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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Frustration fuels Cozart's motivation for 2015

Shortstop determined to rebound offensively

Frustration fuels Cozart's motivation for 2015

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A lack of offensive production often killed the Reds last season, leaving many hitters with a lot to prove during the 2015 campaign. Coming off of the worst year of his career, shortstop Zack Cozart is one of them.

"I tell everyone that I'm at the top of the list," Cozart said. "I want to prove I'm the hitter I was before last year. I look at last year and throw that one out of the door."

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Marquis to start Reds' Cactus League opener

Veteran righty is one of several pitchers vying for Cincinnati's rotation openings

Marquis to start Reds' Cactus League opener

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The competition for the open spots in the Reds' rotation will commence from the first pitch of Cactus League action. Manager Bryan Price announced Thursday that veteran right-hander Jason Marquis will start the first game for Cincinnati on Tuesday vs. the Indians.

Marquis, 36, was signed to a Minor League contract in the offseason and is competing to make the roster.

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Command, efficiency on display by young prospect Moscot

Right-hander in big league camp for first time

Command, efficiency on display by young prospect Moscot

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- They have the upper hand to begin with and add in the fact that they've been in camp longer, and pitchers are usually pretty well ahead of the hitters in the first couple of days of live batting practice. That doesn't mean pitchers don't stand out, however.

During Reds live BP on Wednesday, one of the pitchers that manager Bryan Price identified was right-handed prospect Jon Moscot. The 23-year-old was ranked the 16th-best prospect in the organization by MLBPipeline.com.

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Winker faces Chapman in BP

Left-handed prospect faces Reds' lefty closer

Winker faces Chapman in BP

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds top hitting prospect and outfielder Jesse Winker is getting his first exposure to big league camp this spring. Nothing will open one's eyes more than stepping into the batter's box to face flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman in live batting practice like Winker did on Thursday.

Winker, rated as the organization's No. 2 prospect and 26th in baseball by MLBPipeline.com, enjoyed the experience even though the lefty hitter was facing one of the toughest left-handed pitchers around.

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Byrd embraces high expectations in first year with Reds

Byrd embraces high expectations in first year with Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- As the biggest acquisition made by the Reds in the offseason, which was to fill their biggest need in left field, Marlon Byrd is keenly aware that expectations for him are high.

Byrd, 37, also knows why the Reds wanted him.

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Votto looking good early on at Reds camp

Votto looking good early on at Reds camp

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Just by going through a couple of workouts in the early days of Spring Training, Reds first baseman Joey Votto answered a key question about his health. Votto has participated without limitations and came away feeling fine.

Votto's 2014 season was marred by a distal strain of his left quadriceps, which had him out for 100 games. He did not play again after July 5.

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Reds' top pick Howard relishing first big league camp

Reds' top pick Howard relishing first big league camp

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Starting pitcher Nick Howard's first Spring Training as a professional has him located in the most preferred of spots -- big league camp. Howard, a non-roster invitee, was the Reds' first-round pick in the 2014 Draft.

Wearing No. 83 and keeping a lower profile, Howard is trying to soak in as much as possible.

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Bailey nearly ready for mound work in recovery from surgery

Bailey nearly ready for mound work in recovery from surgery

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds right-hander Homer Bailey is continuing to make solid progress with his rehabilitation from surgery and could be working off a mound soon.

Bailey, who had surgery Sept. 5 to repair a torn flexor mass tendon near his right elbow, came to camp slightly behind from where he would have been after a typical offseason.

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Votto defends Reds' clubhouse leadership

Votto defends Reds' clubhouse leadership

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- There had been speculation and criticism about the Reds lacking clubhouse leadership last season before former pitcher Mat Latos fired shots at his old team in a published Q&A on Sunday, bringing the issue to the forefront again during Spring Training.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto already pushed back last week against personal criticism about his hitting approach. On Tuesday, Votto took to task those who say that his team has no leaders, especially since the departure of veteran Scott Rolen, who retired after the 2012 season.

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Byrd: Reds camp has great energy, attitude

Byrd: Reds camp has great energy, attitude

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- All 64 players in Reds camp took part in the club's first full-squad workout on Tuesday afternoon. Position players that reported on Monday underwent physicals on Tuesday morning, followed by a team meeting.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who was limited to 62 games last season because of a distal strain of his left quadriceps, was a full participant without limitations.

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Bubba Watson challenges Billy Hamilton to a race

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Bubba Watson challenges Billy Hamilton to a race

The only thing pro golfer and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson wanted on Tuesday was a piece of Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, mano-a-mano in a foot race. Instead, Watson had to settle for an autographed bat.

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Holmberg takes steps to move forward with Reds

Holmberg takes steps to move forward with Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Lefty pitcher David Holmberg's career with the Reds clearly got off on the wrong foot last season, beginning at Spring Training. With lessons learned, the mistakes Holmberg made aren't likely to be repeated this year.

"There's always an opportunity to improve," Holmberg said.

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Reds refute Latos' comments about club's medical staff

Reds refute Latos' comments about club's medical staff

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds emphatically responded Monday to published comments from former starting pitcher Mat Latos, who criticized the team's medical staff and clubhouse culture.

In a story published Sunday, Latos -- now with the Marlins -- told FOX Sports that the Reds rushed him back from his arthroscopic left knee surgery last year. Latos was injured the day before Spring Training 2014 opened, and he later suffered a setback while rehabbing, as he strained the flexor mass tendon near his right elbow.

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Badenhop looking to make difference with Reds

Reliever trying to find home with fifth team in five seasons

Badenhop looking to make difference with Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- On his fifth club in five seasons, new Reds reliever Burke Badenhop is either very respected or quite underappreciated.

"It's a little of both. It's an either everybody wants me but nobody wants me type of thing," Badenhop said.

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