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Cactus League 2012 Game 6: Reds @ Brewers

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Next Game

Cincinnati Reds
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Thursday, March 8, 2012

3:05 PM EST
Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix, AZ

Mike Leake vs. Zack Greinke

Coverage:
WEB: MLB.com/Reds.com (free), Gameday

Clear skies. Game time temperature around 70.


It seems like it's been a while since the Reds weren't aggressively trying out a fifth starter during spring training. Jeff Francis and Aroldis Chapman are being stretched out, but Dusty has been going through the presumptive regular season rotation so far in his choices for lead-off pitcher. And since I'm incapable of not interpreting anything he does literally: MIKE LEAKE, OPENING DAY-STARTER? ARE YOU OUT OF YR GORD? WE"RE BEInG SWEPT iINTO THE DUST+BIN OR HISTORY!!!!1

Just needed to max out there. Part of my spring training.

Even though the Brewers are reigning NL Champs, they aren't being cast as the Reds' primary rivals in the division. Are they being shortchanged, with analysts overlooking Greinke's upside or Aramis Ramirez's production when healthy? I'm not sure, but maybe it's worth discussing.

Sean Marshall, Kanekoa Texeira, Sean Gallagher and Carlos Fisher are scheduled to pitch after Leake.

Lineups

Cincinnati Reds Milwaukee brewers
Valaika Weeks
Janish Morgan
Heisey Braun
Francisco Ramirez
Cairo Gamel
Phipps Gonzalez
Frazier Lucroy
Hanigan Conrad
Negron Gomez