Spring Game 14: Astros at Reds

MLB Florida and Arizona Spring Training - SB Nation

The Reds face off against the Astros for the first time this spring.  The Astros aren't exactly having the success that one would hope for in the Grapefruit League as they are just 1-10 so far.  None of that means much today though or during the regular season.

Aaron Harang will be the starter for the Reds.  He's obviously still trying to find his rhythm this Spring, but it sure would be nice if that started happening sooner rather than later.  Like, say, today would be good.

Homer Bailey will be following Harang today since tomorrow is Bailey's normal day to pitch and the Reds have the day off.  Also available are Francisco Cordero, Jared Burton, and Arthur Rhodes.  It'd be nice to see Harang and Bailey pitch 7 innings between them.

On the mound for the Astros is 29-year old right-hander Jeff Fulchino.  Fulchino spent most of the last 8 years in the minors, without a lot of success.  He's pitched a full 14.1 innings in the majors, without a lot of success (career 8.79 ERA).  I wouldn't guess that he's a big threat to make the Astros' rotation, but stranger things have happened.

See the lineups after the jump.

Lineup

Houston Astros @ Cincinnati Reds

03/11/09 1:05 PM EDT

Houston Astros
CINcinnati reds
Kazuo Matsui - DH
Darnell McDonald - CF
Michael Bourn - CF
Chris Dickerson - LF
Lance Berkman - 1B
Jay Bruce - RF
Hunter Pence - RF
Brandon Phillips - 2B
Geoff Blum - 3B
Daryle Ward - 1B
David Newhan - 2B
Juan Francisco - 3B
Lou Palmisano - C
Danny Richar - SS
Brian Bogusevic - LF
Ryan Hanigan - C
Tommy Manzella - SS
Jeff Keppinger - DH

Game time is 1:0pm.  No home audio, but there is Gameday or you can follow along with BK on the Red Reporter Twitter feed.

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