04/07/12 7:20 PM ET
Marshall embraces Cincinnati energy, new role
By Jeff Wallner / Special to MLB.com
"The crowd got me going," said Marshall, who pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts. "When we got two outs, I could hear the ballpark energy rise. It was such a great atmosphere here on Opening Day, inside and outside the ballpark."
Marshall, who was acquired from the Cubs in December in exchange for left-hander Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and Minor Leaguer Ronald Torreyes, is expected to move into the closer's role long-term now that Ryan Madson is out for the season with an elbow injury.
Although Thursday's outing was not a save situation, Marshall said his debut was special.
"It was a great way to start, better than I could've imagined," Marshall said.
Votto, Phillips receive 2011 hardware
CINCINNATI -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and first baseman Joey Votto received their 2011 National League Gold Glove Awards in a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park.
Last year, Votto became the first Reds first baseman to win a Gold Glove Award, while it was the third such award in four years for Phillips, who also on Saturday received his Louisville Silver Slugger Award.
"I'm just trying to be the best defensive second baseman I can be," Phillips said. "People see my hard work and how much I've improved. I'm blessed to be one of the players who can win this award."
Votto, who signed a 10-year, $225 million contract extension on Wednesday, has worked hard to improve as a defensive first baseman.
"It's one of those awards that validates all the hard work I've put in to improve part of my game that was a deficiency," Votto said. "Defense is one of those things ... you're supposed to make the plays. I'm trying to make the routine plays and be consistent every day."
Phillips says he takes as much pride in a great defensive play as he does in a big hit. But does Votto feel the same way?
"No, I like my home runs," he said, smiling.
Phillips downplays extension talk
CINCINNATI -- Brandon Phillips was more than willing to discuss receiving his Gold Glove Award in pregame ceremonies on Saturday. But the Reds' second baseman wouldn't comment on a possible contract extension.
"I'm not talking about money," Phillips said prior to the game. "Money does talk. But winning is better. I'll take that. I'll talk about winning."
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com following Thursday's Opening Day victory over the Marlins that a deal could be reached with Phillips within a week or so. Phillips, who is making $12.5 million per year and is playing out his option year, has expressed a desire to remain with the Reds.
Reds right-hander Logan Ondrusek, who has been dealing with a sore back, is improving, according to manager Dusty Baker. "He's getting better daily," Baker said. "Tried to stay away from him [on Opening Day], which we were fortunate to be able to do." Ondrusek threw a bullpen session on Thursday. Prior to the game, Baker was still awaiting word from the training staff in regard to Ondrusek's availability on Saturday.
Reds right-hander Ryan Madson, who will miss this season with a torn ligament in his right elbow, is still awaiting Tommy John surgery. "We're still gathering information on when and where he's going to have it done," said Baker. "It's not an easy thing. Once you go under that knife, you've got a whole lot of work and pain ahead."
Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.