Cincinnati at San Francisco

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San Francisco (8-9)1000010136101

Reds 7, Giants 6


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Aroldis Chapman doesn't like the uncertainty that has come with being taken out of the closer role and thrust into the mix for a job in the Reds' rotation.

So he decided to make his preference known: He wants to close.

His manager, Dusty Baker, wants to hear that directly from Chapman before he decides whether the left-hander will be the Reds' fifth starter or their finisher.

Chapman with the 100 mph fastball saved 38 games for the Reds in 2012. On Saturday, he made his second start of spring training and fourth overall appearance, including a minor league game on March 11.

He allowed a run and two hits with three walks and two strikeouts in four innings as the Reds won a split squad game over the San Francisco Giants, 7-6.

"I'm waiting to hear (the decision) so I can feel better, concentrate more," Chapman said. "I don't think (it's a distraction) because when you go out there to pitch, you can't think about that. But it still would be better to know what they're going to do.

"The truth is, if they were to make the decision, I would want to be the closer," Chapman said, "but it's not in my hands."

Chapman said he relishes the role of closer because of the rush of pitching in the ninth inning. Baker said he'd planned to speak with Chapman about it after he'd pitched.

"You hear all kinds of stuff. You hear it from his camp. You hear it from people talking and everybody thinks they're in the know," Baker said after the game. "We are going to do what's best for the team and for him. But it makes it a lot easier when you get the person's blessing."

Baker said he was happy Chapman finally spoke up about the situation because he doesn't always talk to those who make such decisions.

As for the game, Baker felt Chapman didn't throw many quality pitches, but because of his overpowering stuff he was able to pitch out of trouble.

Chapman walked the first two hitters he faced and threw a wild pitch in the inning, but settled down.

Chapman's counterpart on the mound for San Francisco, Madison Bumgarner, remained solidly on track to start the second game of the regular season for the Giants on April 2.

The 23-year-old left-hander with 29 wins combined over the past two seasons allowed only a run on two hits over five innings.

"I felt just a touch better than last time out," Bumgarner said. "Everything felt in rhythm more. Last time, I felt the timing was a little bit out of wack."

Bumgarner pitched four shutout innings and allowed one hit on March 11.

Pablo Sandoval had two hits, including a run-scoring double in the sixth for the Giants.

NOTES: RHP Tim Lincecum is scheduled to start Sunday for the Giants against the Colorado Rockies. Lincecum was roughed up a bit in the third inning of his previous start but pronounced himself recovered from a blister on his throwing hand. . 1B Brandon Belt dug two throws out of the dirt on one hop, the first on a long throw from Sandoval in the third inning and the second after a grounder to second base in the fifth. . The Reds optioned RHPs Curtis Partch and Pedro Villareal, IF Henry Rodriguez and 1B Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday. 1B-OF Donald Lutz was optioned to Double-A Pensacola. . RHP Mat Latos is scheduled to start Sunday against Cleveland, followed by Bronson Arroyo on Monday and Homer Bailey on Tuesday.

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Cincinnati Reds
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   a- Derrick Robinson, PH-CF3111000 .345
Emmanuel Burriss, SS3000002 .257
   b- Devin Lohman, PH-SS0100100 .000
Donald Lutz, RF3001000 .321
    Yorman Rodriguez, RF1011000 .333
Ryan Ludwick, LF3000000 .125
   c- Xavier Paul, PH-LF1001000 .267
Mike Hessman, 1B4000011 .000
Jack Hannahan, 3B3000010 .188
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
   d- Kyle Waldrop, PH0100100 .000
    Curtis Partch, P0000000 .000
    Nick Christiani, P0000000 .000
Jason Donald, 2B2000010 .345
   e- Brodie Greene, PH-2B2110011 .500
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    Devin Mesoraco, C2110001 .476
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    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
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b-walked (passed ball) for Burriss in the 8th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Ludwick in the 8th
d-walked for Parra in the 9th
e-singled for Donald in the 8th
2B - Miguel Olivo (1, Bumgarner), Devin Mesoraco (3, Lopez)
3B - Billy Hamilton (1, Bumgarner)
HR - Travis Mattair (1, Ramirez)
RBI - Derrick Robinson (5), Donald Lutz (8), Yorman Rodriguez (7), Xavier Paul (3), Travis Mattair 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Mattair 2 (2)
SB - Derrick Robinson (2, 3rd base off Lopez/Monell), Devin Lohman (1, 2nd base off Lopez/Monell)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Hannahan-Donald-Hessman
PB - Devin Mesoraco (1)
Cincinnati Reds
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Logan Ondrusek 2311000 2.57
Manny Parra (W,1-1) 2211041 3.72
Curtis Partch (H,2) 0.1233110 9.00
Nick Christiani (S,1) 0.2100110 4.26
WP - Aroldis Chapman (1)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aroldis Chapman 2-6, Logan Ondrusek 3-3, Manny Parra 2-0
Batters Faced - Aroldis Chapman 15, Logan Ondrusek 9, Manny Parra 8, Curtis Partch 4, Nick Christiani 4
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    Boof Bonser, P0000000 .000
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Marco Scutaro, 2B2010100 .235
    Kensuke Tanaka, PR-2B2100003 .220
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    Adam Duvall, 3B2123000 .231
Hunter Pence, RF3000013 .289
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Steve Edlefsen, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Ciriaco, PH1000010 .000
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   b- Jarrett Parker, PH1000012 .000
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Francisco Peguero, LF-CF^RF4110003 .395
Brandon Crawford, SS3010010 .269
    Ehire Adrianza, SS1111000 .200
Guillermo Quiroz, C2000001 .278
    Johnny Monell, C2000011 .529
Madison Bumgarner, P2010010 .500
    Cole Gillespie, PR-LF1110100 .265
a-struck out for Edlefsen in the 8th
b-struck out for Ramirez in the 9th
2B - Pablo Sandoval (3, Ondrusek), Francisco Peguero (3, Partch), Ehire Adrianza (1, Partch), Madison Bumgarner (1, Ondrusek)
HR - Adam Duvall (2, Parra)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (4), Adam Duvall 3 (5), Ehire Adrianza (2)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Duvall 2 (4)
CS - Andres Torres (1, 2nd base by Chapman/Olivo)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Duvall-Tanaka-Belt
PB - Johnny Monell (1)
E - Johnny Monell (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
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Javier Lopez (BS,2; L,0-1) 0.1444100 18.90
Steve Edlefsen 0.2000000 3.38
Ramon Ramirez 1122111 12.00
WP - Madison Bumgarner (1), Ramon Ramirez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 26-21, Boof Bonser 3-3, Chad Gaudin 7-7, Javier Lopez 11-6, Steve Edlefsen 1-1, Ramon Ramirez 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 8-5, Boof Bonser 2-1, Javier Lopez 2-0, Steve Edlefsen 1-0, Ramon Ramirez 1-1
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 18, Boof Bonser 3, Chad Gaudin 3, Javier Lopez 7, Steve Edlefsen 1, Ramon Ramirez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 11738
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - John Tumpane