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

    May 21, 2013, 9:46 AM EDT

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    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    May 19, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 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…

  6. Yu Darvish is striking out a lot of hitters

    May 5, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

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    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,…

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

    Apr 26, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Sean Marshall has yet to pitch because of shoulder fatigue

    Apr 4, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Last year at this time Sean Marshall was beginning the season as the Reds’ closer, but that didn’t last long and now he’s third in the bullpen hierarchy behind Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Broxton. If he can get healthy enough to pitch, that is. Marshall hasn’t been available yet this season because of shoulder fatigue,…

  14. 2013 Preview: Cincinnati Reds

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Cincinnati Reds. The Big Question: Is this the Reds’ year? It certainly has that feel. The Reds tallied 97…

  15. The Reds make it official: Aroldis Chapman will be the closer

    Mar 22, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

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    This was reported yesterday, but today the Reds officially announced it: Aroldis Chapman will be the closer. Walt Jocketty made the announcement at Reds camp today. He added that Jonathan Broxton will be the setup man and Mike Leake is in the rotation.  He added that he had not, contrary to popular opinion, been pushing…

  16. Reds moving Aroldis Chapman back to the bullpen

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman has been preparing all spring as if he’ll be in the starting rotation, but Paul Daughtery of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds have decided to shift him back to the closer role. Chapman always wanted to remain in the bullpen and manager Dusty Baker wanted to leave him at closer too,…

  17. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL Central

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Kay Adams and I take a quick tour of the NL Central and ask whether Aroldis Chapman can handle the rotation, whether the Cardinals can compensate for their losses, whether the Pirates can finally break .500, whether the Brewers are going to bounce back and whether the Cubs are gonna finally unload Alfonso Soriano. Who…

  18. An international draft could be here sooner than you think. And it’s still a terrible idea.

    Mar 18, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Globe

    Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are negotiating to institute a worldwide draft as soon as June 1.  This in response to a provision in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that would impose additional restrictions on how much teams can spend on international signings. And, as we have long…

  19. Aroldis Chapman wants to close

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Perhaps the biggest debate of the off-season, at least after the AL MVP award was handed out, was the benefit or detriment of the Reds’ desire to move Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation. Chapman, behind a high-90’s fastball, finished the 2012 season with a 1.51 ERA and 38 saves. However, the Reds signed Jonathan…

  20. Scout on Aroldis Chapman starting: “Joba Chamberlain all over again”

    Mar 15, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Ken Rosenthal talked to a rival scout about the chance of Cincinnati Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman joining the starting rotation, and the scout wasn’t exactly a fan of the transition: “I hope they do start him, but they’re crazy if they do,” said the scout, who works for another National League club. “It’s Joba Chamberlain…

  21. Reds still haven’t decided whether Aroldis Chapman will start or close

    Mar 13, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman is preparing as if he’ll move into the starting rotation this season following two-plus years in the bullpen, but the Reds still haven’t made a final decision on his role. “I’d like to decide soon and get my team together,” manager Dusty Baker said, via John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I don’t…

  22. Ernesto Frieri adds two pitches to arsenal

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    86 percent of Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri‘s pitches thrown last season were fastballs. Despite the patently predictable approach, the 27-year-old has enjoyed immense success in his brief Major League career, owning a 2.32 ERA in 162.2 innings. He also has one of the highest strikeout rates among all relievers. Only five have posted a better…

  23. Aroldis Chapman tosses two perfect innings in spring debut

    Feb 28, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman‘s move to the starting rotation is one of the more interesting situations to follow this spring. The transition got off on the right foot this afternoon against the Rockies, as he tossed two perfect innings in his Cactus League debut. Chapman struck out one and threw 19 out of 23 pitches for strikes.…

  24. Reds won’t disclose how they’ll handle Aroldis Chapman’s workload as a starter

    Feb 16, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    The Reds are stretching out left-hander Aroldis Chapman this spring in preparation for moving him to the starting rotation. However, while the club plans to handle his workload responsibly, they aren’t willing to say much more. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said today that the team doesn’t plan to…

  25. Reds sign right-hander Armando Galarraga to minor league contract

    Jan 22, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Reds have signed right-hander Armando Galarraga to a minor league contract. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com hears that the deal doesn’t include a spring training invite with the big club, though he could presumably make his way over if he impresses in camp. Galarraga, best known for his near…

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