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  1. Italy does it again, drubs Canada 14-4 in eight innings

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    Mario Chiarini, Mike Costanzo

    Pool D underdog Italy claimed its second win in two days Friday, spanking Canada 14-4 and closing in on a spot in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic. Mario Chiarini delivered a hit to the gap in the bottom of the eighth to invoke the mercy rule in the contest. It was Italy’s second…

  2. Kirk Gibson explains “heated exchange” with Dusty Baker

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    no business deal

    Yesterday afternoon managers Dusty Baker and Kirk Gibson refused to shake hands at home plate and exchanged some heated words before the Reds-Diamondbacks game because Gibson refused to allow the designated hitter to be used after Baker requested it. Here’s how Gibson explained the situation to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com afterward: I had it happen…

  3. 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…

  4. Dusty Baker and Kirk Gibson aren’t happy with each other

    Mar 4, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    no business deal

    This is a fun one. In spring training games between NL teams the home team gets to decide if they use the designated hitter or let the pitchers hit. Usually it’s not a big deal, but apparently today’s Reds-Diamondbacks game was different. Reds manager Dusty Baker wanted to use the DH because Shin-Soo Choo has…

  5. Joey Votto decides to play for Team Canada in WBC

    Mar 4, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Joey Votto Getty

    After waiting as long as possible to see whether his surgically repaired knee felt good enough to play Joey Votto has decided to join Team Canada for the World Baseball Classic. That’s good news, bad news for Reds fans. On one hand the fact that Votto feels strong enough physically to play in some exhibition…

  6. Ernesto Frieri adds two pitches to arsenal

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    86 percent of Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri‘s pitches thrown last season were fastballs. Despite the patently predictable approach, the 27-year-old has enjoyed immense success in his brief Major League career, owning a 2.32 ERA in 162.2 innings. He also has one of the highest strikeout rates among all relievers. Only five have posted a better…

  7. How good can Giancarlo Stanton be?

    Mar 1, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Despite a right knee injury that kept him out of 25 games between July and August, and a September strained oblique that cost him nine games, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton still hit 37 home runs. While the Marlins began pawning off parts of their roster, sending Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, Stanton became an offensive…

  8. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  9. Aroldis Chapman tosses two perfect innings in spring debut

    Feb 28, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman‘s move to the starting rotation is one of the more interesting situations to follow this spring. The transition got off on the right foot this afternoon against the Rockies, as he tossed two perfect innings in his Cactus League debut. Chapman struck out one and threw 19 out of 23 pitches for strikes.…

  10. Joey Votto still hasn’t decided if he’s playing in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 28, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

    Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five

    World Baseball Classic games begin this weekend, yet Joey Votto still hasn’t made a decision about whether he’ll play for Team Canada. Votto’s status for the tournament is in question because of the pair of knee surgeries he had last season, but he’s healthy enough to have played in five spring training games for the…

  11. Heading to Arizona for some Cactus League action

    Feb 27, 2013, 6:30 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    It’s gonna be a lot of radio silence from me today as, by the time you’re reading this, I will be on an airplane heading west. Yep, it’s that time of year again. I’m off to spring training for the fourth straight year. And for the third straight year I’m doing it up Cactus League-style.…

  12. Blue Jays claim Lars Anderson off waivers from White Sox

    Feb 25, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Lars Anderson

    Lars Anderson is now with his fourth organization in the past six months, as the Blue Jays claimed the former top prospect off waivers from the White Sox. Previously he was traded from the Red Sox to the Indians in July, got sent to the Diamondbacks in the three-team Shin-Soo Choo/Trevor Bauer deal, and then…

  13. 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters are here

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

    world baseball classic logo

    The final rosters for next month’s 2013 World Baseball Classic were just revealed on MLB.com. The only real big surprise is that first baseman Joey Votto is listed under the heading for Team Canada. He hasn’t fully committed yet to playing and probably won’t make that decision until the event draws a bit closer. The…

  14. Reds won’t let Johnny Cueto pitch in the 2013 WBC

    Feb 20, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    cueto getty

    Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto was hoping to represent his native Dominican Republic in next month’s 2013 World Baseball Classic. But it’s not going to happen: Reds exercised right to disallow Cueto’s participation in WBC as he finished on DL. Despite his desire to play, he respects their decision. — Bryce H. Dixon (@brycehdixon) February 20,…

  15. Dusty Baker thinks Clay Hensley pitched in the World Series

    Feb 18, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Clay Hensley Getty

    I’ve always been confused by the notion that mediocre players somehow deserve extra credit for being on championship teams, which is a fairly prevalent cliche in all sports. You’ll see a random role player referred to as “a winner” all the time thanks to his having great teammates–count the ringzzz and all that–but this note…

  16. Reds won’t disclose how they’ll handle Aroldis Chapman’s workload as a starter

    Feb 16, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    The Reds are stretching out left-hander Aroldis Chapman this spring in preparation for moving him to the starting rotation. However, while the club plans to handle his workload responsibly, they aren’t willing to say much more. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said today that the team doesn’t plan to…

  17. The Reds and Homer Bailey avoid arbitration

    Feb 16, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    Homer Bailey Getty

    According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds and Homer Bailey have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that the deal is worth $5.35 million. Bailey requested $5.8 million and was offered $4.75 million by the Reds when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, but the…

  18. The Marlins sign Casey Kotchman

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Casey Kotchman

    The Miami Marlins just announced that they signed Casey Kotchman.  Not gonna say Casey Kotchman doesn’t streak across my radar very often, but I had no idea that he wasn’t on a team. This time next year I imagine he’ll replace Miguel Cairo as that guy I am shocked to learn is still in baseball…

  19. Miguel Cairo retires, joins Reds front office

    Feb 14, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    miguel-cairo-reds

    Miguel Cairo is retiring after a 17-year career, but he’s staying with the Reds and moving into the front office as a special assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty. That makes sense, because Cairo was seemingly beloved by every manager and general manager he ever played for, which is how you play 17 seasons in…

  20. Scott Rolen sounds like a guy getting ready to retire

    Feb 12, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    scott rolen getty

    The Cincinnati Reds just announced that Scott Rolen will not join team for spring training.  In the wake of that Rolen issued his own statement through the team. He did not announce his retirement, but he certainly sounds like a guy strongly considering it: “Right now I’m simply not ready to make a commitment. I would…

  21. Mat Latos, Reds avoid arbitration with two-year contract

    Feb 12, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    Cincinnati has avoided arbitration with Mat Latos by signing the right-hander to a two-year, $11.5 million contract. Latos was arbitration eligible for the first time at age 25 and requested $4.7 million while the Reds countered at $4.15 million. This deal gives him some financial security in case an injury happens and gives the team…

  22. Reds avoid arbitration with Shin-Soo Choo

    Feb 11, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Shin-Soo Choo and the Reds have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. This is Choo’s third and final season of arbitration eligibility and he requested $8 million while the Reds countered at $6.75 million. He made $4.9 million in Cleveland last season. And as I…

  23. Nick Masset is not close to returning from shoulder surgery

    Feb 11, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    masset getty

    Nick Masset missed all of last season with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery in September and the Reds reliever is behind schedule in his comeback, telling John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’s “had some small setbacks.” Initially the Reds indicated that Masset would likely be ready for spring training, but so…

  24. Homer Bailey is in The Best Shape of His Life (again)

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Homer Bailey

    Add another name to the list, via John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: Homer Bailey came in last year with about 10 pounds of added muscle. It worked pretty well, so added another 10 pounds or so this year. Bailey weighed in at 230. Bailey only carried 205 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame when he…

  25. Shin-Soo Choo isn’t sure he can play center field either

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    When the Reds acquired Shin-Soo Choo and announced that he’d be playing center field this season there was a lot of skepticism about his ability to handle the position defensively at age 30 after starting just one game there since 2007. And it turns out Choo is skeptical too, telling John Fay of the Cincinnati…

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