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:

  1. Jake Cave CF
  2. Eugenio Suarez 3B
  3. Joey Votto 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips 2B
  5. Jay Bruce RF
  6. Adam Duvall LF
  7. Yorman Rodriguez DH
  8. Ivan De Jesus SS
  9. 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.

Play ball!

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.

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  1. Yeah buddy! Back at long last.

  2. The Miami Marlins reliever Carter Capps is having an MRI, likely out for year. Marlins are beating the bushes for an affordable reliever or two. Might this be a time to try to sell high on JJ Hoover or Jumbo Diaz?? Strike while iron is hot.

    • Neither are closer material and,shouldn’t be thought of as needs for the future. I agree with you sir and trade them for something other than a bag of balls.

    • If the Marlins were willing to give anything for Hoover or Diaz, you gotta do it. Neither one is anything special and won’t figure prominently in the next Reds contender.

  3. Never thought I’d play hookey to watch a spring training game, but gosh I miss baseball. And, having a newborn is a good excuse to give to your boss!

    Hey, hey! Let’s play two today!

    • I hope that your boss doesn’t follow RLN, Patrick.

      • He’s a retired Navy Captain, former surfer guy from Cali… not sure he even knows who the Reds are!

  4. Play ball !!!

  5. In the office and can’t watch today. Bummer.

  6. Well, first baserunner of the year gets throw out by 25 feet at home… nothing ever changes. Good work, Billy Hatcher.

  7. Will someone please describe the play at the plate? My 2 1/2 year-old had hidden the remote! Don’t worry he still alive.

    • Suarez hit a double to the wall the other way, Cave was on 1st and was waved around by Hatcher. The ball arrived at home long before Cave. There wasn’t even a slide. My 25 ft estimate was probably a bit exaggerated, but Cave was easily out by 15 feet.

      • Looked like a bout of miscommunication. Cave definitely slowed up before third. Spring for all involved.

        • Yep! Absolutely. Just funny, given the Reds woes on the basepaths the last half-decade.

      • Has Billy Hatcher ever been a third-base coach?

        Thanks for the update! The one piece of advice I want to give you advice a given to me when I was a new father: enjoy every moment as it is-don’t look forward to what’s coming next and don’t regret was gone in the past so much that you ignore today! Today is the best day followed by a better day tomorrow.

        • Article in Enquirer today about this exactly! Basically Hatcher has no experience but wanted to graduate from 1B. I bet he will be fired by next year.

        • Hatcher was a third base coach with the Rays in 2000.

  8. Well, I think the 2016 season may havwe been summarized in the 1st half of the 1st inning of spring training. 1B open…Votto walks.

    It’s early still. There’s a lot of spring training to go before the season. I like Cave and Suarez hitting in the top of the lineup during spring when they are in the lineup. The Reds had a 1.000 OBP for the season after the 1st 4 hitters!

  9. As an aside, I occasionally sell baseball cards on eBay. It was interesting to see how the interest in Homer Bailey virtually disappeared after his injury. If he throws another no-hitter, his cards value will go out of sight.

    It’s a case of “what have you done for me lately?”.

  10. Gaffer – it will be interesting to see If The veterans respect him.

    • As an integral member of my favorite Reds team, I love Hatcher. He is an easy scapegoat for this awful team however which is why he should not have asked to do it.

  11. Baseball!!!! On our way to a pennant, baby.

  12. I wonder if billy brought him over

    • Maybe he knew they’d just walk Joey if there was a man on 2nd. He wants to see Joey hit!

  13. Suarez is going to make me look good… have a post going up Friday morning on Eugenio Suarez and his ability to hit the ball hard.

  14. Joey smoke

  15. Phillips in midseason form i see

  16. Cave 2-2 and Suarez 2-2 with 2-2B at the top of the order. Now if the baserunning kinks get worked out…

  17. Felipe lopez, is that you?

  18. Good job by Finnegan. That inning was made uneccisarily hard but i like seeing him strand the runner on third

  19. Great job by Finnegan working out of trouble created by the defensive error in the 3rd.

  20. Brrruuuuccceeeeeer!

  21. 8 hits in 4 innings, did that even happen last year? Ha.

  22. Yeah, it’s just the 1st game of spring training, but I like what’s happening so far. Bruce raking to CF could be a really good sign of things to come.

  23. Even watching Thom do commercials us entertaining right now

  24. A little surprised no one from the Indians dugout came out to check on Santana. He had to use his bat to stand up

  25. This inning has been prototypical cingrani. Looks very dominant, gets dominated, and ends up picking off a runner.

  26. A walk and two opposite field hits. It’s good to see Joey

  27. Votto in midseason form. walk and 2 hits. (For those who are still office bound, Reds up 5-1 in the 5th)

  28. 30 days! Sounds like be quite a hoot when he does return.

  29. Game is on about an inning delay on MLB Network

  30. How did Moscot look today?

  31. Schebler!!!!

  32. Chapman gets a 30 game suspension from MLB. About 25 more than I thought, for a guy that got charged with nothing.

    • Being charged, obviously, is not the only factor.

      • The list of factors is inchoate but two factors are self reporting and witness cooperation.

        Not helpful in this case.

        • Plus, MLB knew it could be harsh, setting an example, on Chapman as long as the length would allow him to still be a free agent. The salary money lost this year should be made up in free agency added dollars.

    • Yeah, the suspension seemed a bit extreme for someone who wasn’t charged with a crime.

  33. Winker hits a double, was that his first plate appearance?

  34. I gotcha, thanks, missed his earlier appearance

  35. Schebler with a great catch!

  36. Got home and watched the video of Schebler’s butt catch and wrist-flick homer. And of course Ay-You-Hay-Knee-Oh and his double (skipping the induced TOOTBLAN for now).

    Let the fun begin!

    • Suarez was out easily, but not quite as easily as the first inning TOOTBLAN at the plate. The Reds were halfway to the TOOTBLAN cycle.

  37. I figured it out now who Suarez reminds me of…after living in Texas from 87-98. Its Julio Franco….a line drive machine with 15-20 hr power and mediocre defender.

    • if he turns into Julio Franco, I would be very happy

      • Yeah…that’s def a best case scenario! The kid has a short swing though and looks like he can rake. He’s a steal…especially when you consider Simon will prob be out of baseball by 2018

  38. “Blowed Up Knee” is the perfect medical description for what happened to Cozart!

  39. My stomach actually hurt a little when I saw Phillips penciled in at the clean-up slot.

  40. After having time to digest the 1st spring training game, the Old Cossack is excited to be engaged with the 2016 Spring Training season. Some observations of the 1st game from the Old Cossack’s recliner:

    • The bats…

      #1 hole (CF): [Cave & Holt] 2-4 w/ 1-BB & 1-SO for .600 OBP & 1.000 OPS
      This is a top of the lineup performance needed by the Reds, get on base by hook or crook. Cave worked the count in all 3 PA, making solid contact on both hits. I’ll say it again…Cave & Holt should platoon in CF until they prove themselves ineffective in a top-of-the-lineup platoon.

      #2 hole (3B): [Suarez & Pacheco] Suarez was 2-3 w/ 2-2B & 1-SO for .667 OBP & 2.000 OPS
      Suarez is better suited for hitting further down the lineup (#6 hole behind Bruce?) than at the top. His short stroke and aggressive approach at the plate could be invaluable as a middle-of-the-lineup hitter. Pacheco was completely underwhelming, offensively and defensively.

      #3 hole (1B): [Votto] 2-2 w/ 1-BB for 1.000 OBP & 2.000 OPS
      Votto is as good as it gets offensively and should be fun to watch as he pursues another possible MVP award.

      #4 hole (2B): [Phillips & Peraza] 1-4 w/ 1-SO & 2-GIDP
      If Peraza is actually the highly touted prospect many suggest, he should start the season playing SS for the Bats. Phillips has no business hitting anywhere in the lineup other than #1, #2, #7 or #8, especially hitting behind Votto. His propensity for GIDP kills an offense and he has no power remaining. If he can get on base with his swing early, swing often approach, he should hit in the #1 or #2 hole. If not, hide his bat at the bottom of the lineup.

      #5 hole (RF): [Bruce & Winker] 2-4 w/ 2-2B for .500 OBP & 1.500 OPS
      The scorching, line drive double over the CF’s head by Bruce was a thing of beauty. Winker can rake, but is too valueable as a prospect to start his sevice clock in 2016.

      #6 hole (RF/DH): [Duvall, Schebler & Rodriguez] 2-4 w/ 1-HR 1-BB & 1-SO for .600 OBP & 1.600 OPS
      This should be the LF platoon. Schebler had the defensive (and game saving) play of the game. Duvall will be a defensive ‘?’ in LF. This trio should play virtually every game, getting as many PA’s as possible during the spring. May the best two players standing at the end of spring get the extended roles in a LF platoon to prove their worth going forward.

    • The arms…

      Moscot pitched 2.0 innings in his 1st outing. Even giving up the solo dinger, that was a good performance with 2-H & 1-SO.

      Finnegan looked good working out of trouble (not his doing) in his 1.0 innings with 1-H.

      O’Grady looked good in his 1.0 clean innings with 2-SO.

      Cingrani still has a wicked move to 1B. If opposing teams figure out that they simply need to quit leading off from 1B after they get on base against him, Cingrani may be in trouble.

      Wood had a rough 1.0 innings but he’s on a major league contract and will get every chance to fail. Even if he fails during spring training, he probably makes the 25-man roster.

      Weiss looked like an awe-struck rookie making his 1st appearance against major league hitters. Please let the kid mature and get ready in the minors before starting his sevice time clock.

  41. Think I heard them say during the broadcast that Finnegan threw nothing but fastballs.

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About Steve Mancuso

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.

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