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  1. Opening Day: when you really find out what kind of mom you have

    Mar 31, 2014, 10:30 AM EST

    Whitaker

    My friend Michele has a son named Whitaker who is into baseball. Really into baseball. Like, I can’t tell you how much he’s into baseball. He plays on a traveling team called the Central Ohio Saints. Go to that link. Of the two tall kids, he’s the one on the left. By the way: he’s 12,…

  2. 2014 Preview: Cincinnati Reds

    Mar 30, 2014, 11:28 AM EST

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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 2014 season. Next up: The Cincinnati Reds. The Big Question: Is this still a playoff team? The Reds won 90 games last year to…

  3. Masahiro Tanaka had a heck of a game against the Marlins on Friday

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:10 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman signed Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract in January, then spent some time deflating expectations for the right-hander. His spring performance, including his final outing Friday afternoon against the Marlins, may have reinflated those expectations. Hiroki Kuroda started and tossed three scoreless innings before Tanaka entered the…

  4. UPDATE: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers agree to extension; will make $292M over next 10 years

    Mar 27, 2014, 8:10 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the deal includes two vesting options valued at $30 million each. If Cabrera maxes out the deal, he could make as much as $352 million over 12 years. 6:56 p.m. ET: The new money in the deal works out to eight years and $248 million, per FOX Sports’…

  5. Survey says: Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel the best at what they do

    Mar 23, 2014, 10:35 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post polled 18 scouts and executives for a ranking of the five best position players, starting pitchers, relief pitchers, managers and general managers entering the 2014 regular season. As you can probably guess, Mike Trout won the ballot for best position player, with two-time defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera…

  6. Matt Moore okay after taking comebacker to the face

    Mar 23, 2014, 7:02 PM EST

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    In the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, Matt Moore took a comebacker to the face off of the bat of Xander Bogaerts. Moore appeared to at least partially deflect the ball and had the presence of mind to chase after the ball and throw out Bogaerts at first base to…

  7. Skip Schumaker expected to miss a month with a dislocated shoulder

    Mar 22, 2014, 4:22 PM EST

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    According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds utility man Skip Schumaker said this morning that he has a dislocated left shoulder and expects to miss around a month of action. Schumaker suffered the injury while attempting to make a diving catch in the seventh inning yesterday. Reds trainer Paul Lessard was able to pop his…

  8. Wanna see a picture of Aroldis Chapman’s stapled head?

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:55 PM EST

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    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was hit in the head by a Salvador Perez line drive on Wednesday night, suffering fractures above his left eye and nose. He underwent surgery on Thursday to repair the fractures and had a metal plate inserted on the bone above his left eye to stabilize the fracture. Thankfully, Chapman is…

  9. Joey Votto thinks Billy Hamilton could be an MVP candidate if he learns to draw walks

    Mar 21, 2014, 10:45 PM EST

    Billy Hamilton

    Billy Hamilton is already dealing with pressure, as he is taking over as the Reds’ center fielder and lead-off man at the age of 23. Many expect him to become the fourth player since the turn of the millennium to steal 70-plus bases, joining Jacoby Ellsbury (2009), Jose Reyes (2007), and Scott Podsednik (2004). He…

  10. Justin Masterson not opposed to reviving extension talks

    Mar 21, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

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    On Thursday, it was reported that the Indians and starter Justin Masterson hit an impasse on negotiations for a contract extension. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports heard that Masterson was asking for a three-year deal below Homer Bailey‘s $17.5 million average annual value (thus, less than $52.5 million total). Jon Heyman of CBS Sports heard…

  11. What are the Indians thinking with Justin Masterson?

    Mar 21, 2014, 1:40 PM EST

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    The word was that Justin Masterson was asking for a three-year deal valued at less than the $17.5 million Homer Bailey received. What’s more, that he was willing to take a 2-3 year contract too. Which, for a front-line starter, is insanely reasonable. But, as reported last night, the Indians weren’t willing to go that high…

  12. Aroldis Chapman undergoes surgery, expected to resume working out in 10-14 days

    Mar 20, 2014, 11:59 PM EST

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    According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery this evening to repair the fracture above his left eye which was suffered when he was hit in the face by a batted ball on Wednesday night. During the two-and-a-half-hour procedure, Chapman had a metal plate inserted on the bone above his eye…

  13. Report: Indians and Justin Masterson break off extension talks

    Mar 20, 2014, 9:59 PM EST

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    The odds of the Indians reaching a contract extension with right-hander Justin Masterson appeared favorable earlier this month, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting that talks have broken off. Exact terms of Masterson’s demands aren’t known, but Rosenthal hears that he was believed to be asking for a three-year deal valued at less than…

  14. Aroldis Chapman joking, expected to make full recovery, but needs plate in his head

    Mar 20, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

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    Some good news from Arizona this morning: Price: Chapman was up and joking with Brayan Pena this morning. They expect a full recovery. #reds — John Fay (@johnfayman) March 20, 2014 Pena: Chapman wants to make sure everyone knows he’s appreciates the prayers. #reds — John Fay (@johnfayman) March 20, 2014 Pena: He was telling…

  15. What, exactly, are we supposed to do to prevent Aroldis Chapman-style injuries?

    Mar 20, 2014, 8:53 AM EST

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    The scene from Arizona in which Aroldis Chapman was smacked in the face by that Sal Perez comebacker is simply awful. He had literally no time to react and, while the latest reports from the hospital are encouraging, it may be a while before Chapman is pitching again. And there is no guarantee that the…

  16. Aroldis Chapman carted off field after taking liner to head, diagnosed with facial fractures

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:12 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face with a line drive off the bat of Royals catcher Salvador Perez on Wednesday night in a Cactus League game and needed to be carted off the field. Medical personnel ran immediately out to the mound when Chapman went down and the hard-throwing left-hander’s father soon…

  17. Mat Latos throws two innings against minor leaguers in first live game since knee surgery

    Mar 19, 2014, 7:38 PM EST

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    Positive development Wednesday in Reds camp. According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, starter Mat Latos tossed two scoreless innings against minor league hitters in his first live appearance since undergoing surgery on February 14 to repair a tear of the meniscus in his left knee. Latos threw 31 pitches — 19 strikes…

  18. Umpire gets knocked out of a game by a line drive

    Mar 17, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    Umpire Brad Myers

    Scary scene in Goodyear at today’s Reds-Indians game. Umpire Brad Myers left the game after being hit “in groin region” by a Brandon Phillips line drive. He was down on the field for several minutes but then was up under his own power and taken from the field on a golf cart. The game was…

  19. Mat Latos to throw batting practice Friday for the first time this spring

    Mar 13, 2014, 10:32 PM EST

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    Reds right-hander Mat Latos will take a significant step tomorrow in his recovery from February surgery on his left knee, as AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports that he’s scheduled to throw batting practice for the first time this spring. Latos, who is also coming back from a cleanup procedure on his elbow in October, was…

  20. Smart money on Hanley Ramirez, Jay Bruce in prop bets

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EST

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    Bovada released its player prop bets for the 2014 season on Wednesday, providing odds on the AL and NL MVP and Cy Young races, as well as MLB’s home run leader. Here’s a look at what I consider to be the best bets in each category. Please do note, though, all information here is for…

  21. Cincinnati writer calls Brandon Phillips out on his B.S.

    Mar 10, 2014, 9:47 AM EST

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    Brandon Phillips‘ interview with MLB.com was noted mostly for his “how the [expletive] am I declining” comment, but John Fay of Cincinnati.com notes that Phillips is either lying or deluded about something else too: the source of his beef with local reporters. Phillips is not talking to the four daily beat guys who cover the…

  22. Billy Hamilton is honing his bunting weapon

    Mar 7, 2014, 11:20 PM EST

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    Billy Hamilton hit .368 in 22 plate appearances in September last season, but some in the know say that Hamilton will struggle to hit in the Majors. In his first season against Triple-A competition last season, Hamilton hit .256 with a .308 on-base percentage and a .343 slugging percentage. Hamilton’s signature has always been his…

  23. Brandon Phillips: “How the [expletive] am I declining?”

    Mar 7, 2014, 2:44 PM EST

    Brandon Phillips

    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips isn’t talking to the Cincinnati media, but he’s willing to talk to the national media and willing to talk to the national media about why he’s not talking to the Cincinnati media. Case in point, this Phillips quote to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com: I don’t have nothing to say to…

  24. Mat Latos throws first bullpen session of spring

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:18 PM EST

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    Reds right-hander Mat Latos needed surgery in early February for a torn meniscus in his left knee and has yet to appear in a Cactus League game. But he took a significant step forward on Wednesday in camp: Mat Latos threw off of the mound for the first time since his left knee surgery on…

  25. UPDATE: Justin Masterson wants $40-60 million over three or four years

    Mar 4, 2014, 11:30 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Masterson and his agent have made a three-to-four-year proposal to the Indians which is believed to be in the $40-60 million range. They are currently waiting to hear back from the team, but the request sounds pretty reasonable. 8:51 p.m. ET: Justin Masterson can become…

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