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Much fanfare has been made in regards to Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig. Puig, who trails Freddie Freeman in the All-Star Game "Final Vote," has been compared to another Braves star with similar stats his first time in the majors. Here we look at all three. In his first 23 games this season, Yaisel Puig has batted .427 in 89 at-bats.

Yasiel Puig's terrifying coming-to-America tale

In piece that reads more like a thriller novel than real life, LA Magazine chronicles the journey of one of Major League Baseball's best and most talked about young talents, Cuban-born player Yasiel Puig. The article features everything from Mexican drug cartels to murder, but more importantly, it finally answers some of the questions Puig has repeatedly refused ...

Tigers’ Crawford no-hits Cedarville

West Liberty-Salem’s Kyle Crawford no-hit Cedarville 10-0 in Wednesday night baseball action. Crawford walked two and struck out six. David Branaham and Cole Wilson each had 2 RBIs.Tippecanoe 7, Kenton Ridge 2: Brad Calhoun won his fourth game and drove in a pair of runs for Tipp (10-1). Justyn Eichbaum ...

Cueto blanks Bucs, clinches first series win

The hardest contact Pittsburgh made against Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto on Wednesday was when catcher Tony Sanchez ran into him in the batter’s box as Cueto stood there watching a bunt.It was the second time in the game Cueto was called out at the plate for batter’s interference, which also ...

Springfield High School seniors Trevor Keriazes (Ohio Northern), Devin Nye (Kenton State), Jeff Mefford (Ohio Christian College) and Hunter Day (OCC) are taking their games to the next level. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Springfield grappler heads to Kent State

Wrestling can be the loneliest sport. Devin Nye found that out when he unsuccessfully tried to talk some buddies into joining him for grueling practices. “They weren’t going to do it. It was too hard,” the Springfield High School senior recalled. “I gave up on that.” The one-on-one sport dates ...

Dayton baseball on hot streak heading into series at Saint Joe’s

The Dayton baseball team headed to Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday, hoping to climb even higher in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings and add to its longest winning streak of the season.The Flyers (16-17, 8-4) beat Ohio State 8-5 last Wednesday and then swept three games from last-place Rhode Island over ...

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 16:  Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates after the 4-0 win over  the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on April 16, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hal: Cueto takes charge of his fate

Johnny Cueto figured out the formula: Pitch a shutout and he has an outside chance to win. So that’s what he did Wednesday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates, tossing a 4-0 three-hitter that enabled the Cincinnati Reds to win their first series of the season after losing four. In his ...

Reds notes: Bullpen nearing full strength as Chapman, Marshall progress

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price said Aroldis Chapman could be throwing live batting practice by the end of the team’s upcoming 10-day road trip.Chapman was hit in the face with a line drive on March 19 and underwent surgery March 20 to repair a broken bone above his left eye. ...

A shoebox full of memories for Miss Basketball

Every fall for about five years, a group of high school girls basketball teams from the Miami Valley get together — in an effort spearheaded by Greenon senior Lianne Masquelier — to fill shoe boxes full of supplies for kids living in Third World countries.Operation Christmas Child has provided those ...

County’s Mr. Basketball named Thursday night

Clark County crowned its Miss Basketball on Tuesday night. Now its the boys turn.The 37th annual Coaches All-Clark County boys basketball team will be announced Thursday night at Wittenberg University’s Shouvlin Center. One of the 10 players on the All-County team will walk away with the Dan Hoyt Mr. Basketball ...

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker turns a double play as the Reds' Devin Mesoraco slides into second base on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Reds vs. Pirates

The Reds and Pirates finished a suspended game and played the second game of the series on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Lianne Masquelier: A 5-9 senior guard, Masquelier did a little of everything for the Knights. She averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 assists, 5.2 steals and 2.5 rebounds for Greenon. Masquelier handed out a season-high 12 assists in a 70-49 win against Indian Lake on Jan. 18.

Greenon senior named county’s Miss Basketball

Greenon High School senior Lianne Masquelier had no idea she was about to be named Clark County’s top girls basketball player until her coach stood up to announce the honor. Masquelier was honored with the Pam Evans Smith Coaches All-Clark County Miss Basketball Award at Wittenberg’s Shouvlin Center on Tuesday. ...

Reds lose fifth straight series opener

Six innings for the record books were followed by three innings for the trash can, at least if you’re a Reds fan.An unforgettable rainy Monday night, when the Reds and Pirates combined for 10 home runs in a game suspended after six innings with the score tied 7-7, concluded Tuesday, ...

Boston Marathon: Local runners 'not afraid' to race

A year after a pair of terrorist bombs killed three people and injured hundreds of others during the Boston Marathon, several Miami Valley runners say they are looking forward to this year's race."We're going to show people we're not afraid," said Michael Willets of New Carlisle, who plans to travel ...

Baylee Bennett: The 5-5 junior guard averaged 13.3 points and 4.1 assists for Kenton Ridge. Clutch from the free-throw line (85-105 for 81 percent) and an outside threat with 33.9 percent (61-180) from three-point range.

All-Clark County girls basketball

The best basketball players in Clark County are acknowledged through the All-Clark County girls team.

Reds third baseman Todd Frazier catches the Pirates' Pedro Alvarez in a rundown on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Frazier not a fan of replay despite fortunate reversal

One call in his favor has not made Reds third baseman Todd Frazier a fan of instant replay. In the fourth inning Monday at Great American Ball Park, Frazier lofted a short fly down the first-base line. Pirates right fielder Travis Snider charged and when he tried to make a ...

Dragons outfielder Sebastian Elizalde (batting) had two hits in a rain-shortened, 8-inning 13-5 defeat of the Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings at Dayton's Fifth Third Field on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Dragons vs Lumberkings

The Dayton Dragons were in a rain-shortened, 8-inning 13-5 defeat of the Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings at Dayton's Fifth Third Field on Monday, April 14, 2014.

The Reds' Todd Frazier bumps elbows with Joey Votto after a home run against the Pirates on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Hal: Reds-Pirates play home run derby

It isn’t true that the Cincinnati Reds-Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game Monday night was suspended after six innings because the Reds ran out of baseballs. But it was close. Some folks thought when they saw Reds general manager Walt Jocketty scurrying to the media elevator after the sixth inning that he ...

The Pirates' Starling Marte is congratulated in the dugout after scoring the first run against the Reds on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Pirates at Reds: Game 1

The Reds played the Pirates in the first game of a three-game series on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Chapman throws first bullpen session since injury

All the eyes in Great American Ball Park focused on Aroldis Chapman on Monday afternoon around 3:15 p.m. There were few eyes around at that time, but they were important eyes. General Manager Walt Jocketty and manager Bryan Price watched him throw in the outfield grass and then in the ...

Cozart starting to come around

A sizable chunk of Reds Country wondered for two weeks how long the Reds would stick with shortstop Zack Cozart as his average nearly plummeted below freezing.Cozart, however, knew all along he wasn’t about to lose his job. Manager Bryan Price pulled Cozart into his office during the second series ...

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