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Posts Tagged ‘Opening Day.’

Reds decide to keep Chapman’s 100-plus mph fastball in the closer’s role; starting rotation is set

Aroldis Chapman (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have decided to keep their fireballer closer Aroldis Chapman in that role for the 2013 season.

There had been speculation with Chapman starting this spring, that he was going to be moved into the rotation.

Chapman has said all along that he would prefer to close games.

The Reds have a solid rotation in Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. That quintet started every game but one during the 2012 season, the best in Major League Baseball.

Cueto will start the Opening Day Game on April 1 against the Los Angeles Angels at Great American Ball Park.

TIGERS POSTGAME NOTES: Detroit 3, Cincinnati 2

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CINCINNATI, OHIO — With 42,443 fans in attendance at Great American Ball Park, the Detroit Tigers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2.

It was the 5th sellout of the season, 8th largest crowd in the history of GABP and the highest non-Opening Day attendance and non-playoff attendance in history.

Detroit ace Justin Verlander was tough on the Reds striking out 9, but they made him throw 127 pitches (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

* Detroit ace Justin Verlander threw 30 pitches in the 4th inning and 37 pitches in the 5th inning. He tied his shortest outing of the season, previous was 6.0 ( 3 times vs. Texas, at the Yankees and at Boston). His 127 pitches Saturday is the 2nd-highest of the season. Had 131 at Kansas City. Is 16-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 22 Interleague game starts.

* Verlander ended a personal 3-game losing streak with the no-decision.

* Verlander is 0-21 batting against National League teams.

* Verlander pitched in his 55th straight start of at least 6 innings.

* Prince Fielder homered in Great American Ball Park, a place he knows well from his days in Milwaukee. His 4th inning blast was his 23rd against the Reds and 12th at Great American Ball Park. It was also his 28th career Interleague home run.

* CF Austin Jackson made his first appearance since May 16. He had been out of action since May 17 recovering from an abdominal strain.

* Hernan Perez, just up from Class-A Advanced Lakeland, made his debut in the 8th inning and grounded out.

 

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Indians lose 16-inning, 5-hour marathon Opening Day game to Toronto

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Thursday’s Opening Day game epitomized many things.

Toronto utility player Omar Vizquel, a former Cleveland Indians star, played in left field and at first base, two positions he rarely ever plays.

But after all, if Indians closer Chris Perez had closed out a 4-1 lead 2 1/2 hours earlier, there would never have been a 5-hour, 14-minute, 16-inning affair nor would Vizquel have played those two positions.

The Indians lost 7-4 to the Blue Jays which is now the longest game in Opening Day history in Major League Baseball.

With about 5,000 fans left in stands at Progressive Field, Toronto won the game in the 16th on a three-run homer by J.P. Arencibia.

The Tribe wasted a great pitching performance by improving right-hander, Justin Masterson, who was cruising along with a 4-1 lead in eight innings and 10 strikeouts.

 

 

Indians finalize Opening Day roster; DL Sizemore, Huff, purchase contracts of Lopez, Wheeler

 

Grady Sizemore (photo by Ron Vesely via Getty Images, courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

The Cleveland Indians used Wednesday to shore up their Opening Day roster before hosting the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon.

The Tribe have placed injured center fielder Grady Sizemore on the 60-day disabled list. Also going to the DL for s shorter stay is left-hander David Huff, who has a strained right hamstring.

The Indians designated outfielder Thomas Neal for assignment.

Cleveland purchased the contracts of infielder Jose Lopez and reliever Dan Wheeler from Triple-A Columbus.

Sizemore, who re-signed with the team as a free agent during the winter for a reduced contract, underwent back surgery in March due to a spring training drill of fielding ground balls, will not be eligible to come off the DL until June 3.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV

Reds make another round of cuts as opening day nears

 

The Cincinnati Reds made their second cuts of the spring on Sunday morning, which trimmed the spring training roster to 33 players. The team has to get down to 25 players before Opening Day.

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Right-handed reliever Andrew Brackman, infielder Chris Valaika and outfielder Denis Phipps were optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Right-handed relievers Carlos Fisher and Kanekoa Texeira, and left-handed relievers Ron Mahay, Clay Zavada and Clayton Tanner were reassigned to Minor League camp.

As usual, there are players who were sent down had very good springs. Phipps, a first timer in big league camp, batted .316 (12-for-38), with one home run in 20 games. Valaika, coming off of knee surgery in September, batted .391 (9-for-23) in 14 games.

 

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news reports

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