Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday's Reds news and notes


+ The Reds have lost eight of nine entering play on Tuesday. Bryan Price doesn't seem too concerned about the lack of wins in spring training though.

+ Zack Cozart is focusing on putting together a more complete season in 2014, writes A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com. The Reds shortstop is making it a point to drive the ball up the middle this year.

+ Paul Erardi of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes about the difficulty of figuring out Pete Rose. Erardi uses Kostya Kennedy's new book "Pete Rose: An American Dilemma" as a talking point.

+ John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer breaks down the health of Cincinnati's bullpen. Namely, how Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton have yet to throw a pitch this spring due to ailments.

+ Speaking of Fay, the veteran writer recently called out Brandon Phillips for neglecting facts in the silent treatment he's been giving local reporters.

+ Chris Nelson is getting a chance to show off his versatility this spring.

+ Roger Bernadina is among a handful of guys battling for the right to win the last available bench spot. The former Washington Nationals outfielder has had a great spring. But he'll need to catch a break if he wants to beat out Ramon Santiago, Jason Bourgeois, Neftali Soto and Nelson.

+ Here's a quick story about how Reds pitcher Trevor Bell honors his famous late grandfather, who played Bozo the Clown once upon a time, with a tattoo.

+ In case you missed it, yesterday I highlighted five pitchers who are performing well this spring. Two of them were plucked off waivers during the offseason.

+ Only 20 more days to go until Opening Day!

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