Spring Training Baseball, Colorado beat Cleveland 10-2 and the Reds downed the Cubs 5-2.
Reds’ starter Anthony DeSclafani is expected to begin the season on the DL because of a sprained right elbow. The Reds had planned for DeSclafani to be in their rotation, along with Scott Feldman and Brandon Finnegan.
Spring Training Baseball, the Pirates topped the Twins 4-3. Cincinnati beat Milwaukee 4-2 and Colorado 9-8. Cleveland downed San Diego 11-3.
The Cincinnati Reds traded second baseman Brandon Phillips to the Braves for a pair of pitching prospects. The Reds will pay most of Phillip’s $14 million salary this season. Cincinnati got left-hander Andrew McKirahan, who’s recovering from Tommy John surgery, and right-hander Carlos Portuondo.
St. Louis beat Cincinnati 4-3. The Cardinals are one game behind San Francisco for the second NL wild card spot. Both teams have three games left.
Adam Duval hit a two-run single to lead the Reds past the Cardinals 2-1.
Aledmys Diaz hit a grand slam to help power the Cardinals past the Reds 12-5. St. Louis is a game behind the Giants for the second NL wild card.
Joey Votto and Adam Duvall hit two of Cincinnati’s four homers in the Reds’ 15-2 rout of the Cardinals.
John Lackey pitched seven solid innings and Miguel Montero drove in three runs as the Cubs completed a sweep of the Reds, 9-2.
Jason Hayward hit a two-run homer in the eighth as the Cubs topped the Reds 5-2. Chicago’s magic number for clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs is five.