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Fogg strong enough in first spring start

Fogg strong enough in first spring start

REDS 5, PIRATES 0
at Bradenton, Fla.
Friday, March 14

Reds at the plate: Though none of their 12 hits went for extra bases on Friday, the Reds strung together enough singles in both the third and eighth innings to produce more than enough run support for their pitchers. Both Brandon Phillips and Edwin Encarnacion had RBIs in the third, while Jay Bruce and Ryan Freel each finished the day with two hits. Catcher Alvin Colina, who entered the game in the eighth, drove in two with a bases-loaded, eighth-inning single.

Pirates at the plate: There was even less offense to be had by Pittsburgh on a rainy day at McKechnie Field. Nyjer Morgan went 1-for-3 at the plate with a double, while designated hitter Freddy Sanchez had two hits in four at-bats. Until Sanchez did it in the eighth inning, the only Pirates hitter to reach third was Steve Pearce, who walked, stole second and made it to third on a throwing error.

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Reds on the mound: In his first start (fourth appearance) of the spring, Josh Fogg threw an efficient five innings, scattering three hits in a scoreless outing. Right-hander Marcus McBeth pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning before Brad Salmon made his fourth scoreless appearance of the spring. After issuing a leadoff walk, Salmon struck out the side.

Pirates on the mound: Though the damage done was considerably less than that of his last start, right-hander Matt Morris still labored through four innings. The veteran starter allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits. Franquelis Osoria followed with a scoreless inning of relief before Evan Meek pitched two scoreless innings.

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Grapefruit League records: Reds 10-8; Pirates 5-10.

Up next for the Reds: The Reds will travel south to Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday to face the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Homer Bailey will make his fourth start of the Grapefruit League season for Cincinnati and will be followed by lefty Bill Bray, right-hander Jared Burton and righty Todd Coffey. Left-hander Jon Lester will make the start for Boston.

Up next for the Pirates: The Pirates will head to Dunedin, Fla., on Saturday, when they will take on the Blue Jays for the second time this week. Toronto won Wednesday's meeting, 4-1. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Right-hander Ian Snell will increase his workload to five innings on Saturday, with Elmer Dessens, Matt Capps, Jonah Bayliss and Hector Carrasco each scheduled to pitch an inning of relief. The relief appearance will be the first this spring for Dessens, who has been bothered by back pain since camp opened.

Additionally, in order to get in his necessary work, lefty Phil Dumatrait will pitch two innings over at Pirate City on Saturday. As of Friday, Dumatrait was not sure whether he'd be pitching a simulated game or to Minor League hitters at batting practice.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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