Parra batted leadoff in 38 games for the Diamondbacks last season, but was in the third spot against Cincinnati — a place that manager Kirk Gibson thinks is suited for him.
"Hitting third is a productive place," Gibson said. "You may have to get on. A guy can run the bases, steal and drive guys in. You like to see guys drive the ball in the gap and hit it out occasionally. He's led off for us. Today he balanced the lineup, left-right, left-right."
Cincinnati opened its competition for the fifth spot in the rotation. Right-hander Mike Leake, trying to retain his spot, pitched two innings, allowing a run on two hits. Left-hander Aroldis Chapman, last year's closer who is competing for a rotation spot, started a split-squad game against Colorado and retired all six batters he faced, fanning one.
"Leake looked real good," Baker said. "It looked like he was working on his change-up. He was locating his fastball well. He had good tempo and kept the ball down."
NOTES: Arizona's top pitching prospect, Tyler Skaggs, had a rough outing. He allowed three hits and walked three while retiring two batters. ... Gibson intends to move Parra around the lineup during spring training. "Today he set up our batting order, left-right, left-right. We will move him around to find the right combination," Gibson said. .. RF Jay Bruce was in the Reds' lineup after missing two games with a sore right heel. ... 3B Todd Frazier had missed two games with tightness in his calf. He walked and scored against Arizona.
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