03/28/11 7:53 PM ET
Baker finalizes Reds' roster, rotation
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Cincinnati Reds
News & Features
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- Hamilton scores in split-squad action vs. Indians
- No issues for Arroyo in final spring start
- Reds planning final roster cuts Saturday
- Reds release catcher Olivo
Sights & Sounds
Spring Training Info
Leake closes spring on positive note
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Intent on bringing his sour Spring Training to a sweet finish, Mike Leake avoided trying to do too much on Monday -- and did nothing to spoil his anticipation of the season.Leake went the first 5 2/3 innings of the Reds' 9-1 victory over the White Sox -- matching the longest outing of the preseason by a Cincinnati pitcher -- and allowed a run and six hits while walking two and striking out three. This was a far cry from the 2 1/3-inning, seven-run glitch in his previous start, Tuesday against Oakland. "I was overthrowing then, trying to do too much. This is what I wanted to do in my last tuneup," Leake said. "We worked on some things and talked about a couple of things. I was reminded how I'm supposed to pitch, by mixing and matching. I'm not overpowering." "He threw very well. That's what we wanted to see, against a very tough lineup," said Reds manager Dusty Baker, alluding to the White Sox use of mostly regulars. "They've got some mashers in there. But [Leake] threw some good strikes and changed speeds off his fastball." Monday's sharp performance will make it easier for Leake to cool his heels until his next assignment -- as the Reds' season-opening No. 4 starter, his turn will not come up until April 4, at home against Houston -- and relish his first Opening Day. "I'm just going to enjoy that first game," said Leake, who last year was left behind when the Reds broke camp, and didn't rejoin the club until mid-April. "I'm not going to stop working; I'll mix in an extra workout or two."
Right-handed reliever Jared Burton was forced out of Monday's game following a two-out walk of Chicago's Brent Lillibridge in the seventh when "he said he just didn't feel right. No pain, he just couldn't extend his arm back," said manager Dusty Baker, indicating the back of his shoulder. Burton will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning. ... Jonny Gomes, whose solo shot in the second triggered the Reds' homer-or-nothing offense in the 9-1 win over the White Sox, has four doubles and four homers among nine exhibition hits. His batting average is .188, and his slugging percentage is .521. ... As he did Monday, Baker will play his regulars for the first five innings of Tuesday's Cactus League finale against the Indians. ... Before meeting the White Sox and Indians to wrap up the exhibition schedule, the Reds went 9-8 against National League competition.