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  1. Reds sporting 4-0 lead over Giants after six

    Oct 7, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Bronson Arroyo finally yielded a baserunner when Brandon Belt singled in the fifth, but he’s retired 18 of 19 through six innings and the Reds are up 4-0 on the Giants. After Ryan Ludwick‘s solo homer in the second, the Reds got to Madison Bumgarner for three runs in the fourth to break the game…

  2. NLDS Preview: Giants vs. Reds

    Oct 6, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Buster Posey AP

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Giants and Reds have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams San Francisco Giants (94-68) vs. Cincinnati Reds (97-65) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in San Francisco: Johnny Cueto vs.…

  3. My MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year picks

    Oct 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Here are my picks for the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards for each league. Obviously, these are all for fun. I’m not a BBWAA member and do not have ballots for any of these awards. Feel free to flame away. AL MVP 1. Mike Trout 2. Miguel Cabrera 3. Robinson Cano 4.…

  4. Three exciting days left in the regular season

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on during play against the Toronto Blue Jays in their first game of a double header during an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We are down to the final three days of the regular season, and there is so much still to be decided. Here’s an overview for the craziness that will be afoot between now and Wednesday night: The Races: The teams involved in the playoffs are close to being set. The Yankees, Orioles and Rangers have…

  5. You Asked Me Questions on Twitter. So I Shall Answer Them.

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

    The Question

    Q: Was this a challenging year for you with Phillies fans not such an easy target? How will you adjust your future trolling? Trolling is like Jiu-Jitsu: you use your opponents’ own momentum against them, cause them to overplay their native tendencies into foolishness. Phillies’ fans’ tendency is to declare their team some unbeatable force…

  6. Aroldis Chapman throws successful bullpen session

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

    chapman getty

    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was shut down last Tuesday after complaining of shoulder fatigue and hasn’t pitched since. But his return is imminent. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the hard-throwing lefty tossed a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field without experiencing any problems with his shoulder. “It went real…

  7. Aroldis Chapman feels “a lot better” after recent bout with shoulder fatigue

    Sep 14, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman Getty

    Aroldis Chapman is currently getting a bit of a break due to a fatigued left shoulder, but he’s confident he’ll be blowing away opposing batters again real soon. According to Christina De Nicola of MLB.com, Chapman said he felt “a lot better” after making 40 throws earlier today while playing long toss from a distance…

  8. Clint Hurdle is making Dusty Baker’s life easier

    Sep 11, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    The Pirates’ No. 4 hitter tonight, Garrett Jones, has hit .213/.254/.344 against lefties this season. The Pirates’ No. 5 hitter tonight, Pedro Alvarez, has hit .210/277/.387 against lefties this season. So, it was pretty much a no-brainer that Sean Marshall was coming in to face both with a man on first and one out and…

  9. Reds worried about Aroldis Chapman’s diminished velocity, “fatigued” shoulder

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman was a mess last night, walking three of the five batters he faced after coming into a tie game in extra innings and being removed mid-inning for the first time all season. Within that ugly performance he threw 22 pitches and none of them topped 97 miles per hour while many of Chapman’s…

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

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Rays 6, Rangers 0: That, my friends, is B.J. Upton.  Three homers for big brother and a two-hit shutout for James Shields. This will make Rays fans feel really good until Texas bounces them easily in the division series again. Marlins 8, Nationals 0: The Nats have not won a game since they shut down Stephen…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 23, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 12, Orioles 3: Five years ago last night Texas laid 30 runs on the Orioles. Not so bad last night, but still pretty ugly. Adrian Beltre smacked three dingers and drove in five. Sadly, Tommy Hunter was only allowed to give up a solo homer, two-run homer and a grand slam, falling just short…

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 22, 2012, 6:13 AM EDT

    Nationals' Strasburg pitches in the rain during the second inning of their MLB game against Braves in Washington

    Nationals 4, Braves 1: I have been arguing against a Stephen Strasburg shutdown for a while now, but allow me to say that if those dudes are really gonna do that, I wish they would have done it before last night. Strasburg struck out ten in six innings, allowing a single run and winning his…

  13. Johnny Cueto bests Cubs for NL-leading 16th win

    Aug 18, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto Getty

    Johnny Cueto continued to bolster his case for the National League Cy Young award this afternoon against the Cubs, giving up two runs over eight innings as part of a 5-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Cueto is now the National League’s first 16-game winner. David Price of the Rays got there…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 15, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Yankees Kuroda pitches to Rangers in MLB game in New York

    It was shutout Tuesday, apparently. Let’s tally the goose eggs: Yankees 3, Rangers 0: Hiroki Kuroda with the two-hit shutout. He was masterful, but man, there were a lot of ill-advised Texas swings in the parts of this one I watched. Either Kuroda had them more fooled than someone on the foolingest day of his life…

  15. Johnny Cueto bolsters Cy Young case with eight scoreless innings

    Aug 12, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto didn’t make the NL All-Star team, but he might well be the league’s Cy Young Award winner this season. Cueto threw eight innings of three-hit ball and combined with Aroldis Chapman on a shutout of the Cubs on Sunday, giving him his 15th victory of the season. Cueto is now tied…

  16. Cubs hit new low, commit five errors in loss to Reds

    Aug 10, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    The Cubs snapped their eight-game losing streak by beating the Reds on Thursday, but they returned to typical form Friday, committing five errors in a 10-8 loss to Cincinnati. Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson and Welington Castillo all had miscues on a very windy day at Wrigley Field. The Cubs had five…

  17. The Pirates and Reds are not liking one another right now

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen AP

    On Friday, Andrew McCutchen was hit by a 101 mile-an-hour fastball by Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman. Then on Saturday, Reds starter Mike Leake hit Pirate Josh Harrison and barked at him. Yesterday Rod Barajas and Starling Marte were each hit by Reds pitchers. The Pirates did not retaliate during A.J. Burnett‘s win yesterday. And Barajas explained why:…

  18. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 4, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman Getty

    The big series of the weekend kicked off last night in Cincinnati, as the Reds blanked the second-place Pirates by the score of 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 40,829 at Great American Ballpark. Mat Latos was dominant in the victory, allowing just four hits (all singles) over 7 1/3 shutout innings while…

  19. Tales of Feliz, Bard figure to scare off future starting conversions

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    If the Reds were still thinking of putting Aroldis Chapman into the rotation next year, today’s announcement will surely give them pause. Former Rangers closer Neftali Feliz will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss most or all of 2013 after being diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow. It means two of this year’s…

  20. Reds’ NL-best bullpen adds Jonathan Broxton from Royals

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton

    You wouldn’t think the Reds would need more bullpen help, what with Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall leading a relief corps that has the best ERA in baseball, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cincinnati has acquired Jonathan Broxton from Kansas City for minor leaguers Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran. Broxton signed a one-year,…

  21. Aroldis Chapman settles his speeding ticket

    Jul 18, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Remember Aroldis Chapman‘s speeding ticket? He was clocked at 93 — normally a changeup for him — but his attorney pleaded it down to an eephus pitch: Police in the Columbus suburb had reported clocking Chapman at 93 mph on Interstate 71. They found that his Kentucky driver’s license was suspended. His attorney Michael King…

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

    Jul 16, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    Braves 6, Mets 1: Ben Sheets emerges from the restorative chemical waters of the Lazarus Pits to throw six shutout innings against the Mets. Too bad this series is over. I heard the Braves were going to run Rich Harden out there tonight and maybe Mark Prior on Tuesday to see if the Mets are just as prone…

  23. Aroldis Chapman blows away the Cardinals

    Jul 15, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    One would never know Aroldis Chapman was pitching for the third straight day for the first time in two years Sunday. The Cuban left-hander fanned all three Cardinals he faced to protect a 4-2 lead in the ninth as the Reds completed their sweep tonight. Chapman pitched in all three games, striking out eight and…

  24. What to watch for in tonight’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Tonight’s 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will officially open with Detroit’s Justin Verlander throwing to Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez. Still, my favorite part will take place before that. The Midsummer Classic isn’t the must-see event it was before Baseball Tonight, MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv made seeing the league’s stars in action so much easier.…

  25. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

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