Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday's mixed bag of Reds news and notes

Only three games stand between the Reds and Opening Day after being handed an 8-3 defeat by the Royals on Thursday.

They will travel to Phoenix Friday night to battle the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Cincinnati will then engage in a couple of split-squad games on Saturday -- one against the Indians and another with the D'backs. The Reds receive an off day on Sunday to rest up for the season opener at Great American Ball Park the following day.

Until then, a mixed bag of Reds news and notes...

+ Opening Day is Monday, folks. Are you REaDy? Here is a look at the projected lineup Dusty Baker will send out there against Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels. Johnny Cueto will take the mound for the good guys.

+ Devin Mesoraco is more motivated than ever, writes John Fay.

+ Seven things Reds fans will tweet this season? Seven things Reds fans will tweet this season.

+ Joey Votto has had an excellent spring. He is batting .347 with four homers, 13 RBI, and four doubles. He ranks second on the team in runs scored (12) and leads the team in OBP (.458).

+ You know who else has had a good spring? Shin-Soo Choo. Choo is hitting at a clip of .366 (15-41) and has shown little trouble with handling his new position in center field.

+ In case you weren't already convinced that the Reds are going to win it all in 2013, this "miracle pancake" bearing the wishbone "C" logo should sway you.

+ Grounds crew members have been hard at work this week in an effort to get the field ready for Opening Day. FOX19 has the scoop.

+ Miguel Olivo asked for his release from the Reds and signed with the Miami Marlins on Thursday.
The Reds previously tried to entice Olivo to stay within the organization by offering a $100,000 retention bonus.

+ How much is the Reds franchise worth? About $550 million, according to Forbes.

+ Former Reds pitcher Rob Dibble was fired from his head coaching gig at Calabasas High School (Cali.) on Tuesday following his team's poor 2-8 start. Dibble, who is known best as one of the Nasty Boys from Cincinnati's 1990 World Series title team, said he was "shocked" and "sad" by the news and that the school's athletic director told him he just "wasn't a good fit."

+ For the sake of safety, there were some rumblings about how Major League Baseball may require pitchers to wear padded hats in the future. Apparently, that's not happening, at least not by Opening Day.

+ Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated penned an interesting piece where he gives 20 ways to improve Major League Baseball. I think Reds fans will delighted to see what No. 1 is.

+ Sad news for the Metropolitans. An MRI revealed that Mets pitcher Johan Santana may have suffered a re-tear of the capsule in his left shoulder. The Mets have announced that the injury is season-ending, and it may even be career-ending, as well.

+ The Cardinals extended the contract of ace Adam Wainwright to the tune of five years and $97.5 million. At 31-years-old, is he going to be worth that kind of money by the end of his contract?

+ Happy Easter, everyone. Let it be filled with plenty of family time and plenty of good food.

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