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    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Aroldis Chapman said all he needs is for the season to start.

    The Cincinnati Reds starter had his best outing of the spring on Saturday as the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 in a game between split squads.

    Chapman struck out five batters and limited the Padres to four hits in five scoreless innings. The left-hander, who walked 41 batters in 50 innings last season, issued one free pitch during a 78-pitch effort.

    Chapman attributed Saturday's success to taking less time in between pitches, a suggestion both his coaches and teammates made.

    "I've been working on the command of my pitches and controlling the location," Chapman said through a translator. "One of things I did today was working faster. I've been listening to my teammates and coaches talking about taking less time between pitches and it was working today."

    The Padres didn't have much of a chance against Chapman. He was throwing in the mid 90-mph range from the outset and touched 98 mph on the radar gun several times. Chapman went 4-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 54 games for the Reds last season.

    "It looked like it had an extra gear on it," Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett said.

    Padres manager Bud Black likes how Chapman appears to have cleaned up his delivery.

    Chapman is in the mix for a spot in Cincinnati's rotation, although he could be used out of the bullpen. The Reds are already without left-hander Bill Bray (groin strain) and on Saturday learned they will be without closer Ryan Madson, who will soon undergo season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery. Chapman was mentioned as a possible replacement for Bray.

    "It looks as though his delivery is smoothed out a little bit, especially his finish," Black said. "He appears to be a little bit more compact, not as spread out. He doesn't look to be flailing like he did at times last year.

    "He was effectively wild in and around the zone."

    Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard wasn't as effective as Chapman. Richard allowed five runs - three earned - and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. But Black and Richard, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder on July 29, saw more positive signs after an 84-pitch effort.

    "I felt good," Richard said. "I wasn't as sharp as I'd like to be, but you'll have days like that. It's a natural progression. You want to establish your fastball first and then mix in your offspeed and it's kind of where I'm at now. I'm trying to get a little more consistent with my pitches in the zone and get early outs. For the most part I was able to command the fastball."

    Reds outfielder Jay Bruce and infielder Miguel Cairo each went 2 for 3. Cairo had an RBI. Drew Stubbs had a two-run single and infielder Paul Janish also went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI.

    San Diego outfielder Mark Kotsay had two singles and reliever Huston Street pitched a scoreless inning.

    Padres reliever Andrew Cashner allowed his first run in eight innings this spring.

    Catcher Nick Hundley, who was bothered by a sore right side, returned to the lineup for the first time since March 14 and caught six innings. Hundley, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract on Tuesday, went 0 for 3 but said he is healthy.

     
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    Cincinnati Reds
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Drew Stubbs, CF4012000 .219
        Ryan LaMarre, CF1000010 .000
    Wilson Valdez, SS3100101 .281
        Travis Webb, P0000000 .000
        Andrew Brackman, P1000010 .000
    Jay Bruce, RF3120000 .382
       a- Didi Gregorius, PH-SS1110100 .333
    Ryan Ludwick, LF3101012 .222
       b- Josh Fellhauer, PH-LF2021000 .667
    Juan Francisco, 1B3000004 .139
       c- Michael Costanzo, PH-1B2000013 .200
    Miguel Cairo, 2B3121000 .379
        Chris Valaika, 2B2000003 .391
    Paul Janish, 3B3121000 .323
        Clayton Tanner, P0000000 .000
       d- William Rhinehart, PH-RF1000001 .000
    Devin Mesoraco, C3010014 .214
        Corky Miller, C1000000 .133
    Aroldis Chapman, P2000023 .000
       e- Todd Frazier, PH-3B2000000 .250
    Totals40611627  
    a-walked for Bruce in the 7th
    b-doubled for Ludwick in the 7th
    c-grounded out for Francisco in the 7th
    d-flied out for Tanner in the 7th
    e-flied out for Chapman in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Jay Bruce (4, Richard), Josh Fellhauer (1, Cashner), Paul Janish (4, Richard), Devin Mesoraco (4, Richard)
    RBI - Drew Stubbs 2 (8), Ryan Ludwick (4), Josh Fellhauer (1), Miguel Cairo (5), Paul Janish (4)
    2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs 2 (5), Miguel Cairo (2), Paul Janish (1)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - Frazier-Valaika-Costanzo
    E - Paul Janish (2, Throwing)
    Cincinnati Reds
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Aroldis Chapman (W,1-0) 5400150 1.50
    Clayton Tanner (H,1) 1000010 0.00
    Travis Webb (H,1) 1000000 0.00
    Andrew Brackman 2200210 5.59
    WP - Andrew Brackman (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Aroldis Chapman 78-45, Clayton Tanner 12-8, Travis Webb 14-11, Andrew Brackman 38-21
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aroldis Chapman 6-4, Clayton Tanner 1-1, Travis Webb 2-1, Andrew Brackman 2-2
    Batters Faced - Aroldis Chapman 20, Clayton Tanner 3, Travis Webb 3, Andrew Brackman 9
    San Diego Padres
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Cameron Maybin, CF3000022 .209
        Jaff Decker, CF1000001 .263
    Mark Kotsay, LF3020011 .316
        Huston Street, P0000000 .000
        Matt Clark, 1B1000010 .464
    Chase Headley, 3B2000100 .259
        Vincent Belnome, 3B1000001 .500
    Jesus Guzman, 1B3000012 .250
        Brad Davis, C0000100 .250
    Nick Hundley, C3000022 .381
        Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
        Swain Carroll, RF1010000 .500
    Chris Denorfia, RF3000000 .400
        Jeudy Valdez, SS1000002 .261
    Jason Bartlett, SS3000000 .250
        Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
        Cory Burns, P0000000 .000
       a- Miguel Del Castillo, PH0000100 .000
    Everth Cabrera, 2B3000000 .263
        Michael Wing, 2B1000001 .000
    Clayton Richard, P10100001.000
        Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
       b- Daniel Robertson, PH-LF20200001.000
    Totals3206037  
    a-walked for Burns in the 9th
    b-doubled for Thatcher in the 5th
    Batting
    2B - Daniel Robertson (1, Chapman)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    E - Everth Cabrera (2, Misplayed grounder), Chase Headley (1, Misplayed grounder)
    San Diego Padres
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Clayton Richard (L,0-1) 4.2753140 5.59
    Joe Thatcher 0.1100000 0.00
    Huston Street 1000000 4.50
    Andrew Cashner 1111100 1.13
    Dale Thayer 1000010 4.15
    Cory Burns 1200020 5.40
    Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 84-56, Joe Thatcher 16-10, Huston Street 9-7, Andrew Cashner 20-11, Dale Thayer 11-7, Cory Burns 16-13
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 6-6, Andrew Cashner 2-1, Dale Thayer 2-0, Cory Burns 1-0
    Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 24, Joe Thatcher 2, Huston Street 3, Andrew Cashner 5, Dale Thayer 3, Cory Burns 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5092
    Game Time - 2:41
    Temperature - 82
    Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Barry Larson