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Aroldis Chapman fans three batters, earns save vs. Rockies in his 2014 regular season debut

May 11, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT

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Aroldis Chapman made a triumphant return to the Reds’ bullpen Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, earning a save and striking out three in his first appearance of the 2014 regular season. He issued a leadoff walk to Troy Tulowitzki in a 4-1 game but then rallied to fan Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado, and Justin Morneau in order.

Chapman hit 101 mph on his final pitch, and 15 of his 21 deliveries were clocked at 100 mph or higher.

The fireballing Cuban left-hander suffered fractures around his nose and left eye when he was struck by a comebacker in a March 19 spring game. He showed no shyness on the mound Sunday. Here’s the final strike, courtesy of

Chapman entered 2014 with a 2.40 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 324 strikeouts in 198 2/3 career innings.

  1. Conner012367 - May 11, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I am not a reds fan but nice to have him back because i might be the only one who still has him on my fantasy roster.

    • kiwicricket - May 11, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Talking about fantasy baseball is a bit of a no no on here….but who in their right mind drops Chapman because of a 5week injury?

      • Conner012367 - May 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        i honestly don’t know, and since when is talking about fantasy baseball a no no?

  2. thekingdave - May 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Uh, 100% of ESPN players still had him on their roster. Same with Kershaw. But if that false thought makes you feel smarter go with it.

  3. jrob23 - May 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    How is this possible? HBT was so busy pointing out his rehab struggles in two outings. It’s almost like these bloggers have no idea what they are talking about

    • clydeserra - May 11, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      how is reporting on struggles not knowing what they are talking about.

  4. keltictim - May 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I’ve been coming to this site for many years, and I can’t recall an unwritten rule about no fantasy baseball talk. Given the ad in the middle of the columns for the partnership with fan duel fantasy baseball, a ban would seem kinda silly, don’t ya think. Now there are done folks on here who’s opinions on baseball are born out of pure fantasy, but I don’t think that’s the fantasy baseball you are referring to. Then there are the posters who act like this is their personal sounding board, as if they are on staff. You’ll recognize them really easily, they write like they have a personal relationship with the writers beyond the site, like their baseball/social/political opinions are dogma, and yours are dog droppings, their pious musings really are something to behold and learn from. Mainly learn how to come across as a complete jack wagon. But they just live in a fantasy world that baseball just happens to exist in.

    • clydeserra - May 11, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      No kidding. Fantasy baseball pays the bills and a lot of the info is geared towards fantasy players.

      we are all free to not read things, that includes people’s comments.

  5. keltictim - May 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    I wasn’t talking about anybody who had commented on this story. I was making a point about commentors in general. Very sorry for the confusion I definitely should have made that point clearer.

  6. keltictim - May 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    By the by, how does fantasy baseball pay the bills? Are you referring to the ad, or do you yourself make a living off of fantasy baseball? Now you got me curious.

    • clydeserra - May 12, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      well, ads. and page views. lots of people read blogs like this to maximize their “line ups.” like a racing form.

      I don’t make a living from fantasy bb. I have only played a couple times. and not since maglio ordonez was my big hitter.

  7. sportsdrenched - May 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Rule one of Fantasy Baseball, don’t talk about Fantasy Baseball.

    Anyway, as a broken orbital bone survivor; I say good for Mr Chapman.

  8. stlouis1baseball - May 12, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Glad Aroldis is back. The NL Central (and Baseball in general) is better with him playing it.

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