Monday, September 25, 2006

Not a morning person

Bronson Arroyo has made clear on more than one occasion his disdain for afternoon ballgames.

The Reds right-hander dislikes them so much that he's volunteered to start on short rest just to avoid them.

In the first inning of today's 12:35 p.m. home finale, Arroyo allowed four unearned runs on two hits and a walk.

His worst pitch of the inning was one intended to force Cubs left-fielder Matt Murton at home plate. Catcher David Ross bobbled, then dropped Arroyo's low and outside toss for an error, one of two committed by the Reds in the inning.

Hey, Bronson, there's this thing called coffee ...

UPDATE: Arroyo recovered to toss seven innings, allowing just four hits, no earned runs, two walks and five strikeouts. He's slated to start on Saturday in Pittsburgh where he'll attempt to match Aaron Harang with 15 wins.

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