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  1. Joey Votto hit a home run very hard and very far

    Sep 14, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    According to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, there have only been eight other home runs hit this year that went as far as the 470-foot blast Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit this afternoon against Brewers reliever Michael Blazek. Shin-Soo Choo had reached with a one-out walk and remained on first as Votto came to the…

  2. Joey Votto has reached base in nine consecutive trips to the plate

    Sep 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EST

    Joey Votto

    Reds first baseman Joey Votto last made an out in the eighth inning on Thursday in the series finale against the Cardinals. Since then, he has gone 4-for-4 with five walks in nine trips to the plate against Dodger pitchers. Last night, in a 3-2 victory, Votto drew a walk off of Chris Capuano, singled…

  3. The Reds got bunt-happy last night and it cost them dearly

    Sep 5, 2013, 9:45 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    If the Reds fall a game short of the Cardinals and/or Pirates — or, heaven forbid, the Diamondbacks or Nationals — they might want to look at last night’s game against the Cardinals as the reason why. It was a night the Red squandered multiple opportunities thanks to ill-advised bunts. The first weird attempt did…

  4. Zack Greinke is hitting .340 (oh, and he also took a shutout into the ninth inning)

    Aug 27, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Not only did Zack Greinke take a shutout into the ninth inning against the Cubs last night to improve to 13-3 with a 2.86 ERA, he also went 1-for-2 with an RBI single and a walk at the plate to continue a remarkable season offensively. Greinke is hitting .340 with a .426 on-base percentage in…

  5. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 25, 2013, 8:54 AM EST

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    It only seems right to use this space to update the situation in the National League Central — baseball’s tightest divisional race by far here in late 2013. Shelby Miller allowed just three hits and one earned run over seven innings and Carlos Beltran slugged his 23rd home run of the season Saturday as the…

  6. Meanwhile, in Brandon Phillips vs. Joey Votto land …

    Aug 22, 2013, 4:34 PM EST

    joey votto getty

    From today’s Reds-Dbacks game, a sequence that will never get recounted by the folks like Paul Daugherty who like to say Joey Votto is a bum and Brandon Phillips is the team MVP. Third inning: Shin-Soo Choo leads off with a single. The second batter — today Todd Frazier — strikes out looking.  Choo reaches…

  7. Joey Votto actually has to defend himself? This is where we are?

    Aug 20, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    joey votto ap

    Every time I think that the bulk of baseball fans and commentators has moved on from the dark ages of batting average and RBI meaning everything and into at least the Renaissance period that was the early-“Moneyball Days,” something odd happens to make me realize that, nope, not as many people have moved on as…

  8. Braun not likely to answer media questions in his “coming clean” session. It hardly matters.

    Aug 20, 2013, 8:51 AM EST

    ryan braun getty

    There was a report over the weekend that Ryan Bruan would soon be “coming clean” about his PED use, lies and all the rest. Tom Haudricourt reports, however, that he may not be answering any questions: Word has circulated that Braun was preparing to make a public apology and admission of guilt in using PEDs…

  9. Brandon Belt quietly finding success in 2013

    Aug 15, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

    Brandon Belt

    During his rapid ascent to the Majors, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was ranked as highly as the #23 overall prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2011 season.  Promoted that same year, Belt took a while to get kickstarted in the Majors. His wrist was fractured on a pitch thrown by Cardinals reliever Trever…

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

    Aug 12, 2013, 5:20 AM EST

    New York Yankees' Gardner follows through on walk off solo home run to defeat Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in New York

    Yankees 5, Tigers 4: If I told you that Mariano Rivera blew two saves in a three game series you’d probably assume the Yankees had a bad series. Except in this case they won both of the games Mo blew. Baseball is weird. Miguel Cabrera homered off of him again on Sunday — he’s only…

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

    Jul 25, 2013, 7:00 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays' Price pitches against Boston Red Sox  during MLB American League Baseball game in Boston

    Rays 5, Red Sox 1: David Price tossed a one-run, five hit complete game, with a solo homer by Mike Napoli the only real blemish. He needed a mere 97 pitches. That’s what happens when you throw 72 strikes. The Sox and Rays are once again tied in the loss column. Dodgers 8, Blue Jays…

  12. Death to Runners in Scoring Position Batting Averages

    Jul 22, 2013, 3:51 PM EST

    Joey Votto

    Matt Snyder of CBS Sports.com addresses one of my biggest annoyances: announcers who spend tons of time talking about how the team they’re covering hits with runners in scoring position. Hit even harder: batting average with two outs and runners in scoring position. The target of his ire was Reds announcer Thom Brennaman, who mentioned this…

  13. Joey Votto not upset by recent comments made by Brandon Phillips

    Jul 19, 2013, 11:55 PM EST

    joey votto ap

    Earlier today, we learned exactly what Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips thought about Joey Votto‘s monster ten-year, $225 million extension. It turns out Phillips is still a little bitter about it, saying, “To this day, I’m still hurt. Well, I don’t wanna say hurt. I’ll say scarred. I’m still scarred. It just sucks that it…

  14. Brandon Phillips still has some bitterness over the Reds giving Joey Votto $200 million

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

    brandon phillips getty

    There’s a great feature on Brandon Phillips in the latest issue of Cincinnati Magazine, written by Justin Williams. And I’m not saying it’s great just because I’m quoted in it briefly. Though that really does add to it all. No, seriously, the takeaway here is that Brandon Phillips still harbors bitterness at the Reds owners…

  15. Your All-Star Game catchall comment thread

    Jul 16, 2013, 7:58 PM EST

    Apple Citi Field

    We’re soon to be underway here at Citi Field. For those of you who missed it yesterday, here are your starting lineups for tonight’s Midsummer Classic. AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE 1. Mike Trout, LF 1. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Robinson Cano, 2B 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Joey Votto, 1B 4.…

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

    Jul 9, 2013, 7:03 AM EST

    Carlos Gomez

    Brewers 4, Reds 3: Holy moly that was a crazy game-ending catch for Carlos Gomez, robbing Joey Votto of the go-ahead home run: Incredible. Rays 7, Twins 4: The Rays continue to roll, winning their ninth in ten chances. Joe Maddon talked about his team going ten games over .500: “The thing I like is…

  17. Video: Carlos Gomez ends game by robbing Joey Votto of go-ahead homer

    Jul 9, 2013, 12:13 AM EST

    Carlos Gomez

    With the Reds down to their final out tonight against Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez, Joey Votto sent a long drive to center field which appeared destined to fall for a go-ahead two-run homer. However, Carlos Gomez would have none of that. Incredible. The reactions on both sides are priceless. Rodriguez has his hands on his…

  18. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: NL MVP

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:37 PM EST

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Now it’s time for the NL midseason MVP, and this year’s picture to date is just as confusing as last year’s was, in my opinion. Of course, the BBWAA decided on Buster Posey pretty handily last year(27 of 32 first-place votes), but I ultimately picked Yadier Molina from a close group of five players. Here…

  19. Homer Bailey becomes the 28th pitcher in major league history to throw multiple no-hitters

    Jul 2, 2013, 10:44 PM EST

    homer bailey no-no getty

    The two most recent no-hit performances in Major League Baseball belong to Cincy’s Homer Bailey. Bailey’s first, last September 28 at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, required 115 pitches and played out in front of a small opposing crowd of yellow and black. The scene on Tuesday night was a little more special. Bailey needed only 109…

  20. Homer Bailey throws a no-hitter against the Giants

    Jul 2, 2013, 9:57 PM EST

    homer bailey getty

    TOP OF THE NINTH: Bailey made a nice play on a high-bouncing comebacker from the Giants’ No. 8 hitter, Brandon Crawford, to get the first out in the ninth and struck out pinch-hitter Tony Abreu with a 97 mph fastball for the second out. Gregor Blanco, who drew the walk in the seventh inning to break…

  21. All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:06 PM EST

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch: AMERICAN LEAGUE FIRST BASE 1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703 2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681 3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420 4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281 5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675 SECOND BASE 1. Robinson Cano, Yankees,…

  22. Marty Brennaman slags Saberists, Joey Votto’s lack of RBI

    Jun 22, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

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    “Saber people get all worked up over BB’s, Joey Votto is paid to drive in runs, and he’s on pace for 80 RBI.”-Marty B, 700 WLW #Reds — Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) June 22, 2013 It’s not just the walks that make Saberists praise Joey Votto, though. Entering tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, Votto was hitting…

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

    Jun 18, 2013, 6:59 AM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 2, Mets 1: A three-hour and fifty-two minute rain delay? Really? Despite that, Dillon Gee shut the Braves out through eight and a third and drove in the Mets’ only run. And despite that he gave up a walkoff two-run homer to Freddie Freeman just before 1:30 AM. Now they play a day-night doubleheader. Expect many…

  24. NL All-Star voting update

    Jun 17, 2013, 1:40 PM EST

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Yadier Molina and Buster Posey are neck-and-neck tatto. David Wright is getting help from the cougars! Did Domonoic Brown do something awful to the pets of every All-Star voter? Confused? You won’t be, after this week’s episode of … “SOAP!” Er, sorry. After this week’s NL All-Star voting update: FIRST BASE Joey Votto, Reds 2,047,945…

  25. Mike Matheny on instant replay: “the writing is on the wall”

    Jun 10, 2013, 8:23 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has been generally against expanded instant replay because, in his words, it could open up a “pandora’s box.” But he has changed his mind on that as of Saturday night. That game ended on a blown call in which Joey Votto was pulled off the first base bag on a throw…

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