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Reds' Infielder Aaron Miles (wfe)

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cincinnati Reds figure to have a pretty good bench this year. Eventhough the roster hasn’t been finalized, it’ll probably be Aaron Miles, Chris Dickerson, Ryan Hanigan, Paul Janish, Miguel Cairo, Wladimir Balentien and Laynce Nix.

With the Reds’ trading away of centerfielder Willy Taveras and his $4 million dollar salary, it made it possible for them to add a solid utilityman in Aaron Miles. Miles will make $2.7 million but it is worth it because he can play all over the field except pitcher and catcher.

Rockies 1b Todd Helton (wfe)

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who ranks 44th all-time in doubles with 509, could pass several Hall of Fame members during the 2010 baseball season. Those will include Rickey Henderson(510), Joe Cronin (515), Willie Mays (523), Ted Williams (525), Frank Robinson (528), Lou Gehrig (534), Al Simmons (539), Joe Medwick  and Dave Winfield both at (540), Rogers Hornsby (541), Harry Heilmann (542) and Tony Gwynn (543).

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre has changed his mind about 2010 being his last year as a mamager.  He says if his health is good and the Dodgers want him to stay, he would.

Dodgers Manager Joe Torre (LAD)

Torre enters the final season of a three-year, $13 million dollar contract signed on November 7, 2007. Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly, who came with Torre from the New York Yankees, is the manager in waiting.

Torre enters 2010 with 2,246 wins and 1,915 losses in 28 years as a manager.  His teams have reached the post sesason for 14 consecutive seasons and have won a division title in 11 of his last 12 seasons, including two consecutive NL West titles in his first two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reds beat Dodgers 3-2 in Cactus League action

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Aroldis Chapman is all smiles this spring (mlb)

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2 on Friday. Prized Left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman had another solid outing, striking out 2 in two scoreless innings. The Cuban allowed just two infield singles, relying on just his best two pitches: fastball and change-up. His fastball once again topped out at 100 mph.

Today, at the Reds will play the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Arizona with Homer Bailey making his first start of the spring.

Phenom Strasburg off to a good start with Washington

compiled from staff and wire reports

Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg (wfe)

Stephen Strasburg made his Washington Nationals debut on earlier this week. Eventhough it was just a 2-inning stint, he certainly lived up to the hype.

He threw two scoreless innings in the Nationals’ 9-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in his much ballyhooed first exhibition start.

Strasburg threw 15 of 27 pitches for strikes and allowed two hits, successive two-out singles by Alex Avila and Don Kelly in the second inning. But the flame-throwing right hander got an inning-ending strikeout against Brent Dlugach with an 81-mph curveball.

The 21-year-old was selected as the number 1 pick in the 2009 draft and received a record $15.1 million, four-year contract from the Nationals. He went 13-1 in his final season pitching for Tony Gwynn and the San Diego State Aztecs leading Division I in ERA (1.35) and strikeouts (195 in 109 innings).

Chapman impressive in Reds debut, striking out three

Aroldis Chapman hits 100 mph in debut (AP)

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cincinnati Reds blasted the Kansas City Royals on Monday in Cactus League action, 14-5. But the real story was the spring training debut of Cincinnati’s Big Cuban lefty, Aroldis Chapman.

The 6-4 Chapman, three at least two pitches that were clocked at 100 mph, according to scouts who were clocking him, as he struck out three over two scoreless innings in a game at Goodyear, Arizona.

The 22-year-old relieved Bronson Arroyo to start the third inning. He allowed one hit- a single to fellow countryman Brayan Pena and a walk. Throwing 26 pitches, 15 were strikes, as his control improved after a wild beginning. “I’ll take 100 mph with command”, said Reds manager Dusty Baker.

The Buzz surrounding Chapman seems to be legitimate so far. The Reds signed him to a $30-million contract in the offseason’s most surprising deal from a team that usually stays away from big contract signings.

Not to be outdone by the buzz over Chapman’s debut the Reds offense, came alive and had several stars. Drew Stubbs got the scoring underway with a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning to put the Reds up 2-0. Johnny Gomes clubbed a 3-run homer in the 5th inning and went 2-4; Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce each went 2-3 and Chris Dickerson went 2-3 with 2 RBI’s.

2010 Vin Scully Award goes to Ernie Harwell

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Ernie Harwell in Broadcast Booth (SI)

Ernie Harwell will be this year’s recipient of the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting.

The retired broadcaster will receive the award in New York on May5. Harwell who is 92, was the voice of the Detroit Tigers from 1960 to 2002. Harwell said back in September of 2009, that he has inoperable cancer, a month after surgery for an obstructed bile duct. The Detroit Tigers honored him with a tribute at Comerica Park on September 16.

Harwell’s 55-year broadcasting career began in Atlanta in 1946. He moved two years later to the Brooklyn Dodgers. After a few years with the New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles, Ernie formed an association with Detroit.

Harwell was voted the 1981 Ford Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the Hall of Fame.

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