Saturday, March 5, 2011, 3:05 PM EST
TV: None; RADIO: 700 WLW (& affiliates), KABC 790, KTNQ 1020 (Sp.); WEB: Gameday/Gameday Audio
Mostly cloudy. Game time temperature around 75.
Camelback Ranch, one of the more charmingly-named spring training venues, is the site of today's exhibition. Judging by the name, it is a dude ranch for vacationing couples looking to find the spark again and the Reds should expect romantic dromedary rides cutting through the outfield.
We witnessed a couple of encouraging performances by youngsters yesterday, including a 2-for-2 day by Juan Duran and a defensive clinic at shortstop by Billy Hamilton. Excitement continues to build around Hamilton. I'll be curious to see how quickly they move him up through the system. Meanwhile, Duran, at 19, could break out at any moment. While he's an athletic 6'7", his swing has to cover a lot of real estate. Maybe someone can grant him a cricket bat exception.
Bronson is back at it again, with Logan Ondrusek, Jordan Smith, Jose Arredondo, Scott Carroll and Jeremy Horst also due to pitch. It would be interesting to see how many pitches out of his arsenal Bronson actually showcases during spring, but we know he lets up on the bendy stuff to help preserve his arm. That could be part (or most) of the reason he's typically been less effective in March.
This one is on 700 WLW and Gameday audio. I haven't tried too terribly hard, but I can't figure out whether Vin Scully is doing any innings on the LA side. I don't throw the words "National Treasure" around very often, but I just saw that movie for the first time and it is surprisingly good!
|Brandon Phillips 2B||Rafael Furcal SS|
|Drew Stubbs CF||Casey Blake 3B|
|Joey Votto 1B|
|Scott Rolen 3B||Matt Kemp CF|
|Jonny Gomes LF||Jay Gibbons DH|
|Jay Bruce RF||Juan Uribe 2B|
|Ryan Hanigan C||Rod Barajas C|
|Paul Janish SS||Russ Mitchell 1B|
|Yasmani Grandal DH|