03/19/07 10:00 PM ET
Notes: Denorfia to keep improving
Reds outfieldier wants to improve his swing and consistency
By Justice B. Hill / MLB.com
"You want your body to work," said Arroyo, who gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits. "You want to pitch from the stretch, because you're gonna pitch a lot in the season from the stretch. You wanna kind of bear down and throw those good 2-2 pitches."Griffey watch: At some point this week, Narron said he's expecting to use Griffey in a Grapefruit League game. Griffey has been taking batting practice, but lingering soreness in his left hand has kept him out of game action. "Whenever he says he's ready to go, we're going do everything we can to get him in the lineup," said Narron, who reiterated on Monday that Griffey might start the '07 season on the disabled list. And the question is ... Who was the first Reds player to lead the National League in batting? (See answer below) Did you know: In 1954, slugger Ted Kluszewski accomplished a rarity in baseball when led the National League in homers (49) and in hits (192). Kluszewski is one seven Reds to lead the league in hits, though several like Pete Rose (six) led the league in more than one season. Winfrey will sing God Bless America. Reds notes: The Reds optioned right-hander Brad Salmon and left-hander Brian Shackelford to Triple-A Louisville, moves that cut the number of pitchers in Reds camp to 19. Narron said he simply couldn't find innings for Salmon and Shackelford. Both of them made strong impressions in Spring Training. ... Right-hander Kirk Saarloos and left-hander Bobby Livingston are scheduled to throw in Minor League games on Tuesday. ... Adam Dunn hit his third homer of the Grapefruit League season. It was a solo shot off Tigers left-hander Kenny Rogers in the fourth. The answer is ... A team with as storied a history as the Reds surely didn't go deep into baseball's history without having an early batting leader, right? In 1905, Cy Seymour led the National League with a .377 average. Seymour also led in hits with 219. Quotable: "Stuff-wise, he's probably got the best of anybody in our bullpen." -- Narron, on Rule 5 Draft pick Jared Burton, a 25-year-old right-hander Up next: The Reds have a day off on Tuesday. Their next game is Wednesday when they travel to Fort Myers, Fla., to play the Twins at 1:05 p.m. ET. Left-hander Eric Milton will start for the Reds, and he'll face Twins right-hander Sidney Ponson.
Justice B. Hill is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.