GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Seeking a spot in the Reds' rotation, Aroldis Chapman made his first appearance of the spring with a two-inning relief appearance that followed starter Homer Bailey. Chapman gave up one run and two hits with one walk and three strikeouts while pitching the third and fourth innings. "I threw all the pitches I have, but I could not throw them with the frequency I want," Chapman said through interpreter Tomas Vera.
Which pitch would Chapman have preferred to use more?
"Fastball," he replied.Actually, the one pitch Chapman needs to develop to help him crack the rotation was not part of his Sunday repertoire. "I think up to now it's OK," Chapman said of his changeup. "But I didn't use it today. It's coming along good." In the third, Chapman gave up a Cristian Guzman single, walked Russ Canzler and struck out Shelley Duncan. Following a double steal that negated the chance for a double play, Aaron Cunningham hit an RBI groundout to shortstop. Matt LaPorta struck out to end the inning. To end the fourth, Chapman picked off Cleveland's Lou Marson at first base. Marson was thrown out at second base. "I think I've got a good move to first base, so it's a good time for me to use it," Chapman said. "I like it. I like how it went."