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Price to increase starting pitchers' workload

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds are now on their second time through the rotation as Alfredo Simon started against the Mariners on Monday and pitched three scoreless innings with one walk. Manager Bryan Price said it's the plan to increase the workload of his starters by an inning each time out.

"The more innings you pitch, the more you use your secondary pitches," Price said on Monday. "Sometimes those are the last things to get a feel for. Sometimes you can manage a game for two innings primarily with fastballs and then you start to get into your breaking ball and your changeup and you can be a little more vulnerable, especially as a starter."

Price expects to see better command from his starters as Spring Training continues.

"You control your adrenaline easier," Price said. "Your repetition from your bullpen work typically starts to show itself in pitching quality during the game. It's important that these guys stay in the game and get their pitch limits. It's never fun to have to go down to the bullpen and finish up your work."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon.
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