Reds claim Gennett off waivers from Brewers

Reds claim Gennett off waivers from Brewers

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds' 25-man roster became clearer on Tuesday with several cuts and one addition -- utility infielder Scooter Gennett, who was claimed off of waivers from the Brewers.

Gennett -- a 26-year-old Cincinnati native who grew up in Sarasota, Fla. -- is set to make $2.525 million this season. He has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining as well as one Minor League option. He batted .263/.317/.412 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs in 136 games last season and he figures to join the Reds' bench.

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MLB, hot dogs getting along Famously

Franco on hand as Nathan's strikes partnership, supports Play Ball

MLB, hot dogs getting along Famously

NEW YORK -- When he was a wide-eyed boy dreaming of becoming a Major League Baseball player, John Franco lived in the Marlboro Houses projects, Building 5, Apt. 7D -- a short walk to the wonders of the Coney Island boardwalk.

"Me and my buddies used to go to the beach all the time, hang out on the beach, on the way home stop at Nathan's, get a couple of hot dogs and then ride the rides in Coney Island," the Mets legend said on Tuesday. "It's very dear to me -- it reminds me of my childhood."

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Turner's homer highlights offense vs. Giants

Turner's homer highlights offense vs. Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Enjoying their second-biggest offensive output of the spring in their next-to-last Arizona exhibition, the San Francisco Giants benefited from a seven-run outburst in Monday's fourth inning and cruised to a 14-2 Cactus League triumph over the Cincinnati Reds.

Aaron Hill, seeking a utility infielder's role for the Giants, went 3-for-4 with a first-inning RBI single and a two-run, fifth-inning double.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Iglesias says he'll be ready for Opening Day

Iglesias says he'll be ready for Opening Day

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds are counting on Raisel Iglesias to be a main cog in the back end of their bullpen. But Iglesias hasn't thrown a pitch in a spring game since March 14 because of a bone bruise on his right elbow.

Iglesias, who hurt his elbow and hips during a fall in the shower, felt the idle time would not affect him negatively.

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Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

New technology enables downloads of video clips from live telecasts

Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

Brett and Chad Joshpe can still see the baseball coming down from the heavens one sublime day at Shea Stadium, closer and closer toward the brothers' seats down the right-field line.

If only they had a way back then to preserve their precious moment, like Major League Baseball fans of all 30 clubs are about to enjoy starting Opening Day for the first time in broadcast history. Imagine watching that play again and again, sharing the video clip on the other person's social media page and laughing together about the result.

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Elizalde among top prospect performers

Mancini, Mullins combine for big day offensively

Elizalde among top prospect performers

Orioles prospects Trey Mancini and Cedric Mullins combined to go 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored in Baltimore's 11-9 loss to the Red Sox on Monday.

Mancini, the Orioles' No. 5 prospect, scored two runs and drove in two more, while Mullins, who replaced Mancini in the eighth inning, drove in two runs as well.

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Reds could be a trade partner at Deadline

Shortstop Cozart has been targeted by teams before

Reds could be a trade partner at Deadline

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When the Yankees learned last week that shortstop Didi Gregorius was injured and may not return until sometime in May, the name of Reds shortstop Zack Cozart naturally was one of the first to surface as a potential replacement. However, New York decided to look internally to replace Gregorius.

Between Opening Day and the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31, Cozart can probably expect similar instances whenever a contending team has a shortstop need. Trying to conclude a rebuilding process, Cincinnati would eventually like to move second baseman Jose Peraza to shortstop and pair him up the middle with Dilson Herrera for the future.

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Reds can't fit Raburn onto short bench

Reds can't fit Raburn onto short bench

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Because they know their rotation will contain young pitchers without big league track records, the Reds are likely going to have an eight-man bullpen. That means the bench would be limited to four players.

That came into play when the Reds told veteran utility player Ryan Raburn on Sunday night that he was being released. Raburn was signed to a Minor League contract on Feb. 17, and despite being a non-roster player, he had seemed likely to make the club out of camp.

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Mesoraco not likely to be on Reds' OD roster

Club waiting for catcher to build up workload so he can play back-to-back games

Mesoraco not likely to be on Reds' OD roster

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Working his way back from left shoulder and right hip surgeries last year, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has been free of setbacks or issues throughout Spring Training. The only thing Mesoraco is lacking, really, is time.

Mesoraco isn't expected to be on the Opening Day roster after camp breaks because he hasn't built up enough of a catching workload yet.

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Winker homers, Reds can't keep Cubs in park

Winker homers, Reds can't keep Cubs in park

LAS VEGAS -- Anthony Rizzo hit a home run on the first pitch he saw and Albert Almora Jr. smacked a pair of homers and an RBI double to finish with five RBIs and power the Cubs to a 22-4 victory on Sunday over the Reds in a split-squad game for both teams at Cashman Field.

Cubs prospect Bijan Rademacher added a grand slam in an eight-run sixth, and Victor Caratini drove in three runs for the game. Charcer Burks hit Chicago's fifth homer of the game, a three-run shot in the eighth, and Yasiel Balaguert capped the Cubs' scoring with a two-run double in the ninth.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peraza stays hot in loss to Mariners

Peraza stays hot in loss to Mariners

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Scoring twice in the top of the eighth inning, the Mariners emerged with a 7-6 victory over the Reds on Sunday at Goodyear Ballpark.

It was a 5-5 game in the eighth when Reds Minor League camp pitcher Lucas Benenati began the inning by allowing back-to-back hits that led to Carlos Ruiz's sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run. Ian Miller chipped in a RBI single to add a second run.

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Impressive Luetge could be a part of bullpen

Impressive Luetge could be a part of bullpen

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds have yet to reveal whether they will have a seven-man or eight-man bullpen when they break camp. This much seems clear: they will likely carry a second left-hander besides Tony Cingrani to take one of the remaining spots.

That means either Lucas Luetge (pronounced LIT-key) or Wandy Peralta will make the team.

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Arroyo inching closer to making team

Veteran missed the last two seasons after TJ surgery

Arroyo inching closer to making team

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds manager Bryan Price wasn't yet ready Sunday to say that veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo has made the club. To make the starting five, however, Arroyo appears to only need to get through the final days of camp healthy.

Trying to come back from two years out of the big leagues as a non-roster invite, Arroyo is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game on Tuesday. He will remain in Arizona after camp breaks to pitch in another Minor League game on April 2.

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Reds watch early lead disappear, recover to beat A's

Reds watch early lead disappear, recover to beat A's

MESA, Ariz. -- The Reds rallied for two runs against A's lefty Sean Doolittle in the seventh inning to break a tie en route to an 11-6 split-squad victory on Saturday afternoon at Hohokam Stadium.

Stuart Turner's RBI triple highlighted the frame, which also featured back-to-back doubles by Leon Landry and Sebastian Elizalde. Turner, a Rule 5 pick in competition for a roster spot, finished with two hits.

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Garrett pleased with spring despite rough final outing

Garrett pleased with spring despite rough final outing

MESA, Ariz. -- Prospect Amir Garrett didn't have his strongest performance in Saturday's 11-6 split-squad win over the A's in his final bid to make the Reds' big league rotation. But Garrett was satisfied with his body of work and that he did all he could.

Garrett did not figure in the decision on Saturday, as he allowed six earned runs on seven hits over five innings with three walks, four strikeouts and a wild pitch. The left-hander blew a five-run second-inning lead, in part on Matt Joyce's third-inning solo homer and a three-run fifth inning that included back-to-back walks.

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Alcantara homers, but Reds lose to Cubs in Vegas

Alcantara homers, but Reds lose to Cubs in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Chesny Young, Kris Bryant and Ian Happ all homered in the fifth inning on Saturday to spark the Cubs to an 11-7 victory over the Reds in a split-squad game at Cashman Field.

Cincinnati had just tied the game at 2 in the fourth on Arismendy Alcantara's two-run homer before Reds starter Robert Stephenson served up Young's leadoff blast in the fifth and a single to Kyle Schwarber. Bryant and Happ connected off Barrett Astin, who came on in relief, to open an 8-2 lead.

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Lorenzen ready to provide bullpen stability

Lorenzen ready to provide bullpen stability

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen hasn't put together his smoothest outings this spring. But Lorenzen expects to be ready when the bell rings for the regular season, benefitting from not having to enter camp competing for a roster spot for the first time.

Lorenzen has a 6.75 ERA through six appearances and 9 1/3 innings. His 1 1/3 scoreless frames against the Brewers on Friday marked his second outing without giving up a run.

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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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