March 21, 2011

The Daily Brief: The Final Full Week of Spring Training

Last Game
Edinson Volquez started against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday and was wild, allowing 5 runs on 2 1/3 innings. The relief corps, including Dontrelle Willis and Aroldis Chapman, allowed plenty of runs, too, but the pitching staff was bailed out by the offense. Both Todd Frazier and Chris Heisey homered, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-8 victory.

Next Game
Bronson Arroyo heads to the mound for the Reds against Michael Pineda and the Seattle Mariners at 4:05pm EDT. This game, like all remaining Spring Training ones, will be broadcast on 700 WLW.

Fayman Gives Shortstop Prospect Hamilton Nickname
Cincinnati Reds beat reporter John Fay had a neat little blurb about up and coming Reds shortstop Billy Hamilton.

“We were playing on this field the other day. The left fielder just lost a ball,” [Bill] Doran said. “Billy took off. We were all like, ‘what’s he doing?’ He caught the ball over his shoulder, about 10 feet from warning track.”

In the title of the post, Fay dubs Hamilton, “Billy the Kid.” I only hope that Mr. the Kid deals with the oddity of shortstop with the greatest of ease, just like he dealt with the oddity of time travel.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds start the 2011 season against the Brewers. This will be just the second Opening Day match-up between the two. The last one was in 2000, which ended in a 3-3 tie after 5 1/3 innings.

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