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  1. Madison Bumgarner to start Game 2 of NLDS against Reds

    Oct 4, 2012, 8:32 PM EST

    Madison Bumgarner Getty

    Hardly shocking news, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced this evening that Madison Bumgarner will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Reds on Sunday in San Francisco. Matt Cain and Johnny Cueto are set to square off in the series opener on Saturday night. Bumgarner will be opposed by Bronson Arroyo. The Reds…

  2. Reds moving speedster prospect Billy Hamilton to outfield

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Billy Hamilton

    Fastest man in baseball Billy Hamilton has spent his four-year pro career as a shortstop, but reviews of his defense there have always been mixed and the Reds have decided the 21-year-old prospect’s amazing speed can be more of an asset in center field. Hamilton will officially start his transition from shortstop to center field…

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

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 12, Rangers 5: Oakland shocks the world. No one on the planet had them pegged as a playoff team and, as recently as a week ago, no one figured they had a chance in hell at the division crown. Well, that’s what you get for pegging and figuring. As for the Rangers … just,…

  4. Nationals and Reds set their NLDS rotations

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:34 PM EST

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    They don’t yet know who they’ll be facing, but the Nationals and Reds have set their NLDS rotations. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington, the Nats will go with Gio Gonzalez in Game 1, Jordan Zimmermann in Game 2, then either Edwin Jackson or Ross Detwiler in Game 3. Gonzalez, a candidate for the…

  5. Joakim Soria throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Oct 2, 2012, 7:27 PM EST

    joakim soria getty

    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that Royals right-hander Joakim Soria played catch on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in April. Soria made 25 throws from a distance of 45 feet and reported no issues during or after the short workout. He is hoping…

  6. Three exciting days left in the regular season

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on during play against the Toronto Blue Jays in their first game of a double header during an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We are down to the final three days of the regular season, and there is so much still to be decided. Here’s an overview for the craziness that will be afoot between now and Wednesday night: The Races: The teams involved in the playoffs are close to being set. The Yankees, Orioles and Rangers have…

  7. David Price notches 20th win, Johnny Cueto falls short

    Sep 30, 2012, 7:05 PM EST

    David Price

    With both of MLB’s remaining 19-game winners making their final starts today, we now know we’ll finish the year with four 20-game winners. The Rays’ David Price got to 20 by beating the White Sox today, but the Reds’ Johnny Cueto was left with a no-decision after allowing three runs — one earned — in…

  8. Pirates drop 82nd game, ensure 20th straight sub-.500 season

    Sep 30, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan has been a rock in the closer’s role these last two seasons, but even he let the Pirates down today as the team completed its collapse. The Reds scored twice in the bottom of the ninth Sunday to beat the Pirates 4-3, dropping Pittsburgh to 77-82 and locking up a 20th consecutive season…

  9. The velocity chart from Homer Bailey’s no-hitter is pretty nuts

    Sep 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Homer Bailey Getty

    Courtesy of the outstanding Brooks Baseball, here’s the velocity chart from Homer Bailey‘s no-hitter last night against the Pirates. It’s pretty bananas. Gee, think he knew he had a no-hitter going? (Hat-tip to Jack Moore of CBSSports.com and FanGraphs for bringing it to my attention)

  10. Pittsburgh’s collapse gets an exclamation point with no-no

    Sep 28, 2012, 10:08 PM EST

    Homer Bailey

    The Pirates appeared to hit rock bottom on Wednesday, when they were shutout primarily by a pitcher they gave up on waivers to the Mets prior to the start of the season (Jeremy Hefner pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits, before rookie Jeurys Familia finished up). As it turned out, that was still just…

  11. Homer Bailey throws a no-hitter against the Pirates

    Sep 28, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Homer Bailey AP

    UPDATE: He did it! Homer Bailey has done it. He threw a no-hitter tonight against the Pirates as part of a 1-0 win. Bailey struck out pinch-hitter Brock Holt swinging to begin the ninth before getting pinch-hitter Michael McKenry to pop out to left field for the second out. He then Alex Presley to pop…

  12. The Brewers die a very appropriate death

    Sep 27, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

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    It has to be over for the Brewers now. They just lost 2-1 to the Reds, dropping them four back in the wild card race pending the outcome of tonight’s games.  It was a thin hope they had before — probably no real hope — but even the optimists have to jump ship now. The…

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

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:29 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 26, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 24, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    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…

  16. Reds beat Dodgers, clinch National League Central

    Sep 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2012, 12:05 AM EST

    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…

  18. Reds beat Cubs to become first team to clinch playoff berth

    Sep 20, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    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…

  19. Dusty Baker hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat

    Sep 20, 2012, 8:53 AM EST

    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.…

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

    Sep 20, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    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…

  21. Aroldis Chapman throws successful bullpen session

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:18 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 19, 2012, 6:16 AM EST

    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…

  24. Baseball announces the Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    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…

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