Cincinnati Reds


On this day in 1990: Eric Davis homers in World Series

On this day in 1990: Eric Davis homers in World Series

Today, Reds fans can look back fondly on the glory days. On this day in 1990, Eric Davis became the 22nd player to homer in the first World Series at-bat.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OTD?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OTD</a> in...
Sports Today: Bengals get some good news, some bad while sitting idle

Sports Today: Bengals get some good news, some bad while sitting idle

The Cincinnati Bengals did not play Sunday, but they got some good news.  And bad.  We’ll start off on the positive: For the second time in four weeks, the Chicago Bears did the Bengals a solid by beating an AFC North opponent in overtime.  This time it was the Baltimore Ravens, who already have a win in hand against the Bengals thanks to Cincinnati’s terrible start to the...
Reds star Joey Votto among crowd at ‘Superbubz’ memorial in Fairfield

Reds star Joey Votto among crowd at ‘Superbubz’ memorial in Fairfield

In the final weeks of his all-too-short life Walter “Superbubz” Herbert became a star for his courage in the face of death. His public visitation Thursday evening saw Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto among the hundreds of mourners who lined up at Fairfield’s Central Elementary to honor the first-grade student who died last week of cancer. School officials said Votto, who had...
Joey Votto Reds’ 2017 Hank Aaron award finalist

Joey Votto Reds’ 2017 Hank Aaron award finalist

Joey Votto was announced as the Reds’ 2017 Hank Aaron award finalist on Monday.  Votto won the prestigious honor in 2010. He’s one of six who will represent their team after winning the award previously. The award recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performer in each league since it was established in 1999.” Fans can vote for their preferred player through MLB.com...
Sports Today: Curious inspirations keying Bengals turnaround

Sports Today: Curious inspirations keying Bengals turnaround

Late ‘90s rock and lessons from competitive juggling have played important roles in the Cincinnati Bengals’ two-game winning streak.  No, really.  A.J. Green got over his turnover blues Sunday by remembering lessons from his days as a member of the elementary school juggling team.  No, seriously.  The superstar receiver bounced back from his role in three turnovers...
Reds pitcher has hip surgery, won’t be ready for spring training

Reds pitcher has hip surgery, won’t be ready for spring training

Reds right-hander Rookie Davis had surgery on Monday to repair the labrum and to remove a bone spur in his right hip. The team said Davis, 24, is not expected to be ready for spring training. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York. Kelly performed hip surgery on Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco in 2015 and 2016. Davis was 1-3 with an 8.63 ERA in seven games, including six starts, for...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals key to victory against the Bills

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals key to victory against the Bills

The Cincinnati Bengals are back home this weekend after breaking into the win column against the Browns.  Will the rejuvenating effects of a weekend vacation on Lake Erie carry over against the 3-1 Buffalo Bills?  There’s no doubt the vibe around the team was different this week, but this is a sneakily big game.  For all the positives of the past two games following a disastrous...
Reds among teams interested in Japan’s ‘Babe Ruth’

Reds among teams interested in Japan’s ‘Babe Ruth’

Reds general manager Dick Williams was among those in attendance Wednesday to watch Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani pitch for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Ohtani, 23, is expected to enter the American free-agent market this offseason. While larger market teams such as the Dodgers and Yankees are considered favorites, the Reds have surprised competitors before (Aroldis Chapman, anyone?). "I want...
Sports Today: There’s never enough football talk

Sports Today: There’s never enough football talk

Are we too obsessed with the Ohio State passing game?  Nah.  This is football. That’s how it works.  One of several reasons the game became the preeminent spectator sport in America decades ago was that it provides not only a lot to talk about but a lot of time to do it.  Yeah, it’s a brutal ballet and all, but it’s also weekly like our other favorite TV shows...
Reds relief pitcher claimed off waivers by Cubs

Reds relief pitcher claimed off waivers by Cubs

Reds reliever Luke Farrell was claimed off waivers today by the Chicago Cubs. Farrell, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound right-hander, posted a 2.61 ERA this season in nine games — all in relief — with the Reds. Relievers Alejandro Chacin and Asher Wojciechowski cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Louisville. Starting pitcher Nick Travieso was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list,...
From the archives: Dayton Flyers enter season with high expectations

From the archives: Dayton Flyers enter season with high expectations

Football pain and basketball optimism are part of five fantastic facts from 50 years ago in the Dayton Daily News archives:  Coming off a season in which they lost the national championship game to UCLA, the Flyers were ranked the No. 6 team in the country by the Basketball Yearbook.  Don May was part of the preseason All-America team, joining Lew Alcindor, Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld and Cal...
Sports Today: At least Reds have some better problems to face this winter

Sports Today: At least Reds have some better problems to face this winter

Major League Baseball’s postseason starts Tuesday night.  The Cincinnati Reds will not be part of it, as you’re probably aware.  After three consecutive 90-plus-loss seasons, what do the Reds have to do to earn some October baseball in the future?  The Hall of Farmer Hal McCoy laid out the offseason tasks for the Reds pretty well, and we’ve got all winter to debate...
Twitter argues Reds’ Joey Votto for MVP

Twitter argues Reds’ Joey Votto for MVP

The Reds weren’t good - to put it lightly - but first baseman Joey Votto might’ve been the best player in baseball. Despite the team’s failure, there are advocates for Votto’s MVP case. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My award picks:<br><br>MVPs: Votto, Judge<br>...
Cincinnati Reds: Numbers behind Joey Votto’s amazing 2017 season

Cincinnati Reds: Numbers behind Joey Votto’s amazing 2017 season

Joey Votto’s season is over, but the Cincinnati Reds first baseman’s 2017 camptain will be remembered for a long time.  Let us count the ways…  The 34-year-old played all 162 games for the second time in his career and failed to get on base in only 12 of those appearances. In 107 games, he got on base at least twice.  He reached base a major-league-high 321 times...
Should Joey Votto be National League MVP?

Should Joey Votto be National League MVP?

At least a few people who want you to think they are progressive baseball minds are writing Joey Votto should be the National League MVP.  They are wrong.  Cincinnati Reds fans and Votto himself have every right to celebrate if he does win (he won’t), but that doesn’t mean it would be fair – at least until they change the name of the award.  Arguing the best player...
Sports Today: What Battle of Ohio blowout means for Bengals, Browns

Sports Today: What Battle of Ohio blowout means for Bengals, Browns

After another Battle of Ohio beatdown, the Cincinnati Bengals have hopes and the Cleveland Browns have none.  Finally the 2017 pro football season has arrived in the Buckeye State.  While the Bengals try to figure out how to catch the Steelers, Browns fans can start putting together their draft boards.  Everything is how it should be.  I wrote Friday I was nervous about how certain...
Reds top playoff-bound Cubs in 2017 season finale

Reds top playoff-bound Cubs in 2017 season finale

The cheering slowly increased as the crowd of 40,971 recognized the significance of the Chicago Cubs flag on the videoboard at Wrigley Field. The banner on top of the pole for the NL Central standings rippled in the breeze as the cheering turned into an appreciative roar. The regular season is over. Next up for Chicago is the Washington Nationals. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each had a light day...
Joey Votto starts every game, first Red since Pete Rose to do so

Joey Votto starts every game, first Red since Pete Rose to do so

Joey Votto closes 2017 with one more milestone. He started all 162 games for the Reds, becoming the first to do so since Pete Rose in 1975. Votto has been phenomenal despite his team’s record. Unfortunately for him and his team, the lack of success may cost him a deserving MVP award. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en"...
Former Cincinnati Bearcat cracks 3-run home run to send Cubs past Reds

Former Cincinnati Bearcat cracks 3-run home run to send Cubs past Reds

University of Cincinnati product Ian Happ hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs won for the 14th time in 17 games, beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Friday. With a second straight NL Central title in hand and their sights set on another World Series championship, the Cubs held sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant out of the lineup. They also watched as Jose...
On this date in 2010: Relive the Jay Bruce walk-off HR that gave Reds NL Central title

On this date in 2010: Relive the Jay Bruce walk-off HR that gave Reds NL Central title

Oh, to be in the playoffs again. On this date in 2010, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce blasted a walk-off homer to clinch the NL Central division title. It was their 45th come-from-behind win that season. The last time the Reds had clinched the division, Bruce was 7-years-old. Quite a bit has changed since. Manager Dusty Baker has now taken four teams to the playoffs, guiding the Nationals to back-to-back...
Brewers hold off Reds to keep pace in playoff race

Brewers hold off Reds to keep pace in playoff race

Domingo Santana hit an early three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers kept pace in the playoff race by holding off the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 on Tuesday night. The surprising Brewers need help to reach the postseason. They remained 1 1/2 games behind Colorado for the second NL wild card after the Rockies blanked Miami 6-0. Milwaukee (83-74) was six games back of the first-place Cubs in the NL Central...
Scooter Gennett’s Cincinnati homecoming a bright spot for Reds

Scooter Gennett’s Cincinnati homecoming a bright spot for Reds

Before talking to Scooter Gennett, I just felt I had to make amends. “I have a confession to make,” I said when I approached his locker in the corner of the Reds clubhouse. I’m not sure he knew what to make of that, so I went on to explain I was standing in that same spot on Opening Day when I found out the guy I previously knew only as a semi-regular Milwaukee Brewer was a fellow...
Reds lose home finale, was it Zack Cozart’s last game at GABP?

Reds lose home finale, was it Zack Cozart’s last game at GABP?

If Sunday was, indeed, Zack Cozart’s last game in Cincinnati as a Red, the memories definitely will be bittersweet at best. The sixth-year shortstop, who can be a free agent after the season, had two hits and scored a run, but he also was guilty of a baserunning gaffe that might’ve cost the Reds a run in a game they ended up losing, 5-4. “We’re not in a pennant race,&rdquo...
Reds notes: McGuire could get a start this week

Reds notes: McGuire could get a start this week

The white board in Bryan Price’s Great American Ball Park office often lists the starting pitchers for the upcoming five or six games, but the spaces for the Reds starters in Milwaukee Tuesday through Thursday were blank before Saturday’s game. “We’re waiting on one pitcher to see how he came through his last start,” Price said. The way the rotation was set up would have...
Reds honor retiring Arroyo, get blanked by Red Sox

Reds honor retiring Arroyo, get blanked by Red Sox

Durability was on display at Great American Ball Park on Saturday. Before the game, the Reds honored retiring pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who literally didn’t miss a start in his first tour of duty with Cincinnati, which lasted eight seasons. Catcher Tucker Barnhart put the finishing touch on another feat. He made his 100th start of the season, giving the Reds a franchise-record nine players in...
Gennett sets record with fourth grand slam, but Reds fall to Red Sox

Gennett sets record with fourth grand slam, but Reds fall to Red Sox

First, it was Scooter Gennett being mentioned in the same breath as Babe Ruth. Friday night, Lou Gehrig joined the club. Gennett’s first inning grand slam in Cincinnati’s 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox was his fourth of the season, setting a franchise single-season record and adding another layer to the historic lore of Gennett’s magical 2017 season. »HAL MCCOY: Deck McGuire&rsquo...
Reds Barnhart on new contract: ‘Winning ... is all I want to do’

Reds Barnhart on new contract: ‘Winning ... is all I want to do’

The Cincinnati Reds’ last four-year contract with a catcher hasn’t worked out so well. They’re hoping for better luck this time. The Reds announced Friday that catcher Tucker Barnhart had agreed to a four-year contract through 2021 with a club option for 2022. The deal reportedly is worth $23 million, including a $1.75 million bonus. The club has a $500,000 buyout for the option...
Reds approach team home run record

Reds approach team home run record

This Reds season has left much to be desired - except in the power department. The Reds are second in the NL in homers, and their 210 long balls are the second most in team history. Breaking the team record of 222 is conceivable with two weeks left. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Reds have 210...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds following Dayton’s lead with quick netting decision

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds following Dayton’s lead with quick netting decision

The Cincinnati Reds got it right by acting quickly to announce they will add netting to more areas around the field at Great American Ball Park next season.  I can say that without hesitation because of how the extended netting looks at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.  I don’t know for certain Reds brass took that into account when making their decision one day after Todd Frazier was...
Reds sign catcher Tucker Barnhart to contract extension

Reds sign catcher Tucker Barnhart to contract extension

The Reds and catcher Tucker Barnhart have agreed on a four-year contract extension, the team announced Friday. Barnhart, 26, would have been eligible for arbitration following the season. »RELATED: Reds to add more netting at GABP “Tucker has made us proud on the field with his play and off the field with his community involvement,” Reds President of Baseball Operations and General...
Fowler comes up big again as Cardinals sweep Reds

Fowler comes up big again as Cardinals sweep Reds

Dexter Fowler delivered again, hitting two doubles and a single as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame Scott Schebler’s two home runs to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Thursday night for a three-game sweep. The Cardinals began the day 2 ½ games behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot and five games behind the Central-leading Chicago Cubs. Fowler drove in two runs. He went 7 for 13...
Reds notes: Yankee fan Romano to face Red Sox

Reds notes: Yankee fan Romano to face Red Sox

The Reds open their final home series Friday with the first of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. Rookie right-hander Sal Romano (5-6, 4.07 earned-run average), a Long Island, N.Y., native and Southington, Connecticut resident, will make his first appearance against the Red Sox in his 15th career overall start. Romano is 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA in three September starts. RELATED: Reds to...
Cincinnati Reds to add more netting at Great American Ball Park

Cincinnati Reds to add more netting at Great American Ball Park

One day after a foul ball injured a young fan at Yankee Stadium, the Cincinnati Reds announced they will install additional netting at Great American Ball Park next season.  The plan is for new netting to extend to the end of each dugout. The existing netting behind home plate will be replaced.  This work will be finished before the Reds open the 2018 season against the Washington Nationals...
Sports Today: Marvin Lewis puts Bengals on notice for a change

Sports Today: Marvin Lewis puts Bengals on notice for a change

Something interesting happened Wednesday at Paul Brown Stadium: Marvin Lewis told us he let his players know it was their fault Ken Zampese was fired.  Lewis, who didn’t want to talk about Zampese anymore than he had to but tolerated more questions than I thought he would, also warned the players they could be next if things don’t turn around.  This is noteworthy because Lewis...
Cardinals hammer three home runs in rout of Reds

Cardinals hammer three home runs in rout of Reds

Mike Matheny enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals’ best all-around game in a while so much, he wouldn’t mind seeing a replay. “I’ll go rewatch it,” Matheny said after the 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. “Good starting pitching, clean defense, clean bullpen, timely hitting, got momentum early. I’m really looking forward to (Thursday).” »...
Joey Votto reveals the secret to his latest long run of success for the Reds

Joey Votto reveals the secret to his latest long run of success for the Reds

Cincinnati Reds star slugger Joey Votto admitted to himself he wasn’t swinging at enough good pitches.  And now he’s nearly better than ever.  That was revealed by a fascinating MLB.com story published this week.  Turns out when Votto was struggling in the first half of last season, it was because he had become obsessed with notching a .500 on-base percentage (...
Cozart, Reds two homers away from six 25 HR players

Cozart, Reds two homers away from six 25 HR players

With Zack Cozart’s and Scooter Gennett’s homers on Tuesday night, the Reds are approaching a baseball benchmark reached only one other time in MLB history. If Cozart hits two more home runs, Cincinnati would be the second team ever to have six players with 25 or more homers. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="...
50 years ago, Johnny Bench hit first homer

50 years ago, Johnny Bench hit first homer

On this day in 1967, Reds legendary catcher Johnny Bench hit his first home run in a 9-4 win over the Braves in Atlanta. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OTD?src=hash">#OTD</a> in 1967: Rookie <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnnyBench_5"...
Reds activate Billy Hamilton from DL

Reds activate Billy Hamilton from DL

The Reds have activated outfielder Billy Hamilton from the disabled list a day after he complained about being sidelined. "I'm in a bad, frustrated mood right now. I want to get out there and play," Hamilton said Tuesday. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Reds?src=hash"...
Sports Today: How ‘pumpin bubs’ could save Ohio State’s season

Sports Today: How ‘pumpin bubs’ could save Ohio State’s season

Will Ohio State’s season come down to pumpin bubs?  Quite possibly yes.  In which case I guess we should explain just what pumpin bubs means.  The phrase set to sweep the nation came from J.T. Barrett on Tuesday night at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center when asked about some new wrinkles the Buckeyes unveiled in a win over Army last weekend.  Bub is short for “bubble&rdquo...
Cardinals top Reds in extra innings

Cardinals top Reds in extra innings

Dexter Fowler hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a go-ahead double in the 10th, helping the St. Louis Cardinals knock off the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 on Tuesday night. Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong also connected for St. Louis, which was swept by NL Central-leading Chicago over the weekend and had dropped four of five overall. Juan Nicasio (4-5) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Tyler Lyons...
Reds playing for something — fourth place

Reds playing for something — fourth place

The Reds opened the last two weeks of their season on Tuesday with the opener of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the first of four teams with postseason plans on the line that Cincinnati will meet down the stretch. Two of those teams, St. Louis and Milwaukee, were desperately trying to keep alive their fading hopes. The other two, division-leading Boston and the Chicago Cubs,...
More hopeful future: Cincinnati Reds or Bengals?

More hopeful future: Cincinnati Reds or Bengals?

Things have taken quite a turn for the worse when it comes to major pro sports in the Queen City lately.  Earlier this decade, the Reds and Bengals were both postseason participants in the same year multiple times, although neither of them have advanced in the playoffs in more than two decades.  The Reds are in the midst of a rebuild that started at least one year too late while the Bengals...
Reds promote two more rookie pitchers

Reds promote two more rookie pitchers

The Reds have added to their stock of rookie arms in the big leagues.  Cincinnati recalled pitcher Keury Mella and selected pitcher Deck McGuire from Class-AA Pensacola on Tuesday. In other moves, the team reactivated outfielder Jesse Winker from the 10-day disabled list and designated pitcher Barrett Astin for assignment.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
All rise: Sonia Sotomayor watches Yankee's game from 'The Judge's Chambers'

All rise: Sonia Sotomayor watches Yankee's game from 'The Judge's Chambers'

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited New York’s Yankee Stadium to watch her beloved team take on the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, and it only made sense that she found herself right at-home in “The Judge’s Chambers.” Sotomayor, a Bronx-native, took a seat in the rooting section named for rookie Aaron Judge as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-2, The Washington Post...
Check out what Joey Votto did for 6-year-old cancer patient during Reds game

Check out what Joey Votto did for 6-year-old cancer patient during Reds game

Joey Votto wrote another chapter in his growing legacy as one of the greats on and off the field Thursday.  The Cincinnati slugger hit a home run to right-center field in the seventh inning against the Mets then handed his bat to a youngster in the front row.  That fan, 6-year-old Walter Herbert, is a Votto fan who is battling stage four high-risk neuroblastoma.  He also gave Walter...
Sports Today: Almost time to see this revamped Ohio State offense

Sports Today: Almost time to see this revamped Ohio State offense

Ohio State football begins the 2017 season this week, and Indiana presents an appropriate opponent given the biggest story of the offseason: Revamping the Buckeyes offense.  This would be true even if Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator weren’t the Hoosiers’ old coach, but of course that adds another interesting layer to the proceedings set for Bloomington on Thursday night...
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Writers are told not to use exclamation points often, if at all, but today I’m making an exception because there is nothing like high school football in Ohio.  The season is only one day old, and we already have some surprising results.  Fairmont ended 13 years of misery by upsetting rival Alter 13-12 last night in the Battle of Kettering.  While that is undoubtedly a big...
Reds notes: Votto marks 10 years of service time

Reds notes: Votto marks 10 years of service time

Joey Votto walked into the Reds Great American Ball Park clubhouse before Thursday’s three-game series finale against the Chicago Cubs and Rob Butcher, the club’s vice president of media relations, greeted him with a “Congratulations, Joey.” The Reds’ first baseman responded with a smile, “Now I get my full pension.” Votto officially reached 10 years of major...
Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

The Cincinnati Reds are really working hard to erase all the positives they established in the first half of the season.  OK, that’s probably overstating it a bit. Maybe.  As things stand, they still have proven they have solid-or-better players at all eight every-day positions with Jesse Winker still a wild card and Nick Senzel on the way.  The overburdened bullpen has had some...
Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Luis Castillo was lifted after four innings Sunday because of a high early pitch count and took the loss, but he gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in four innings.  In the shortest of his 12 starts with the Reds, the rookie showed he can battle. That is a trait that has been sorely lacking from many of the youngsters Cincinnati has taken a look at so far on the mound this season...
Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Was that a wild time in Chicago for the Reds or what?  Too bad the series is over because it’s anyone’s guess what insanity might have happened if there were a rubber match in the Friendly Confines today.  What else can you say when a series goes 15-5, 2-1, 7-6 and 13-10?  The Reds earned a split in improbable fashion Thursday with Phil Ervin’s 2-run homer proving...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

The training camp performances of a pair of rookie pass rushers indicate the Cincinnati Bengals knew what they were doing when they waited until the third and fourth rounds to address that area of need in the draft.  Jordan Willis is in the spotlight today after Carl Lawson hogged it for much of the early part of camp (not to mention offseason workouts).  At 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, Lawson...
Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Unless it costs them a slot in the draft next summer, the Reds' 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night doesn't mean anything.  But it sure was fun.  Tight. Tense. Tremendous.  Unless you hate pitcher's duels, this one had everything.  An exciting young starter (Luis Castillo) making a strong appearance at an iconic ballpark against the defending World Series champions...
Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Cincinnati Bengals fans, the long wait for preseason game No. 1 ends tonight with Marvin Lewis’ team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Jay Morrison already laid out his six things to watch tonight and hit all the most important aspects of the game I can see, such as they are when the outcome doesn’t matter.  I am with Jay in wanting to see how Trey Hopkins performs on the offensive...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

If you’re really into the whole, “Hunter Greene is the next face of baseball,” thing, well, last night was a good night for you.  The Reds’ first-round draft pick made his professional debut last night in Billings, Mont., and he stroked a two-run triple for his first hit as a Mustang.  Greene is a prospect as a pitcher and a shortstop, but he got his feet wet...
Former MLB star Don Baylor dies at 68

Former MLB star Don Baylor dies at 68

Former major-league baseball star Don Baylor died Monday morning after a long struggle with multiple myeloma. He was 68. Baylor died at 4:25 a.m. Monday at St. David’s South Hospital in his native Austin, Texas, his son confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman. Baylor graduated from Austin High School as one of the first African-Americans to attend the school and the very first to play...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Should we put the Twitter machine to bed when we’re in the middle of an interview?  Yeah, probably. Not that we will. Or can?  These are thoughts I had when I saw Texas coach Tom Herman (a Cincinnati-born former Ohio State assistant) is banning social media posts from reporters while they talk to his guys.  I may be in the minority, but I don't hate this at all.  I wasn't...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

The star of day four of Cincinnati Bengals training camp was Joe Mixon if social media is any indication.  He put on a show at practice, reminding everyone he has a unique blend of size, speed and open-field elusiveness.  Mixon moves very fluidly, especially for a 228-pounder.  If he can give the Bengals a breakaway runner to go with the vertical receiving threats of A.J. Green and...
Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals got going over the weekend down on the riverfront and…. so far, so good.  On offense, the big story was thought to be Tyler Eifert and John Ross getting clean bills of health.  Then everyone saw Giovani Bernard looking like, well, Giovani Bernard despite having ACL surgery less than eight months ago.  This is a huge development for a team with...
Reds Hall of Famer Lee May dies at age 74

Reds Hall of Famer Lee May dies at age 74

Cincinnati Reds fans are mourning as Reds Hall-of-Famer Lee May has died. He was 74. The Reds organization issued a statement, extending condolences to the family, friends and former teammates of Lee May, who played for the home team from 1965 to 1971. "We are deeply saddened to lose the Big Bopper,” Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum said in a prepared statement...
Hartsock: DeSclafani sharp in rehab start

Hartsock: DeSclafani sharp in rehab start

It’s a long way from low-A to the Major Leagues, but Anthony DeSclafani took a step toward rejoining the Reds rotation with a rehab start for the Dayton Dragons on Saturday night. DeSclafani gave up one hit and struck out six batters in four innings of work against on the road at Fort Wayne TinCaps. The right-hander threw 46 pitches, 33 of them for strikes, and faced 14 hitters. DeSclafani suffered...
Cincinnati Reds college weekend to include Dayton, Xavier, Kentucky and more

Cincinnati Reds college weekend to include Dayton, Xavier, Kentucky and more

If you have ever wanted a Cincinnati Reds hat with the University of Dayton logo on it, now is your chance to get one.  For the second consecutive year, the Reds are holding a college weekend in late summer (Aug. 25-27).  For the first time, Dayton is part of the fun.  Per the Reds:  Dayton joins the University of Cincinnati, Xavier, Thomas More, Kentucky and Northern Kentucky...
Hartsock: Reds prospect closing in on Midwest League record

Hartsock: Reds prospect closing in on Midwest League record

Jose Siri didn’t waste any time extending his hitting streak in Lansing on Wednesday night. The Dragons outfielder slammed the first pitch of the game over the left field wall, pushing the longest streak in baseball this season to 31 games. The blast was Siri’s 17th home run of the season, and the 11th since the streak began on June 22nd. It was also the 10th time in the 31 games that...
Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Welcome to what counts around here (and this is my column) as the official start of football season: The first day of Big Ten football media days.  The Bengals formally start the season tomorrow with a media luncheon (more on them later), and we’ve got our series of the best high school football players from many area schools going strong.  Later this week, I’m heading to Canton...
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...
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. ...

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...
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