The Cincinnati Reds kick off their spring training schedule at 3:05pm EST against the Cleveland Indians. Sonny Gray was originally scheduled to make the start, but elbow stiffness has him sidelined.

Cincinnati Reds Starting Lineup

  1. Tucker Barnhart – Catcher
  2. Joey Votto – First Base
  3. Matt Kemp – Left Field
  4. Eugenio Suarez – Third Base
  5. Yasiel Puig – Right Field
  6. Phil Ervin – Designated Hitter
  7. Jose Siri – Center Field
  8. Blake Trahan – Shortstop
  9. Christian Colon – Second Base
  10. Tanner Roark – Starting Pitcher

Also scheduled to pitch, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic: Brandon Finnegan, Jared Hughes, Amir Garrett, Buddy Boshers, Ian Krol, Jackson Stephens, Jesus Reyes.

Reserve players on todays roster:

Pitchers

  • Tim Adleman (RHP)
  • Ty Boyles (LHP)
  • Tommy Bergjans (RHP)

Catchers

  • Hendrik Clementina
  • Kyle Farmer
  • Connor Joe
  • Chris Okey
  • Tyler Stephenson

Infielders

  • Brantley Bell
  • Luis Gonzalez
  • Alfredo Rodriguez
  • Josh VanMeter

Outfielders

  • Aristides Aquino
  • TJ Friedl
  • Jordan Patterson
  • Taylor Trammell
  • Mason Williams
  • Kyle Wren

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup

  1. Greg Allen – Center Field
  2. Jake Bauers – First Base
  3. Jose Ramirez – Third Base
  4. Tyler Naquin – Right Field
  5. Matt Joyce – Designated Hitter
  6. Jordan Luplow – Left Field
  7. Roberto Perez – Catcher
  8. Ryan Flaherty – Shortstop
  9. Eric Stamets – Second Base
  10. Adam Plutko – Starting Pitcher

Where to Watch/Listen/Follow the game

The game will be live on the Reds on Radio network. In Cincinnati it will be available on 700 WLW. The game will be on tape delay via MLB Network at 4pm ET. The game will be live on television on STO in the greater Cleveland area and available on MLB.tv.

The Final Result | Indians 3 – Reds 3

The Reds are undefeated! But they also haven’t won a game yet. You can get the entire box score for the game here. The Reds managed four hits – all for extra bases. Matt Kemp crushed a 2-run home run. Tucker Barnhart, Jose Siri, and Kyle Farmer all added doubles. Tanner Roark, Jared Hughes, Amir Garrett, Buddy Boshers, Jackson Stephens, and Jesus Reyes all had shutout appearances.

39 Responses

      • Matt Hendley

        I should have put mortal kombat quotations around it…little to violent for spring training though

  1. Shchi Cossack

    WOOHOO!!! A game thread for the 1st ST game. Way to go Doug!

    It’s ST…stats mean nothing…records mean nothing…games mean nothing…yeah, right…

    Just ask DB how little this game means. After 5 miserable seasons, expectations are elevated, the pressure to win has landed with a concussion wave.

    It’s timed to play some baseball.

    • Doug Gray

      All that matters is health. Stay healthy, guys.

  2. BK

    The Indians could sure use a LF; gotta think there is a way to match up in a trade that would be beneficial to both teams. MLB.com shows Luplow as their projected starter.

  3. JB WV

    You’re the greatest Doug. Just reading “game thread” made my day. Ahhhhh……

  4. Matt Hendley

    Sports illustrated just released its top 100 players of baseball this week. All players, pitchers and position players combined, the reds have 3 players on there, two locked up long term, one team friendly (suarez) and one not so team friendly but worth the money (Votto). We should lock up the third as well, JS.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Indians have 3 in the top 10, Kluber, Ramirez, and Lindor. Wow ?

    • joey

      I kept thinking about our roster and trying to figure out who on our team had the initials JS. The only two people I could think of were Jackson Stevens and Jose Siri. I had to reread your comment and figured out you were abbreviating just saying. JS.

    • ToBeDetermined

      OK, I’ll bite.

      Whose the 3rd ?

      • Shchi Cossack

        The Reds need hitters who punish mistakes. Kemp punished a mistake!

      • Doug Gray

        He punished it about 400 feet, give or take 10 feet.

      • Seadog

        I may be the only one—But, I keep saying Kemp is your everyday LF. He will not be traded. He will not sit the bench. Read between the lines. Bell will keep a bench of 4. That means 1 extra outfielder Schebler. With Senzel in AAA. No way they keep 5 outfielders. Lorenzen playing CF (or any outfield spot) in a pinch. Puig is CF. Winker is RF. Obviously, health matters. Read what Kemp said. Paraphrasing—“ I am here to play, I can’t do that from the bench”. He has s chip on his shoulder.

  5. Hanawi

    Finnegan picking up pretty much where he left off last year. I realize that this is probably a hot take at this time of the year, but I can’t see him being a part of the Reds’ plans going forward.

    • Matt Hendley

      He may be part of the lookouts plans going forward, that is our AA team now right not the Wahoos?

  6. Seadog

    Doug, awesome job preparing us with young kids. I can’t thank you enough. Your research/effort is phenomenal. You are not told enough. But, thank you

    • Doug Gray

      I’ll do my best to keep it going. During the spring, except for when I am out traveling to and from Arizona, I should be able to get this kind of stuff posted for each game, including the full roster for that day and all of that fun stuff. Thanks for the kind words.

  7. Shchi Cossack

    Hughes and Garrett looked very good in their 1st inning of the spring. I would have liked to see Roark go 2 innings, but that was not to be. DB & DJ are locked into a conservative, rigid beginning to ST an that’s not a bad philosophy. As Doug mentioned, the priority must be staying healthy.

  8. Shchi Cossack

    The Old Cossack liked what I saw from Votto at the plate. He was typically patient on pitches out of the zone, but when the pitch was in the zone, Votto attacked the ball aggressively.

    • Kyle Farmer

      I’d love to know the exit velo on the ball he hit in the first inning. Absolute rocket. Used it to talk to my 10 year old about a quality AB not always being a hit!

  9. MK

    Understand it is early but I thought that other than Garrett the left handed pitching was very disappointing especially when pitching to left handed batters, though Finnegan was bad versus everybody.

    • Matt Hendley

      I was not able to see the game, i heard roark only needed 7 pitches? What else did i miss

      • ToBeDetermined

        7 pitches. I wonder if he took a shower or just went straight into his street clothes?

      • Matt Hendley

        You have to figure that he had to warm up, prob threw a mini bullpen afterward, or someother work out so I will bet on shower.

      • ToBeDetermined

        Matt, sorry that was a rhetorical question.
        I wasn’t really looking for an answer there. Just saying he did a good job “in that he didn’t break a sweat”. 🙂

      • Matt Hendley

        Sorry, but solid reasoning just incase the question ever got vegas odds, lol

  10. Mountaineer Redleg

    i think everyone has written off Matt Kemp, but the name Kevin Mitchell keeps coming to mind when i think of him.

    • vegastypo

      Or how about Greg Vaughn, 45 homers, 118 RBIs, 85 walks in his one year with the Reds, 1999

      • ToBeDetermined

        * If the players stay healthy till the end of spring training
        * If the players perform as expected
        * If there are no more trades to remove any player(s) off the team

        That is going to be some really hard cuts coming at the end of spring training.

    • greenmtred

      Maybe not writing him off so much as puzzling out what his best role might be? It seems to me that a lot of this hinges on whether Senzel is a capable center fielder. Once that’s known, the dominoes topple accordingly.

  11. Jreis

    I agree with the above comments about Kemp. He is one of the few players left that actually has a plan at the plate. He adjusts his swing and position in the batters box. Don’t see that too much anymore. Not sure if he will put up Greg Vaughn or Kevin Mitchell type numbers but I will definitely be rooting for to do welll this year

  12. Mike Martz

    Thanks Doug, I always look forward to game threads!

    I would like to have seen extra innings and a Win, but I expect it’s to early to be greedy! Baseball is back Baby!!!
    Go REDLEGS!!!!!