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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Ball Will Find You

Tony Renda just started playing leftfield this season.

He played 46 games (45 started) in leftfield this season at Double A Pensacola and played six games for Louisville in the month and a half he was with the bats.

Renda was drafted in the 42nd round by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Serra High in San Mateo County, California. It is the same high school that Barry Bonds attended.  The 5'8" 173 pounder decided to accept a baseball scholarship to California instead.  After three years, he was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the second round of the draft.  Renda was traded to the New York Yankees last summer and was included in the Aroldis Chapman trade over the winter along with Eric Jagielo, Rookie Davis and Caleb Cotham.

Renda, 25, hit .326 in 68 games for the Blue Wahoos.  He was promoted to Louisville and hit .280 in 23 games.

The Reds promoted him after the trade of Jay Bruce on August 2.  He made his debut against St. Louis and pinch hit.  He reached first on the bunt which was ruled a sacrifice and an error.  Three days later the scoring was changed to a base hit, giving him his first Major League hit.

Renda started two games at second base before he replaced Adam Duvall, who fouled a ball off his foot.  The rookie made his first major league start in leftfield in place of Duvall.

And the ball found him.  Christian Yelich, the third batter of the game, blooped a single into left in front of Renda for a run scoring single.  There was another hit to left and a fly out to left in the first inning.

"Anytime you're in a new position or when you double switch the ball has a way of finding you. That's just baseball. I feel comfortable out there," said Renda, who added his third single of the year.

Adam Duvall is in a boot to immobilize his left foot.  He is not expected to miss more than a couple games.

"There is no fracture. He was hit on one of those spots that you don't want to be hit. We decided immobilizingit was the wayt to go. We think he'll be out a couple days," Bryan Price said.

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