Saturday, March 9, 2013

Reds news and notes for the weekend

Happy weekend, folks. Here are some Reds news and notes for your weekend.

+'s Jim Bowden writes about possible turmoil brewing in Reds camp over how to effectively use Aroldis Chapman. According to Bowden, Dusty Baker and most of the players allegedly want Chapman to remain the closer. GM Walt Jocketty and pitching coach Bryan Price think Chapman is better served in the starting rotation. Closer or starter? That question has been tossed around by Reds fans this winter more than the never-ending "what's for dinner" question.

+ Mexico slid past the United States, 5-2, in the opening round of the World Baseball Classic Friday night. Los Angeles Dodgers first basemen Adrian Gonzalez and Milwaukee Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo led the charge for the Mexicans. Team USA faces a must-win situation against Italy Saturday night, with first pitch slated for 9:00 p.m. EST.

+ Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter went through the trouble of compiling an MLB power rankings post. He published the list on Friday and ranked the Reds fourth among baseball's 30 teams. Not too shabby, eh? See where every other team landed on his list by following this link.

+ As C. Trent Rosecrans pointed out, the Reds are well represented in the World Baseball Classic. The franchise boasts six players in the event in the likes of Joey Votto (Canada), Brandon Phillips (USA), Alfredo Simon (Dominican Republic), Chris Manno (Spain), Loek Van Mil (Netherlands), and Tim Crabbe (Italy).

+ Division rival St. Louis suffered a huge loss this week after it was announced that 35-year-old veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal would miss the entire season to undergo Tommy John surgery.

+ Great news for fans of both Kings Island and the Redlegs. The amusement park is set to debut a Reds-themed restaurant when the park opens its season on April 27. It sounds awesome.

+ St. Louis Cardinals reliever Marc Rzepzcynski is expected to miss some time after sustaining a freak eye injury during a recent round of golf.

+ Here is a neat story about how Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton made good with an Arizona Diamondbacks employee after the slugger accidentally busted the employee's car windshield.

+ Both split-squad games were washed out due to rain on Friday. The Reds were due to play the Dodgers and Cubs, respectively. Including an off day on Thursday, and the exhibition affair against Team Canada on Wednesday, Cincinnati hasn't played a true spring training game since Tuesday.

+ The Reds are to set host the Milwaukee Brewers at 3:05 p.m. EST on Saturday. The Reds will then visit the Chicago White Sox for a 4:05 p.m. start time on Sunday.

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