The Reds kicked off their final Spring Training in Florida with a 7-0 win over the defending American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays. Listening to Marty call the first two innings on my way to work made me long to be there as he reported from a warm 74 degree and sunny day in Florida. How much better could it get, warm sunny Florida weather and baseball baby.
The big hit of the day came off the bat of Jerry Hairston, as he hit a grand slam off of Rays left-hander Randy Choate. Again when Jerry is in the lineup the Reds always have a better chance to win. Dusty Baker's lineup today looks to be built for speed and power. At the top of the order Willy Taveras and Hairston can both put up big stolen base numbers and then the next three guys all have pretty fair power to drive runs in. Dusty batted Votto, Phillips and Bruce in the 3-4-5 holes. I like the top five VERY much and after today you should too. Even though Hariston was the power guy today, look for him to set the table more than he clears the dishes.
The pitching was outstanding as well as Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto both threw three scoreless innings and also added 3 K's apiece. Homer Bailey, vying for the fifth spot in the rotation also added a scoreless inning with 2 K's.
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