outfielder plans to play in split-squad game Saturday

Jennings out with hip stiffness, expects quick return

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Desmond Jennings was held out of camp Friday for the second straight day due to right hip flexor stiffness, which has bothered him since earlier this week. The outfielder will return to the lineup this weekend when the Reds play split-squad matchups Saturday and Sunday, manager Bryan Price said.

"It's just tight. It isn't really anything," Jennings said. "I could play today, I'm just not scheduled. But I'll be in there tomorrow. It's nothing serious."

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Arroyo makes strong case for rotation

Arroyo makes strong case for rotation

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Bronson Arroyo, the 40-year-old right-hander in a crowded mix fighting for a rotation spot with the Reds, continued to make his case in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the White Sox. If he finishes camp healthy, the non-roster invitee, who hasn't pitched in the Majors the last two seasons, is expected to be among the five starters solidified to start the season.

"He looked like regular Bronson," manager Bryan Price said. "It's hard to tell, to think, this is a guy that's missed so much time with elbow and shoulder surgeries. It just looked like we have Bronson Arroyo back again. That warms my heart, to be terribly honest. It makes me feel a lot better about the potential for him to be back in the big leagues this year."

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Iglesias injured back, elbow slipping in shower

Iglesias injured back, elbow slipping in shower

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The back injury and bone bruise in his right elbow that has kept Raisel Iglesias sidelined stemmed from a slip in the shower three weeks ago at his home, the right-handed reliever said Thursday.

"I was taking a shower there, and I just like, did a bad move, and tried to hold with my left [arm] but I couldn't get it underneath [the handlebar] with my right. The opposite, you know," Iglesias said through an interpreter. "I couldn't have done anything."

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Arroyo sharp in start; Amaral hits key double

Arroyo sharp in start; Amaral hits key double

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana appears to be regular-season ready.

With 17 scouts in attendance, the White Sox ace and prime trade candidate as part of the team's rebuilding, pitched 5 2/3 perfect innings during a 4-2 victory over the Reds on Thursday at Camelback Ranch.

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Hamilton returns from Achilles inflammation

Hamilton returns from Achilles inflammation

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Billy Hamilton, who had been sidelined since Saturday due to Achilles inflammation, returned as the designated hitter in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the White Sox. Hamilton went 0-for-3, and was one of the many victims of a lights-out Jose Quintana, who carried a perfect game into the sixth inning.

Hamilton, who missed four spring games, likely would have played if those games were in the regular season, manager Bryan Price said earlier this week. Hamilton is scheduled for a workout day Friday and will resume center field during a split series this weekend against the Cubs in Las Vegas.

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Price pondered Votto batting leadoff in 2016

Price pondered Votto batting leadoff in 2016

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In the context of facing the Cubs last Thursday and witnessing their innovative approach in leading off Kyle Schwarber, Reds manager Bryan Price admitted he pondered the prospect of Joey Votto in the one hole last year.

To be sure, Price is committed to batting Votto third for the better part of 2017, but in seeing Schwarber and the Indians' success with Carlos Santana leading off, Price said he loosely considered moving Votto from third to first in the lineup.

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Duvall sinks Cubs in rain-shortened game

Duvall sinks Cubs in rain-shortened game

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber and Reds outfielder Adam Duvall each hit two-run homers in a Cactus League matchup between the National League Central rivals on Wednesday night at Goodyear Ballpark. The Reds won the weather-shortened game, 5-2, which was called in the bottom of the fifth after a downpour.

Schwarber launched his third homer of the spring to right field in the fifth inning. Duvall's blast, also his third of the spring, broke a scoreless tie in the fourth.

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Feldman rounding toward Opening Day start

Feldman rounding toward Opening Day start

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In his first outing since being named the Opening Day starter for the Reds, Scott Feldman was able to get his work in before Wednesday's game against the visiting Cubs was called in the bottom of the fifth inning due to inclement weather.

Feldman went five innings, used all of his pitches and added a run-scoring single in a 5-2 win for the Reds. Afterwards, Feldman said he "should be ready to go" for Opening Day, April 3, against the Phillies at Great American Ballpark.

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Reds reassign 7 players from camp roster

Reds reassign 7 players from camp roster

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds sent down seven players on Wednesday as they continue to move closer toward finalizing their 25-man roster for Opening Day.

Outfielder Phillip Ervin, the club's No. 20 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, was optioned to the Minor Leagues, along with first baseman/outfielder Christian Walker.

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Reed picking perfect time to get it going

Reed picking perfect time to get it going

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Another day, another Reds starter doing all he can to earn one of three open spots in the Opening Day rotation.

It was Cody Reed's turn to make an impression Tuesday, and the left-hander delivered 5 2/3 scoreless in Tuesday's 9-1 loss to the Angels. Reed struck out five, walked two and held a lineup full of regulars to one hit.

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Raburn drills third home run, Reed strong

Raburn drills third home run, Reed strong

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds starter Cody Reed pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings and Ryan Raburn homered, but the Angels rallied with five unearned runs in the seventh inning to win Tuesday afternoon's Cactus League matchup, 9-1, at Goodyear Ballpark.

Kole Calhoun ripped an RBI single and Nolan Fontana added a two-run double during the Angels' outburst, which was aided by some defensive miscues from the Reds' reserves.

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Reds' Davis making strong case for rotation spot

After four strong innings Monday, 23-year-old has 3.27 Cactus ERA

Reds' Davis making strong case for rotation spot

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- On a day when the Reds announced Scott Feldman as their Opening Day starter, Rookie Davis did his best to make a case for one of the remaining rotation spots.

Davis was sharp in his Monday start against the Royals, giving the Reds four solid innings in a 10-6 victory. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits and a walk, striking out three.

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Mesoraco feeling 'really good,' hopeful for opener

His progression continues this spring after banged-up 2015 and '16

Mesoraco feeling 'really good,' hopeful for opener

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Devin Mesoraco continues to progress in his return from hip and shoulder surgeries, but there's no guarantee the catcher will be ready for Opening Day.

Mesoraco played four innings defensively in Monday's 10-6 win over the Royals and said afterward it's the best he has felt in four games this spring.

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Feldman named Reds' Opening Day starter

Feldman named Reds' Opening Day starter

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Scott Feldman will start for the Reds on Opening Day, April 3, against the Phillies at Great American Ball Park, manager Bryan Price announced on Monday.

"It's pretty cool," said Feldman, who will be making his third career Opening Day start and first with the Reds. "Obviously, I know the history about Cincinnati being kind of like the capital of Opening Day, so it will be pretty cool."

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Davis solid, Reds rally late vs. Royals

Davis solid, Reds rally late vs. Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Tim Adleman, in the battle for a Reds rotation spot, hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning as the Reds rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Royals on Monday.

The Reds sent 13 men to the plate in an eight-run eighth inning, highlighted by Adleman's double, which erased a 4-2 deficit.

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Romano's strong spring gives Reds dilemma

Reds' No. 9 prospect has not pitched above Double-A

Romano's strong spring gives Reds dilemma

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds right-hander Sal Romano wasn't considered a frontrunner for a big league rotation spot entering camp. But Romano had no intention of giving the club's decision makers an easy job.

"I promised everybody back home, and my family, that I was going to give everything I've got knowing the opportunity was there this camp," Romano said on Sunday. "I left Connecticut telling myself I would do everything I can to win one of those spots. So far, so good."

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Garrett solid, as Schebler hits one of 3 Reds HRs

Garrett solid, as Schebler hits one of 3 Reds HRs

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Scott Schebler sparked a late-inning power surge for the Reds, as they slugged their way to a 9-4 victory over the Padres on Sunday at the Peoria Sports Complex. Schebler broke a sixth-inning tie with a three-run blast, before Patrick Kivlehan and Jesse Winker tacked on back-to-back shots in the eighth.

The homers helped make a winner out of Reds prospect Amir Garrett, who made his fifth outing of spring in his quest for a rotation spot. Garrett threw five innings and allowed three earned runs on eight hits with one walk and one strikeout.

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Astin in the mix to win a spot in Reds' bullpen

Astin in the mix to win a spot in Reds' bullpen

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The question of who might win the final two spots in the Reds' bullpen remains quite murky with just over two weeks until Opening Day. At least seven pitchers are in the hunt to claim the jobs.

Barrett Astin might have seemed an unlikely candidate entering camp since he doesn't have Triple-A experience. But the right-hander has a 1.35 ERA over six appearances with one earned run over 6 2/3 innings. Astin has yet to walk a batter and has struck out 12.

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Romano making a push for spot on Reds' staff

Romano making a push for spot on Reds' staff

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Joey Gallo's two-run home run in the first inning got the Rangers off to a quick start, but the Reds scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning in a game that ended in a 3-3 tie on Saturday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Gallo's home run, after a single by Ryan Rua, came off of Reds starter Bronson Arroyo and was the third for Gallo this season. He now is now 7-for-19 with six RBIs in his last seven games.

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Experience will weigh heavy in bench decisions

Experience will weigh heavy in bench decisions

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In the battle for bench spots, two veterans -- utility player Ryan Raburn and outfielder Desmond Jennings -- have yet to get going offensively. But their spring numbers won't be the full weight in the final decision, especially in the case of Raburn.

"Ryan Raburn is exactly who he is," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Saturday. "I don't think spring numbers are going to be a barometer -- good or bad -- for the type of impact he has on a club. He's a kid that wouldn't probably carry a ton of starts over the course of a year. But he's going to give us an experienced bench player. He knows the role. He handles velocity and he's used to facing the better relief pitchers later in the game. That experience to me is important."

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Reds tab Casey as marshal for Opening Day Parade

Ex-slugger nicknamed 'The Mayor' for his friendly, outgoing personality

Reds tab Casey as marshal for Opening Day Parade

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- "The Mayor" will be the grand marshal of the annual Opening Day Parade in Cincinnati, but it is not the city's actual mayor, John Cranley.

This mayor is former Reds first baseman Sean Casey, who was named Friday as grand marshal of the 98th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade on April 3.

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Versatility has Renda in running for utility role

Versatility has Renda in running for utility role

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- It was the final play of Wednesday's Reds win over the Padres and bench candidate Tony Renda had to be perfect. Tony Cruz hit a two-out roller near the line toward third base, where Renda charged the ball. He made a barehanded grab-and-throw to first base in one fluid motion and nailed Cruz for the final out.

"It's kind of a do-or-die play," Renda said Friday. "I've gotten a couple of those this spring. It's one of the things we work on, running through the ball and throwing on the run. There's no part of the game that's not addressed at this level. You have to be prepared for every single play that comes at you. Especially at third base, the slow roller is one of them."

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Jennings' RBI triple highlights five-run seventh

Jennings' RBI triple highlights five-run seventh

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians ace Corey Kluber continued his march toward Opening Day with five solid innings, but the Reds poured on the runs late to claim a 7-3 Cactus League win on Friday night at Goodyear Ballpark.

Kluber, who in all likelihood will be named Cleveland's Opening Day starter for the third year in a row, allowed two runs on three hits, ending with six strikeouts and two walks. Both runs against the righty came in the first, when Billy Hamilton walked and stole a pair of bases, and Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler each chipped in an RBI hit.

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Health a factor for Reds' Opening Day roster

Health a factor for Reds' Opening Day roster

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds enjoyed their second and final off-day of Spring Training on Thursday, less than two weeks away from breaking camp. But even after 16 cuts were made on Wednesday, there are still many open questions as the battle for 25-man roster spots continues.

Cincinnati manager Bryan Price, general manager Dick Williams and their staff still have to determine who will earn three rotation spots, two bullpen spots and fill out the bench.

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DeSclafani relieved elbow injury not worse

Right-handed starter will rest, rehab sprained UCL

DeSclafani relieved elbow injury not worse

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani returned to Reds camp after a trip to Cincinnati sans a large black metal brace and the anguish that is usually associated with a major elbow surgery.

Instead, DeSclafani is beginning rehab for a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. Had it been a partial or full tear, the right-hander would have faced Tommy John surgery. Knowing that he avoided the worst-case scenario has him relieved.

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