Cactus League Game 26 Thread: Reds at Athletics

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Oakland Athletics

Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT
Phoenix Municipal Stadium

Mike Leake vs. Dallas Braden

Mostly Cloudy. Game time temperature around 77.

 


Lots of exciting baseball for you today. The Reds take on the Oakland A's this afternoon as Mike Leake makes his final case for the 5th starter spot in the rotation. I think Leake is still a longshot as the technical factors - more minor league experience and a 40-man roster spot already - favor Travis Wood, who pitches tonight against the Dodgers in Las Vegas. From everything I've read, I think Leake will be the better pitcher over the long run, but anything short of a total collapse by Wood means that Leake will likely be sent to the minors. He'll be followed in this game by Aroldis Chapman and Micah Owings.

Lineups are after the jump. WLW's got the audio or you can follow Gameday.

Lineup

Cincinnati Reds Oakland Athletics
Drew Stubbs - CF Eric Patterson - CF
Chris Burke -3B Daric Barton - 1B
Wladimir Balentien -LF Eric Chavez - 3B
Scott Rolen - DH Jack Cust - DH
Laynce Nix - RF
Kurt Suzuki - C
Ramon Hernandez - C
Mark Ellis - 2B
Miguel Cairo - 1B
Travis Buck - LF
Paul Janish - SS Gabe Gross - RF
Aaron Miles - 2B
Cliff Pennington - SS
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