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  1. You Asked Me Questions on Twitter. So I Shall Answer Them.

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

    The Question

    Q: Was this a challenging year for you with Phillies fans not such an easy target? How will you adjust your future trolling? Trolling is like Jiu-Jitsu: you use your opponents’ own momentum against them, cause them to overplay their native tendencies into foolishness. Phillies’ fans’ tendency is to declare their team some unbeatable force…

  2. Mike Leake “on the bubble” for Reds’ playoff roster

    Sep 26, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Cincinnati Reds

    Cincinnati skipped Mike Leake‘s turn in the rotation yesterday in order to keep Johnny Cueto on regular rest and Mark Sheldon of MLB.com writes that Leake “realizes he is on the bubble” for the postseason roster. Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, and Homer Bailey are all ahead of him on the rotation depth chart and…

  3. Reds skipping Mike Leake’s turn in rotation to keep Johnny Cueto on normal rest

    Sep 24, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Cincinnati Reds

    Mike Leake has mostly struggled since throwing a one-run complete game against the Mets on August 15, allowing 24 runs and nine homers in 32 innings, and the Reds have announced plans to skip his next turn in the rotation. Leake was slated to pitch Tuesday, but instead Johnny Cueto make that start against the…

  4. Reds beat Dodgers, clinch National League Central

    Sep 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    latos getty

    The first division crown of 2012 has been claimed. Mat Latos fanned seven batters over eight shutout innings and Jay Bruce hit his 34th home run of the season as the Reds rolled to an easy 6-0 victory on Saturday afternoon over the Dodgers, locking up the National League Central in front of a crowd…

  5. If not for Bud, Braves would be World Series favorites

    Sep 21, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    Who’s with me? The Nationals’ four projected starters are a combined 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in the postseason, with that entire track record belonging to Edwin Jackson. They have one hitter in their lineup with a .350 OBP. They don’t have any big holes in their lineup, but they also don’t have anyone with…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 20, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

    Braves 3, Marlins 0:  Kris Medlen continues his astounding second half, shutting out the Marlins for eight innings. The Braves have won his last 21 starts, which is the most any team has won any one pitcher’s starts since the Yankees and Whitey Ford from 1950-53. Is there any doubt who will be starting the…

  9. Aroldis Chapman throws successful bullpen session

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

    chapman getty

    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was shut down last Tuesday after complaining of shoulder fatigue and hasn’t pitched since. But his return is imminent. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the hard-throwing lefty tossed a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field without experiencing any problems with his shoulder. “It went real…

  10. Quote of the Day: Brandon Phillips “Honestly, I’ve been too busy winning”

    Sep 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley

    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com spoke with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips about the NL Gold Glove award.  Which Phillips has won for two straight seasons and for three of the past four.  Mr. Phillips, Mooney asks, what say you about Darwin Barney‘s errorless streak? Does he pose a threat to you? “Honestly, I don’t even…

  11. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 19, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers 12, Athletics 2: Lose your starter after two innings? No problem. Because the Tigers have a Hulk. Miguel Cabrera hit two homers and drove in six, starting the A’s hella road trip off in poor fashion. Reds 3, Cubs 1: Homer Bailey took a two-hit shutout into the eighth over what was likely some…

  12. Baseball announces the Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” David Ortiz won it last year.  The 2012 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. One complaint first. It’s the same complaint I lodge every…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Orioles 9, Athletics 5: Baltimore salvages one. Which is important for two reasons. Reason 1:  It’s their 82nd win of the year, which means they will finish above .500 for the first time in forever.  More importantly: they really just need to avoid the disaster west coast trip here. If they take care of business…

  14. Aroldis Chapman feels “a lot better” after recent bout with shoulder fatigue

    Sep 14, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman Getty

    Aroldis Chapman is currently getting a bit of a break due to a fatigued left shoulder, but he’s confident he’ll be blowing away opposing batters again real soon. According to Christina De Nicola of MLB.com, Chapman said he felt “a lot better” after making 40 throws earlier today while playing long toss from a distance…

  15. Brandon Phillips is a punk because he didn’t charge the mound to fight Jared Hughes? What?

    Sep 14, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips

    The he-said, he-said of the Brandon Phillips-Jared Hughes thing died out a day after it all went down. Probably for the best, given that (a) neither Phillips nor Hughes was willing to say they were wrong; and (b) no one’s interests would be served by having it strung out any longer. But in today’s Post-Gazette…

  16. Jared Hughes issues statement to address Brandon Phillips’ racism allegations

    Sep 12, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jared Hughes and Brandon Phillips have already squashed whatever beef they had, but Phillips alleging that Hughes made racist comments during Monday night’s game continues to be a story. Hughes addressed the allegations by issuing the following statement today: In response to Brandon Phillips’ TV interview yesterday prior to the game, I feel compelled to…

  17. NBC SportsTalk: Brandon Phillips confirms that, yes, Jared Hughes said something racist, but it’s all over now

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    brandon phillips getty

    The ugly comment threads that developed following the Brandon Phillips-Jared Hughes posts yesterday were made ugly when a number of people decided — based on nothing other than their own preconceptions and prejudices, it seemed — that no, there’s no way Jared Hughes could have said something racist to Brandon Phillips. That it must be…

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 12, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Just gonna warn you: this was written as cold medicine was taking effect, with wine — ill advised, I know — and while listening to the new xx album. Lots of heavy stuff here, not best for reason or, for that matter, the reading of box scores.  But we’ll soldier through because this is the…

  19. Clint Hurdle is making Dusty Baker’s life easier

    Sep 11, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    The Pirates’ No. 4 hitter tonight, Garrett Jones, has hit .213/.254/.344 against lefties this season. The Pirates’ No. 5 hitter tonight, Pedro Alvarez, has hit .210/277/.387 against lefties this season. So, it was pretty much a no-brainer that Sean Marshall was coming in to face both with a man on first and one out and…

  20. Brandon Phillips, Jared Hughes made nice

    Sep 11, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips

    In the wake of the Brandon Phillips-Jared Hughes dustup with alleged racial overtones last night, peace has apparently been achieved: Hughes, Phillips talked it out on phone. #pirates #reds Both sides put issue to rest. McCutchen was go between — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) September 11, 2012   Thanks to Andrew McCutchen for playing the United…

  21. Reds worried about Aroldis Chapman’s diminished velocity, “fatigued” shoulder

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman was a mess last night, walking three of the five batters he faced after coming into a tie game in extra innings and being removed mid-inning for the first time all season. Within that ugly performance he threw 22 pitches and none of them topped 97 miles per hour while many of Chapman’s…

  22. Brandon Phillips accuses another player of racism

    Sep 11, 2012, 6:35 AM EDT

    brandon phillips getty

    UPDATE:  Peace has apparently been achieved. 6:35 AM: From the Twitter feed of Brandon Phillips after last night’s marathon game against the Pirates: #RealTalk… Not really surprised by what I heard come outta another player’s mouth tonite but DAMN… Still PISSED bout that $h¡+!! #Racism — Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) September 11, 2012 No names attached,…

  23. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 11, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Alex Rios

    White Sox 6, Tigers 1: The offense continues to snooze. And the Tigers are getting so little respect that some clever wags out there are calling them the “Kittens.” That’s just sad, dude. Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham did most of the damage for the Sox. Phillies 3, Marlins 1: Fifth straight for Philly, as…

  24. Reds reliever Nick Masset undergoes shoulder surgery

    Sep 10, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    masset getty

    Nick Masset‘s season began with a spring training shoulder injury and has been filled with numerous setbacks since, and today the Reds announced that the reliever underwent surgery over the weekend. That means Masset will have gone from throwing 76, 77, and 70 innings (with a combined 3.15 ERA) out of the Reds’ bullpen during…

  25. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Rays 6, Rangers 0: That, my friends, is B.J. Upton.  Three homers for big brother and a two-hit shutout for James Shields. This will make Rays fans feel really good until Texas bounces them easily in the division series again. Marlins 8, Nationals 0: The Nats have not won a game since they shut down Stephen…

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