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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

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

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Welcome to the 2013 playoffs

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

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    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.…

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Reds finish mailing it in, get swept by Pirates

    Sep 29, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Pirates' Harrison slides into home plate with an inside the park home run against the Reds during their MLB National League baseball game in Cincinnati

    It’s not that the Reds had nothing to play for this weekend; winning two out of three against the Pirates would have ensured that Tuesday’s rematch in the wild card game would be at home. Instead, they’ll travel to Pittsburgh for Tuesday’s rematch and elimination game after getting swept in the series. Right from the…

  13. Pedro Alvarez going for the NL home run crown in Pirates’ meaningless regular season finale

    Sep 29, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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    The Pirates (93-68) cannot move up or down from their current position as the host of the National League Wild Card Game, so Sunday afternoon’s regular season finale at the Reds’ Great American Ball Park is essentially meaningless and most of Pittsburgh’s regulars are getting the day off. But not all of them will be…

  14. Reds will start Johnny Cueto against Pirates in Wild Card play-in game

    Sep 28, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Mat Latos has been considered the likely favorite to start the Wild Card play-in game against the Pirates at PNC Park on Tuesday, but Reds manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer after today’s game that Johnny Cueto will get the call. Latos probably would have been the choice if he was…

  15. Pirates clinch home field for Wild Card game, will host first playoff game since 1992

    Sep 28, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd, Pedro Alvarez

    It’s official: playoff baseball is coming back to Pittsburgh. On the strength of six home runs, the Pirates defeated the Reds 8-3 this afternoon at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. With the victory, the Pirates clinched home field for the Wild Card game on Tuesday against the Reds. It will be the first home playoff…

  16. Giants overcommit to Hunter Pence

    Sep 28, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Now that he’s out from under the Barry Zito (seven years, $126 million) and Aaron Rowand (five years, $60 million) contracts, Giants GM Brian Sabean has the financial muscle to swing for the fences again. And the result: a five-year, $90 million contract for Hunter Pence. For Pence, is a windfall that certainly exceeds any…

  17. Giants, Hunter Pence agree to five-year, $90 million extension

    Sep 28, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com hears that Pence’s new deal will include a no-trade clause. 1:30 p.m. ET: Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal, pending a physical. 1:28 p.m. ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that it would be a five-year, $90 million…

  18. Francisco Liriano to start Wild Card game for Pirates

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

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    With the Cardinals clinching the National League Central last night, the Pirates and Reds will officially play in the Wild Card game on Tuesday. And now we know who will be starting for Pittsburgh. According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed today that Francisco Liriano will get the ball…

  19. A.J. Burnett pitches Pirates within one game of home field advantage in the NL Wild Card playoff

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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    Pirates starter and potential upcoming retiree A.J. Burnett shut the Reds down over eight solid innings of work, allowing just one run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. The lone run came on a Todd Frazier solo home run in the fourth. Homer Bailey wasn’t sharp, allowing four runs on four…

  20. Reds still undecided about including Billy Hamilton on the post-season roster

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    In 20 trips to the dish, Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is hitting .389 with two walks and 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts. A small sample for sure, but he’s about as automatic to steal second base as it gets these days. In a short series where offense is at a premium, that kind of…

  21. Brandon Phillips names his All-Swag Team

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports spoke with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, mostly about swag. Phillips says that baseball needs more of it, saying, “That’s exactly why African-Americans don’t play baseball. [There’s] no passion in the game. You’ve got to be like a robot. Look at basketball. Look at football. When you make an exciting…

  22. Who do you root for when your team is eliminated?

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Dodgers Fans

    I’m going to root for my Barves as long as they’re still playing. Nothing will stop that. Not silly unwritten rules enforcement, not dumb “choptober” hashtags on Twitter, nothing. They’re my team and you root for your team until they’re eliminated. That’s how sports works. Even when they annoy you, they’re your guys. But that…

  23. Hisashi Iwakuma (quietly) had a really great season

    Sep 26, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma put the finishing touches on a fantastic season last night with eight shutout innings against the Royals, lowering his ERA to 2.66. That ranks sixth among all qualified starters, behind only Clayton Kershaw, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, and Anibal Sanchez. He also ranks fifth in innings with 219.2, trailing…

  24. Ryan Ludwick calls out Cincinnati fans for lack of energy

    Sep 25, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

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    This is never, ever a good idea. Total no-win situation for a player. But Ryan Ludwick does it anyway, calling for enthusiastic Reds fans this weekend because, well, the enthusiasm against the Mets this week was a little lacking: One can argue that this worked for David Justice and the Braves in 1995, but it…

  25. MLB making print, video tributes to Mariano Rivera

    Sep 25, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Not many retiring ballplayers get special recognition by Major League Baseball. I didn’t see Carlos Lee and Scott Proctor getting this treatment. But Mariano Rivera is a special case. Here’s the ad which will run in Thursday’s USA Today, New York Daily News, New York Post andMetro NY: And here’s a video tribute produced by MLB Video. OK,…

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