Votto likely to make spring debut Saturday

Votto likely to make spring debut Saturday

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Joey Votto is scheduled to be in the Reds' lineup for his spring debut on Saturday, when the club travels to play the Royals at Surprise Stadium at 3:05 p.m. ET.

It will be the first time Votto, who will play first base Saturday, has been in the lineup since July 5. He missed the final three months of last season -- and 100 games total -- because of a distal strain of his left quadriceps.

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Bailey progressing; no timetable set to face live hitting

Right-hander throws third bullpen session in return from surgery

Bailey progressing; no timetable set to face live hitting

MESA, Ariz. -- Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey is making progress as he returns from surgery, but a date for facing hitters in live batting practice remains unknown. Bailey threw his third bullpen session of camp on Thursday.

"Before he gets too far into the live BP, we'll probably want to start to integrate a few breaking balls and make sure his recovery is good," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Friday morning. "It really is kind of an outing-to-outing reassessment for Homer. We have a map of what we expect him to do, or hope that he does, but there is no guarantee he'll follow it. It may be a slower progression or more rapid -- but so far, so good."

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Nearly one year later, Chapman showing no signs of trauma

Reds closer didn't let scary incident impact his dominant season

Nearly one year later, Chapman showing no signs of trauma

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Nearly one year after being hit in the head by a line drive that could have killed him, almost all signs of the trauma are gone from Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. The scar from the surgical staples that dotted the top of Chapman's head is covered by hair. Only a small bump remains above his left eyebrow that indicates anything might have happened at all.

"Even though you guys can't see, I'm still feeling it," Chapman said of the scar though the translation of catcher Brayan Pena.

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Cueto, Chapman show no rust in debut

Ace yields one hit over two scoreless frames while closer fans side

Cueto, Chapman show no rust in debut

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Yan Gomes enjoyed a breakout season last year, working through his first full season as the Indians' starting catcher and earning a Silver Slugger Award for his showing at the plate. In a 9-3 Cactus League victory over the Reds on Thursday, Gomes picked up right where he left off.

It was Gomes who launched a two-run home run in the fifth inning off Cincinnati reliever Burke Badenhop, who was making his first appearance of the spring, to cap Cleveland's five-run outburst.

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Cingrani determined to win rotation job

After hurting shoulder last season, southpaw feels fine in camp

Cingrani determined to win rotation job

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani not only sounded determined in that he wanted a spot in the club's rotation, but also that he needed it, too.

"That's what I'm going to do the rest of my career. I'm not, not going to start," Cingrani said. "It's going to happen. If I'm not starting, then there is an issue and I will address it then. Until that point, I don't need to worry about it."

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Gregg aims to nail down spot in Reds' 'pen after 'strange' 2014

Price 'extremely impressed' as veteran arm returns from elbow surgery

Gregg aims to nail down spot in Reds' 'pen after 'strange' 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Kevin Gregg is a 36-year-old reliever with 177 saves since breaking into the Majors in 2003, but realizes he has to prove himself all over again. Gregg is in camp with the Reds as a non-roster player.

"I think every guy needs to prove himself every year," Gregg said. "I don't mind coming in and earning a spot. I'm coming off elbow surgery. At this point in my career, it's something I need to do. I feel the way I came out of my rehab and the way I was throwing this offseason showed I'm healthy and pitching the way I can. I should put myself into a good spot."

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Cuban pitcher Iglesias 'erratic' in Reds debut

Hurler known for control struggles with command

Cuban pitcher Iglesias 'erratic' in Reds debut

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In his first-ever Spring Training game for the Reds, Raisel Iglesias wasn't entirely crisp and had far-from-perfect results during a 4-2 loss to the Indians. But Iglesias was also about two years removed since the last time he had anything resembling a pressure situation.

"I think the last time was against the Netherlands in the WBC. It's been a while," said Iglesias through teammate Brayan Pena's translation.

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DeSclafani, Iglesias make first pitches for Reds rotation

Pair among arms vying for two spots on starting staff

DeSclafani, Iglesias make first pitches for Reds rotation

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians and Reds had their rotation competitions on display on Wednesday afternoon, when the Indians picked up a 4-2 Cactus League victory in the second game in as many days between the clubs at Goodyear Ballpark.

For Cleveland, right-hander Josh Tomlin and lefty T.J. House each logged two innings in the race for the lone vacancy in the starting staff. Tomlin, House, Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar represent the four main candidates for the only opening in the Tribe's rotation.

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Reds aim to be more aggressive, smarter on bases

Price says putting pressure on defense key to improving run scoring

Reds aim to be more aggressive, smarter on bases

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Last year during his first Spring Training as Reds manager, Bryan Price made it a goal for his club to be more aggressive on the bases and try to score more runs. Cincinnati still ended up ranked 13th in the National League in runs scored. The club also led the Majors with 28 runners thrown out at home on non-force plays.

During Tuesday's 10-0 Reds win over the Indians in the Cactus League opener, the Reds were often aggressive when running, reading balls hit to the outfield and taking an extra base when possible. For example, Brandon Phillips did a nice job scoring from second base on Devin Mesoraco's RBI single in the first inning.

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Rotation hopeful Marquis makes strong first step

Relievers Samson, Hoover also throw shutout ball

Rotation hopeful Marquis makes strong first step

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Both the Reds and Indians opened their Cactus League seasons Tuesday showcasing pitchers who are competing for rotation spots.

Veteran Jason Marquis pitched two scoreless innings for the Reds while Zach McAllister allowed a first-inning run on Devin Mesoraco's RBI single during his outing in a 10-0 victory for the Reds.

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5 things you probably don't know about new Reds reliever

Badenhop is an Ohio native, has an economics degree and is really good at inducing double plays

5 things you probably don't know about new Reds reliever

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Looking all winter to upgrade their bullpen, the Reds found the reliever they wanted just before Spring Training when they signed veteran Burke Badenhop on Feb. 7 to a one-year, $1 million contract with a $4 million mutual option for 2016.

Badenhop, 32, had a career-best 2.29 ERA in a career-high 70 games last season for the Red Sox. Over 70 2/3 innings, he allowed 70 hits and 19 walks (five intentional) with 40 strikeouts.

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Hall of Famer Perez to attend All-Star Game in Cincinnati

Former Reds great played in 1970 Midsummer Classic at Riverfront Stadium, six others

Hall of Famer Perez to attend All-Star Game in Cincinnati

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When the All-Star Game returns to Cincinnati this summer, one of the Reds' iconic players will be there to take it all in. Hall of Famer Tony Perez is among the club's former members who will attend.

"I can't wait to go and see another All-Star Game played there," said Perez, who played 16 of his 23 seasons with the Reds.

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Former Reds outfielder Johnson, 1970 AL batting champ, dies

Detroit native won crown on final at-bats for Angels; also stood out with Reds, Indians, Rangers

Former Reds outfielder Johnson, 1970 AL batting champ, dies

Alex Johnson, the 1970 American League batting champion, died Saturday at age 72, reportedly due to complications from cancer.

The Detroit News and WXYZ-TV in Detroit reported Johnson's death, and visitation and memorial information was posted by a funeral home in his native Detroit.

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Votto making strides, but won't start in Cactus League opener

Limited to 62 games last year because of quad injury, 1B hopes to play in games soon

Votto making strides, but won't start in Cactus League opener

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When the Reds open their exhibition schedule on Tuesday vs. the Indians, the only regular position player not in the starting lineup will be the one whose status is under the most scrutiny -- first baseman Joey Votto.

Instead of Votto, non-roster invite Josh Satin will start in Votto's place. Last season, Votto was limited to 62 games because of a distal strain of his left quadriceps and didn't play at all after July 5. Votto is thrilled with his camp thus far.

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Negron looking to make strong push for utility role

Negron looking to make strong push for utility role

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds utility player Kristopher Negron doesn't hit many home runs, but he doesn't take the time to admire them when he does clear the fences. For example, his July 21 homer vs. the Brewers was timed at a robust 16.18 seconds by the website, TaterTotTracker.com.

Negron plans to keep running hard after he hits homers.

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Bailey able to get work in despite rain

Rehabbing right-hander throws for second time this spring

Bailey able to get work in despite rain

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Rain on Monday cut short much of the Reds' normal activity, but starting pitcher Homer Bailey was able to get his work done in the bullpen. It was Bailey's second time on the mound as he returns from surgery on the flexor mass tendon near his right elbow.

Bailey threw 26-27 pitches without issues. They were all fastballs.

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With games fast approaching, 3 areas for Reds to settle

Manager Price looking to fill in the gaps in rotation, bullpen and bench

With games fast approaching, 3 areas for Reds to settle

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Following about two weeks of drills, meetings, batting practice and bullpen sessions, Spring Training moves to a much-anticipated and more tangible phase. Tuesday will mark the start of games, as the Reds will play the first of three straight vs. the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark (3:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio).

"You put all the work in, but you finally get a chance to get on the field and play a game where the real competition comes out," Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton said. "It's been a good spring. I felt like last year, we were working in camp for 2 1/2 weeks before we played the game. Now, it feels like we just started camp and the games come. That makes it even better. Practicing is a good thing, but you always want to show what you can do on the field. I'm excited about it. It should be fun."

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With Cozart at shortstop, Reds seek role for Suarez

Price wants infielder, who was acquired from Tigers in offseason, to play every day

With Cozart at shortstop, Reds seek role for Suarez

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- After Zack Cozart endured the worst offensive season of his career in 2014, some wondered if Eugenio Suarez was brought in to challenge him for the regular shortstop spot on the Reds.

On Dec. 11, the Reds acquired two players from the Tigers in the trade for pitcher Alfredo Simon -- right-handed pitching prospect Jonathon Crawford and Suarez. General manager Walt Jocketty had conveyed a message during the offseason that Cozart, who was a .221/.268/.300 hitter in 2014, needed to improve offensively to remain an everyday shortstop. However, Reds manager Bryan Price put an end to any thoughts that Cozart needed to look over his shoulder for Suarez.

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Price not ready to reveal order of Reds' lineup

Manager 'has an idea' of what starting nine will look like

Price not ready to reveal order of Reds' lineup

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Even with Spring Training well underway and Cactus League games set to begin on Tuesday, Reds manager Bryan Price has been intentionally coy about the regular lineup he will write out in the regular season.

The only three locks are center fielder Billy Hamilton as the leadoff hitter, shortstop Zack Cozart in the eighth spot and the pitcher batting ninth. As for spots 2-7? Keep guessing, because Price isn't tipping his hand.

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Corcino impressed Reds, but has work to do

Pitching prospect made three starts for big league club last season

Corcino impressed Reds, but has work to do

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds got a long look at right-handed pitching prospect Daniel Corcino when he was a September callup last season. Corcino made three starts and fared well, but he doesn't appear to be under consideration for one of the rotation spots up for grabs this spring.

Ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Reds' No. 12 prospect, Corcino's future role remains open.

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Bruce puts 2014 knee injury, offensive slump in rear-view

Reds right fielder says post-injury period was 'worst six months of my life'

Bruce puts 2014 knee injury, offensive slump in rear-view

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- As far as Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was concerned, talking about his knee, and his struggles at the plate last season, was so 2014.

Bruce missed only two weeks in May after having arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee. The issue had ramifications the rest of the season, but he said that's no longer the case. Bruce allowed only one question about his knee, and one more about his performance in 2014.

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Travieso turning heads early in Spring Training

Price 'excited' to watch prospect in camp after breakout 2014

Travieso turning heads early in Spring Training

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds starting pitcher prospect Nick Travieso wasn't entirely thrilled Saturday with his performance in live batting practice, but he liked how he finished.

"I think I started off trying to do a little too much," Travieso said. "I didn't have my best stuff today so I tried to compensate by throwing it harder. Tucker Barnhart behind the plate kind of calmed me down and told me to get in line with my front shoulder. After that, everything was pretty smooth."

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Reds have talent to write new ending this year

After falling to Giants in 2012 NLDS, Cincinnati looking to rebound

Reds have talent to write new ending this year

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Some losses leave scars that last years.

Ask the Reds about not being able to put away the Giants in the 2012 National League Division Series. They had three cracks in front of their home fans at Great American Ball Park and delivered what the kids would call an epic fail, beginning with a 10-inning loss in Game 3.

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Healthy Phillips eyes return to form at plate

Veteran Reds second baseman won't be limited after 2014 thumb injury

Healthy Phillips eyes return to form at plate

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Among key Reds hitters who were knocked off by an injury last season, the club missed getting offensive production from second baseman Brandon Phillips. The longest-tenured player in Cincinnati, Phillips missed 33 games in the second half with a torn left thumb ligament that required surgery.

All expectations this spring are that Phillips is fully recovered.

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Bailey reports no issues after first throwing session since surgery

Reds starter says 'everything was free and easy' over 20 pitches, but Opening Day long shot

Bailey reports no issues after first throwing session since surgery

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds starter Homer Bailey experienced no issues in his first bullpen session since right forearm surgery last September. Still, the club isn't counting on the veteran right-hander to be ready in time for Opening Day.

Bailey, who had flexor mass tendon surgery last season, long-tossed from flat ground before throwing 20 pitches on the mound Friday morning.

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'He's special': Cueto brings HOF-type praise from manager

Price says Reds' ace has stellar instincts, precision on mound

'He's special': Cueto brings HOF-type praise from manager

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Johnny Cueto's live batting practice session Thursday must have gone pretty well. How else could you explain names like Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez popping up during Friday morning's media session with Reds manager Bryan Price?

To be fair, Price wasn't exactly equating Cueto wholly with Maddux and Martinez -- one a Hall of Famer and the other to be inducted this summer. But Price says he sees certain aspects of them within Cueto.

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Hamilton feels less pressure with rookie campaign behind him

Reds' speedy center fielder focusing on bunting for more base hits

Hamilton feels less pressure with rookie campaign behind him

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Less than a week into Reds camp, Billy Hamilton already feels a noticeable difference when he enters the clubhouse adjacent to Goodyear Ballpark.

"I'm just more comfortable, more relaxed," the Reds sophomore speedster said before Friday morning's workout. "I've been able to come here and not put so much pressure on myself. My work ethic is going to be the same, always, every single year. But it's more relaxing now. I come in every day being able to breathe."

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Boesch hopes to stand out amid Reds' crowded outfield

Injuries, recent struggles have newcomer fighting for roster spot

Boesch hopes to stand out amid Reds' crowded outfield

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds have a crowded outfield situation on their hands, and whittling down the backups won't be an easy task for manager Bryan Price.

Newly acquired Brennan Boesch is hoping to make Price's decision especially tough this spring -- though Boesch wouldn't go so far as to call the outfield battle a "competition."

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