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Price announces pitchers for first Spring Training games

Moscot gets nod in first game on Tuesday vs. Indians
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds have named their starting pitchers for the first stretch of Cactus League games, which will formally begin the competition for the three open spots in the rotation. It provided a hint about who might start on Opening Day.

Manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Jon Moscot would start on Tuesday vs. the Indians, with Brandon Finnegan to get an inning as well. Prospects Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed are scheduled to pitch on Wednesday vs. Cleveland. Game 3 vs. the Indians will feature Anthony DeSclafani, followed by Jonathan Sanchez. Michael Lorenzen and Tim Melville will work on Friday vs. the Giants, with Finnegan returning to start on March 5 vs. the Cubs.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds have named their starting pitchers for the first stretch of Cactus League games, which will formally begin the competition for the three open spots in the rotation. It provided a hint about who might start on Opening Day.

Manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Jon Moscot would start on Tuesday vs. the Indians, with Brandon Finnegan to get an inning as well. Prospects Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed are scheduled to pitch on Wednesday vs. Cleveland. Game 3 vs. the Indians will feature Anthony DeSclafani, followed by Jonathan Sanchez. Michael Lorenzen and Tim Melville will work on Friday vs. the Giants, with Finnegan returning to start on March 5 vs. the Cubs.

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"Once we get them set up, if you pitch a guy an inning or two innings, you can always bring them back on three days' rest instead of four," Price said. "We just didn't want Finnegan to go all the way to the fifth to pitch in his first game."

If there are no changes or setbacks, the rotation lines up as expected for DeSclafani to get the regular-season opener on April 4 vs. the Phillies. Price has not officially made the announcement, however.

Missing from the initial games is Raisel Iglesias, who is a little behind the others after an offseason shoulder conditioning program.

"He's thrown great," Price said. "He's closer to the middle of the month, but he'll have adequate time to be fully stretched out by the time we need him for his first start of the season."

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DeSclafani and Iglesias are viewed as the two rotation locks. If DeSclafani is at the top of the rotation, the delay in Iglesias' spring debut would indicate he might be in the back end of the rotation.

"It's probably reasonable to suggest that, yeah," Price said.

Worth noting

• Through one round of live batting practice this week, Price has been quite impressed with the younger pitching prospects' performances.

"A lot of good ones," Price said. "Seeing Reed and [Nick] Travieso and Amir Garrett and watching those guys rock and fire. [Sal] Romano, it's just a lot of big arms. Young, big, strong, hard-throwing, good feel for a breaking ball -- prospects that are getting really close to being able to help us."

• In light of the Academy Awards on Sunday, MLB.com asked Reds radio voice Marty Brennaman who would play him in a movie about his life.

"I can come up with two good ones, Pee Wee Herman or Don Knotts," Brennaman replied. "Pee Wee Herman would be bouncing around like we all know he does -- smiling, happy and screwing around with people. Then Don Knotts had the big Adam's apple like I've got. He walked around with one bullet in his pocket. I walk around with one in my pocket, verbally. God rest his soul, although there are a lot of people that would like to see someone dead play me."

Brennaman, incidentally, is a voter for the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which was held last month. As a member of the SAG-AFTRA union, he has received screeners of every movie in consideration for awards the past three years and has watched most of them. His pick for best picture at the Oscars this year is "Spotlight."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

 

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