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    Cuban defector Chapman strong in spring debut for Reds

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    GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Scouts behind home plate trained their radar guns on Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman as the left-hander prepared to throw. When the ball smacked the catcher's mitt, they'd glance back at the gun and find an eye-popping number.

    The left-hander hit 100 mph at least three times during his spring training debut Monday, throwing two scoreless innings during the Cincinnati Reds' 14-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

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    The most impressive thing was that he did it without even trying.

    "I wasn't trying to throw that hard," Chapman said through an interpreter, coach Tony Fossas. "It was good to face someone other than my own teammates. I felt better than I did in the last game. I start slow and as the game goes on, I throw harder."

    Chapman was clocked at 100 mph while pitching for Cuba during the World Baseball Classic last spring. The Reds signed him to a six-year, $30.25 million deal in January, and are giving the 22-year-old a chance to make the back of the rotation. He hit one of his teammates in the thigh during an intrasquad scrimmage last week, but was much sharper this time around.

    Players from both teams stopped what they were doing to watch when he got ready to throw. He gave up a single by Brayan Pena and walked Brian Anderson before settling down and dominating.

    "It sounded like he was throwing real hard. I couldn't see it," Royals manager Trey Hillman said, laughing. "He gets it up there. I'm not sure I've ever seen a longer stride. It looked like he was going to run out of mound."

    Reds manager Dusty Baker liked the way Chapman had better control than during the intrasquad scrimmage. Chapman came from Cuba with a history of control problems.

    "It's just a matter of him finding the plate," Baker said. "He was close to the plate today even when he was missing. Most of the time when he missed, it was down. That's a very good sign that he's getting more and more into the rhythm of things."

    Cincinnati's Drew Stubbs hit a two-run homer off Kyle Farnsworth, who is trying to make the Royals' starting rotation. Farnsworth hasn't started a game in the majors since 2000 with the Chicago Cubs. He allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings.

    "I definitely like the results to be a little better but at the same time, I'm just trying to get a feel for things," Farnsworth said.

    Jonny Gomes added a three-run homer for Cincinnati.

    Kansas City's Brian Bannister gave up one hit over two scoreless innings. Bannister lost his last five decisions in 2009 and was shut down in September because of right shoulder fatigue.

    "It's been a while since I've pitched in competition," Bannister said. "That's why I tried to keep it simple. I didn't want to walk anyone or do anything stupid."

    Notes

    • The Reds and Brewers played a "B" game on Monday morning after they were rained out on Sunday. Cincinnati's Homer Bailey struck out three in two scoreless innings. "Homer looked outstanding," Baker said. "He was controlling that outside of the plate, low and away. He had good tempo, good rhythm. He had good velocity. He threw some good breaking balls. He should be pleased with it."
     
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    Aroldis Chapman hits 100 mph on the radar gun at least three times in his first start in a Reds uniform.  (AP)
    Aroldis Chapman hits 100 mph on the radar gun at least three times in his first start in a Reds uniform. (AP)

    Kansas City Royals
    David DeJesus, RF3000011 .250
        Jordan Parraz, RF2010002 .333
    Chris Getz, SS3000010 .000
        Wilson Betemit, SS1000012 .000
    Billy Butler, 1B3010010 .375
        Ernesto Mejia, 1B1000001 .000
    Rick Ankiel, CF3000011 .111
        Buck Coats, CF0100100 .000
    Alberto Callaspo, 2B3110001 .375
        Irving Falu, 2B1111000 .200
    Josh Fields, 3B2112000 .200
        Michael Moustakas, 3B1000110 .000
    Brayan Pena, C2010010 .167
        Edwin Bellorin, C2021000 .750
    Kila Ka'aihue, DH4111014 .250
    Brian Anderson, LF1000110 .333
        David Lough, LF2010002 .667
    Totals34510539  
    Batting
    3B - Irving Falu (1, Viola)
    HR - Josh Fields (1, Masset), Kila Ka'aihue (1, Masset)
    RBI - Irving Falu (1), Josh Fields 2 (2), Edwin Bellorin (1), Kila Ka'aihue (1)
    CS - Kila Ka'aihue (1, 2nd base by Chapman/Hernandez)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Buck Coats 1
    DP - Coats-Falu
    Kansas City Royals
    Brian Bannister 2100000 0.00
    Kyle Farnsworth (L,0-1) 1.2655321 27.00
    Dusty Hughes 1.1344211 27.00
    Francisco Rosario 1233110 27.00
    Carlos Rosa 1122101 18.00
    Anthony Lerew 1000010 6.00
    HBP - Cairo (by Francisco Rosario)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Bannister 4-2, Dusty Hughes 3-0, Anthony Lerew 1-1
    Batters Faced - Brian Bannister 7, Kyle Farnsworth 13, Dusty Hughes 9, Francisco Rosario 6, Carlos Rosa 5, Anthony Lerew 3
    Cincinnati Reds
    Drew Stubbs, CF2112200 .167
        Josh Anderson, CF1000000 .000
    Orlando Cabrera, SS2001010 .333
       a- Drew Sutton, PH-SS1100101 .000
    Joey Votto, 1B2000102 .000
        Danny Dorn, 1B1212100 .333
    Brandon Phillips, 2B3000001 .000
        Wilkin Castillo, 2B2110000 .333
    Scott Rolen, 3B3120010 .429
        Miguel Cairo, 3B1100000 .500
    Jay Bruce, RF3120001 .429
       b- Laynce Nix, PH-RF2012000 .500
    Chris Dickerson, LF3222001 .429
       c- Chris Heisey, PH-LF2000022 .000
    Ramon Hernandez, C12111001.000
        Corky Miller, C0101100 .500
        Chris Denove, C0000000 .000
    Jonny Gomes, DH4123011 .250
    Totals3314131475  
    a-hit into fielder's choice for Cabrera in the 5th
    b-doubled for Bruce in the 6th
    c-struck out for Dickerson in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Scott Rolen 2 (2, Bannister, Farnsworth), Jay Bruce (1, Hughes), Laynce Nix (1, Rosario), Jonny Gomes (1, Farnsworth)
    HR - Drew Stubbs (1, Farnsworth), Danny Dorn (1, Rosa), Jonny Gomes (1, Hughes)
    SF - Orlando Cabrera (1), Corky Miller (1)
    RBI - Drew Stubbs 2 (2), Orlando Cabrera (1), Danny Dorn 2 (2), Laynce Nix 2 (2), Chris Dickerson 2 (2), Ramon Hernandez (1), Corky Miller (1), Jonny Gomes 3 (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Danny Dorn 2 (2), Chris Dickerson (1), Jonny Gomes 3 (3)
    SB - Joey Votto (1, 2nd base off Farnsworth/B. Pena), Chris Dickerson (2, 2nd base off Farnsworth/B. Pena)
    PK - Jay Bruce (1, Farnsworth)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - Castillo-Sutton-Dorn, Castillo-Sutton-Dorn
    Cincinnati Reds
    Bronson Arroyo 2000010 0.00
    Aroldis Chapman (W,1-0) 2100130 0.00
    Nick Masset (H,1) 1333022 27.00
    Danny Herrera (H,1) 1100000 0.00
    Jared Burton (H,1) 1100010 0.00
    Micah Owings (H,1) 1200010 0.00
    Pedro Viola 1222210 18.00
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 2-3, Aroldis Chapman 2-0, Nick Masset 1-0, Jared Burton 1-0, Micah Owings 1-0, Pedro Viola 1-1
    Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 6, Aroldis Chapman 7, Nick Masset 6, Danny Herrera 4, Jared Burton 3, Micah Owings 4, Pedro Viola 7
    Game Information
    Attendance - 2017
    Game Time - 2:51
    Temperature - 71
    Umpires - Home - UMP Nonindividual, First Base - Chris Tiller, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Lance Barrett