The Reds acquired first baseman Dan Johnson from the Astros on Thursday for a player to be named or cash, one of two trades involving minor leaguers. They also sent infielder Devin Lohman to the Phillies for a player to be named or cash. Johnson played in 15 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBIs. The 35-year-old infielder also has played for Oakland, Tampa Bay, the White Sox and Baltimore.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani struck out nine in six impressive innings, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

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The unfailingly polite Neil Walker has been asked about his contract status for most of spring training, to the point where the second baseman thinks it’s counterproductive to talk about it. ”It’s time to think about the season,” the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman said this week. ”That’s the focus now.” The Pirates open the season April 6 at Cincinnati against the Reds and it appears contract talks between the team and the popular Pittsburgh-area native who was their first-round draft pick in 2004 have been put on hold. The sides could not agree on a deal in the offseason and went to an arbitration hearing, which the Pirates won.

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Edwin Jackson of the Chicago Cubs had a much bigger problem: He couldn’t find the ballpark. Jackson missed his spring training start Tuesday against the A’s when he drove to the wrong stadium. The 31-year-old veteran said he typed ”Oakland Athletics spring training complex” into the Google Maps app on his phone and it directed him to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Too bad for Jackson, he didn’t realize Oakland no longer played there.

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Nick Peters, a former Spink Award winner who covered the San Francisco Giants for 47 years and loved to mentor young writers, has died. Both the Giants and Peters’ former employer, the Sacramento Bee, announced that he died Monday at his Northern California home after a long illness. From Hall of Famers Willie Mays to Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda, to more modern stars such as Barry Bonds and Tim Lincecum, Peters was a staple in the press box at Seals Stadium, Candlestick Park and AT&T Park. ”Sad to hear of the passing of (at)BaseballHall writer Nick Peters,” former Giants pitcher Russ Ortiz posted on Twitter.

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Jason Marquis pitched six effective innings for the Cincinnati Reds, and Ryan Rua drove in four runs for the Texas Rangers as the teams played to a 6-all tie in 10 innings Monday night. ”Feeling good and feeling loose throughout six innings was a big step for getting ready for the season,” Marquis said. I made pitches when I needed, which is part of the game.” Devin Mesoraco and Chris Dominguez each hit a two-run homer for the Reds. He is batting .438 during his five-game hitting streak and leads the Rangers with eight RBIs.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Infielder Neftali Soto has been traded from the Cincinanti Reds to the Chicago White Sox.

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Twentysomethings sit in rows inside a two-story, red brick building in an Allentown suburb that Norman Rockwell could have painted. Using a keyboard and a pair of screens each, the video scouts note every one of the 700,000 pitches and 130,000 batted balls in the major leagues each year, night after night after night. Hundreds and thousands of miles away, infielders shift from left to right and back on big league diamonds, swaying like metronomes marking time in a Beethoven symphony, moving to locations personalized for each batter. Players no longer are told to do everything the way Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth and Christy Mathewson did.

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Cincinnati Reds opening day starter Johnny Cueto has returned to the Dominican Republic to be with a family member having health issues. Manager Bryan Price said on Friday it’s unclear when Cueto will rejoin the club. Cueto was scheduled to start on Friday against the Giants in Scottsdale. Anthony DeSclafani took his place.

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jesse Hahn threw five shutout innings, Brett Lawrie hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 in spring training on Saturday.

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