08/18/12 12:46 PM ET
Broxton's velocity returns after he rests shoulder
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Recently acquired setup man Jonathan Broxton pitched the eighth inning in Friday's 7-3 win over the Cubs. It was Broxton's first appearance since Aug. 10 after he was rested with a sore right shoulder.
Broxton, who gave up a leadoff single and a one-out double, escaped without allowing a run. He struck out two batters, including one with a 96 mph fastball. He topped out throwing 97 mph.
"He has his velocity back," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We're going to need him. We're going to need the Broxton that showed up the first couple of games."
Broxton is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA in six appearances since his July 31 trade from the Royals.
Right-hander Sam LeCure, who had been kept out because of right shoulder inflammation, is also considered available again. His previous game was also on Aug. 10.
"He was available [Friday]. Each day, he gets better," Baker said.
Dusty prefers doubleheaders not to be split up
CINCINNATI -- The Reds and Cubs met in a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, with Game 1 being the makeup game from a May 1 rainout. Cincinnati's most recent previous doubleheader was on June 22, 2011, vs. the Yankees at Great American Ball Park.
Reds manager Dusty Baker isn't a fan of day-night doubleheaders, preferring the traditional twin bills.
"These doubleheaders take a toll on you physically and mentally, especially the splits," Baker said Saturday morning. "There was a time when they outlawed the splits, back in our time. Then the gates got so big, they brought it back. If you had your choice, you'd rather just go wait 30 minutes and go right back at them when you're hot."
As a player, Baker never minded playing two games, back-to-back, in one day.
"I didn't care. I looked at it as a four-to-six-hit day," Baker said. "There was a good chance whoever played the first game wasn't going to be as strong as me the second game. This is what tests your mental and physical strength. You may be tired, but I'm not as tired as you. And if I'm not as tired as you, there's a good chance I will beat your butt."
Closer Aroldis Chapman appeared in a non-save situation in the ninth inning Friday and retired the side in order. Chapman, who hadn't appeared since Sunday, needed the work. But it snapped his franchise record 16 straight appearances with a save. The old record was 15 straight games with a save by Jeff Shaw in 1997.
Todd Frazier entered Saturday's doubleheader batting .591 (13-for-22) vs. the Cubs this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Frazier had the second-highest batting average for a Major Leaguer against one team (minimum 25 plate appearances). David Ortiz entered the day batting .619 (13-for-21) this season vs. the Yankees.