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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Reds 6, Yankees 3

Reds beat the Yankees 6-3 at Legends Field. The Reds are 10-2 this spring.

Aaron Harang became the first Reds' starter to pitch more than four innings. His line: 4 2/3 IP, 8 hits, 2 runs, no walks, two strikeouts. It was his best outing of the spring. Three of hits were infield hits.

Brandon Phillips led off the game with a home run, his fourth jack of the spring. "I don't hit jacks," he said. "I hit bombs." He was kidding. "I just try to hit it hard," he said. "I can't help it if they go out."

Josh Hamilton added an RBI single in the first.

Harang gave up infield single to Johnny Damon in the first, then struck out Derek Jeter swinging, Jason Giambi looking, and got ARod to pop out. Not sure who to -- my view of the field is obscured by window frames, a TV and a railing. Harang gave up a pair of runs in the second a weird hop infield single, a double off Adam Dunn's glove in left and sac fly.

Reds retook the lead in the third on Hamilton's sac fly. Jerry Narron was saying before the game that Hamilton hadn't faced anyone like Mussina at his best. Don't know if Mussina's at his best, but Hamilton went 1-for-1 with two RBI against him.

Hamilton ended up 2-for-2. Remember, how Narron said if Hamilton went 0-for-50 he'd still play him. Hamilton could go 0-for from this point to 50 at-bats and he'd still be hitting .320 after 50 ABs.

Harang worked a scoreless third and fourth. He left with two outs and a runner at third in the fifth.

Jon Coutlangus got Giambi to pop to center for the third out.

The Reds added an unearned in the sixth.

Chris Denorfia singled in a run and Norris Hopper hit a sac fly in the ninth.

Brian Meadows gave up a home run to Kevin Thompson in the ninth.


at 8:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance of Hamilton eventually moving to first in the next few years? I think Hatteberg is maxed out on what he can do and that could give the Reds a power 1B they haven't had in forever.

at 9:01 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Hamilton is a potentially a Gold Glove caliber outfielder. He's fast with a great arm. Joey Votto had 22 home runs and 46 doubles at AA last year. He's the first base of the future. But, if I were to move someone to first, it would be Griffey. That would be a lot easier on his legs than right field.

at 9:17 PM Anonymous Pat said...

so dunn's having trouble in the outfield? was it a miss play on his part or a good hit?

at 9:27 PM Blogger John Fay said...

It was a tough play. He made a diving attempt. It's funny because Jerry was talking about how hard Dunn has worked on defense before the game.

at 9:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words that bring a huge grin to my my: "...struck out Derek Jeter swinging, Jason Giambi looking, and got ARod to pop out."

at 9:52 PM Anonymous pat said...

so was it a hustle play? was it a play he would of let fall in front of him last year?

just wondering how much and how hard he is really working on his defense. it goes without saying - but i'm going to say it - it would be a huge plus for him to improve over last years efforts

at 10:47 PM Blogger Mark said...

Another fine win but when will Junior be in the headlines? I have a hunch that he won't be ready to go at season's start. If that's the case... which outfielder would you say has a better case to head north with the club, Hopper or Denorfia?

at 12:55 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I'll think he'll be ready. That's just a guess. As for Hopper vs. Denorfia, I think Hopper probably has the edge. Again, that's just a guess.

at 12:58 PM Anonymous Tom from Dayton said...

On a different topic, how has Encarnacion looked this spring? Haven't heard much about him. Has his defense picked up that you can tell? Has he been having good at bats?

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