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Cactus League Game 4(?) Thread: Royals at Reds


Next Game

Kansas City Royals
@ Cincinnati Reds

Monday, March 8, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT
Goodyear Ballpark

Brian Bannister vs Bronson Arroyo

Partly cloudy. Game time temperature around 56.


Bronson Arroyo takes the mound for the first time this spring. Reds starters haven't performed all that well so far, though Homer Bailey had a nice 2 inning outing in this morning's B-game. I wouldn't be too concerned with that as starting pitchers, especially those with roster spots locked up, aren't pitching like they normally would. For the most part they are working on just one or two things - location, a specific pitch, mechanical issues, rhythm, etc - so results this early in spring mean even less than you would expect. It'd be nice to see him perform well, but even if he does I don't think it means much yet.

This will be the only time the Reds face the Royals this spring, though the Royals do come to Cincinnati in June, so this is just a precursor to that epic battle. Then again, before we start making Royals jokes, we should remember that they have a had a winning season more recently than the Reds.

Pitchers you can expect to see in this game for the Reds are: Aroldis Chapman, Nick Masset, Daniel Ray Herrera, Jared Burton, Micah Owings, Pedro Viola. For the Royals, after Bannister expect to see Kyle Farnsworth, Francisco Rosario, Ramon Colon, and Anthony Larew. I'm sure everyone will be all abuzz about Chapman after the game.

Lineups are after the jump (hat tip to CNati). If you have Gameday Audio or are in the KC area, the game is being broadcast on KCSP. If not, you can follow along on Gameday.



Kansas City Royals
Cincinnati Reds
David DeJesus - RF
Drew Stubbs - CF
Chris Getz - SS
Orlando Cabrera - SS
Billy Butler - 1B
Joey Votto - 1B
Rick Ankiel - CF
Brandon Phillips - 2B
Alberto Callaspo - 2B
Scott Rolen - 3B
Josh Fields - 3B
Jay Bruce - RF
Brayan Pena - C
Chris Dickerson - LF
Kila Ka`aihue - DH
Ramon Hernandez - C
Brian Anderson - LF
Jonny Gomes - DH