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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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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Today's lineup

Here's the lineup against the Twins today:

Hopper CF
Freel LF
BPhillips 2B
Encarnacion 3B
Bruce RF
APhillips 1B
Castro SS
Valentin C
Votto DH

It's 42 degrees here. They're giving wind-chill warnings. Could feel like it's in the 30s. Get out the parkas. Floridians tend to get a little worked up about a cold snap.

Ken Griffey Jr. came into Dusty Baker's office this morning.

“Griff’s wondering why he’s not playing,” Baker said. “He said, ‘I’m ready.’ One more day, Dude.”

Baker isn't concerned about Griffey's bat getting ready.

“I ain’t worried about him hitting," Baker said. "He’s going to hit forever. It’s just a matter of how his legs feel. If his legs are OK, everything else is OK. I’m trying to give him some time to get his legs underneath him. He’s been running good. I’m trying to pace it properly. Him and (Adam) Dunn both. Let them get a lot of work. It’s a short spring. It’s a short time between the time they get here and the game’s start.

“The young guys are ready. It doesn’t take them as long to get in shape.”
"It gives me a chance to look at (Jerry) Gil and (Chris) Dickerson. Gil's looking great. Dickerson's looking better. They both can run and they both have outstanding throwing arms."


at 8:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 55 in Phoenix this morning.

at 9:03 AM Blogger Bengal43 said...

Is Castro's arm close to 100%?

at 9:37 AM Blogger Fkdrad said...

Yes, we Floridians do feel it is cold ,but you neglected to say that there is not a cloud in the sky and the SUN is as bright as can be!!!with only a slight breeze.
(Maybe 60 degrees by game time??and at is 17 in cincy with snow on the way...).
Gil and Dickerson will be fun to watch this spring. Gil made an impression with his long bp home runs last yr. , they both must cut down on stikeouts!!!
fkdrad -from Osprey

at 9:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to see what Bruce can do in CF. We already know what Freel can do, and it isn't the prettiest.

at 9:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, I see that Hopper is in CF today. It's a better option than Freel but Bruce needs to get some time there soon.

at 9:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hepe ST is staying in florida, I want my dad and I go go there next year for a couple of days

at 10:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCoy wrote today that Baker had Billy DeMars giving Votto a batting tip. What's with that? The Reds are paying a hitting coach. He can't get it done?

at 10:26 AM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

"[Dickerson and Gil] both can run and they both have outstanding throwing arms."

Too bad neither one can hit a lick. Tools, tools, toolsy tools.

at 11:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what happened to Marcus McBeth?

at 11:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone else get the feeling that unless things change Bruce will definitely be in AAA to start the year? I just think that if right now Dusty was planning on having him with Cincy he would be playing CF to see if he can handle that transistion. Unless he just plans on moving Griff back to CF??? Big Griffey supporter but I don't think that would be good.....

at 11:30 AM Blogger John Fay said...

McBeth will pitch tomorrow.

Bruce has played more center than anywhere else.

Dusty was using Billy DeMars to stress a point with Votto.

at 11:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last time I checked Adam Dunn was still one of the young guys. Let them play Baker, stop the special treatment.

at 11:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:45 anon...
you, my friend, are an idiot

at 12:07 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

John can you give us a pitching lineup for today?

at 12:13 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Belisle, Cordero, Fogg, Lincoln, Mercker, Stanton and Weathers.

at 12:18 PM Blogger Bruce said...

The game won't be broadcast on 700wlw but if you have a mlb gameday audio subscription you can listen online to the Twins broadcast of the game:

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at 12:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Last time I checked Adam Dunn was still one of the young guys. Let them play Baker, stop the special treatment."

Last time I checked Dunn was coming off a knee injury. Maybe, just maybe Dusty is trying to have him take it slow for now?

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