Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday's mixed bag of Reds news and notes

Happy Friday, everyone! We have successfully navigated through the first half of the opening week of the 2013 season. The Reds did well to pick up a series victory over the mighty Angels Thursday afternoon, but they can't celebrate for too long because the Nationals are in town for a three-game set beginning Friday night at Great American Ball Park.

The series will feature two teams who boasted the best records in baseball a year ago. Additionally, the series will feature some of the game's biggest stars including Joey Votto, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Johnny Cueto, among others. It's sure to be a fun weekend at the park.

Until then, here is a mixed bag of Reds news and notes to power you through to the weekend:

+ Many believe southpaw Tony Cingrani is destined to be a fixture in Cincinnati's starting rotation in the coming years. His magnificent performance in Triple-A Louisville's season opener on Thursday did nothing to hurt that prophecy. Cingrani fanned 14 batters, allowed no hits, and walked only one in six innings. That's getting it done right there, folks. P.S. The Bats won the game, 4-3, thanks to a walk-off homer by Felix Perez.

+ Chris Heisey returned to the lineup in Thursday's matinee after being hit in the nose by a ball while trying to steal second base during Wednesday's game. He said he is feeling better after he took some Advil for the minor pain. Well, it looks he is alright after smashing a two-run homer to help push the Reds past the Halos.

+ On Thursdsay, the Reds joined the Cubs and Braves as the only franchises to have played in 20,000 games in their all-time histories. The Reds franchise was established in 1869, but did not join the major leagues until 1882 under the "Red Stockings" nickname.

+ Sean Marshall hasn't made an appearance in a game yet this season due to shoulder fatigue. However, the reliever says he is good to go for Friday's game if needed. Marshall last pitched in a live game back on March 22 in spring training.

+ Are baseball fans seeking out online information about the Reds? You bet they are. The Reds rank as the 10th most searched MLB team on the web in a new Yahoo! ranking.

+ And the award for being the worst boyfriend of the week goes to this guy, who ducked out of the way of a home run ball at a recent Diamondbacks game, only to let the ball nail his girlfriend in the back of the head.

+ What if Disney designed sports logos? Well, the guys over at BuzzFeed wondered this same question before I did, and produced 11 professional sports logos in which infuse Disney movie themes.

+ Christina Kahrl of writes that it's time for the National League to adopt the designated hitter. Do you agree with her stance?

+ Through just three games of the regular season, only one team remains undefeated. And wouldn't you know it, that team is Cincy's next opponent -- the Washington Nationals. Bring 'em on, eh?

Hey, be sure to stop by the blog Saturday morning as we unveil our weekly edition of the Redlegs Review roundtable discussion. Also, feel free to drop a comment to add your opinion if you like!

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