Trevor Bauer will get his first start of the spring and match up against rodeo’s biggest star Mason Saunders of the Arizona D’Backs. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10pm ET at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Cincinnati Reds (1-3) Starting Lineup
- Shogo Akiyama – CF
- Aristides Aquino – DH
- Curt Casali – C
- Scott Schebler – LF
- Kyle Farmer – SS
- Derek Dietrich – 1B
- Matt Davidson – 3B
- Stuart Fairchild – RF
- Alfredo Rodriguez – 2B
- Trevor Bauer – RHP
Reserve players on today’s roster:
Arizona D’Backs (2-2) Starting Lineup
- Jon Jay – CF
- Ketel Marte – 2B
- Kole Calhoun – RF
- Kevin Cron – 1B
- Jake Lamb – 3B
- Nick Ahmed – SS
- Stephen Vogt – C
- Tim Locastro – LF
- Seth Beer – DH
- Madison Bumgarner – LHP
Where to watch/listen/follow the game
The game will be live on the Reds on Radio Network. In the greater Cincinnati area the game will be available on 700 WLW AM. There will be no televised version of the game.
Reds links and news
Joel Sherman of the New York Posts is reporting that Major League Baseball plans to crack down on pitchers that are caught using foreign substances on the baseball this upcoming season. That’s going to be interesting to see if it means that they are looking for it more often rather than simply punishing those who are overly obvious in doing it with longer suspensions and or fines.
Joe Posnanski has been counting down Baseball’s Top 100 Players of all-time at The Athletic. Yesterday saw Johnny Bench come in at the #30 spot on the list. He joins the list with some other Reds, including Pete Rose (#60), Ken Griffey Jr.(#48), Tom Seaver (#41), and Christy Mathewson (#36 – he played one game with the Reds and I’m counting it).
The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants announced last week that they would be helping out their minor league baseball players this season by giving them pay raises across the board, with the Giants going even further than that by also giving them housing allowances at most levels. This morning at RedsMinorLeagues.com I wrote about what it is that the Reds are, and aren’t doing in 2020, and what they spend their money on in the farm system – including where they try to help out the minor leaguers with regards to making things a little easier. But I also spoke about how the organization can do more.
Final: Reds 8 – D’Backs 0
It was the Tyler Stephenson show on Thursday, but the pitching was strong, too.
Cincinnati Reds #3 prospect Tyler Stephenson came on at catcher to replace Curt Casali and went 2-2 with a walk, double, home run, and four runs batted in to steal the show for the Reds on Thursday. His home run went 415 feet. He’s now 3-7 on the spring with two doubles and a homer. That’s how you start out a spring.
Both Derek Dietrich and Alex Blandino added home runs as well, with Blandino’s being a 2-run shot. Dietrich’s homer was 113 MPH off of the bat and came off of fellow lefty Madison Bumgarner.
On the mound we saw Trevor Bauer make his first appearance of the spring. He tossed 2.0 perfect innings with two strikeouts. Relievers Tyler Thornburg, Sal Romano, Matt Bowman, Joel Kuhnel, Brooks Raley, David Carpenter, and R.J. Alaniz all fired off shutout innings of relief with a combined seven strikeouts and just one walk. You can see the entire box score for the game right here.