The Cincinnati Reds are back at home and celebrating the return of Joey Votto to the lineup as they welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to Goodyear. First pitch is set for 4:05pm ET.

Dodgers (8-4-3) vs Reds (8-8-1)



1 Jason Heyward CF Will Benson CF
2 Chris Taylor 3B Joey Votto 1B
3 Steven Duggar RF Will Myers RF
4 James Outman LF TJ Friedl LF
5 Michael Busch 2B Curt Casali C
6 Yonny Hernandez SS Spencer Steer 3B
7 Ryan Ward 1B Jose Barrero SS
8 Jonny DeLuca DH Luke Maile DH
9 Patrick Mazeika C Alejo Lopez 2B
10 Dustin May RHP Graham Ashcraft RHP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

Pitchers Infielders
Kevin Herget Elly De La Cruz
Casey Legumina Christian Encarnacion-Strand
Jared Solomon Richie Martin
Michael Byrne Matt McLain
Manuel Cachutt Jason Vosler
Brooks Crawford Quincy McAfee
Connor Curlis Nick Northcut
Catchers Michel Triana
Austin Romine Francisco Urbaez
James Free Outfielders
Stuart Fairchild
Nick Martini
Nick Plummer

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

The game is will be available to watch on as the Dodgers affiliate is carrying the game. If you want to listen on the radio you can tune in to 700 WLW.

Reds links and news

Joey Votto’s back in the lineup

The first base spot in today’s lineup is all Joey Votto’s. After spending the previous two days playing in minor league games on the backfields in Goodyear, Votto’s ready to take the next step and get into big league game action and he’ll be doing that this afternoon. Over at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Charlie Goldsmith wrote about Votto working with Christian Encarnacion-Strand at first base over the last few days.

Reds made two more cuts

Cincinnati announced cuts of Michael Siani and Noelvi Marte this morning. That’s on top of the five cuts that they made on Saturday morning. There are now 53 players in camp, not including Vladimir Gutierrez who is on the 60-day injured list.

Todd Frazier to throw out 1st Pitch on Opening Day

35 Responses

  1. JB

    53 guys is a boat load. They need to cut a lot more and get these starters playing and getting ready for opening day. Wire to wire this year!

  2. Melvin

    Votto playing today? Hahaha NEVER count Joey Votto out. ?

      • LDS

        Curiously, the reports are that although he is playing today, it doesn’t mean he’s ready for opening day.

      • Melvin

        Like I said. NEVER count him out. ?

    • Charles

      I doubt he will be ready by opening day. ST game is a good way to assess his rehab progress.

  3. Old-school

    Ashcraft has 5K’s in 2 innings. Is that good?

    • LDS

      Certainly, a better outing than earlier. However, I think that Ashcraft is more effective when he strikes out fewer and induces more GB. Far more efficient.

  4. LarkinPhillips

    Too bad LA can’t get a camera that is steady in centefield. Looks like the camera man is detoxing with these kinds of shakes.

    • Melvin

      Too bad Ashcraft had to leave early. Hopefully nothing serious.

  5. MK

    The MVPs defense is in mid season form.

    • DaveCT

      We have to further define the word form

  6. DaveCT

    Man, Casali is so quiet behind the plate. He moves really well for a dude his size. I’m glad he’s back.

  7. Bdh

    Nightingale said he’s walking around in the dugout watching the game from the top step. Probably not too serious if at all

    • JB

      I’m thinking he just tweaked his calf. Precautionary.

  8. Melvin

    First time watching a game this year with the pitch clock. It’s a big deal isn’t it?

    • CI3J

      Yeah, it’s been great.

      There were some early hiccups as players adjusted, and TV graphics were all over the place as they tried to integrate it into the previously existing graphics, but in the past 2 weeks, it seems like everyone has adjusted to it. Even as a spectator, it now feels completely natural and like it’s always been there.

      And, more importantly, games feel (and are!) a lot more streamlined now. There’s less time wasting and dilly-dallying between pitches. I think it’s chopped something like 30 minutes off the games, which is a good thing. Honestly, it’s kind of amazing it took them this long to implement it.

    • LDS

      Still not a fan. If I want frenetic, I’ll watch the NBA or the NHL.

      • CI3J

        I wouldn’t call baseball “frenetic” even with the pitch clock. Honestly, games were just getting to be too long as everyone was just taking their sweet time between pitches.

        You had some pitchers who were averaging 30 seconds between pitches, and that’s just too long. I don’t want to watch a pitcher shuffling around on the mound, fixing their cap, stretching, or doing whatever between pitches. Get the ball, get set, throw the ball.

        In many ways, the pitching clock has forced players to play baseball the “old” way. Games used to be much shorter back in the day, but the time of games has been slowly creeping up through the years. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, the average length of a baseball game was about 2 1/2 hours, but over the last 40 years, that time has crept up to well over 3 hours. Part of that is because managers are changing pitchers more often than 40 years ago, and the other part is because the players take too long between pitches. I say, get on with the game.

        I consider myself a baseball purist (I still don’t like the DH rule), but I think the 4 major changes they made this past offseason with the pitch clock, limiting pickoff attempts, larger bases, and banning the shift, will all have a really positive effect on the game going forward. Like I said, the brisker pace of play feels more like the way baseball used to be played before it slowed to a crawl.

      • LDS

        I agree on the DH. I think baseball in general has become too focused on making and spending more money regardless of the outcome. Inter league, wildcards, expanded playoffs, ghost runners, etc.

  9. JB

    Going to be one of those years again where we are begging for anybody in the bullpen to step up.

  10. docproc

    Thanks so much for benching the best player in all of ST for two straight games.

    • Jim Walker

      Just part of lowering the potential peaks so the bottom of the valleys don’t seem as low as they actually are 😉

    • Charles

      Amen to that. I afraid the front office doesn’t care about wins and will send hottest player back to minor league camp soon. That is just my take.

    • Melvin

      We wouldn’t want Reds fans to get too excited and enjoy themselves too much would we? 🙂

  11. GreatRedLegsFan

    Just a glimpse of how games will be against the big teams.