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Reds put Choo in centerfield during spring training games

Shin-Soo Choo now plays for the cross-state rival Cincinnati Reds (photo by Keith Allison, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

When the Cincinnati Reds traded the talented, speedy but often slump-ridden Drew Stubbs to the Cleveland Indians during the off-season, fans and media wondered who would play center field.

Sure, the Reds received Shin-Soo Choo in the trade to become their leadoff hitter, which would strengthen the team’s batting order. But Choo was a rightfielder with the Indians.

All told, Choo has made only 10 starts in center field in his eight major league seasons, but the Reds will give him the first chance at the job. After all, he has speed and an arm to play the outfield’s toughest position.

If that doesn’t work out, the Reds can play Jay Bruce in center field and move Choo back to his customary spot in right field. Ryan Ludwick will stay in left field. Either way, the Reds will have one of baseball’s top slugging outfields.

Choo batting leadoff means that Brandon Phillips, the Reds best option there the past few years, will now back second which is best for him.

Choo’s on-base percentage  of .373 last season, was better than the Reds’ leadoff hitters which were the worst in the National League.

The Reds lineup is supposed to look this way: Choo CF, Phillips 2B, Votto 1B, Ludwick LF, Frazier 3B, Bruce RF, Cozart SS, Hanigan C and the pitcher will always be ninth. A solid lineup indeed!

 

Info compiled from the Cincinnati Reds

Radio, TV reports say Reds, Ludwick agree to 2-year deal pending physical

 

There are reports on radio, television and the internet reporting that the Cincinnati Reds and outfielder Ryan Ludwick have agreed to a two-year, $15-million deal pending completion of a physical.

Ludwick signed a bargain-basement one-year, $2-million contract with Cincinnati in 2012 and emerged as the club’s regular left fielder and one of its most potent hitters to go along with Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier.

Ryan Ludwick was the Reds cleanup hitter in 2012 (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

After struggling with the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, the 34-year-old Ludwick, had a bounce-back season in 2012 where he hit .275 with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs to help Cincinnati win the National League Central Division title.

He has played 10 Major League seasons with the Rangers, Indians, Cardinals, Padres, Pirates and Reds and is a .263 career hitter with 143 homers, 530 runs batted in and 850 base hits.

Reds proving they can win without Votto; beat Brewers, 6-2

 

The Cincinnati Reds are 4-2 since Joey Votto had to go on the disabled list earlier in the week with a torn knee cartilage.

Each game, a different set of players are leading the team to victory.

In Saturday’s 6-2 win over the slumping, defending NL Central Division champion Milwaukee Brewers, Ryan Ludwick, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce led the offense. Ludwick and Phillips hit home runs and Bruce had two more hits.

Bronson Arroyo (photo by BubbaFan, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

The Reds are 6-2 against the Brewers this season.

They basically put the game away early in the first inning by scoring four runs off losing pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who drops to 8-7 on the season.

The oldest member of the Reds starting pitchers, Bronson Arroyo at 35 years old, rebounded from Monday’s three-inning stint vs. Arizona, a 5-3 loss, by pitching solidly in six innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He’s 5-6 in 2012.

Ludwick’s first-inning homer into the upper deck in left field, made it 74 straight games in Great American Ball Park with a home run. It’s the longest such streak since Coors Field produced 80 games in a row in 2002-03, according to STATS LLC.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds & MLB

 

Phillips’ appeal for inside-the-park homer denied by MLB

 

Brandon Phillips, the Cincinnati Reds talented second baseman felt that he had an inside-the-park homer on Monday night in his team’s 10-9 loss at Cleveland. He felt so strongly, he appealed to MLB.

However, the opinion that counts the most, Major League Baseball, says no!

Brandon Phillips (2011 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Phillips’ and his agent’s appeal to Major League Baseball for a scoring change was denied on Wednesday. MLB allows appeals of scoring changes, but a player has to do it through his agent.

In the fifth inning of Monday’s 10-9 loss to the Indians, Phillips lined a ball down the left-field line that was misplayed by Johnny Damon and led to Phillips scoring on the play.

The official scorer ruled the play an RBI double for Phillips, with an error on Damon. Phillips and the Reds felt he should have been credited with an inside-the-park home run.

Phillips is not mad, he said “losing the game is more important to him.”

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

Reds’ Phillips appealing MLB for inside-the-park homer; was ruled a double & two-base error

 

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has never hit an inside-the-park home run in his professional career, but he hopes a scoring decision from Monday night will be changed to give him his first. The last time he hit an inside-the-park home run was back in Little League.

Brandon Phillips (MLBpressbox.com)

During the fifth inning of Cincinnati’s 10-9 loss to the Cleveland Indians, with Joey Votto on second base, Phillips lined a ball down the left-field line. Left fielder Johnny Damon gave chase but stumbled into the wall as the ball rolled past him before he could get to the wall. Damon never touched the ball.  That helped Phillips to run around the bases and score with a headfirst slide just ahead of a throw to catcher Carlos Santana at the plate.

The play was ruled by the official scorer as an RBI double and an error on Damon. Phillips and his agent are appealing to have the decision reviewed by Major League Baseball. MLB does not allow a player to appeal the official scorer, but with their agent, they can appeal any scoring decision.

Phillips recalls a similar play last year in a game against the Chicago Cubs when Tony Campana was credited with an inside-the-park home run against the Reds in August,  when his ball bounced off the Wrigley Field wall and got past left fielder Yonder Alonso the same as it had against Damon on Monday night.

Phillips felt that Damon could’ve waited for the ball to come to him, but didn’t thus the ball got past him.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Cincinnati Redsnews

 

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