- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

DAYTON, OHIO (AP) - Alex Gonzalez proved his fitness in the field and at the plate.

The Cincinnati Reds shortstop made an outstanding play in the field and doubled in a run in a 9-6 victory over the club’s top minor leaguers.

Gonzalez, who also turned two double plays, missed all of last season with a compression fracture in his left knee and strained his right hamstring in a Grapefruit League game on March 23.

Edwin Encarnacion and Jerry Hairston Jr. each hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati, which lost 12-4 to the prospects on Friday night. Johnny Cueto allowed one run and four hits in four innings.

Chris Valaika, the Reds’ minor league player of the year in 2008, hit a three-run homer and Todd Frazier had a two-run shot for the Futures team.

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