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Gameday Thread, #35: 5/13 vs. Reds

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Johnny Cueto
RHP, 3-1, 1.59

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Bryan Augenstein
RHP, 0-0, 0.00

So, bunch of interesting storylines tonight. Top of the list is the arrival of Bryan Augenstein and Gerardo Parra from Double-A Mobile, and both are in the starting line-up tonight. Parra takes center-field in place of Chris Young: Hinch would not be drawn on what might happen in the future, but said they now have four guys for three spots again, and that Parra can play any of the outfield positions. Conceivably, the D-backs could run out a starting nine where the majority skipped Triple-A, also including Upton, Snyder and Reynolds.

To make room for those two, Clay Zavada was sent back to Mobile - having lasted one day and not entered a game - while occasional pitcher and irregular infielder Josh Wilson was designated for assignment. Meanwhile, Ryan Roberts is available on the bench tonight (despite four seams being visible on his left elbow...): he said the situation was discussed by his teammates but called it "part of the game" and said it was "not my call" when asked if he felt someone from the Reds should have been hit. We'll see tonight what the rest of the team decides.

Lineup

  1. Lopez 2B
  2. Parra CF
  3. Upton RF
  4. Drew SS
  5. Byrnes LF
  6. Montero C
  7. Tracy 1B
  8. Ojeda 3B
  9. Augenstein P

Tonight's line-up is lefty-heavy: they're batting only .194 off Cueto, but they majority of the extra-base hits and both homers he has allowed have been by LHB. Hence Reynolds getting the day off, with Ojeda replacing him at third, while Montero, Tracy and Parra also start. The Montero at #2 experiment lasted only one night, and he's back down to sixth, with Parra. Here's the pre-game audio from Montero, Hinch and Roberts.

Audio courtesy of KTAR 620