The latest round of Spring Training cuts happened yesterday. On their way to Louisville are Chris Denorfia, Justin Germano, and Michael Gosling. Jung Keun Bong was also kicked to the Minor League curb, er, I mean camp.
Aaron Harang is apparently ready to start the season. He had another superb outing Friday against the Devil Rays: Six innings, three strikeouts, four hits, one run (on an inside-the-park homer by Carl Crawford who's probably about the fastest player in the major leagues - Freel just missed throwing him out at the plate). No walks, which makes 14 consecutive innings he's pitched without walking a guy.
Burns and Coffey each pitched a scoreless inning. Belisle gave up two hits, two walks, and a run in the ninth before getting out of the jam with a popup for the final out. Kearns, Freel, and Ross had doubles for the Reds, and Freel stole two bases. Valentin had a pair of RBI singles.
As I'm posting this, the Reds are trailing the Twins 9-8 after eight innings of play. So far Griffey and LaRue have homered for the Reds, and Dunn has homered twice, but…
“Where's the pitching?”
Meanwhile, the Reds signed Alex Sanchez to a minor league contract. Yes, THAT Alex Sanchez. The first major leaguer ever to be suspended for steroid use is now property of the Reds. It may be a gamble, but it could pay off if Sanchez returns to form (see Giambi, Jason). At least the folks in Louisville should have a better team to watch this year, what with so many guys there with major league experience.
And that's the way it is this Saturday, March 25, 2006. I'm John, KC2HMZ. From all of us at RHM - GO REDS!
- HMZ -