at Goodyear, Ariz.
Monday, March 15
Reds at the plate: Cincinnati sent 13 men to the plate in the bottom of the first, including the first 10 who reached base. Chris Dickerson was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Dickerson was a triple short of the cycle and hit a two-run homer to right field during his second at-bat in the first inning. Orlando Cabrera was 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Jonny Gomes was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Wladimir Balentien added an opposite-field, two-run homer to right field in the sixth.A's at the plate: Shortstop contender and former Reds player Adam Rosales was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. He's batting .450 this spring. In a four-run top of the third, Rajai Davis hit an RBI single, Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run double and Kevin Kouzmanoff added an RBI single.
Reds on the mound: In his third outing as he seeks the rotation's fifth spot, Mike Lincoln went three innings and allowed four earned runs and five hits with two strikeouts. Lincoln retired his first six batters. Francisco Cordero pitched one scoreless inning with two hits and one strikeout. Travis Wood, who is also seeking the fifth spot, pitched three innings and allowed one hit and earned run with three walks and four strikeouts.A's on the mound: It was the roughest of rough days for starter Ben Sheets, who faced 10 batters without retiring a batter in the first inning. Of his 10 runs allowed, nine were earned on eight hits with one walk. Fernando Hernandez took over and pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Jason Jennings allowed one earned run and four hits over 2 2/3 innings. He issued one walk and fanned two. Over 1 1/3 innings, Jerry Blevins gave up two earned runs and one hit on Balentien's homer. Worth noting: Former Reds star Eric Davis, an instructor in camp, was given a nice ovation by the crowd of 4,602 when he took over as first-base coach in the fourth inning. Davis, a two-time All-Star, was part of the 1990 World Series-winning Reds team that defeated the A's in four games. Cactus League records: Reds 5-4-1; A's 6-5-1 Up next: Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Cabrera will be in the lineup when the Reds travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face the D-backs at 4:05 p.m. ET. Johnny Cueto will start for the Reds against Arizona's Edwin Jackson. Also in the lineup will be prospect Juan Francisco, who will make his first start of spring in left field. Francisco, normally a third baseman, is seeking to make the club with his power bat. Left-hander Dallas Braden will throw in an intrasquad game at the A's Minor League complex Tuesday to stay on schedule while the rest of the team enjoys its first off-day. Cactus League action will resume Wednesday for Oakland, which will face former A's pitcher Barry Zito and the Giants at Phoenix Municipal Stadium beginning at 1:05 p.m. PT. Lefty Brett Anderson looks to continue work on his changeup and improve his 6.23 spring ERA as he makes his third start of the spring.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.