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Reds' Price happy with Leake
Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:00 AM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Colorado's Charlie Culberson smashed an RBI double off Cincinnati starter Mike Leake in the third inning but that was the lone run allowed by Leake, who yielded three hits and a walk in three innings.
Meanwhile, the Rockies' Brett Anderson was efficient enough that a scheduled three-inning start turned into a five-inning, one-run outing for Colorado on Wednesday as a Rockies split squad beat the Reds 3-2.
"Not my best," Leake said. "Could have been down in the zone a little better."
"He looked good. He moved around well, had a nice bunt. It kind of shows that he's healthy," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Wednesday was the first time Price has got to see Leake, who pitched in a split-squad game Price didn't attend in his first start.
Reds right fielder Chris Heisey robbed Michael Cuddyer of extra bases with a diving catch in right and threw to first for a double play to end the first. Heisey then doubled to start the next inning and scored.
Heisey went 2 for 3 and is hitting .370 (10 for 27).
"He's been terrific," Price said. "I've been around him as long as he's been in the big leagues, starting in 2010, and we've always felt like he's that guy who could be a dynamic player."
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