"I was really happy to see my changeup," said Bailey, who has a 3.60 ERA through five innings over two starts. "The ball Manny [Ramirez] hit where he flew out to left field, it was a changeup he was out in front of. The one that J.D. Drew smoked to Joey Votto [at first base] was a changeup he was out in front of. One of my strikeouts was on a changeup."Best view in the house: Another young rotation candidate, Edinson Volquez, also pleased Baker with his 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Volquez gave up four hits and a walk and struck out four. He has a 6.75 ERA through four innings in two outings. But Baker wanted an impartial opinion about Volquez, and who better than to ask the guy with the best viewpoint? That was Wednesday's home-plate umpire Brian O'Nora. "He said Volquez showed a very live arm, which makes his changeup better," Baker said. "He has that dynamite fastball. Those umpires are seeing the ball moving. They're seeing the hitters' reaction to it, and a lot of times if I don't know how a guy is throwing, I'll go ask the umpire. They'll tell you." Getting ready: New signee and outfielder Corey Patterson remained at Reds camp in Sarasota, Fla., and was slated to face pitchers in a live batting-practice session. Baker doesn't expect to use Patterson in a game until early next week. Injury report: Outfield prospect Jay Bruce, out with a mild left quadriceps strain, hasn't played since Sunday, but he could return on Friday. "Bruce asked to pinch-hit [on Tuesday]. I said, 'No,'" Baker said. "From my experience, if they say, 'I'm ready today,' I wait until tomorrow. Invariably, I'm not lying, the first at-bat they'll have to beat out an infield hit -- every time. Then you're like, no, don't run." Lefty reliever Bill Bray [sore shoulder] is expected to face hitters for the first time on Thursday and throw 20-25 pitches in a simulated game. Bray has yet to appear in an exhibition game. Yankees beware? While Baker spoke with the media in the visiting clubhouse office, a reporter's chair gave way and tipped him over backwards. Keenly aware that he was in the southern outpost of "Red Sox Nation," Baker didn't miss a beat. "That's a Yankee trap," he said. "That might be an ejector seat." Up next: Aaron Harang will make his second start on Thursday, when the Reds will host the Yankees at 1:05 p.m. ET in Sarasota. Chien-Ming Wang will start for New York. Matt Maloney, Francisco Cordero, Mike Stanton and David Weathers are also scheduled to pitch for Cincinnati.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less