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  1. Team USA’s lineup for first WBC exhibition game

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Joe Torre

    For anyone into the World Baseball Classic, here’s the Team USA lineup for today’s pre-WBC tuneup game against the White Sox: 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 3. Ryan Braun, DH 4. Joe Mauer, C 5. Giancarlo Stanton, RF 6. Mark Teixeira, 1B 7. David Wright, 3B 8. Adam Jones, CF 9. Shane…

  2. Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks agree to $35 million extension

    Feb 8, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Aaron Hill AP

    Three weeks after Aaron Hill and the Diamondbacks were said to be having preliminary extension talks the two sides have agreed to a deal, with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reporting that Hill will get $35 million for three seasons. Hill signed a two-year, $11 million deal last offseason and would have become a free agent…

  3. Brandon Phillips is apparently in the Beatles circa 1964

    Jan 28, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    The Reds had their annual Caravan thingie over the weekend. Stops in Columbus and Dayton with appearances before thousands of fans.  I didn’t go this weekend, but I’ve been to it and other things like it before. They’re cool enough. But I’ve never witnessed quite this level of adoration: Fans lined up in the bitter…

  4. Team USA’s roster announced for the World Baseball Classic

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    American Flag

    The roster for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic was just announced.  It breaks down like this: Catchers: Joe Mauer, J.P. Arencibia, Jonathan Lucroy 1B: Mark Teixeira 2B: Brandon Phillips SS: Jimmy Rollins 3B: David Wright Utility: Ben Zobrist, Willie Bloomquist Outfielders: Ryan Braun, Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino Lefties: Jeremy Affeldt, Tim Collins, Derek…

  5. Giancarlo Stanton will play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic, Mike Trout will not

    Jan 12, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    usa world baseball classic hat

    A bit of World Baseball Classic roster news. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has informed Team USA officials that he plans to participate in the 2013 WBC. Angels outfielder Mike Trout has bowed out of the competition, meanwhile, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Stanton, 23, batted…

  6. Shin-Soo Choo heads to Reds, Trevor Bauer lands with Indians in three-team mega-trade

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT

    choo getty

    That three-team mega-trade between the Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks has been made official. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has the breakdown: Reds get: OF Shin-Soo Choo INF Jason Donald Indians get: SP Trevor Bauer OF Drew Stubbs RP Bryan Shaw RP Matt Albers Diamondbacks get: SS Didi Gregorius RP Tony Sipp OF Lars Anderson Declaring…

  7. The Reds are interested in doing long term deals for Homer Bailey and Mat Latos

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Mat Latos

    Last season the Reds did long term deals for Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. Now they’re thinking about locking up some pitching: they want to do long-term deals for Homer Bailey and Mat Latos, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Bailey and Latos look to be long-term parts of the Reds rotation, with each…

  8. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

  9. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    gold glove

    I stopped caring about the Gold Glove awards sometime between designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a “first baseman” and Derek Jeter winning five as a “shortstop” but MLB has announced three (or four) finalists per league at each position and here they are: (Note: Coaches and managers vote for the Gold Glove award…

  10. 2012 projections review: second base

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This is the third entry in a position-by-position review of my 2012 projections. Along with looking at my top preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each spot, I’m highlighting some other interesting players. Any requests for players not covered can be made in the comments. 1. Robinson Cano – Yankees Projection: .309/.362/.520, 30 HR,…

  11. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    trout getty

    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  12. Reds expected to offer Dusty Baker a “short term” contract

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:22 AM 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

    There was chatter during yesterday’s Giants-Reds game that, seeing as though he’s only under contract through 2012 at the moment, it could be Dusty Baker’s last game at the helm in Cincinnati. Which, theoretically, could be his last game as manager. Seems that isn’t the case, though: Walt Jocketty will meet this morning w Dusty…

  13. UPDATE: A Ryan Ludwick homer makes it 6-3 Giants in the sixth

    Oct 11, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    Buster Posey AP

    UPDATE: And now Ryan Ludwick hits a big blast in the bottom of the sixth, making it 6-3 Giants. It may just be a ballgame yet. 2:54 PM: The Reds get two back in the bottom half of the inning on a Brandon Phillips double, so it’s now 6-2 Giants. 2: 36 PM: Mat Latos…

  14. Giants-Reds Game 5 Lineups: Scott Rolen is back at 3B for Game 5

    Oct 11, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Three

    Dusty Baker is going with Scott Rolen in the decisive Game 5. Baker’s quote: “That’s what got us here.”  I agree. If Rolen had not been in the lineup for Game 3, there is every reason to think that the Reds would not be playing in a Game 5 … Here’s the Reds lineup for today’s game:…

  15. NLDS Game 4 lineups: Giants vs. Reds

    Oct 10, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    bruce bochy and dusty baker

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the NLDS between the Giants and Reds, in Cincinnati: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS CINCINNATI REDS 1. Angel Pagan, CF 1. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 2. Zack Cozart, SS 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 3. Joey Votto, 1B 4. Buster Posey, 1B 4. Ryan Ludwick, LF 5.…

  16. Backs against the wall, Giants and A’s come through

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    With four teams combining on just 16 hits and five runs, Tuesday’s games were all about the pitching. Facing elimination, the Giants and A’s survived thanks to the strength of their rotations and bullpens. Tied 1-1 for most of the day, the Giants tried emptying their bench as a means to score a run in…

  17. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Giants vs. Reds

    Oct 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    bruce bochy and dusty baker

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the NLDS between the Giants and Reds, in Cincinnati: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS CINCINNATI REDS 1. Angel Pagan, CF 1. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 2. Zack Cozart, SS 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 3. Joey Votto, 1B 4. Buster Posey, C 4. Ryan Ludwick, LF 5.…

  18. NLDS Game 2 lineups: Reds vs. Giants

    Oct 7, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    bumgarner getty

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Reds and Giants. First pitch is 9:30 p.m. ET: CINCINNATI REDS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 1. Brandon Phillips, 2B 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Zack Cozart, SS 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 3. Joey Votto, 1B 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 4. Ryan Ludwick, LF 4.…

  19. Matt Cain proves beatable in postseason for first time

    Oct 7, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

    Matt Cain, Jay Bruce

    The Giants were so dominant in the 2010 postseason that Matt Cain had no chance to match Cole Hamels‘ feat from 2008. Hamels went 4-0 and his team won all five of his starts as the Phillies marched to a World Series victory. Cain, on the other hand, pitched just three times as the Giants…

  20. Brandon Phillips’ star turn guides Reds to Game 1 win

    Oct 7, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, Marco Scutaro

    Sure he’s a two-time All-Star, but maybe Brandon Phillips is feeling a little anonymous in Cincinnati. He certainly increased his profile Saturday as the Reds beat the Giants 5-2 in Game 1 of the NLDS. Let’s run through the highlights: – Phillips opened the scoring in the third with a two-run homer off Matt Cain.…

  21. Brandon Phillips launches two-run homer as Reds strike first in NLDS Game 1 vs. Giants

    Oct 6, 2012, 10:46 PM EDT

    brandon phillips getty

    The Reds lost their ace in the bottom of the first inning to a back injury, but they have an early lead in this NLDS Game 1 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Drew Stubbs hit a leadoff single in the top of the third inning, then Brandon Phillips waited on a hanging curveball from Giants…

  22. 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.…

  23. Homer Bailey throws a no-hitter against the Pirates

    Sep 28, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Homer Bailey AP

    UPDATE: He did it! Homer Bailey has done it. He threw a no-hitter tonight against the Pirates as part of a 1-0 win. Bailey struck out pinch-hitter Brock Holt swinging to begin the ninth before getting pinch-hitter Michael McKenry to pop out to left field for the second out. He then Alex Presley to pop…

  24. Reds beat Cubs to become first team to clinch playoff berth

    Sep 20, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    Trotting out a lineup that included just one regular, the Reds beat the Cubs 5-3 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field and become the first team this year to clinch a playoff berth. The Reds got Johnny Cueto his 18th victory despite fielding a lineup that included Miguel Cairo at first…

  25. Dusty Baker hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat

    Sep 20, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Dusty Baker went to the hospital before yesterday’s Cubs-Reds game, thinking he may have had pneumonia or something. Turned out to be something else: an irregular heartbeat.  Baker was hospitalized overnight and will have precautionary tests. After the game Brandon Phillips had this to say about Baker’s absence: “I had to worry about my daddy,” Phillips said.…

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