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  1. Does pride keep sluggers from bunting against the shift?

    Sep 24, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    david ortiz bunt

    So, yeah, I don’t like the sacrifice bunt. I don’t like the way it’s scored. I don’t like the way managers use it. I don’t like percentages. I don’t like people’s hyper-eagerness to just give away an out, like it’s nothing, like it is actually worth just one base. I suspect I’ll be talking about…

  2. A.J. Burnett pitches Pirates past Reds to take lead in NL Wild Card

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates starter A.J. Burnett, who earlier today told the media he is still considering retiring after the 2013 season, turned in a gem against the division and Wild Card rival Reds. The Reds went ahead early on a Ryan Ludwick RBI single in the first inning and a Zack Cozart solo home run in the…

  3. Reds come back in ninth, beat Pirates in 10

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Jordy Mercer

    A Jordy Mercer error on a routine grounder to shortstop opened the door for the Reds to score three runs in the ninth, and Joey Votto hit a go-ahead homer in the 10th as Cincinnati won in Pittsburgh 6-5 on Friday. The result leaves the two teams with identical 88-66 records behind the soon-to-be 90-64…

  4. Do the Reds have enough money to re-sign Shin-Soo Choo?

    Sep 20, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

    billy hamilton shin-soo choo getty

    When the Reds acquired Shin-Soo Choo from the Indians this offseason they knew it might only be a one-year pickup with free agency right around the corner, but general manager Walt Jocketty told C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer that they’ll “do everything we can” to re-sign him. Choo has been fantastic this season,…

  5. Francisco Liriano lined up to start Wild Card playoff game for Pirates

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    Here’s a sentence that would have sounded pretty crazy back in spring training: Francisco Liriano is lined up to start the Wild Card play-in game for the Pirates. Even crazier is that the Pirates may not need him to do that if they win the NL Central, but if Pittsburgh plays in the Wild Card…

  6. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 15, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

    gerrit cole getty

    There are only two weeks remaining on the 2013 regular season schedule and the National League Central remains a heated three-team race. The Cardinals couldn’t solve Mariners left-hander James Paxton on Saturday night in St. Louis and fell 4-1. The Pirates beat the Cubs 2-1 in an afternoon game at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park with young…

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

    Sep 14, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 5, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 27, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    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…

  11. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Aug 25, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

    shelby miller getty

    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…

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

    Aug 22, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 20, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 20, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

    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…

  15. Brandon Belt quietly finding success in 2013

    Aug 15, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 12, 2013, 5:20 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 25, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    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…

  18. Death to Runners in Scoring Position Batting Averages

    Jul 22, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 19, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    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…

  21. Your All-Star Game catchall comment thread

    Jul 16, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Jul 9, 2013, 7:03 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 9, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

    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…

  24. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: NL MVP

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 2, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    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…

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