Tuesday, April 19, 2016

De La Rosa, Stephenson square off in Cincinnati

Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will try to keep his roll going in a place that hasn't been kind to him, and Reds righty Robert Stephenson will make his second Major League start when the teams meet at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday in the second game of three.
De La Rosa has an 8.80 ERA in three starts, but he improved to 1-1 by striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings in his last start, a victory over the Giants in a high-scoring game at home. He gave up four runs, three earned. De La Rosa has a 7.42 career ERA in 11 games (five starts) against the Reds.
Stephenson, the Reds' No. 2 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start in place of Alfredo Simon, who has right biceps tendinitis. Stephenson allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings on April 7 against the Phillies in his big league debut. He's made one start for Louisville this season, allowing two runs (one earned) in six innings.
Three things to know
• Catcher Devin Mesoraco, who missed time last week because of a sore quad and sat out Monday, is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday night.
• Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra celebrated his 1,000th Major League game Monday night by making a throw from left field to rob the Reds' Jay Bruce of a possible triple.
• Why not test the best? Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and a deserved reputation. But give Reds fleet center fielder Billy Hamilton props for challenging him with a bunt with one out in the sixth. Arenado made a barehand pickup and threw within the nick of time.

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