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  1. The Uehara Phenomenon

    Oct 18, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    So, you probably know that this year Boston’s Koji Uehara proved to be harder to reach base against than any pitcher in the history of baseball. That’s a pretty good thing. Here’s the list of the Top 10 WHIPs in baseball history, pitching at least 50 innings: 1. Koji Uehara, 2013, 0.565 2. Dennis Eckersley,…

  2. The Reds could trade Brandon Phillips this winter

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips

    John Fay — who doesn’t engage in wild speculation — reports that the Reds could shop second baseman Brandon Phillips this winter. He cites the Reds’ interest in Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero as one suggestion that they’re willing to move past Phillips. The second reason is more personal: Phillips ticked off a lot of people in…

  3. Mat Latos had surgery to remove bone chips from elbow

    Oct 16, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    Reds right-hander Mat Latos, who was passed over for the Wild Card game start in part because he was dealing with bone chips in his elbow, had surgery last week to remove them. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that he’s expected to be fully recovered before spring training and generally speaking removing bone chips (and/or…

  4. Four years later, 2009 free-agent pair comes up big in LCSs

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Headlined by three players, the post-2009 season MLB free agent class was undoubtedly the weakest seen in at least a decade. The prizes: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (acquired from the A’s earlier that summer), Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay and Angels right-hander John Lackey. The field was so bad that the fourth biggest contract went…

  5. Steve Bartman achieved infamy ten years ago today

    Oct 14, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

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    I didn’t know the date off the top of my head, but I bet a bunch of Cubs fans did. October 14, 2003 — ten years ago today — was Steve Bartman day. In case you’re six years-old or generally oblivious, the Bartman game became known as such when Mr. Bartman reached for a foul ball…

  6. Shane Victorino ties post-season record with ninth HBP

    Oct 13, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino moved into a tie with Alex Rodriguez for the most post-season HBP’s in the bottom of the first inning of NLCS Game 2. Tigers starter Max Scherzer drilled Victorino in the left shoulder with a 91 MPH fastball, his ninth career in the post-season. The errant pitch put a runner…

  7. Bronson Arroyo hasn’t heard from Reds, doesn’t expect qualifying offer

    Oct 8, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Bronson Arroyo will be a free agent after spending the past eight seasons in Cincinnati and the 36-year-old right-hander told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he hasn’t had any extension talks with the Reds: I’ve heard not a word. The sense I have, I don’t think they’ll make me a [qualifying] offer. They would have…

  8. La Russa is not a Reds managerial candidate. Jim Riggleman is for some reason.

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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    As soon as the news hit that Dusty Baker was out as Reds manager people started talking about Tony La Russa. In addition to being a surefire Hall of Fame manager, he is close with Reds GM Walt Jocketty and worked with him for years in St. Louis. Seems that’s just wishcasting: Tony LaRussa has…

  9. Four points of award voting

    Oct 2, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

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    When I was a kid, I loved the annual awards column that would run in the local newspaper. It does not really matter WHICH local paper I’m talking about now because some version of that column ran in every newspaper in the United States. The columns always picked the writers’ baseball award winners and, along…

  10. Brandon Phillips: “we choked”

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Wild Card Game - Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The guy tells it like it is. Sometimes when he shouldn’t. But you can pretty much expect him to go beyond the cliches before most guys do, and he did so last night after the Reds’ loss to the Pirates: “We choked. I don’t care how my teammates feel about what I am saying now,…

  11. Dallas Latos says she was hit in the head “at least three times” by a female Pirates fan at PNC Park

    Oct 2, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

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    Dallas Latos — the wife of Reds pitcher Mat Latos — claims to have had an ugly incident during Tuesday’s National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park, a 6-2 victory for host Pittsburgh. We’ll let her do the explaining: Got punched in the head at least 3 times by a pirates fan so this…

  12. Listless Reds have no answer for Francisco Liriano

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips

    Swept by the Pirates over the weekend, the Reds went down without a fight. The hope that they could simply flip the switch — and maybe find their swag — Tuesday died a quick death in front of a raucous PNC Park crowd. The incredible thing is that the Reds had actually beaten Francisco Liriano…

  13. Pirates roll to 6-2 defeat of Reds in NL Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

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    The Pirates are heading to their first-ever NLDS. Francisco Liriano allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings and Russell Martin homered twice as the Bucs cruised to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Reds in the National League Wild Card Game on Tuesday night at a sold-out and rowdy PNC Park. Liriano…

  14. Pirates get another home run in the seventh inning

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

    russell martin getty

    Everything continues to go right for the host Bucs. Pirates catcher Russell Martin slugged a deep solo home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning off of the Reds’ latest relief pitcher, Logan Ondrusek, moving Pittsburgh to a 6-1 lead in this National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park. It…

  15. Reds get on the board but Pirates open even bigger lead in National League Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Reds slugger Jay Bruce was 0-for-11 against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano entering this National League Wild Card Game and struck out on three straight sliders in his first meeting Tuesday night against the left-hander, but Bruce got Cincinnati its first run of the night with an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning…

  16. Pirates homer twice in second inning to take early lead in National League Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

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    Pirates starter Francisco Liriano struck out Reds leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo on four pitches to open the game and then induced groundouts from Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto for a quick, nine-pitch first inning. That set the early tone in this NL Wild Card Game at a fired-up and blacked-out PNC Park. Liriano was even…

  17. National League Wild Card Game: Reds-Pirates lineups

    Oct 1, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle, Marlon Byrd, Dusty Baker, Mark Carlson, Gerry Davis

    Here are the lineups for tonight’s National League Wild Card Game between the Reds and Pirates, in Pittsburgh: Reds: CF Shin-Soo Choo LF Ryan Ludwick 1B Joey Votto 2B Brandon Phillips RF Jay Bruce 3B Todd Frazier SS Zack Cozart C Ryan Hanigan SP Johnny Cueto Ryan Ludwick only drew three starts as the No.…

  18. Billy Hamilton is on the Wild Card roster

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    Given the 20+ years of pent up playoff tension and and a matchup of two comparably-talented division rivals, tonight’s Reds-Pirates wild card game was already bound to be an exciting one. It just got more exciting: Billy Hamilton is on the Wild Card roster. — Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog) October 1, 2013   You never know…

  19. Brandon Phillips expects to play tonight despite “nasty swelling” on shin

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    brandon phillips

    Brandon Phillips took a foul ball off his leg Saturday and then sat out Sunday’s game with what Mark Sheldon of MLB.com describes as “some nasty swelling above his left shin.” However, the Reds second baseman felt much better Monday and is expected to be in the lineup for tonight’s Wild Card playoff game against…

  20. Mat Latos will try to pitch through a bone spur in his elbow

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mat Latos

    Last week Reds right-hander Mat Latos revealed that he’s been pitching with an abdominal injury since June, but that might be the least of his problems now. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Latos underwent an X-ray after complaining of arm soreness and has been diagnosed with a bone spur in his elbow, which explains…

  21. Ian Kinsler calls out Rangers fans for not packing ballpark

    Sep 30, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last week Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick called out Cincinnati fans for their lack of energy. Our own Craig Calcaterra noted that Ludwick had put himself in a no-win situation and, sure enough, a short time later he quasi-apologized. And now Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has done more or less the same thing, calling out…

  22. Welcome to the 2013 playoffs

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell surveys the field before his team takes on the Baltimore Orioles in an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We still have one game left that, technically and statistically speaking, belongs to the regular season. But practically speaking — and in our hearts — we are into the playoffs now. Game 163 between the Rays and Rangers is do-or-die and very, very few regular season games can say that. So: toss your technical orthodoxy.…

  23. Pouliot’s postseason award picks: National League

    Sep 30, 2013, 1:51 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    There’s still one more American League game on Monday, so we’ll have to wait on those selections, which will probably be a bit more controversial than these. Here are my NL award picks for 2013.

  24. When the standouts don’t stand out

    Sep 30, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

    Paul Goldschmidt

    Obviously, offense in the year 2013 isn’t what it used to be. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt led the National League this year with a .954 OPS and was tied with Pedro Alvarez for first with 36 homers. It’s hardly a knock against him to say that those aren’t the totals we’re used to seeing leading the…

  25. 2013 leads the way in spectacularly bad offensive performances

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    By OPS, the 2013 season boasts three of the six worst offensive seasons since 2000: .545 – Cesar Izturis (2010 Orioles) .559 – Alcides Escobar (2013 Royals) .562 – Nick Punto (2007 Twins) .564 – Neifi Perez (2002 Royals) .565 – Adeiny Hechavarria (2013 Marlins) .569 – Darwin Barney (2013 Cubs) .576 – Ramon Santiago…

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