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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

2012 MLB Highlight: Adam Dunn became sixth player to hit 40 HR’s in both leagues

Adam Dunn at 1B (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Chicago White Sox 1B/DH Adam Dunn’s 40-homer season during the 2012 season, allowed him to become just the sixth player in major league history to belt 40 or more homers in a season in the National League and the American League.

In the N.L., the 33-year-old hit 40-plus homers in a season four times for the Cincinnati Reds (2004-2007) and 40 homers playing for the Reds and Arizona in 2008.

The five players who accomplished the feat before Dunn includes: Darrell Evans with Atlanta and Detroit, Shawn Green with Toronto and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ken Griffey, Jr. with Seattle and the Reds, Mark McGwire with Oakland and St. Louis and Jim Thome with Cleveland, Philadelphia and the Chicago White Sox.

Dunn is a 2-time All-Star, 2002 with the Reds and 2012 with the White Sox. He has 406 career homers and 1,018 RBI’s.

Dunn has also played for the Washington Nationals.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Chicago White Sox, Radio & TV news

Washington Nationals dilemma: Strasburg innings to be limited even if needed in pennant race

Stephen Strasburg (photo by dbking, Kanesue via wikipedia commons)

If the Washington Nationals are going to get into the playoffs, they’ll have to be very creative with the innings pitched by staff ace, 24-year-old Stephen Strasburg.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has been saying for weeks that the former San Diego State star will not pitch more than 180 innings in 2012.

So far, Strasburg is on pace to pitch 184.1 innings in a very solid year so far.

In April 2012, Strasburg accumulated an NL-best 34 strikeouts and second-best 1.13 ERA. He totaled 6 walks and did not give up a home run. Consequently he was named National League Player of the Month.  On May 20, Strasburg went 2-for-2 as a hitter in a game against the Baltimore Orioles and hit his first career home run, a solo shot off of Wei-Yin Chen.

In his June 13 start against the Toronto Blue Jays, Strasburg became the first pitcher of the year to strike out 100 batters.

On July 1, Strasburg was elected to his first All-Star Game.

The Washington Nationals have been controlling the National League East since the early days of the season.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Washington Nationals, Radio & TV news

As expected, Indians release veteran Derek Lowe

 

Ten days ago, the Cleveland Indians designated veteran right-hander Derek Lowe for assignment. That meant the team had ten days to trade, or release him.  Today, Friday August 10 was the deadline.

The verdict is Cleveland has released Lowe.

Derek Lowe (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

There are reports on Twitter that Lowe will start or relieve and would like to go back to the National League.

The 39-year-old Lowe,  posted a 5.52 ERA with 3.1 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 119 innings with Cleveland this year. He has a 15 million dollar salary, but the Braves and Indians are responsible for all but the pro-rated MLB minimum at this point. So any team can sign him and only have to pay the minimum salary.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Radio, TV news

Rangers put seven on AL team, Indians two; Reds have three selected for NL

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds was selected by the fans as the National League starter at first base. Teammates, rightfielder Jay Bruce and closer Aroldis Chapman were picked also.

The Cleveland Indians will be represented on the American League team by closer Chris Perez and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Texas Rangers had seven players selected to the American League team.

Their best player, Josh Hamilton drew a record total of more than 11 million votes.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds & Cleveland Indians

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