Live Reds baseball is back. Hallelujah!
The Reds play Cleveland at Goodyear Ballpark today at 3 p.m. ET. You can watch on MLB.TV and Fox Sports Ohio. You can listen on WLW Radio with coverage starting at 2:30 p.m.
The Reds inaugural lineup of the spring training:
- Jake Cave CF
- Eugenio Suarez 3B
- Joey Votto 1B
- Brandon Phillips 2B
- Jay Bruce RF
- Adam Duvall LF
- Yorman Rodriguez DH
- Ivan De Jesus SS
- Tucker Barnhart C
The starting position players are scheduled for five innings, then will be replaced by Tyler Holt, Jordan Pacheco, Brandon Allen, Jose Peraza, Jesse Winker, Scott Schebler, Kyle Waldrop, Calten Daal and Chad Wallach.
Veterans Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips get a start in Game One. Eugenio Suarez, who is moving to 3B this year, also starts and will bat second. Devin Mesoraco (hip impingement), Zack Cozart (blowed up knee) and Billy Hamilton (right shoulder), all of whom are recovering from off-season surgeries, have the first game off. Manager Bryan Price says they are healthy scratches and simply being eased back. All the outfielders in the competition for starting in LF will get playing time.
Jon Moscot will start for the Reds on the mound. Moscot’s 2015 season ended when he separated his non-throwing shoulder making a tag on a play. Left hander Brandon Finnegan is also scheduled to get an inning of work.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.