Sunday, April 12, 2015

Reds' Iglesias debuts vs. Cards' Martinez

Raisel Iglesias will make is Major League debut when he takes the mound for the Reds on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET in the three-game series finale against the Cardinals.
Iglesias was signed to a seven-year contract in June after pitching three seasons with Isla de la Juventud in one of Cuba's top baseball leagues, going 8-12 with a 3.47 ERA. He also was part of the Cuban team during the 2013 World Baseball Classic, where he saw action in five games and threw 4 2/3 innings.
The Cardinals will counter with Carlos Martinez, who will make his first start of the season. The righty has appeared in one game this season, a one-inning stint on April 5 against the Cubs.
The 23-year-old led the Cards with 21 strikeouts and 22 innings pitched during Spring Training. He is 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA career against the Reds.
Things to know about this game:
• Iglesias pitched in the Arizona Fall League in 2014 for Surprise. The 25-year-old right-hander threw seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out seven and walking three.
• A Cardinals victory would give them their 13th consecutive three-game series win, while the Reds will look to win their first three-game set against the Cards since July 2012.
• The Cards, much like the Reds, will play a National League Central-heavy schedule early on with 15 of the first 18 against division foes.

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