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Hamilton uses speed but Seattle rallies past the Reds, 6-5

New Cincinnati Reds lead-off hitter Billy Hamilton has been the talk of the spring. Can he takeover for the Shin-Soo Choo, who left through free agency for the Texas Rangers in the off-season. Or will he have trouble hitting major league pitching?

Hamilton had a bunt single and stole another base in a 6-5 Reds loss to the Seattle Mariners in Glendale, Arizona.

The rookie outfielder started the Reds four-run third inning rally with a bunt single.

Billy Hamilton (courtesy Dayton Dragons)

The other Reds star of the game was Alfredo Simon. Usually a bullpen specialist for Cincinnati, Simon has been pressed into a starting pitcher this spring while Mat Latos recovers from a surgical procedure. Simon pitched three innings.

 

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

Reds sign Mike Leake to one-year deal; will compete with Chapman for rotation

Mike Leake (photo by dbking, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a one-year contract for $3.06 million with young right-hander Mike Leake.

The 25-year-old California native will be competing in the upcoming Spring Training camp for a spot in the starting rotation.

Leake will make an additional $25,000 if he reaches 180 innings pitched.

The Arizona State product made $507,500 in 2012, when he went 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA in 30 starts, a career-high.

Since his MLB debut in April of 2010, Leake has a record of 28-22, with a 4.23 ERA and 325 strikeouts.

Leake asked for $3.5 million and the Reds offered $2.650,000 in arbitration.

Reds players still offering arbitration include Mat Latos, Homer Bailey and Shin-Soo Choo.

 

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, MLB & Cincinnati Reds

Indians try to sign Ohio native Nick Swisher who visits Progressive Field today

 

There have been reports on radio talks and in news reports that Free Agent outfielder Nick Swisher will be touring the Cleveland Indians and Progressive Field today.

The Cleveland Indians need a starting right fielder after trading Shin Soo Choo last week to Cincinnati in exchange for Drew Stubbs who’ll play center field.

Swisher, a native of Columbus, Ohio and the son of former MLB catcher Steve Swisher, played for the New York Yankees last season where he hit 24 homers.

Nick Swisher (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The 32-year-old switch-hitter, who can also play first base, has played for Oakland and the White Sox.

Swisher’s career totals include: a .256 batting average with 209 homers, 673 RBI’s with 1,085 base hits.

Indians beat Verlander to sweep Tigers, 2-1

 

The Cleveland Indians believe in themselves, even if their fans and media don’t.

They just swept the Detroit Tigers, the hands-down choice to win the AL Central Division.

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Justin Masterson outdueled Justin Verlander on Thursday afternoon to beat Detroit for the first time in his career, as the first-place Indians held off the Tigers, 2-1. Masterson, now 2-3 on the season, came into the game 0-4 against the Tigers.

The Indians lead the reeling Tigers by six games.

The Tigers have lost 6 of their last 8 games.

Detroit struggled during the series. They stranded 30 runners in the series and went just 3 of 28 (.107) with runners in scoring position. The Motown teams 3-4-5 hitters went 0-12 with runners at secord or third base. Those hitters are Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young.

Shin-Soo Choo homered on the third pitch of the game from Verlander, who falls to 5-2. The Tribe has won eight times in 10 games.

 

 

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