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03/18/11 6:13 PM ET

Reds feature Opening Day-type lineup vs. Cubs

MESA, Ariz. -- Friday's Reds lineup vs. the Cubs might bear some resemblance to the one manager Dusty Baker writes out on March 31.

That, of course, is Opening Day, vs. the Brewers.

Cincinnati's order had Drew Stubbs leading off, followed by Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Scott Rolen, Jay Bruce, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Hanigan and eighth hitter Paul Janish.

"It's pretty close. Some lineups are going to be similar to the season. We'll see," Baker said before Friday's game.

Putting this lineup together was part calculation, part a product of the schedule. Baker rested all of his regulars on Thursday, which was the day after a night game. On Saturday, there are split-squad games.

The regulars played seven innings on Friday, and many are expected to play as many on Saturday.

"Today is a day for these guys to play longer," Baker said. "You're trying to get some endurance and length. Tomorrow you get some more endurance and length back-to-back days."

Frazier in good form as he seeks bench spot

MESA, Ariz. -- Trying to earn a bench spot on the Reds' 25-man roster, Todd Frazier wasn't just happy that he hit his first home run of the spring on Thursday vs. the Indians.

Frazier was pleased about where the ball went -- to the opposite way and over the right-field fence.

"That's where most of my power is, I think. When I'm going to the opposite field, I know I'm right at the plate for sure," Frazier said on Friday. "Yesterday was something I need to stick with. It's just a matter of being consistent."

Frazier, one of the organization's top prospects, is batting .192 (5-for-26) this spring, so he might need a strong final two weeks to make the team. The Reds have made use of his versatility and given him games at four positions -- left field, right field, third base and first base.

"I feel great in all the positions," Frazier said. "I'm glad they're giving me a chance at all the positions to show what I can do. Defense is coming along, and we'll see what happens.

"I feel I'm almost at the point where I should be before Spring Training ends. But I feel more comfortable at the plate. That's the main thing. When you're breathing right at the plate and you're more relaxed, the better you're going to be."

Reds cut pitchers Carroll and Reineke

MESA, Ariz. -- The Reds' Spring Training roster was pared by two more pitchers Friday, bringing the camp down to 43 players. Pitchers Scott Carroll and Chad Reineke were assigned to the Minor League camp. They were non-roster players.

Reineke was 2-0 with a 4.00 ERA in four games, including three starts. He benefited when Edinson Volquez's starts were scratched because of immigration visa issues. Carroll worked five scoreless innings in three appearances.

"Both of them had good springs," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I didn't know much about either of them, but they were very impressive this spring. They're guys, if something happens, that would be very much in the mix even though they're not on the roster. Their stuff is roster stuff."

Worth noting

Reds starter Homer Bailey pitched on Friday in a Minor League game for Class A Bakersfield vs. Brewers Minor Leaguers. Bailey gave up four earned runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings, with no walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 76 pitches. ... Reds Minor League pitcher Jose Williams, who is with the organization's Dominican summer league team, tested positive for substances that violated MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy. Williams received a 50-game suspension. ... Friday was catcher Corky Miller's 35th birthday.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.