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Dice-K, Indians pitchers slow down Reds bats in 3-0 win

Daisuke Matsuzaka (photo by Mori Chan, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Daisuke Matsuzaka, aka Dice-K, pitched two scoreless innings and seven Cleveland Indians pitchers combined on a one-hitter, leading to a 3-0 split-squad win over the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear, Arizona.

The Indians are taking a gamble on the right-handed Matsuzaka, who had arm problems the last few seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

The Japanese fireballer had Tommy John sugery in 2011 which led to him only getting 11 starts in 2012.

The bright spot for the Reds were Sam LeCure and Manny Parra who each threw two scoreless innings on Sunday.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds

Giants’ Sandoval sets new team hit streak record to start a season

 

25-year-old San Francisco Giants first baseman Pablo Sandoval extended his season-opening hitting streak to 17 games with a single to right field in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s 9-2 loss at Cincinnati to the Reds.

Pablo Sandoval at 1B (2009 photo by MissChatter & UC International via wikipedia commons)

Sandoval’s hit off of Reds reliever Sam LeCure snapped a tie with Willie Mays for the all-time San Francisco Giants record and leaves Sandoval one game behind Johnny Rucker’s franchise streak of 18 games that began the New York Giants’ 1945 season. Alvin Dark had also hit in 16 straight games to begin the 1954 season.

Sandoval has been with the Giants since 2008, was a World Series champion in 2010 with the Giants and an NL All-Star in 2011.

His career totals coming into the season includes a .307 batting average, with 64 homers ans 247 RBI’s.

 

Info compiled from San Francisco Giants, MLB, Radio & TV news

Reds activate LeCure, demote Wood

Sam LeCure (file photo)

The pitching-rich Cincinnati Reds have received back one of their young arms for their bullpen.

The defending champions of the NL Central Division have activated Sam LeCure off the 15-day disabled list and optioned left-handed starter Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.

LeCure has been on the DL since May 29 due to a sore right forearm. He’s 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA in four starts and eight appearances in relief. LeCure will be used as a long reliever.

Wood was 5-5 with a 5.11 ERA in 16 starts. He allowed four runs in seven innings of a 5-3 loss to the Yankees on Monday night.

The Reds will decide in a few days who goes into the starting rotation to replace Wood.

 

Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

Leake to Louisville as Reds welcome Arredondo

 

Mike Leake (file photo)

Mike Leake, who went straight from the campus of Arizona State into the Reds rotation and helped win the Central Division championship in 2010, will now spend some time in the minors with Triple-A Louisville.

He was optioned over the weekend during the St. Louis series to make room for reliever Jose Arredondo who was activated from the disabled list.

The move was not surprising, especially after losing his spot in the Reds pitching rotation last week to make room for Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto who came back strong from rehab assignments. Leake, was 3-2 with a 5.70 ERA in nine games, making three relief appearances. He did not feel comfortable in the long-relief role as Sam LeCure has.

Leake will join the Louisville Bats rotation where he’ll pitch every fifth day.

Arredondo’s 30-day rehab assignment in the minors expired on Tuesday May 10 and he was out of Minor League options, while Leake has several.

Jose Arredondo (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The 27-year-old Arredondo is a former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reliever who had a 1.62 ERA as a 2008 rookie. He was signed by the Reds before last season even though he was recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and was unable to pitch. He had command problems in during the 2011 Spring Training period and was put on the DL to recover more throughly.

A righthander, Arredondo had solid rehab numbers. He had a 2.30 ERA at Double-A Carolina in 12 games and in six games with Louisville, he had a 2.25 ERA with two walks and 10 strikeouts. He is extremely tough on lefty hitters.

 

compiled from Cincinnati Reds news

Astros beat Reds 4-3; succesful trip of 4-2 for Cincinnati

 

Hunter Pence (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Reds ended a very successful trip to Chicago and Houston at 4-2, winning two-out-of-three in both cities. But they could’ve been undefeated.

The latest loss was a 4-3 decision to the Houston Astros on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

J.R. Towles scored all the way from first base on a double by Hunter Pence off Mike Leake in the ninth inning.

The Reds pitching staff had a setback with nine walks which began with Edinson Volquez. The fireballing right-hander pitched just four innings, allowed three runs on three hits, walking five and striking out three.

The Reds trailed 3-0 after three innings. They tied the game in the seventh when pinch-hitter Chris Heisey and Drew Stubbs hit back-to-back homers with one out.

The Reds bullpen pitched very to keep the game tied until the ninth: Sam LeCure (two innings), Logan Ondrusek and Nick Masset (one inning each).

 

compiled from Cincinnati Reds news

 

 

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