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Cactus League 2012 Game 22 (SS): Reds vs. Giants, Reds @ Padres

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Cincinnati Reds vs.
San Francisco Giants

Thursday, March 22, 2012

4:05 PM EDT

Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear, AZ

Homer Bailey vs. Matt Cain

Cincinnati Reds @
San Diego Padres

Aroldis Chapman vs. Clayton Richard

Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, AZ

Aroldis Chapman vs. Clayton Richard


RADIO: WLW (vs. SFG), XPRS (@SDP), WEB: Gameday audio, WLW, Gameday

Partly cloudy. Game time temperature around 80 degrees.

Red Reporter SPRING BREAK news: Our boys watched the Reds go easy on Edinson Volquez last night, while meeting Rollie Fingers and probably attending a series of after parties on the mustache circuit. Stay tuned to @redreporter, @UncleWeez and this blog for pics, videos and trenchant observations.

The news about TJ Surgery for Ryan Madson has cast a pall on the spring frolics. It's starting to seem inevitable now, but other players have had spring elbow injuries that required a trip to the team doctor - most recently Ramon Hernandez - and come out the other side. I know, not the same, but it's still a shock every time I hear a player will be gone for a year. It sucks. The way to make it worse is to botch Madson's replacement.

There's been talk that today's starting pitchers are actually in competition for that last rotation spot. While it's certainly possible that Chapman could bounce Bailey out of the rotation, I think it's far more likely - especially with Madson's injury, that Chapman is the one in the big league bullpen to start the season. We've heard the one about Chapman in the bullpen, the one about Chapman in the rotation, so now I'm just waiting for the Chapman-to-LF story to complete my set.

Lineups after the jump

Home game lineups

Reds giants
Brandon Phillips 2B Gregor Blanco CF
Zack Cozart SS Emmanuel Burriss SS
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Belt 1B
Scott Rolen 3B Pablo Sandoval 3B
Daryl Jones CF Nate Schierholtz LF
Chris Heisey LF Ryan Theriot SS
Denis Phipps RF Eli Whiteside C
Ryan Hanigan C Justin Christian RF
Homer Bailey P
Matt Cain P

Away game lineups

Reds padres
Drew Stubbs CF Cameron Maybin CF
Wilson Valdez SS
Mark Kotsay LF
Jay Bruce RF Chase Headley 3B
Ryan Ludwick LF Jesus Guzman 1B
Juan Francisco 1B Nick Hundley C
Miguel Cairo 1B
Chris Denorfia RF
Paul Janish 3B Jason Bartlett SS
Devin Mesoraco C Everth Cabrera 2B
Aroldis Chapman P
Clayton Richard P