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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Tony Cingrani
Tim Hudson extended his spring training scoreless streak to five innings, Pablo Sandoval homered to lead off a three-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Thursday.
Ramon Santiago singled home a run, stole second and scored on a wild pitch to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Saturday.
Left-hander Tony Cingrani is trying to shed his distinction as one of the major leagues' most fastball-reliant pitchers.
Billy Hamilton and Bryan Price now take over where Shin-Soo Choo and Dusty Baker left off. Will the Reds take the next step?
In a 5-2 loss, the Nationals' bid for a sweep of another National League contender fell victim to singles, some just out of reach, and a hard-throwing rookie left-hander.
The Reds have lost top starter Johnny Cueto for at least a few weeks because of a strained muscle in his back, the third significant injury for the defending NL Central champions in the season's opening weeks.
"I had a lot of zip but I attacked hitters with the off-speed pitch," Cingrani said. "I was talking with Sean Marshall about using the same arm slot so it looks like a fastball. It will be a real good pitch for me."
"It's always confidence with that," he said. "That's why I always went to my fastball. In any crucial situation, it was always the fastball, never any other pitch."