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MIA@SD: Ross fans eight over seven frames

A rainout on Wednesday put the Reds and Padres in a tougher spot on Thursday, and the two teams are halfway through their day-night doubleheader on a getaway day. Johnny Cueto dominated the opener of the twin bill, tossing his second shutout of the season in a 5-0 victory over Ian Kennedy and San Diego.

In Game 2, San Diego will start Tyson Ross, while the Reds had not announced their starter until Thursday afternoon. Veteran lefty Jeff Francis got the call, as he was brought up from Triple-A Louisville for his first outing with Cincinnati. Francis was scheduled to start Thursday in the Bats' game at Norfolk.

Alfredo Simon was originally Cincinnati's scheduled starter for Thursday's series finale, but he has been moved back.

Reds: Frazier comfortable at plate
Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is enjoying a career-best 13-game hitting streak.

Frazier has made some minor adjustments at the plate this season with new hitting coaches Don Long and Lee Tinsley, but just feels very comfortable these days in the batter's box.

"It's nice to know when you're up there, the pressure is on the pitcher. You're not worried about a thing," Frazier said. "You have hitting coaches and players that have your back and understand your swing. With the situation we've got here with the new staff, they have been very helpful with me. We work on a lot of things, watch film and understand that if I slow everything down and be the hitter I am and trust my hands, I know I have the power. I know that I can hit the ball out of any park. Not to be cocky, but you've got to be that way. You have to be positive and understand that you're the best hitter you can be."

Padres: Alonso 'locked in and focused'
Yonder Alonso had a slow start to the 2014 campaign, hitting .167 in the month of April. But the first baseman has put together a solid first half of May, going into Thursday's contest against the Reds hitting .281 (9-for-32) on the month. Over his previous six games including Game 1 on Thursday, Alonso was hitting .350 (7-for-20) with two doubles.

"I just think I've been focusing a lot more on my work pregame, during batting practice and in the game," Alonso said.. "I've been locked-in and focused. I think if you do a good job of working before the game and making sure those things are solid, everything else will get taken care of in the game."

Alonso was 0-for-3 in the series opener against Cincinnati on Tuesday, but said that a hitless game will happen from time to time, and doesn't take away from the groove he's in.

"That's baseball, man," Alonso said. "It's not every day you're gonna go 3-for-3. It's just part of the game and you've just got to continue to work and continue to have solid work in the cage and so on and so forth. And just keep going."

Worth noting
• Wednesday's postponement was only the ninth in the 12-season history of Great American Ball Park, but the second this season. Comments