|CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )|
ATLANTA ( HALE )
|909||CINCINNATI||+110||Ov 7.5,-120||+110||Ov 7.5,-105|
|910||ATLANTA||-120||Un 7.5,+100||-120||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-9||-1.3||8-8||3.7||0.256||0.316||3.3||0.224||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||4-3||4.6||0.280||0.335||3.6||0.256||0.331|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-7||+5||7-11||3.5||0.234||0.291||2.9||0.233||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||2-5||4.0||0.246||0.307||2.4||0.210||0.268|
|4/12/2014||SIMON(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-1||L||+115||7.5 un||U||4||3||0||5||5||0|
|4/13/2014||CINGRANI(L)||TAMPA BAY||RAMOS(L)||12-4||W||-125||7.5 ov||O||13||8||0||7||8||1|
|4/18/2014||SIMON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||4-1||W||-105||6.5 un||U||8||9||1||6||8||2|
|4/19/2014||CINGRANI(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||4-8||L||-145||7 ov||O||11||8||1||11||6||1|
|4/20/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||8-2||W||-135||9 un||O||15||10||0||11||14||0|
|4/21/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||5-6||L||130||7 ov||O||11||9||0||12||9||1|
|4/22/2014||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||4-1||W||-110||7 ov||U||10||7||1||3||5||0|
|4/23/2014||SIMON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||5-2||W||115||7.5 un||U||6||7||1||6||10||3|
|4/24/2014||CINGRANI(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||CUMPTON(R)||2-1||W||100||7 un||U||5||6||0||7||8||0|
|4/25/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)||4-5||L||120||7 ev||O||11||7||0||10||4||0|
|4/26/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ ATLANTA||HALE(R)|| |
|4/27/2014||CUETO(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|4/28/2014||SIMON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/29/2014||CINGRANI(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|4/30/2014||BAILEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|5/3/2014|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/14/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HERNANDEZ(R)||9-6||W||-125||8.5 un||O||9||9||2||8||6||2|
|4/16/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||1-0||W||125||6.5 un||U||11||10||0||3||3||0|
|4/17/2014||WOOD(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)||0-1||L||-140||7 un||U||4||5||0||8||4||0|
|4/18/2014||HARANG(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||6-0||W||-115||7 un||U||12||8||0||1||7||1|
|4/19/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)||7-5||W||-130||7 un||O||11||7||2||12||11||2|
|4/20/2014||HALE(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||3-4||L||105||7.5 un||U||10||9||3||9||11||1|
|4/29/2014||WOOD(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/30/2014||MINOR(L)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|5/1/2014||HARANG(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|5/2/2014||SANTANA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|5/3/2014|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
|ATLANTA: ATLANTA (AP) - For the Atlanta Braves, spring training turned into a matter of survival.|
No wonder they're so eager to get the season going.
The defending NL East champions lost a big chunk of their starting rotation down in Florida: projected opening day starter Kris Medlen and fellow right-hander Brandon Beachy both underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time and are out for the season. Another starter, Mike Minor, will also begin the year on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore shoulder.
But the Braves are nothing if not resourceful. They quickly signed Ervin Santana to a $14.1 million, one-year contract and have every intention of getting back to the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years.
''We still have a great team,'' closer Craig Kimbrel said. ''It's tough losing two top pitchers. But getting Santana was really big. I want to be closing out division titles and championships and World Series. I think we've still got the group to do it.''
The Braves will have a different look behind the plate after longtime catcher Brian McCann signed with the New York Yankees. But another title in a lackluster division is certainly a possibility, especially if second baseman Dan Uggla and center fielder B.J. Upton bounce back from dismal seasons in which both hit under .200. They showed signs of turning things around in spring training.
''Time will tell,'' general manager Frank Wren said, ''but we really like what we've seen so far.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Braves Preview* =====================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Cincinnati (11-11) at Atlanta (14-7), 7:10 p.m. EDT
With Mike Minor's return to the Atlanta Braves slated for next week, David Hale is likely preparing for his last turn in the rotation before heading to the bullpen or Triple-A Gwinnett.
He'll try to make the most of the spotlight Saturday night at home against Mike Leake as the Braves continue a weekend series with the Cincinnati Reds, who could be without their hottest hitter.
Hale (0-0, 2.93 ERA) hasn't been as untouchable as the rest of the surprising Atlanta starters, but he's kept the Braves (15-7) in games as they've awaited Minor's return from left shoulder tightness. Hale yielded three runs in six innings of Sunday's 4-3 loss to the New York Mets.
The rotation as a whole has been outstanding with an MLB-best 1.68 ERA, though it allowed over three earned runs for the first time in Friday's 5-4 win.
The Braves, who have won 10 of 13, jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three innings on Justin Upton's three-run homer before the Reds got to Ervin Santana for four in the sixth and seventh.
"We've seen him do this before and carry us for a while," said manager Fredi Gonzalez of Upton, who leads the team with six home runs and 15 RBIs.
The Braves, in the midst of playing 15 of 18 at Turner Field, are off to an MLB-best 7-3 start there after finishing 2013 with baseball's best home record at 56-25.
The Reds (11-12) saw a three-game winning streak snapped and are 5-3 as a 10-game road trip nears its end.
Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco, batting .468, strained his left hamstring in the seventh and was removed from the game, as was third baseman Todd Frazier in the fifth with tightness in his left leg. The fear is Mesoraco could be headed back to the disabled list after beginning the season there with a strained oblique.
"The severity is it could be significant or it could be something that's a couple or three days," manager Bryan Price said. "We'll see. I think we'll have more news for you tomorrow."
After consecutive victories, Leake (2-1, 3.49) settled for a no-decision in Monday's 6-5 loss at Pittsburgh after allowing four runs and eight hits in seven innings. All the damage came on an Ike Davis grand slam, and Leake thought even that pitch, which broke Davis' bat, wasn't a poor one.
"I thought I pitched pretty well, even the pitch I got hurt on with Ike was a good pitch," Leake said.
Leake allowed identical numbers in his only start against the Braves last season and owns a 2-1 record and 2.33 ERA in his career against them.
Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is 4 for 10 with three home runs off Leake while first baseman Freddie Freeman is hitless in eight at-bats.
Freeman went 3 for 4 on Friday to break out of an 0-for-12 stretch in his previous three. He's batting .393 with eight RBIs in seven games against the Reds since the start of 2013.
Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is batting .400 during an eight-game hitting streak at Turner Field.
The Reds have gone five games in a row without a home run. It's been 344 games, including the postseason, since they last went six straight from April 9-14, 2012.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:46:56 PM EST|