A LITTLE BIT OF THIS, A LITTLE BIT OF THAT

Here’s today’s Reds lineup as they take on the A’s this afternoon at 4:05pm ET in Goodyear (Reds Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio):

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Hanigan 2
Janish 6
Leake 1

A few game notes courtesy of Rob Butcher:

HERNANDEZ: C Ramon Hernandez is bothered by a sore right elbow…he will be examined Thursday by Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek.

TODAY vs ATHLETICS: Starter RHP Mike Leake will be followed by a combination of RHP Nick Masset, LHP Aroldis Chapman and RHP Francisco CorderoLHP Bill Bray, RHP Jose Arredondo, RHP Logan Ondrusek and RHP Jared Burton are scheduled to throw in a minor league game.

HURLING: Reds starters allowed fewer than 4 runs in 19 of the club’s 24g, allowed 0 or 1 run in 13 starts and didn’t allow any runs in 8 starts…LHP Bill Bray allowed 7er in 0.2ip on 3/7 vs Mil but in his other 7 apps has posted a 2.25era (8ip, 2er)…RHP Francisco Cordero has retired his last 13 batters and didn’t allow a run in any of his last 5 apps (5ip, 1h, 1bb, 4k)…RHP Nick Masset didn’t allow a run in any of his last 5 apps (6ip, 3h, 3bb, 3k).

WHO’S HOT: Miguel Cairo in his last 10 apps is hitting .421 (8-19), including Sat’s 3-hit game vs Col…Zack Cozart in his last 11 apps is hitting .423 (11-26, 2 2b, 1hr, 5rbi)…Juan Francisco has a 3-game hitting streak (4-9, .444, 2rbi)… Jonny Gomes in his last 2 apps is 3-for-7 (2 2b, 1bb, 4r)…Ryan Hanigan in his last 12 apps is hitting .348 (8-23, 1hr, 7rbi)…Chris Heisey leads the team with 4hr and 10rbi and has hit safely in 9-12g (12-30, .400, 4hr, 10rbi)… Jeremy Hermida has 5 hits in his last 13ab (.385, 2hr, 4rbi)…Paul Janish from 3/5-3/10 put together a 5-game hitting streak…Devin Mesoraco has four 2-hit games…Corky Miller had 2 hits and an RBI in the 15-5 win at SD on 3/9…Brandon Phillips has a 3-game hitting streak (5-8, .625, 4 2b, 4rbi, 3bb, 5r)…Edgar Renteria has hit safely in 8 of his 11 apps…Scott Rolen has hit safely in 7 of his 12 apps overall…Dave Sappelt leads the club with 17 hits and is tied with Heisey for the team lead with 28 total bases…he has hit safely in 13 of his 16 apps overall, and his 6-game hitting streak from 3/4-3/12 was the longest by a Reds batter this spring (8-15, .533, 1 2b, 1hr, 4rbi)…Chris Valaika hit safely in 11 of his 16 apps…reigning National League MVP Joey Votto has hit safely in 5-6g (7-16, .438, 1 2b, 2hr, 7rbi, 4bb).

OUT OF OPTIONS: The following players on the 40-man roster do not have options: RHP Jose Arredondo, RHP Bronson Arroyo, RHP Homer Bailey, LHP Bill Bray, IF Miguel Cairo, RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Jonny Gomes, OF Fred Lewis, RHP Nick Masset and 2B Brandon Phillips

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Jamie 

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