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Cueto feeling strong after start


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Reds ace Johnny Cueto didn't get the results he was hoping for on Wednesday vs. the D-backs, but his outing left him feeling strong. He was on the mound for the first time since injuring his oblique eight pitches into Game 1 of the 2012 National League Division Series.

Throwing two innings against the D-backs, the 27-year-old allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out one. The Reds ended pulling away late in the game to win, 14-6.

"I was just trying to get comfortable," Cueto said through a translator. "It's a game, and you want to worry about the results, but my main concern was feeling healthy. That's what I was looking for and thank God, I feel fine. There was nothing there."

Cueto threw around 40 pitches over his two frames and was hurt by a Brandon Phillips error -- a mishandled potential double-play ball.

He was 19-9 in the regular season last year with a 2.78 ERA over a career-high 217 innings.

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