GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds closer Francisco Cordero is having the kind of spring that should be encouraging. Cordero's 1-2-3 sixth inning on Wednesday against the Royals gave him four consecutive scoreless innings in his last four outings -- the final three being perfect.
Cordero blew eight saves in 48 chances last season and was prone to walks and hits. This spring, he's come in trimmer and tried to sharpen his mechanics.
"He's probably the most scrutinized guy here," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "As closers go, they get the wrath of everybody when they're here. Some day, when they're gone, people wish they were back. You have to be careful of what you wish for. Replacing them is very hard in this game."