Joey Votto is back in the lineup this afternoon as the Cincinnati Reds hit the road to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET. Radio broadcast only.

Reds (6-17-1) and Dbacks (8-12-5) Lineups

Reds Diamondbacks
1 Jesse Winker LF David Peralta LF
2 Nick Castellanos RF Ketel Marte CF
3 Joey Votto 1B Eduardo Escobar 3B
4 Eugenio Suárez SS Christian Walker 1B
5 Tucker Barnhart C Asdrúbal Cabrera 2B
6 Alex Blandino 3B Nick Ahmed SS
7 Tyler Naquin CF Carson Kelly C
8 Jonathan India 2B Josh Rojas RF
9 Wade Miley SP Madison Bumgarner SP
10 No DH No DH

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster:

Pitchers Infielders
Amir Garrett Nicky Delmonico
Braden Shipley Mike Freeman
Lucas Sims Kyle Holder
Shane Carle Outfielders
Edgar García Aristides Aquino
Dauri Moreta TJ Friedl
Josh Osich
Rocky Gale
Mark Kolozsvary

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

The game will be live on the Reds on Radio Network. The broadcast will be on 1360 WSAI AM.

Reds links and news

Mike Bell passes away

Manager David Bell was out of camp today. At first there was no reason given. But just a few minutes after the Reds game began on Friday the Minnesota Twins announced that Mike Bell, their bench coach and the brother of David Bell has passed away at age 46 from cancer.

Dee Strange-Gordon released

Prior to the game today the Cincinnati Reds made four roster moves. Three players were sent to minor league camp, and then there was the announcement that Dee Strange-Gordon was released. He was hitting .288/.361/.313 this spring with four walks and five strikeouts.

Michael Lorenzen’s new curveball has him feeling confident

Last night we wrote about how a bullpen adjustment that was suggested by Derek Johnson gave Michael Lorenzen’s curveball a different look. Lorenzen’s curveball has been one of the better ones in baseball the last few years when he did throw it, but he’s feeling even better about this new version.

Can Carson Fulmer reach his potential?

Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about recent Reds waiver wire pick up Carson Fulmer and whether or not he can reach his potential that led to him being the 8th overall pick in the 2015 draft. Fulmer has been waived and picked up five times in the last year. Last night he made his spring debut with the Reds, throwing a perfect inning with a strikeout. Between his stop with the Pirates and now with the Reds he’s struck out five batters without a walk in 5.0 innings while giving up two runs.

Sonny Gray threw a simulated game today

Final: Reds 7 – Dbacks 3

The Reds won their first game of the last week on Friday evening thanks to some quality pitching and a good showing of power on offense.

The Highlights

The pitching was working early and often. Wade Miley allowed a solo home run in the 3rd inning. That was the only damage he allowed in 4.0 innings that saw him walk one and strike out three. Amir Garrett followed by striking out all three hitters he faced for the third consecutive time out. Lucas Sims came out for the 6th inning and struck out two batters in a shutout inning of work. Braden Shiply ran into trouble in the 7th when he allowed a 2-run homer, but picked up two strikeouts in the inning. He returned for the 8th and recorded two outs before giving way to Edgar García who came on for the final out of the frame. Josh Osich came out for the 9th inning and struck out three batters around a single to finish the game.

Joey Votto’s return to the lineup saw him go 0-2 with a walk and a run. Jesse Winker went 2-4 with a 450 foot home run (Salt River Fields has ball tracking!). Tucker Barnhart went 1-4. Alex Blandino went 2-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI. Tyler Naquin went 1-3 with 2 RBI. Jonathan India went 1-3 with a walk, double, steal, and a run scored. Mike Freeman went 1-1 as a late inning pinch hitter.

You can see the entire box score for the game right here.

Tomorrow’s Game

Night game against the Chicago Cubs at 9:05pm ET. Radio broadcast only.

19 Responses

    • Doug Gray

      Failure on my part to edit the copy/paste from yesterday. It’s fixed and gone – just so no one thinks you are crazy and making things up.

  1. Roger Garrett

    No Moose?Two days in a row isn’t it?

  2. Aaron B.

    Where can I listen to to the radio broadcast for free? I don’t want to start my subscription till the season starts. Thanks for any tips just want to listen to a game today, thanks.

      • MBS

        Doug, I’m in Miami, and am listening on IHeart

      • Doug Gray

        I guess it’s “close enough”! Lol.

        When it was announced that they would be able to stream the games online this year it was with a caveat that there would be a “regional” limit to where you could stream. Maybe that doesn’t start until the regular season.

      • Rex

        Wsai1360 is crisp and clear in Fort Lauderdale…on

  3. Doug Gray

    I’ve added it to the game thread above, but it’s worth mentioning here too that the Minnesota Twins just announced that Mike Bell, their current bench coach and the brother of David Bell has passed away today at age 46.

    • JB

      Its rough enough for the family but only being 46 is so sad. Bless them all.

  4. MBS

    Is Freeman a plus defender at SS? I have a hard time believing the Reds don’t go into the year with out a quality late inning glove at SS. Holder and Rodriguez are, but neither has MLB experience, or a good bat.

  5. Roger Garrett

    Miley sharp and Garrett again strikes out all 3 guys he faces.Mostly regulars today 6 out of 8 and Reds are ahead.Whats not to Love?

    • MK

      I really didn’t think Miley was that sharp. I think he is going to confound us the same way Bronson Arroyo did. When he is successful he is still going to give up a lot of hits and walks, and when he is not successful he is going to get bombed but he will eat some innings and be 10-10.

      • Roger Garrett

        I agree and yes he does remind me of Arroyo.He is a number 5 at best but he is a soft tossing lefty.He will split up the righties as well.I can see him doing just what you say he will do.I hope he can keep us in the game for 4 or 5 innings and then we can get him out of there.I expect that strategy to be employed by all teams and we have the pitching I feel to execute the plan but can we get an early lead.The game will be managed and played differently this year and maybe all year long.No starter will be asked or expected to go 6 or 7 innings right out of the gate.Scoring runs early will be the key.I like we are running more in the spring.India and Senzel’s speed will be needed and I hope we play a little small ball early to get out in front

      • Greenfield Red

        Hey MK. I normally agree with you, but I just want to say, in my opinion, BA was way undervalued by the majority of baseball people and fans alike. It was probably because he didn’t throw hard.

        In my opinion, he is one of the 200 or 300 best pitchers of all time. The Reds don’t have many guys that rank that high (maybe 15 or 20 in their history). We would certainly take a couple of his prime years right now.

  6. Grand Salami

    Sims is ready for the open of the season. So the bullpen looks pretty settled.

    Letting Strange-Gordon go was the right move.

    Everyone looking good or getting there except Akiyama.

  7. Roger Garrett

    Wink’s homer went 450 feet per Espn.Thats a long one anywhere.

  8. DaveCT

    “Jonathan India went 1-3 with a walk, double, steal, and a run scored.”

    This is what I recall thinking what an average India line would read. Solid regular if not an All-Star. Throw in a bunch of HBP’s too. Seems like he just contributes.