Spring Game 15 Thread: Reds at Twins

MLB Florida and Arizona Spring Training - SB Nation

Micah Owings takes the mound for the second time this spring against the Twins.  He faced them in his first start of the year back on February 26th when he threw 3 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2.  Based on his performance so far this spring, I would have to call him the front-runner in the race for the 5th spot in the rotation.  However, his lead is not so stable that he can afford to mess up anywhere along the way at this point.  Honestly, it's exciting to watch these guys compete so well with their jobs on the line.  It gives me hope that they can do it in games that count.

According to the press release, relievers available in the Reds bullpen today are RHP Edinson Volquez and RHP Mike Lincoln.  Surely there are more, but hopefully they won't need them.

The Reds will be facing left-hander Francisco Liriano.  Liriano's numbers look a lot like Owings' numbers this spring.  He's pitched 9 innings, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 7 and walking only a single batter.  Obviously the Reds have their work cut out for them tonight, which is why it's great to see Joey Votto's name back in the lineup again.  Welcome back, eh!

See the lineups after the jump.

Lineup

Cincinnati Reds @ Minnesota Twins

03/13/09 7:05 PM EDT

CINcinnati reds Minnesota twins
Chris Dickerson - CF
Denard Span - CF
Alex Gonzalez - SS
Alexi Casilla - 2B
Joey Votto - 1B
Jason Kubel - DH
Brandon Phillips - 2B
Justin Morneau - 1B
Jay Bruce - RF
Joe Crede - 3B
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B
Michael Cuddyer - RF
Jacque Jones - LF
Delmon Young - LF
Jonny Gomes - DH
Mike Redmond - C
Ryan Hanigan - C
Matt Tolbert - SS

Game time is 7:05pm.  No home audio, but there is Gameday.

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