03/10/2013 11:39 AM ET
Choo keeps up scorching spring with new team
By William Boor / MLB.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Shin-Soo Choo went 4-for-4 in the Reds' 7-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday. In addition to raising his Spring Training batting average to .421, Choo has now hit safely in five of the eight games he has played.
Choo, who was acquired by the Reds in an offseason trade, has not taken a long time to acclimate or make a strong impression on manager Dusty Baker.
"Choo can play," Baker said. "He's not doing anything that surprises me. That's why we traded for Choo."
In addition to his four hits, Choo also stole two bases Sunday. For as strong as the left-handed center fielder is playing, it is also important to remember there are still three weeks until Opening Day.
"Choo's only going to get better," Baker said.
Cueto 'just off' with delivery vs. White Sox
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Johnny Cueto made his third start of the spring Sunday, but was erratic and never found a rhythm against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.
"He was just off in his command and usually he's sharp," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We wish he was sharper, but he wasn't. [But it's early and] we've got a long way to go."
After allowing two runs in a laborious four innings, Cueto lowered his spring ERA to an even 5.00.
"Yeah. Too fast," Cueto said when asked if he felt he was rushing his delivery. "I think my shoulder [was flying] open."
Cueto threw 64 pitches in his outing and allowed three hits. However, he struggled with his command as he walked three batters, hit one with a pitch and also had a wild pitch.
Despite the lack of command, Cueto was able to finish strong as he struck out the last two batters he faced, finishing his start on a positive note.
"It felt pretty good [to strike out] those last two hitters," Cueto said.
Reds honoring Morgan with statue in front of park
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- As a member of both the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Reds Hall of Fame, Joe Morgan's baseball resume is right up there with the best of them.
The Cincinnati Reds have already retired Morgan's No. 8 and are now bestowing the former second baseman with another honor -- a statue located in front of Great American Ball Park on Crosley Terrace.
Morgan's statue -- which will join those of Johnny Bench, Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Frank Robinson -- will be dedicated on Saturday, Sept. 7, prior to the 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The statue, albeit a tremendous honor and tribute, is only the culmination of a season-long celebration to Morgan's career.
During his 22-year career, Morgan won two World Series, five Gold Glove Awards, two National League Most Valuable Player Awards and 10 All-Star Game nods.
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will honor Morgan with a special exhibit, according to a news release. Morgan's exhibit will boast game-used equipment, photographs, memorabilia and other rare items from his personal collection.
Fans can donate to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum by calling (513) 765-7921 or by visiting redsmuseum.org. Contributions can result in a spot on the Joe Morgan Recognition Wall, located inside the museum.
• Team Canada was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic on Sunday with a loss to Team USA, which means Joey Votto will rejoin his Cincinnati teammates Tuesday. The Reds have Monday off.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.