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  1. Evan Longoria, Stephen Strasburg lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    No matter how bloated the All-Star rosters get, it’s never hard to find imperfections. This year, two of the AL’s top 10 performers to date have been left off for no good reason. For some reason, manager Jim Leyland’s squad took three catchers and four second basemen, but just two from third base, which has…

  2. Heath Bell allows homer in fifth consecutive appearance

    Jun 22, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Diamondbacks closer Heath Bell surrendered a two-run home run to Jay Bruce in the top of the ninth inning that turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit. It marked the fifth consecutive game in which Bell has allowed a homerun: June 10 @ Dodgers: Juan Uribe walk-off solo home run June 12 @ Dodgers:…

  3. Tony Cingrani stays with Reds, shifts to bullpen

    Jun 17, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Tony Cingrani Getty

    Last time Johnny Cueto returned from the disabled list the Reds sent his rotation fill-in, Tony Cingrani, back to Triple-A, but this time around they’ve decided to keep the rookie left-hander around as a reliever. “He fills what we need,” manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “We need a power arm in the…

  4. Jonathan Broxton placed on disabled list with right elbow strain

    Jun 15, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton Getty

    The Reds are already without left-hander Sean Marshall due to a shoulder sprain, but their bullpen was handed another blow today, as Jonathan Broxton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor mass strain in his right elbow. Broxton allowed the winning run in Thursday’s 14-inning loss to the Cubs, after which he…

  5. Dusty Baker will not use Aroldis Chapman for multi-inning work

    Jun 14, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

    Reds' manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout as his team plays the Giants in Game 5 of their MLB NLDS playoff baseball series in Cincinnati

    In the latest instance of a Major League manager refusing to consider anything but by-the-book bullpen use, Reds manager Dusty Baker reiterated to the media that he will not use closer Aroldis Chapman for more than one inning: Dusty Baker just said he will not use Aroldis Chapman in the 8th inning. Said the days…

  6. Mike Matheny on instant replay: “the writing is on the wall”

    Jun 10, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has been generally against expanded instant replay because, in his words, it could open up a “pandora’s box.” But he has changed his mind on that as of Saturday night. That game ended on a blown call in which Joey Votto was pulled off the first base bag on a throw…

  7. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 9, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

    jay bruce getty

    The battle for the National League Central wages on. Cincinnati fell to St. Louis in the first game of this important weekend series on Friday night at Great American Ball Park but rallied back to even up the three-game set on Saturday, tagging Cardinals rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons for four runs on one walk and…

  8. Mat Latos extends unbeaten streak to 20 consecutive games

    Jun 8, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    Reds starter Mat Latos was last saddled with a loss on August 24 last season, when he allowed seven runs in five innings to the Cardinals. In the 20 starts since, Latos has won ten games and received ten no-decisions. Tonight marked the 20th consecutive game in which Latos started a game and did not…

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 4, 2013, 6:37 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Dodgers 2, Padres 1: Welcome to the bigs Yasiel Puig. In his first game Puig had two hits and then in the ninth he made a catch at the wall and then a strong throw to first to double off Chris Donorfia to end the game. This guy has the chance to be something special.…

  10. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 3, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    Phillies 7, Brewers 5: Dom Brown homered and tripled and drove in four while Cliff Lee struck out 11 in seven and two-thirds. Philly is only one game behind the Nats right now, you guys. Why? Because … Braves 6, Nationals 3: … the Nats dropped two of three to Atlanta, with B.J. Upton of…

  11. Dusty Baker’s bullpen mismanagement costs the Reds another win

    Jun 2, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    aroldis chapman getty

    Dusty Baker is one of many managers across baseball who utilizes his bullpen according to the save rule, which means that the closer doesn’t enter the game until his team has a lead between one and three runs in the ninth inning. In this afternoon’s game against the Pirates, the Reds entered the bottom of…

  12. Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton got a little too into the Aroldis Chapman-Nick Swisher beanball incident

    May 28, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    I had missed this until earlier today but apparently Aroldis Chapman threw a couple pitches at Nick Swisher late in yesterday’s Reds-Indians game. They were likely inside on purpose and Swisher and Chapman stared each other down over it. Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton, however, took it to the next level, saying the sorts of things…

  13. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    May 26, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    homer bailey getty

    The Reds are 16-5 since the first day of May. 16-5. That run of success continued on Saturday evening at Great American Ball Park as Homer Bailey went six strong innings and Aroldis Chapman earned his 12th save in an easy 5-2 defeat of the visiting Cubs. Bailey now owns a 3.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP…

  14. Aroldis Chapman allegedly ate 18 pastries before Sunday’s game

    May 21, 2013, 9:46 AM EDT

    pastry

    I heard someone mention this yesterday but thought they were joking. Andy Martino of the Daily News, however, quotes Phillies broadcaster Rickie Ricardo, who claims that Aroldis Chapman ate 18 cream cheese-guava pastries before Sunday’s game. The game in which he blew the save, giving up a walkoff homer to Freddy Galvis: “Could you imagine cream…

  15. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 20, 2013, 6:22 AM EDT

    Freddy Galvis

    Phillies 3, Reds 2: Aroldis Chapman is usually automatic. But he surrendered back-to-back bombs to the murderers row that is Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis as the Philly walked off Cincinnati. Heck, the inning started with Chapman walking Delmon Young on four straight pitches, so you know he wasn’t on it yesterday. And Cliff Lee…

  16. Jason Grilli continues to dominate

    May 19, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli

    Pirates closer Jason Grilli spent most of his 20’s and early 30’s bouncing from organization to organization — he pitched for the White Sox, Tigers, Rockies, and Rangers. Between 2004-09, working almost exclusively as a reliever, he posted a 4.62 ERA. He suffered a knee injury during spring training in 2010 with the Indians, forcing…

  17. Phillies use wacky ninth inning to defeat Aroldis Chapman, Reds

    May 19, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    chapman getty

    The ninth inning of today’s Reds-Phillies series finale was full of statistical improbabilities. First, Delmon Young drew a four-pitch walk (yes, Delmon Young walked) against Aroldis Chapman. He was immediately replaced by pitcher and pinch-runner Cliff Lee. With Erik Kratz at the plate battling Chapman in a 2-2 count, the lefty reliever picked Lee off…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 17, 2013, 6:40 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Verlander reacts after leaving the game against Texas Rangers in their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Rangers 10, Tigers 4: So much for pitching porn. Darvish wasn’t exactly sharp early but he ultimately settled down. Meanwhile, who put the benzedrine in Mr. Verlander’s Ovaltine? He was a hot mess. And I do mean hot. He was lighting up the radar gun in the early innings but was overthrowing and seemed to…

  19. Yu Darvish is striking out a lot of hitters

    May 5, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    yu darvish reuters

    Underwhelming title? Rangers starter Yu Darvish‘s strikeout rate will overwhelm you. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out 14 Red Sox over seven innings today, lowering his ERA to 2.56. The 14 K’s bring his total to 72 on the season in 45 and one-third innings, a rate of 14.3 per nine innings. On a batters-faced basis,…

  20. Aroldis Chapman made customized “Cuban Missile” hats for all the Reds

    Apr 26, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    reds cuban missile hats

    Aroldis Chapman designed customized hats bearing his “Cuban Missile” nickname for all the Reds and handed them out yesterday. C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer sets the scene: Each player had another hat with the world “Cuban Missile” on the front with the player’s initials and number on the side … Chapman had the…

  21. Reds quickly finish off suspended game, winning 1-0 in ninth

    Apr 17, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT

    Jay Bruce

    After trying and failing to wait out the rains Tuesday night, the scoreless Phillies-Reds game was suspended after 8 1/2 innings. When play resumed Wednesday, the Reds sent four men to the plate and all four reached, ending the game in less than 10 minutes. Zack Cozart singled, Joey Votto walked, Brandon Phillips reached on…

  22. Scoreless in ninth, Phillies-Reds game gets suspended until Wednesday

    Apr 17, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    The Phillies and Reds combined on 17 scoreless half-innings Tuesday before rain delayed the game heading into the bottom of the ninth. With no end to the showers in sign, the game was suspended and will be picked up prior to Wednesday’s scheduled series finale. Kyle Kendrick and Homer Bailey battled in the pitcher’s duel…

  23. Today that annual diversity-in-baseball study comes out. Take it with a serious grain of salt.

    Apr 10, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    Rico Carty

    Today is the day that the annual report from Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida comes out.  He’s been doing this for years, and it always gets highlighted in the media, with headlines about how the number of U.S.-born black players in baseball is declining.  Which, yes, it…

  24. Reds prospect Tony Cingrani had an amazing season debut

    Apr 5, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    Tony Cingrani made his first Triple-A start last night and the Reds prospect was about as good as a pitcher can be. Cingrani, who ranks among MLB’s top 100 prospects according to both Baseball America and MLB.com, took a perfect game into the fifth inning and ended up exiting after six no-hit innings while striking…

  25. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 5, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman and Dusty Baker

    Reds 5, Angels 4: Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton finally upped their averages north of .000 — each went 1 for 4 and drove in a couple — but not enough to matter. Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch the ninth against the top of the order. Mike Trout singled but then he got Aybar…

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