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Posey belts HR off Cingrani
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11:00 AM
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey had a three-run homer off Tony Cingrani among his three hits, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Tuesday.
Posey added an RBI double and a single as the Giants overcame a three-run deficit.
The Reds scored three quick runs off Tim Hudson.
Todd Frazier doubled home two runs in the first. Billy Hamilton doubled home Skip Schumaker, who started in left field, giving the Reds the lead after two innings.
Hunter Pence started his second game after resting a sore shoulder. He tripled after Posey's home run.
Ehire Adrianza hit his second home run of the spring, a two-run shot off Cingrani, who allowed six runs after pitching seven scoreless innings, including the first two innings of this appearance.
"Cingrani is a guy working on a breaking ball and his changeup," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. "You're not seeing the same pitching philosophy that you have in the past. We all agree he has to develop those pitches. There is not a better place to do it. You hate to lose a game when guys are working on their stuff but it will pay dividends down the road."
Schumaker, who signed a two-year deal with the Reds in November, doubled and hit a solo home run off Hudson. He is hitting .550 this spring.
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman pitched three scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk with one strikeout. During the season he will not likely pitch more than two innings.
"We utilize the plan to get him stretched out so he can get connected to his changeup and slider," Price said. "It gives him more opportunity to get familiar with those pitches. Don't read anything into it. He's not going into the rotation."
Reds relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall are working their way back with Broxton close to appearing in gamesand Marshall feeling better after having five days off to rest his left shoulder.
Boxton threw live batting practice Tuesday. "He's done everything to give us confidence that he's ready," Price said. Broxton had surgery on his right forearm flexor in August.
Price said Marshall will resume a throwing program soon. "He had five bullpen sessions before we shut him down. He's feeling great now. We are just being super conservative now," Price said.
Mat Latos threw his third bullpen session on Tuesday.
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