April 5, 2010

The Daily Brief: O Glorious Day! Baseball is Here Again!

Last Game
The Reds shutout the lowly Pirates, 6-0 to end the 2009 season. But nobody cares about last year. That’s the past.

Next Game
The first game of the season. Aaron Harang starts the first game of the season for the Cincinnati Reds, battling familiar foe Chris Carpenter for the division rival St. Louis Cardinals. Game-time is 1:10pm EDT, and the game will be broadcast on the Reds Radio network, as well as Fox Sports Ohio. It’s a good afternoon to skip work.

Weekend Cuts
Over the weekend, the Reds finally made the cuts to the roster they’d been promising for weeks. Jaden Burton, Aroldis Chapman, Justin Lehr, Matt Maloney, Travis Wood, Wilkin Castillo, Chris Burke, and Drew Sutton were all sent to Triple A Louisville. Surprisingly, Kip Wells was released. He had youngster-blocker written all over him. Aaron Miles and Wladimir Balentien also did not make the team.

This means Logan Ondrusek, Juan Francisco, Layce Nix, Miguel Cairo, and Mike Leake made the team. Leake beat out Wood for the 5th starter spot, but will not be placed on the Major League roster until it’s time for his start against the Chicago Cubs on April 11.

You can read quotes from Walt Jocketty and Dusty Baker explaining their moves here.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Harang is starting his 5th consecutive Opening Day for the Reds. That is tied for the most in a row with Pete Donohue and Mario Soto. Soto holds the total record number of starts at 6.

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