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  1. Lean in: Shin-Soo Choo is on pace for 48 hit by pitches

    Jun 3, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Cincinnati Reds

    Reds center fielder and leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch yesterday for the 17th time this season, which leads baseball by a wide margin over Starling Marte with 12. And no one else has been hit by more than seven pitches. Some other crazy stats to consider … Coming into this season…

  2. The best and worst from MLB lineups in 2013

    May 24, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    This is a quick look at the very best and worst each major league lineup spot has to offer this year. Posted along with each line is the player most responsible. We’ll start out with the good before moving on to the bad. 1. Reds: .292/.442/.517, 9 HR, 37 R, 20 RBI, 5 SB (Shin-Soo…

  3. The NL All-Star starting lineup will outshine the AL’s

    May 22, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    OK, so there hasn’t been any actual All-Star ballot results released yet. That doesn’t mean I can’t do my fun little exercise here. What follows is my best guess at the All-Star Game starting lineups. National League CF Andrew McCutchen 2B Brandon Phillips 1B Joey Votto LF Justin Upton RF Bryce Harper 3B David Wright…

  4. Joey Votto reaches base six times as Reds rout Phillies

    May 18, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    If you needed a reminder that Joey Votto is the best pure hitter in baseball, you got one this evening as the Reds defeated the Phillies 10-0. Joey Votto came to the plate six times and reached base all six times, including a two-run home run in the top of the ninth that served as…

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

    May 16, 2013, 6:31 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Mariners 12, Yankees 2: This one was over almost before it started, with Phil Hughes getting knocked around for seven runs in the first inning, which he did not escape. Raul Ibanez hit two homers and drove in six off his old team. Which, I imagine, will cause some columnist who has been lauding Brian…

  6. Video: Brandon Phillips turned a pretty nifty double play last night

    May 11, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips Getty

    Brandon Phillips is no stranger to excellent plays with the glove, but his double play against the Brewers last night was pretty ridiculous. Phillips also pitched in at the plate, as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. His solo shot off Mike Gonzalez in the bottom of the seventh ended up…

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

    May 8, 2013, 6:50 AM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of their MLB Inter League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    Mets 1, White Sox 0: For as good a pitcher as Matt Harvey is, something is clearly wrong with him given that he did not get the win in this game. The object of the game is to win it, Matt. You clearly lack The Will to Win, as I’m sure Hawk Harrelson mentioned during…

  8. Craig Kimbrel gives up back-to-back homers in loss to Reds

    May 7, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel took his third blown save, matching his total from 2012, and his first loss after giving up back-to-back homers to Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo in the Reds’ 5-4 win over the Braves on Tuesday. They were the second and third homers surrendered by Kimbrel in 14 1/3 innings this year.…

  9. April leaders: MLB’s best after one month

    May 1, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    Touring a handful of first-month leaderboards, with Matt Harvey leading the way.

  10. Shin-Soo Choo has been hit by more pitches than every team in baseball

    Apr 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Cincinnati Reds

    I wrote yesterday about how Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo had been hit by more pitches than any player in baseball history through this point in the season and then last night he got plunked again. Choo has now been hit 10 times in 19 games. You can read yesterday’s post to see how far ahead…

  11. Zack Cozart hit on finger during bunt attempt

    Apr 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    Zack Cozart

    After Shin-Soo Choo doubled to lead off the bottom of the 13th in this afternoon’s game against the Miami Marlins, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart attempted to sacrifice bunt to move the runner over to third with one out. Steve Cishek‘s sinker, which runs in on right-handed hitters, nailed Cozart on his finger. The 27-year-old was…

  12. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 19, 2013, 6:48 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 10, Rays 6: Time to re-bookmark Matt Wieters Facts. The Chosen One’s grand slam in the 10th gives the O’s their 17th straight extra innings win. Diamondbacks 6, Yankees 2: Frankie Cervelli hit a homer to tie it in the ninth. He also had two — not one, but two — catcher’s interference calls.…

  13. Reds score nine times in ninth to embarrass Cardinals 13-4

    Apr 8, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

    Mitchell Boggs

    The joke was on Shin-Soo Choo for most of Monday’s Reds-Cardinals game, as the newly converted center fielder dropped a pair of Yadier Molina flyballs to give St. Louis three of its four runs. Then came the top of the ninth inning. With Cardinals closer Mitchell Boggs in a 4-4 game, the Reds exploded —…

  14. Reds hit six homers, four off Dan Haren, in beating Nationals

    Apr 5, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Cincinnati Reds

    Sweeping the Marlins wasn’t much of a tuneup for tonight; the Nationals gave up a whopping six homers Friday in a 15-0 loss to the Reds. Nationals pitchers had allowed just one run this season before Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart hit back-to-back jacks in the second inning tonight. Both would go deep again later…

  15. Indians place Scott Kazmir on DL, call up Trevor Bauer

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer

    Scott Kazmir‘s comeback is on hold because of an abdominal strain that has him headed to the disabled list and the Indians announced that top prospect Trevor Bauer will be called up from Triple-A to take his place in the rotation Saturday. Bauer was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft, almost immediately…

  16. Reds won’t move Shin-Soo Choo to left field with Ryan Ludwick out

    Apr 4, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Reds' Shin-Soo Choo prepares to hit against the Diamondbacks during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Scottsdale

    Ryan Ludwick‘s torn shoulder labrum gave the Reds a potential excuse to move Shin-Soo Choo out of center field–where he’s basically never played regularly–and use Chris Heisey there. Heisey is going to sub for Ludwick anyway and has significantly more center field experience than Choo, but manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that…

  17. Handicapping the NL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jedd Gyorko

    The AL had an historic Rookie of the Year class last year, but this year, the NL appears to have the stronger group of the two leagues. The one issue: a lot of these talents are likely to have to wait until June or July for their opportunities, if they come this year at all.…

  18. Ryan Ludwick out three months following shoulder surgery

    Apr 2, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Ryan Ludwick suffered a dislocated right shoulder while sliding into third base yesterday and the Reds announced that he’ll undergo surgery tomorrow to repair torn cartilage. There’s no official timetable for his return yet, but the Reds placed Ludwick on the disabled list and obviously he’s going to be out for a while. Chris Heisey…

  19. 2013 Preview: Cincinnati Reds

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

    votto getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Cincinnati Reds. The Big Question: Is this the Reds’ year? It certainly has that feel. The Reds tallied 97…

  20. Shin-Soo Choo misses fifth straight game with back spasms

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Reds' Shin-Soo Choo prepares to hit against the Diamondbacks during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Scottsdale

    As if moving to center field at age 30 after never playing the position regularly before wasn’t challenging enough for Shin-Soo Choo now he’s dealing with a back injury. Choo is out of the Reds’ lineup today for the fifth straight game with back spasms and manager Dusty Baker seemed unsure about his return timetable…

  21. Indians send top prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer

    No big surprise, but the Indians have sent top prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A after he was in the mix for the final rotation spot. Cleveland previously reassigned Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor-league camp, taking him out of the rotation mix, but fellow reclamation projection Scott Kazmir remains in the running along with Carlos Carrasco. Bauer…

  22. Reds send top prospect Billy Hamilton to minors

    Mar 19, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    billy hamilton getty

    Billy Hamilton was never really in the mix for Opening Day job because he’s 22 years old and has just 50 career games above Single-A, but today the Reds made it official by reassigning the fastest man in baseball to minor league camp. Hamilton has made the transition from shortstop to center field, but has…

  23. 2013 Preview: Cleveland Indians

    Mar 14, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Can the Indians be a quick fix? After following up an 80-82 season in 2011…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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