Cincinnati Reds


Red ruminations: Castillo not terrible, so at least there was that

The Reds’ 12-2 loss to the Diamondbacks Thursday afternoon was a bit like throwing gas on a fire, but there was -- sort of -- some balm to be found in Great American Ball Park. At least there was this about starter Luis Castillo: The rookie starting pitcher allowed four earned runs in six innings, which isn’t fantastic (unless indexed against Cincinnati’s entire starting pitching...
Pitching putrid again as Reds get shellacked by Diamondbacks

Pitching putrid again as Reds get shellacked by Diamondbacks

The Reds left Great American Ball Park after Wednesday’s 11-inning, 4-3 walkoff win over Arizona expecting to face Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker in Thursday afternoon’s series finale. They showed up the next morning and learned that Walker had left the team overnight to tend to his wife Heather, who’d gone into labor. Left-hander Patrick Corbin was Arizona’s substitute...
Report: Trade market limited for Cozart

Report: Trade market limited for Cozart

Zack Cozart's name is a hot topic as the Major League Baseball trade deadline on July 31 nears, but there’s a chance he could remain the Cincinnati Reds shortstop — at least until the end of the season. Ken Rosenthal, of FOX Sports, reported Thursday a contract extension for Cozart is unlikely and the trade marker for Cozart seems limited.
Blandino blasts another bomb for Bats

Blandino blasts another bomb for Bats

Alex Blandino was promoted recently by the Reds from Class AA Pensacola to AAA Louisville, and the infielder has homered in back-to-back games. Ranked the Reds’ No. 24 prospect, the 2014 first-round draft choice has had moments without dominating. Perhaps the former Stanford star is finding his groove. He played a big part in the Bats rallying to beat Syracuse 9-5 Wednesday night in Louisville...
Reds’ Cozart on a tear as trade deadline nears

Reds’ Cozart on a tear as trade deadline nears

Eleven days remain until the Major League Baseball trade deadline. Zack Cozart is still the Cincinnati Reds shortstop. The question is: will he be a Red at 4 p.m. on July 31?  Cozart continues to perform as he has all season. The uncertainty hasn’t been a distraction. He went 4-for-6 with a home run, double and two RBIs on Wednesday in a 4-3, 11-inning victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks...
Duvall’s flare felt more like a bomb as Reds punch out D-backs in 11 innings

Duvall’s flare felt more like a bomb as Reds punch out D-backs in 11 innings

Adam Duvall got wet Wednesday night, but the Reds left fielder didn’t mind teammate Scooter Gennett throwing a bucket of sports drink upon him after he singled in Billy Hamilton with the winning run in the 11th inning. Doesn’t he look like he’s having fun here? Doesn’t everyone? After dropping their first five games after the All-Star break, most of them by lopsided margins...
Reds snap five-game losing streak

Reds snap five-game losing streak

Scooter Gennett emptied a bubblegum bucket full of red Powerade on Adam Duvall. Gennett didn’t douse him on the head, a tradition after a walk-off victory, but got him on the pants. That was a small price to pay for Duvall, whose bases-loaded single in the 11th inning scored Billy Hamilton and gave the Reds a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park...
Mesoraco off DL, and shoulder feels fine

Mesoraco off DL, and shoulder feels fine

Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has spent more than his fair share of time on the disabled list in the last three seasons. His most recent stint — 16 days — was his shortest by far. The Reds activated Mesoraco on Wednesday before the second game of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park. Mesoraco missed 12 games with a shoulder strain. He...
Reds on pace to set franchise record for worst ERA

Reds on pace to set franchise record for worst ERA

Catcher Tucker Barnhart always finds something positive to say to Cincinnati Reds pitchers, even when a game has gotten out of hand, a common occurrence in recent days. He said he also knows there are times when no words of encouragement he offers will help. The facts tell the sad tale. The Reds have the worst starting pitching staff in baseball this season and one of the worst in baseball history...
How the Reds’ minor-league affiliates are faring

How the Reds’ minor-league affiliates are faring

Minor-league baseball isn’t all about wins and losses, it is about developing players for the major-league club. But a team’s record might be an indication of talent in the farm system. Here’s how the Reds’ minor-league affiliates are faring this season (through Tuesday’s games):  --Louisville Bats (Triple-A): 38-57 --Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Double-A): 53-42 --Daytona...
Former Red Todd Frazier traded to Yankees

Former Red Todd Frazier traded to Yankees

New Jersey born and New Jersey bred, former Cincinnati Reds third baseman and fan favorite Todd Frazier was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the New York Yankees as part of a massive deal late Tuesday. Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle were sent to New York in exchange for prospects Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, Tito Polo and Tyler Clippard. Frazier has been a regular third baseman his...
Sports Today: The Pete Rose-John Dowd lawsuit defies belief

Sports Today: The Pete Rose-John Dowd lawsuit defies belief

Today’s top headline is a reminder spite can be a very dangerous thing.  If you know literally the first thing about defamation suits involving public figures, the fact a judge could agree someone might have defamed Pete Rose is stunning.  This someone went to law school, no less.  It borders on unbelievable this could happen.  That is because in the case of public figures...
Reds notes: Feldman may miss multiple starts

Reds notes: Feldman may miss multiple starts

Going into Reds right-hander Scott Feldman’s start against the Washington Nationals on Monday, he and manager Bryan Price and Cincinnati’s medical staff all thought they had licked his lingering knee problem. Well, not quite. The soreness that had plagued him for much of the season returned while he was warming up in the bullpen and, unlike most of his previous starts, he couldn&rsquo...
Site strikes out by ranking Ohio 48th among 50 states

Site strikes out by ranking Ohio 48th among 50 states

This doesn’t have much to do with the Reds, Bengals or sport, but folks dialed into all of the above need to cross-train their brains, and when skittering near a . . . site . . . thing . . . sewer . . . that ranks Ohio as the No. 48 state in our nation, every Buckeye has to go into full boo-bird mode, right? Kevin Alexander and Matt Lynch of “Thrillist” wrote that ...
Rose lawsuit vs. Dowd moves forward

Rose lawsuit vs. Dowd moves forward

Pete Rose went 2-for-3 when a federal judge ruled that he can move forward with a defamation lawsuit against attorney John Dowd, author of the report that led to Major League Baseball’s all-time hit king being banned from the game. Only one of three charges filed last year in Rose’s suit against Dowd was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker in U.S. District Court in...
Reds spin the turnstile with roster moves; Sal Romano called up to start tonight

Reds spin the turnstile with roster moves; Sal Romano called up to start tonight

The Reds might wish they could go back in time, like to before the All-Star break when they won eight of 13 games, but reality will not allow that so they made a rash of roster moves Tuesday in attempt to staunch severe bleeding. Sal Romano has been called up from AAA Louisville, and will start tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, who are not so fresh after dropping all three games in Atlanta...
Feldman seventh Reds starter to go on disabled list

Feldman seventh Reds starter to go on disabled list

The Cincinnati Reds played staring pitcher Scott Feldman on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, one day after he left a start against the Washington Nationals because of inflammation in his right knee. Manager Bryan Price said Monday he expected Feldman to go on the DL. “I think it would be unfair to Scott and the club to put ourselves in a position where we wouldn’t know for sure what he...
Sports Today: Reds decline continues as we run out the clock until Bengals training camp

Sports Today: Reds decline continues as we run out the clock until Bengals training camp

There might only be 10 days left of the 2017 MLB season in Cincinnati, but the Reds are working to pack as much bad news in as they can before southwest Ohio fans can turn their attention to Bengals training camp.  A dismal four days of defeats at the hands of the Washington Nationals was compounded yesterday with the revelation recurring knee pain will likely send Scott Feldman to the disabled...
Coffee break: Mesoraco’s grand slam almost, kind of/sort of leads the way and makes you wonder

Coffee break: Mesoraco’s grand slam almost, kind of/sort of leads the way and makes you wonder

OK, so you’re out of coffee or too lazy to make some and you have to run to one of those places which may or may not serve you promptly, so you deserve a smidgen of good news to blow that frown off your face. Who’d have though Devin Mesoraco might brighten your day? Before you fly out of the abode, check this, which may be as good a piece of news about the Reds as you’ve seen in...
Wojciechowski saves Reds bullpen in loss to Nationals

Wojciechowski saves Reds bullpen in loss to Nationals

On a day full of bad news, Asher Wojciechowski delivered a small silver lining for the Cincinnati Reds. Starter Scott Feldman left a game against the Washington Nationals on Monday at Great American Ball Park after allowing five runs in the first inning. Knee pain that has bothered him in recent starts became too much. On short notice, Wojciechowski took the mound, and he made the most of the opportunity...
Cincinnati Reds: Hunter Greene’s debut apparently is not imminent after all

Cincinnati Reds: Hunter Greene’s debut apparently is not imminent after all

And no, it’s not because anything bad has happened. It’s just that Greene and the Reds are exercising patience before their firing up their first-round draft choice. After signing with the Reds July 7, the former California high school superstar pitcher and shortstop reported briefly to the Arizona League for work, and then on Saturday joined the Billings Mustangs of the Advanced Rookie...
Reds best starting pitcher likely headed to DL

Reds best starting pitcher likely headed to DL

The worst starting pitching staff in baseball does have an ace. Scott Feldman won’t win the Cy Young Award this season. What the 34-year-old veteran has done is save the Cincinnati Reds from an even worse fate in 2017. Feldman’s season hit a snag Monday, however, in a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals at Great American Ball Park. He allowed five earned runs in the first inning and then...
Great debate: Is it the Reds, or is GABP a launching pad?

Great debate: Is it the Reds, or is GABP a launching pad?

This isn’t going to be fun, but with Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Brian Goodwin going deep for the Nationals Monday at Great American Park, the Reds continued on their path to infamy. Here’s a hint what this talking point is about: So what in the world is going on? The Reds entered the game having surrendered 156 home runs this season, ahead of the pace of last season when Cincinnati...
As Suarez homers for Reds, Senzel keeps chasing

As Suarez homers for Reds, Senzel keeps chasing

Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez hit his 13th home run, a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning Monday, but that didn’t make the matinee game against the Nationals much easier to watch so how about checking up on Cincinnati’s farm system? Starting pitcher Scott Feldman lasted just one inning against Washington, surrendering five earned runs, but several minor leagues are rolling...
Sports Today: What a ‘Nationals disaster’ weekend means for the Reds

Sports Today: What a ‘Nationals disaster’ weekend means for the Reds

The end of the first half of the MLB season put a huge dent in the Cincinnati Reds chances of squeaking into contention in the division earlier than expected.  The beginning of the second half is a reminder how far they are from actually being any kind of postseason threat.  At times over the weekend the Reds and Washington Nationals looked like they might be playing a different sport. ...
Dayton Daily weekend review/preview: Reds look to re-boot, Dragons flame out, Federer aims for Cincinnati

Dayton Daily weekend review/preview: Reds look to re-boot, Dragons flame out, Federer aims for Cincinnati

In the event you were away or asleep, good for you because it was not a good weekend to be a Reds fan -- although it was easy to remain on the Scooter Gennett bandwagon. The nearly hometown team not only dropped the first three games to the Nationals but has been steamrolled by a combined 29-11 in three games at Great American Ball Park. # Friday night’s first game out of the All-Star break...
Cincinnati Reds winless since All-Star break

Cincinnati Reds winless since All-Star break

Manager Bryan Price has seen the same show too many times. Hollywood doesn’t turn out near as many sequels as the Cincinnati Reds. One day after losing 10-7 to the Washington Nationals, the Reds lost 14-4 at Great American Ball Park. The Reds (39-52) have lost three games by double digits this season, two to the Nationals. They have allowed 10 or more runs 14 times. “You can’t give...
Nationals bully Bailey, relievers as Reds lose third straight

Nationals bully Bailey, relievers as Reds lose third straight

There wasn't much Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey could say after allowing eight earned runs in four innings Sunday at Great American Ball Park. He didn't want to use complicated jargon with the reporters talking to him after a 14-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. He chose to describe his struggles in simple terms. "I don't have any excuses," Bailey said. "I didn't make pitches...
Reds notes: Peraza steps aside for Gennett

Reds notes: Peraza steps aside for Gennett

Second baseman Jose Peraza was not in the lineup for Saturday’s second game of the Reds’ four-game series with Washington. He wasn’t ill or injured, manager Bryan Price said. “He’s fine,” Price said. “I’ve just got to find some ways to get Scooter (Gennett) in there.” Gennett, the left-handed hitting Lebanon, Ohio, native claimed off waivers from...
Reds asking fans to name shortstop Zack Cozart’s donkey

Reds asking fans to name shortstop Zack Cozart’s donkey

Animals always have been welcome on Cincinnati Reds fields, from cows on Farmer’s Nights to Clydesdales and elephants on Opening Day, to a cheetah racing Billy Bates back in 1990. Also the several editions of Marge Schott’s beloved St. Bernards. The collection grew by one more species on Saturday when a donkey named Amos showed up for batting practice before Cincinnati’s game against...
Reds give green light to Greene; he’s heading to Billings today

Reds give green light to Greene; he’s heading to Billings today

The beginning of Hunter Greene’s professional baseball career is imminent, as he is expected to report to the Class A Billings Mustangs today and make his pitching debut soon. The Reds drafted Greene No. 2 overall, and the native of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., is highly regarded as both a pitcher and a shortstop. He has expressed interest in continuing to play both positions, but he’s likely...
No letup in schedule as Reds return from break

No letup in schedule as Reds return from break

The rested and perhaps rejuvenated Cincinnati Reds returned from their four-day All-Star break Friday only to find themselves running another gantlet. The Reds open the so-called “second half” with a four-game series against National League East Division-leading Washington, led by former Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker. Following the Nationals into Great American Ball Park are the Arizona...
Down on the farm: Senzel keeps stroking, and Tebow tackles Reds’ Tortugas  

Down on the farm: Senzel keeps stroking, and Tebow tackles Reds’ Tortugas  

Early returns since the All-Star break have not been kind to the Reds’ minor league teams, although Pensacola Blue Wahoos third baseman Nick Senzel extended his hitting streak to 14 games Thursday night in a 2-0 loss to Mississippi. A little further south, Daytona (high Class A) fell 5-4 in extra innings, as former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow smashed a home run for St...
Dodger debate: Was L.A. the Reds’ greatest-ever division rival?

Dodger debate: Was L.A. the Reds’ greatest-ever division rival?

The Los Angeles Dodgers are rolling and somewhat easy to admire from afar, but back in the day, it was oh, so easy for Reds fans to hate that bunch. During the glorious days of the Big Red Machine, the bluebloods were -- easily -- the Reds’ biggest rivals, and quite the pain in the rear for Cincinnati manager Sparky Anderson and superstars Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose and...
Eat ‘em up! Reds slugger Scooter Gennett signing autographs for free today

Eat ‘em up! Reds slugger Scooter Gennett signing autographs for free today

So you’ve got to make it one more day without Major League Baseball, and your appetite for leather, rawhide and the crack of bats is insatiable. What to do? How about getting in the car and heading down to the Skyline Chili at 7189 Beechmont Ave., in east Cincinnati for Scooter Gennett’s autograph? The Reds’ do-it-all utility man -- a Cincinnati native -- will sign one item...
Sports Today: 5 ways to make baseball even better 

Sports Today: 5 ways to make baseball even better 

There is still no baseball today, but that just gives us another chance to talk about how great baseball is — and how to keep it that way.  Let’s get this straight before we go too far: Baseball is not dying.  That’s a silly, dumb, lazy narrative that gets too much play from people who should know better (which is a big problem given how many people there are with large...
Down on the farm, Senzel sizzles for the Reds’ AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Down on the farm, Senzel sizzles for the Reds’ AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Nick Senzel is serious about baseball, and the Reds’ No. 1 prospect showed it again Wednesday night when he had three more hits in the Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ 5-3 loss in 12 innings to the Chattanooga Lookouts. Senzel has a 13-game hitting streak, and in 18 games at the Class AA level the third baseman is batting .318 with two home runs, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored. Drafted No. 2 overall...
Fantasy baseball: Should you add Luis Castillo?

Fantasy baseball: Should you add Luis Castillo?

Luis Castillo has started just four games as a Major Leaguer, but there are some people out there who like the Reds’ starting pitcher -- a lot. The folks at Fansided suggest that the younger hurler with major gas could be a positive pick-up for Fantasy baseball players heading into the second half of the season. Castillo, who began the season in AA ball, is 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA and while in 23...
Cincinnati Reds Buy or Sell: Prospects, vets could be on trading block

Cincinnati Reds Buy or Sell: Prospects, vets could be on trading block

The Cincinnati Reds hope to have entered one of the later stages of their rebuilding project. They have few veterans left from their National League Central division champion teams of 2010 and ’12, while current or former prospects man most of the everyday eight spots in the field and the top three slots in the bullpen. (The starting rotation is supposed to be filled with young studs, but that&rsquo...
Votto has a grip on hitting, even with his extreme “Kershaw” choke on the bat

Votto has a grip on hitting, even with his extreme “Kershaw” choke on the bat

Joey Votto is quite special as a hitter, and so layered like an onion in his approaches to baseball that he carries four levels of “choking up” with him to the plate. He calls the most extreme grip, “Kershaw,” explaining his tactics before Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park. That choke up, which is one level higher on the bat than what Votto calls...
Cozart’s cruise: Reds shortstop had high time -- and a hit -- in first All-Star Game

Cozart’s cruise: Reds shortstop had high time -- and a hit -- in first All-Star Game

Zack Cozart made the most out of his first trip to the All-Star Game by ripping a single to left field in Marlins Park on the first pitch he saw in the third inning, playing solid defense and enjoying family time before and after the Tuesday night game. If you weren’t watching the game, but following Cozart on Twitter, it was pretty easy to keep up. Soon after the knock, which ended an 0-for-23...
Sports Today: Something like a happy ending to high school scandal

Sports Today: Something like a happy ending to high school scandal

So, the All-Star game was last night.  Zack Cozart got a hit (and donkey shoes?).  Joey Votto did not, but he avoided making some dubious history by walking in the ninth inning.  The American League won.  Anything else going on?  As far as dog days of summer go, this is pretty much the doggiest for this sports fan.  (And there still won’t be baseball tomorrow, either...
Sports Today: Assessing the state of the Reds at the All-Star break

Sports Today: Assessing the state of the Reds at the All-Star break

So, how good are the Cincinnati Reds?  I mean like how good are they really? Maybe “good” is not the word since they're in last place and all, but you know what I mean.  Let's see what the numbers say and how that compares with the general perception. And then how it reflects on what they should do next. As far as traditional stats, they are fifth in the National League in batting...

Just ask Siri: Outfielder’s hit helps Dragons in win

Jose Siri said he’s been a leader on every team he’s been on and doesn’t have any nerves in tight situations. He put those qualities on display again on Sunday against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. With two runners in scoring position and Dayton trailing by a run in the sixth inning, Siri hit a single to right field that gave Dayton the lead for good in a 5-4 win. It’s the third...
Pete Rose’s record-breaking ball sells for $403K

Pete Rose’s record-breaking ball sells for $403K

The ball Pete Rose smashed to left center field for his record-breaking hit No. 4,192 sold Saturday for more than $403,000 on Leland’s Auctions. Rose drove the ball for a single on Sept. 11, 1985, at the former Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati to break the record of lifetime hits set by Ty Cobb in 1910. The ball comes with documentation, including copies of a notarized letter signed by Cincinnati...
Future of AL Central promising for Indians

Future of AL Central promising for Indians

Cleveland hasn’t dominated the AL Central as it was expected to in 2017, but the outlook of the division is encouraging.  The Detroit Tigers, a formidable foe for the last decade, might finally wave the white flag. Justin Verlander is becoming a more serious trade candidate, according to Jeff Passan at Yahoo.com, and the team could finally commence a rebuild. Verlander hasn’t asked...
Reds’ Joey Votto facing uphill battle for All-Star bid

Reds’ Joey Votto facing uphill battle for All-Star bid

Joey Votto is fifth among National League first basemen in All-Star voting, but the Reds aren’t slowing their campaign for the first baseman. Votto is third among qualifiers in batting average (.304) and hits (84), trailing leader Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals and Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks in both categories. His 55 runs and .414 OBP are second only to Goldschmidt (68, .443). ...
Cincinnati Reds: 7 things to know about Bronson Arroyo’s career

Cincinnati Reds: 7 things to know about Bronson Arroyo’s career

Bronson Arroyo sat down earlier this season in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse with a member of the media and told stories about random former teammates as their names were pulled out of a hat. Arroyo went on and on about each of the 10 players whose names were read. Arroyo will go into the Reds Hall of Fame someday for his pitching accomplishments, but he could easily be inducted for his quotes alone...
WATCH: Dayton Dragons celebrate the moment they made the playoffs

WATCH: Dayton Dragons celebrate the moment they made the playoffs

The Dayton Dragons blew off some steam in the locker room in Ft. Wayne on Friday night after earning a spot in the Midwest League playoffs for the first time since 2011. The Dragons started the weekend road trip with a magic number of two to lock up second place in the Eastern Division in the first half of the season. Luis Bolivar’s team cut that down to one with a win over the TinCaps on Friday...
Reds face another decision with starting rotation this week

Reds face another decision with starting rotation this week

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was designated for assignment Sunday one day after he allowed five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in a 10-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wojciechowski had started four games and made two relief appearances since being promoted to the Reds on May 20. His ERA climbed to 6.75 Saturday as the Reds lost their eighth straight game. They play the Dodgers again...
Reds honor Scooter Gennett with bevy of gifts

Reds honor Scooter Gennett with bevy of gifts

The Cincinnati Reds celebrated one of the greatest offensive performances in baseball history Friday, honoring Scooter Gennett 10 days after he hit four home runs and drove in 10 runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. In a pregame ceremony at Great American Ball Park, the Reds replayed Gennett’s four home runs on the big screen as he watched with General Manager Dick Williams and Chief...
WATCH: Scooter Gennett makes Reds history with four home runs in one game

WATCH: Scooter Gennett makes Reds history with four home runs in one game

Scooter Gennett became the first player in the long history of the Cincinnati Reds to hit four home runs in a game Tuesday in a 13-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park. Gennett not only made Reds history, he made baseball history. He’s the first player to go 5-for-5 with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Gennett’s night started with an RBI single in the first...
Cozart moves up in All-Star voting

Cozart moves up in All-Star voting

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart moved from third to second in voting for the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced Monday. With 547,750 votes, Cozart trails only the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager (604,783). Cozart passed the Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell (537,688). Since the release of the first voting update last week, Cozart has received 283,234 votes. Seager has received...
One Cincinnati Reds player among leaders in All-Star voting

One Cincinnati Reds player among leaders in All-Star voting

No shortstop in the National League has played better than Zack Cozart, but he ranks third at that position in voting for the National League All-Star team. He was the only Cincinnati Reds player to make the first list of leaders released Tuesday. With 264,516 votes, Cozart trails the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager (399,347) and the Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell (379,640). Cozart leads...
Dragons-Whitecaps: First-place showdown at Fifth Third Field

Dragons-Whitecaps: First-place showdown at Fifth Third Field

It’s been a while since the Dayton Dragons have been involved in a “big” series at any time during a season, but that’s exactly what will unfold down at Fifth Third Field this weekend. The West Michigan Whitecaps roll into town for a four-game series over the holiday weekend. The Detroit Tigers affiliate is now the frontrunner in the Midwest League’s East Division with...
After cousin Archie Miller left for Indiana, Friedl finds home with Dragons

After cousin Archie Miller left for Indiana, Friedl finds home with Dragons

T.J. Friedl was looking forward to playing in Dayton this season since he’d already lined up a place to live. The Dragons leadoff hitter was going to stay with his cousin until the cousin took a new job out of town. That cousin is former Dayton Flyers head coach Archie Miller, who left for Bloomington, Ind. two weeks before the Dragons opened the season. Friedl found a new place to live and...
Reds shortstop playing through wrist pain

Reds shortstop playing through wrist pain

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart won’t start Sunday in the series finale against the Colorado Rockies. He entered the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park this morning with a black brace on his left wrist. The lingering wrist pain he has experienced since early April isn’t the reason he’s resting today. He planned to rest today no matter how he was feeling. He missed two...

Peltier leads Eagles on the diamond

Ryan Peltier has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. He’s been the starting quarterback for the CJ Eagles since his sophomore year, but the junior saves his best for the baseball field. “Football, you only get that one chance on Friday nights to prove yourself,” Peltier said. “With baseball you get multiple chances in a week to get wins and play good and have fun...
Cincinnati Reds send another rookie starter to Triple-A

Cincinnati Reds send another rookie starter to Triple-A

The Cincinnati Reds optioned starting pitcher Rookie Davis to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday and will make a corresponding roster move before the start of their series against the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday. Davis, a rookie right-hander, struggled in his last start Monday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 10-4 loss to the New York Yankees. Davis was scheduled...
Cincinnati Reds excited to play New York Yankees in matchup of first-place teams

Cincinnati Reds excited to play New York Yankees in matchup of first-place teams

The Cincinnati Reds could not have had a better Sunday. They completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-0 victory at Great American Ball Park and then watched — if they were able to stay up until 2:15 a.m. — as the Chicago Cubs lost 5-4 to the New York Yankees in 18 innings at Wrigley Field. The Reds (17-14) lead the Cubs (16-15) by one game in the National League...
Reports: Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush group agrees on deal to buy Miami Marlins

Reports: Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush group agrees on deal to buy Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement to sell the team to a group of investors that includes New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, according to a report from the Miami Herald on Tuesday afternoon. There are "other details to be worked out," but that deal would have to be approved by Major League Baseball, according to an MLB source...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, but they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win Sunday.  Bronson Arroyo had his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking none, and Patrick Kivlehan drove in three runs for the victors.  The Reds also got two hits, including a home run, from struggling right fielder Scott Schebler while Eugenio...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...
Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

The Cincinnati Bengals began OTAs Monday and there was no shortage of news.  The biggest headline of course came from Adam “Pacman” Jones losing his temper when he was asked about his offseason arrest, but there was actual football news as well.  Jeremy Hill told reporters the past two disappointing years are not him, and he stood by his statement to the NFL Network...
Ranking top rookie starts by Reds in last three seasons

Ranking top rookie starts by Reds in last three seasons

Bryan Price remains confident the Cincinnati Reds starting pitching can improve in the second half of the season. One thing is for sure, it can’t get much worse. The Reds (35-46) will reach the halfway point of the season Monday night in Colorado. The Reds have the worst team ERA in baseball (5.24) mostly because their starters have a 6.16 ERA. Reds relievers rank 13th out of 30 teams with a...
Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

The Cincinnati Reds lost three out of four games in a series against the Brewers that concluded yesterday, and manager Bryan Price got exactly zero quality starts along the way.  Sal Romano was the perpetrator yesterday, giving up three runs and walking four in a three-inning major-league debut.  Brandon Finnegan pitched only one inning before leaving with an injury Saturday while Bronson...
WATCH: Billy Hamilton makes another amazing catch

WATCH: Billy Hamilton makes another amazing catch

Billy Hamilton makes the incredible catches look ordinary, but he outdid himself Sunday with an extraordinary play against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park. The Reds lost the game 4-2. It would have been worse, but Hamilton took extra bases away from Nick Franklin with a leaping catch on the warning track to end the sixth inning. Wily Peralta likely would have scored from first had...
Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Are you ready for some football?  The calendar says April, but we are loaded up with gridiron topics today.  The Ohio State spring game is tomorrow, and that will give us one big opportunity to see what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of March.  That is not a figure of speech.  Since the start of spring practice, we’ve had a lot of great interviews with...
Bubble gum chewing helps Reds third baseman relax

Bubble gum chewing helps Reds third baseman relax

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez faced a not-so-important question Thursday in the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park. “Are you the best bubble gum blower in baseball?” a reporter asked. Suarez smiled. He wasn’t ready to anoint himself the best, even though he blows bubbles as big as his head when he’s playing third. “Johnny Cueto’s good with that...
Hartsock: Dragons off and running … literally

Hartsock: Dragons off and running … literally

It’s hard to believe that we haven’t seen a winning baseball team in the home dugout at Fifth Third Field since 2011. The Dragons are off to a 5-2 start, and Luis Bolivar’s first team features an exciting brand of baseball. Dayton is showing plenty of speed in the early going, the Dragons lead the Midwest League in stolen bases. Jose Siri and Brantley Bell are among the best in minor...
Ohio Sen. Brown has reason for wearing Dayton Dragons hat to Indians opener

Ohio Sen. Brown has reason for wearing Dayton Dragons hat to Indians opener

Tuesday was the first home game of the season for the Cleveland Indians, the defending American League champs, and a day U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown wasn’t going to miss, although his attire was unusual. Brown wore a Dayton Dragons hat to the game. In a video posted to his official Twitter account, Brown said he wore the hat because the Dragons were the first Ohio team free agent signing...
Reds bullpen perfecto recalls that time Babe Ruth was ejected for assaulting an umpire

Reds bullpen perfecto recalls that time Babe Ruth was ejected for assaulting an umpire

The Cincinnati Reds’ bullpen performance Monday night in Pittsburgh was not just impressive – it was historic, too.   Jamie Ramsey of the Reds media relations staff points out that in throwing seven shutout innings against the Pirates, they became the second team in the last 100 seasons to get at least seven perfect innings from their bullpen.  That is significant to sports...
Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Bryan Price’s bullpen made him look smart again Monday night as the Reds clobbered the Pirates 7-1 in Pittsburgh.  Cincinnati gave Brandon Finnegan a 5-0 lead, but he pitched himself into trouble in three straight innings.  With the bases loaded and a run already walked in, Price had seen enough – but he didn’t go to his long man and hope for the best.  Though it was...
Positive signs abound for Cincinnati Reds in week one

Positive signs abound for Cincinnati Reds in week one

Fans of the Cincinnati Reds shouldn’t print World Series tickets just yet. They also shouldn’t downplay what the team did in week one of the season. The Reds are 4-2. They were 4-2 two years ago and won 64 games. They were 5-1 last season and won 68 games. The last time they won the National League Central Division in 2012, they started 3-3. In short, no one should draw any grand conclusions...
Beavercreek, UD grad makes big-league debut

Beavercreek, UD grad makes big-league debut

University of Dayton and Beavercreek High School graduate Mike Hauschild made his big-league debut Saturday for the Texas Rangers with his entire family in the stands at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Hauschild pitched the ninth inning of a 6-1 loss to the Oakland A’s. He allowed a double and then threw a wild pitch. He gave up a single to score a run but then got out of the inning with...
Sports Today: Reds win, Cleveland celebrates, Dragons starting, CBJ, OHSAA, etc. 

Sports Today: Reds win, Cleveland celebrates, Dragons starting, CBJ, OHSAA, etc. 

Joey Votto and Brandon Finnegan made sure the Cincinnati Reds did not start the season 0-2.  Finnegan pitched seven shutout innings, and Votto homered to break a scoreless tie in the seventh inning.  We’ll have to wait another day to know more about how manager Bryan Price will handle his bullpen.  Finnegan made it easy on him against the Phillies by going seven innings. ...
CJ grad creates viral video on Twitter

CJ grad creates viral video on Twitter

Matt Allaire, a Chaminade-Julienne graduate who has built a loyal following on Twitter with creative and timely gifs, produced one his most popular videos yet Tuesday. As of Wednesday, the video Allaire posted on his RT_Ohio Twitter account, had been shared more than 19,000 times. A couple of Cincinnati Reds players were watching the video on their phones in the clubhouse Wednesday before a game...
Dayton Dragons: Reds No. 1 pick Tyler Stephenson looking to put lost year behind him

Dayton Dragons: Reds No. 1 pick Tyler Stephenson looking to put lost year behind him

If the 2017 goals of Tyler Stephenson sound simple, well they pretty much are.  After injuries plagued him throughout last season, the Cincinnati Reds' 2015 No. 1 draft is back in Dayton looking for a reset.  He wants to be a reliable presence on the field this summer – learning his trade and the team’s pitching staff.  The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Georgia native was limited...
Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Revisiting a couple of past themes this morning: Big Ten Friday night football and Connecticut’s impact on the popularity of women’s basketball.  The ratings are in for South Carolina’s national championship win over Mississippi State.  ESPN sent out a glowing press release muddling TV viewers with streaming numbers, but Sports Media Watch has better perspective: ...
Sports Today: Reds Opening Day spin, UNC national championship fallout, spring football

Sports Today: Reds Opening Day spin, UNC national championship fallout, spring football

Opening Day in Cincinnati is over, and the Reds are 0-1.  Their 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies was a textbook example of the ambiguity of results on day one out of 162.  Shall we obsess over the fact the Reds had so many chances to break through but didn’t? About the defensive miscue that allowed the winning run to score? About how the starter with the sub.-500 career record...
Betting on the Reds to win the World Series could pay off big time

Betting on the Reds to win the World Series could pay off big time

Looks like at least one Las Vegas sportsbook’s oddsmakers were not impressed with the Cincinnati Reds in spring training. Bovada announced Friday the Reds’ odds to win the World Series dropped from 150/1 in February to 200/1 now. They join the Milwaukee Brewers as the longest shots to win it all as the season is set to begin. (At least there are some fun prop bets out there such as how...
Ken Griffey Jr. says he probably would have picked Michigan over Ohio State, but not for baseball

Ken Griffey Jr. says he probably would have picked Michigan over Ohio State, but not for baseball

What if Ken Griffey Jr. had pursued a football career instead of baseball?  He might be less popular in the state of Ohio.  The recently inducted Baseball Hall of Famer told Dan Patrick he had more scholarship offers to play football than baseball when he was a high school star at Cincinnati Moeller.  Doesn’t sound like he would have been a Buckeye, though.  Instead he might...
Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Dayton Flyers basketball’s nascent coaching search gained some steam last night with the revelation former Flyer Anthony Grant is among the candidates.  That was confirmed by WHIO’s John Bedell after Jeff Goodman of ESPN shared the name of Grant along with Dayton assistant Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio head coach John Groce. ...
Hartman: Charlie Sheen tweets that Reds ‘Rookie’ is a winner

Hartman: Charlie Sheen tweets that Reds ‘Rookie’ is a winner

If you haven’t heard of Rookie Davis yet, we’ll just have to let Cincinnati Reds fanatic Charlie Sheen introduce you. Not long before Sheen’s tweet, Davis shared that he was excited to tell his family he would be breaking camp with the Reds after spending the spring in a battle with several youngsters for a spot in the roster. Davis found out about his celebrity endorsement soon...
Sports Today: Archie Miller’s gone, Final 4 set, Reds inch closer to Opening Day and more

Sports Today: Archie Miller’s gone, Final 4 set, Reds inch closer to Opening Day and more

So, anything happen over the weekend?  Oh yeah…  I will have some thoughts on Archie Miller leaving Dayton for Indiana, his impact, etc., later today, but first let’s look at what else is going on around the sports world.  How many Final Four teams did you pick correctly?  I got one – Gonzaga – as my brackets continue to trend worse and worse from year...
March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

While you were (probably) sleeping, Xavier became this tournament's historic sleeper.  There's always one, right? Well the Musketeers staked their claim by knocking off Arizona on Thursday night.  They are the lowest seed left and the only hope left of getting a double-digit seed into the Final Four, which would put them in some exclusive company and make sure they are forever part...
Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

If I weren’t ready for baseball season to officially begin, I am now after watching the United States crush Puerto Rico 8-0 in the World Baseball Classic championship game.  It was enough to bring manager Jim Leyland to tears apparently.  This was the third WBC but the first I can remember getting much traction on social media.  Maybe I just follow more baseball people on Twitter...
Sports Today: March Madness picks, mascot supremacy, Reds make cuts and some college football

Sports Today: March Madness picks, mascot supremacy, Reds make cuts and some college football

Have you got your bracket in yet?   Better hurry...   For anyone wondering, I picked UCLA as my national champion.   I know as everyone reveals their choices today they love to be self-deprecating and say that means it is the kiss of death, but it really does feel like I am getting worse at this every year.   For example: Last year I finally bought into the...
Sports Today: First Four fun, Bengals questions, WBC rocking, UFC rallying, etc. 

Sports Today: First Four fun, Bengals questions, WBC rocking, UFC rallying, etc. 

It was a fun time at the University of Dayton Arena for the beginning of the First Four last night.  Both games were competitive most of the way as Mount St. Mary’s beat New Orleans 67-66 and Kansas State pulled away from Wake Forest late.  (The MSM mascot started rocking long before the game started.)  I know pooh-poohing the First Four is fashionable in some circles, but...
Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

I am not the only one of the opinion the NCAA basketball committee got it wrong with Wichita State.  Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com called the Shockers’ No. 10 seed the worst decision of all time.  That, of course, is terrible for the Dayton Flyers.  While there were fears UD dropping its last two games could cause the Flyers to end up in a dreaded 8-9 game, their ultimate...
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