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02/24/09 5:08 PM EST
Harang sharp in afternoon workout
Reds ace tosses scoreless frame against live hitters
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- It wasn't an intrasquad game the Reds held on Tuesday but an afternoon workout under game-like conditions inside Ed Smith Stadium. But whatever you want to call it, starter Aaron Harang appeared sharp. In one scoreless inning, Harang threw 10 pitches with one strikeout.
"I felt good," Harang said. "I was letting it go free and easy. Of course, the breaking stuff won't be as sharp, but as long as my heater is where it's at right now, I'm not too worried about it. I'm keeping it down in the zone."
Harang threw 20 more pitches in the bullpen and said he faced the equivalent of four batters under simulated conditions.
The next assignment for Harang is his first Grapefruit League start on Sunday vs. the Yankees. The right-hander, who is coming off a dismal 6-17 season, has looked solid so far in camp. His dropping of 25 pounds during the offseason was noticeable when he reported 10 days ago.
"I can't complain about how things are going," Harang said. "Now I'll go on every fifth day so I can get into my routine."
The home white team beat the visiting gray team, 7-3, during the five-inning workout. The home team starting lineup was very close to what might be seen for the Reds on Opening Day.
Joey Votto had an efficient afternoon in his two at-bats. In just two swings, Votto hit an RBI double and a three-run homer to center field. Jay Bruce added an RBI double for the white team, while Jacque Jones hit a solo homer to right field. Jordan Smith started for the gray team and gave up seven runs, five earned, over two innings.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.