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Cincinnati Reds


Hartsock: Better luck next time for Bailey

I’m not sure what’s more frustrating for Reds fans — Homer Bailey’s 2017 debut or knowing that he’s still under contract the next two years to the tune of $44 million. The veteran right-hander sure didn’t look like the guy who breezed through three rehab starts, including one in Dayton. Of course those were against minor league hitters, not some of the Washington...
Reds send one prospect to Triple-A to call up another from Double-A

Reds send one prospect to Triple-A to call up another from Double-A

The Cincinnati Reds sent Amir Garrett down to Triple-A to make room for Louis Castillo on Friday. They announced earlier in the week Castillo, their No. 5 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, would make his MLB debut in a start in Washington against the Nationals on Friday night. Garrett, a rookie lefty, had a strong start to the season but has struggled in five of his last six starts. RELATED:...
Hal McCoy: Frazier trade looking good for Reds

Hal McCoy: Frazier trade looking good for Reds

Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy knows a thing or two about our nation’s pastime. Tap into that knowledge with an email to halmccoy1@hotmail.com. Q: Do we know if Pete Rose was safe or out on the play used to create his statue? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: Somebody said they should have included umpire Eric Gregg on the statue. Gregg, who was on the plus side of...
Sports Today: Is help on the way for the Reds?

Sports Today: Is help on the way for the Reds?

An essential starting rotation makeover starts this weekend for the Cincinnati Reds.   They will start rookie Louis Castillo on Friday then Homer Bailey returns to the rotation Saturday.  Bailey you know.  Who is Louis Castillo?  He was one of the pitchers acquired from the Miami Marlins for Dan Straily last winter, and he is the top-rated pitching prospect in the Reds&rsquo...
Bullpen blows up as Reds fall to Rays; help may soon be on the way

Bullpen blows up as Reds fall to Rays; help may soon be on the way

Scott Schebler hit his 20th home run and drove in another run, but the Reds’ bullpen imploded Wednesday afternoon in an 8-3 loss to the Rays. Cincinnati has dropped 11 of 12, and is in danger of slipping out of the wildcard race before midseason. The Reds left Tampa Bay in bad shape, Billy Hamilton getting caught in a rundown and being tagged out by the Rays’ leftfielder, and starting...
The Dibbles have a day

The Dibbles have a day

Rob Dibble and his family appear to have had a momentous day, or at least it looks that way when checking up on the former Reds reliever on Twitter.  Judging from his posts, and those of his wife, one of their children just wrapped up kindergarten. As you can in her Twitter post, Mom sort of wrestled with the occasion: The dutiful dad, whom the Reds drafted in the first round out of Bridgeport...
Homer Bailey to make season debut for Reds

Homer Bailey to make season debut for Reds

Homer Bailey will make his 2017 debut Saturday for the Cincinnati Reds, starting a 4:05 p.m. game against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., according to multiple reports. Reds manager Bryan Price announced Bailey’s start after an 8-3 loss to the Rays in Tampa, Fla. Bailey, who has been on the disabled list all season after undergoing elbow surgery in February, threw 5 2/3 innings Monday in...
Sixth rookie pitcher to start Friday for Reds

Sixth rookie pitcher to start Friday for Reds

The Cincinnati Reds will promote right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo from Double-A Pensacola to start Friday on the road against the Washington Nationals. The Dominican Republic native will make his big-league debut. The Reds acquired Castillo, 24, in the trade that sent Dan Straily to the Miami Marlins in January. Castillo was 4-4 with a 2.58 ERA in 14 starts with Pensacola. He has never pitched beyond...
Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

What’s wrong with all the young starters for the Cincinnati Reds?  Their struggles this season are kind of bizarre.  That is the takeaway from last night’s 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay.  Amir Garrett got a couple of early runs, but he was gone by the end of the fourth inning.  His final line: six runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed...
Maybe the Reds should move to Tampa Bay

Maybe the Reds should move to Tampa Bay

Reds fans may have gone to sleep on the team as they lost nine consecutive games, but the squad woke up Monday with a 7-3 over the Rays to spark an idea: maybe Cincinnati should petition MLB to stay in Tampa Bay, where the Reds are 6-1 all time (including visits in 2003 and ’11).  Scott Schebler and Scooter Gennett homered, Joey Votto had three hits and the Reds dropped the Rays&rsquo...
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...
Sports Today: Reds renew hope, Ohio State gets big boost and what’s going on in Cleveland?

Sports Today: Reds renew hope, Ohio State gets big boost and what’s going on in Cleveland?

Believe it or not, the Cincinnati Reds won a baseball game last night. An interleague game, no less!  Their 7-3 victory in Tampa Bay is another reminder this team is worth waiting around to see what it can do with competent starting pitching, too.  They took a 3-0 lead, lost it, then went right back to work offensively.  Joey Votto went 3 for 5 and drove in the winning run while Jesse...
Late surge lifts Reds past Rays, snaps 9-game losing streak

Late surge lifts Reds past Rays, snaps 9-game losing streak

Scott Schebler and Scooter Gennett homered and Joey Votto snapped an eighth-inning tie with an RBI single, helping the Cincinnati Reds end a season-high, nine-game losing streak with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. Schebler led off the fifth inning with his 19th homer, tying Votto for the team lead. Gennett went deep for the second consecutive day, his first homers since hitting...
Donald Trump adds Pete Rose nemesis John Dowd to legal team

Donald Trump adds Pete Rose nemesis John Dowd to legal team

President Donald Trump recently added to his defense team a name that should ring a bell for baseball fans of a certain age: John M. Dowd. That’s because Dowd will forever be associated with Pete Rose, who accepted a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball after the Dowd Report was released in 1989. It was the result of an investigation into Rose’s alleged gambling habits as a player and...
Reds put Arroyo, Cozart on disabled list

Reds put Arroyo, Cozart on disabled list

The Cincinnati Reds placed starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder Monday. The move could mean the end of the 40-year-old veteran’s 16-year career. WATCH: Fans flock to the Pete Rose statue Arroyo allowed five earned runs in three innings Sunday in an 8-7 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After the game, he admitted he may not pitch again. &ldquo...
Reds’ Cozart closes in on All-Star starting nod

Reds’ Cozart closes in on All-Star starting nod

Despite a slump, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart extended his lead over Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager in voting for the National League All-Star team in the past week. Cozart’s batting average has fallen from .353 to .320 since June 6, and he hasn’t driven in a run in his last 10 appearances. The Reds have lost nine straight games. Cozart still leads NL shortstops in...
Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

The Cincinnati Reds nearly didn’t lose their ninth game in a row. Then they did.  That is about as creative as I can be about this losing streak that now spans more than a week. Consecutive lost weekends with five winless weekdays in between.  Yeah….  Bronson Arroyo took his second loss of the losing streak yesterday, and it sounds like it might be the last one...
Reds manager Price impressed by Dayton Dragons

Reds manager Price impressed by Dayton Dragons

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price sent Dayton Dragons manager Luis Bolivar a text message last week, congratulating him on becoming a United States citizen. Bolivar took the oath at the federal courthouse in Dayton on Thursday. His entire team and coaching staff attended. “That really speaks really highly about the type of connectivity Luis has with his players,” said Price on Sunday...
Reds’ Arroyo’s career might be over after latest start

Reds’ Arroyo’s career might be over after latest start

Bronson Arroyo bounded off the mound in the first inning Sunday after striking out the side. For a brief moment, he looked like the 29-year-old who joined the Cincinnati Reds in 2006 in a lopsided trade with the Boston Red Sox — Wily Mo Pena’s name will never be forgotten thanks to that deal. Time has caught up to Arroyo, now 40. He made his 383rd start in the big leagues in the final...
Reds’ skid reaches nine games

Reds’ skid reaches nine games

The misery continues for the Cincinnati Reds. Another poor start by Bronson Arroyo doomed them Sunday in an 8-7 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Great American Ball Park. The Reds’ season-long losing streak reached nine games. The Dodgers completed their second three-game sweep of the Reds in those nine games. Arroyo lasted three innings. He allowed five earned runs. The Reds rallied from...
Dodgers send Reds to eighth straight loss in 10-2 rout

Dodgers send Reds to eighth straight loss in 10-2 rout

Remember those bloody – sometimes literally – battles between the Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers back in the 1970s? Neither do a lot of other Reds fans. Those games have been replaced by Dodger dominance. Yasiel Puig hit two home runs, Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson also homered, Corey Seager reached base in all five of his plate appearances and Cincinnati’s offense left its clutch...
Reds slumping at the top of the order

Reds slumping at the top of the order

The Reds honored Pete Rose by unveiling a statue of him on Crosley Terrace before Saturday’s game, and they may have found themselves wishing that their current top of the batting order resembled just a little of the man who, as leadoff hitter for the Big Red Machine, helped kick-start one of the most prolific offenses in Reds history. Going into the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, leadoff...
Cincinnati Reds: The ‘Hit King’ immortalized in bronze at GABP

Cincinnati Reds: The ‘Hit King’ immortalized in bronze at GABP

Crosley Terrace is getting crowded, but Pete Rose believes there’s still room for more statues. Baseball’s career hits leader officially became on Saturday the fourth member of the fabled 1970s Big Red Machine and the eighth former Red to be immortalized in bronze at the main entrance to Great American Ball Park with the unveiling of a statue depicting him in his trademark headfirst slide...
Slide reaches seven games for Reds

Slide reaches seven games for Reds

The Cincinnati Reds hope at least to tread water until their pitching saviors — three players supposed to lead the rotation — make their 2017 debuts. Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan make progress every week. Anthony DeSclafani likely won’t pitch before August. Meanwhile, the Reds are sinking fast in the standings, and the worst starting rotation in baseball doesn’t deserve...
Reds’ Homer Bailey looks great in bullpen session

Reds’ Homer Bailey looks great in bullpen session

Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey took the next step in his return to the big leagues, throwing a bullpen session Friday at Great American Ball Park. Bailey started his rehab in the minor leagues with five scoreless innings for Double-A Pensacola on June 9. He threw six scoreless innings for the Single-A Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday. His next step will be a start for Triple-A...
Reds happy to be home after woeful trip to west coast

Reds happy to be home after woeful trip to west coast

No one can explain the failures of the Cincinnati Reds in California in 2017. If anyone had an answer, the Reds would have solved their west-coast woes by now. Manager Bryan Price sat down in the dugout at Great American Ball Park on Friday before the start of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team that swept the Reds on the road last weekend. Price had to have been glad to escape...
Hal McCoy: Yes, Reds top pick Hunter Greene deserves the hype

Hal McCoy: Yes, Reds top pick Hunter Greene deserves the hype

Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy knows a thing or two about our nation’s pastime. Tap into that knowledge by sending an email to halmccoy1@hotmail.com. Q: How does an umpire go about ejecting a player who requires a translator? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: A jerk of the thumb is universal language in baseball, and all players understand that. If not, all umpires...
Sports Today: On vacating wins, an important Bengal and the Reds past and future

Sports Today: On vacating wins, an important Bengal and the Reds past and future

Today is the third Friday of June and there is nothing going on in the sports world.  I mean, we could argue about whether or not Louisville got a raw deal from the NCAA (their program still exists, so probably not), but how productive would that be?  NCAA discussions tend to veer into pointlessness very early because of everyone’s deeply held biases and lack of time to actually look...
Who are the Reds most productive prospects this season?

Who are the Reds most productive prospects this season?

The Cincinnati Reds return to Great American Ball Park this weekend after losing six in a row on the West Coast. They are in last place in the National League Central, but within striking distance in the division at only 4.5 games out of first place. If they end up truly contending this season, it will come as a surprise, though. The 2017 campaign has always been about the future, and it appears bright...
Pete Rose still ineligble for Hall of Fame after board rejects appeal

Pete Rose still ineligble for Hall of Fame after board rejects appeal

Pete Rose is never getting into baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. I hate to be the bearer of bad news the same week the Cincinnati Reds are set to unveil a statue of the Hit King outside Great American Ball Park, but it trickled out this week thanks to the Los Angeles Times: In a sure sign they are not proud of it, the Hall of Fame’s board of directors apparently didn&rsquo...
Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

The Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight is officially happening.  I once thought this would be a great idea, but I have since realized it probably isn’t.  If it were going to involve MMA, then there would be a reason to watch. Mixing disciplines could be fascinating (indeed, that was part of the draw of MMA in the first place, not to mention the void left by the idiots who run...
Homer Bailey sharp in rehab assignment for Dayton Dragons

Homer Bailey sharp in rehab assignment for Dayton Dragons

Homer Bailey hasn’t been seen on a major-league mound much since the end of 2014, but he looked like himself Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field. Despite multiple elbow surgeries, the 31-year-old said he hasn’t changed his style of pitching, which he described bluntly after six shutout innings against the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers affiliate). “Throw the hell out of it and hope...
Padres send struggling Reds home after 0-6 West Coast trip

Padres send struggling Reds home after 0-6 West Coast trip

Franchy Cordero and Hunter Renfroe, teammates in the Pacific Coast League last season, combined to drive in all of the San Diego Padres’ runs in a 4-2, sweep-clinching victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Renfroe hit his 14th home run, a two-run shot that tied the score 2-2 in the sixth inning, and Cordero hit a tie-breaking single in the seventh before Renfroe’s RBI groundout...
MLB Draft: Celina grad, top Ohio State recruit taken by Reds in MLB draft

MLB Draft: Celina grad, top Ohio State recruit taken by Reds in MLB draft

Seth Lonsway, one of the top recruits in Ohio State’s 2018 baseball recruiting class, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 19th round Wednesday. He was the 557th overall pick. Baseball America and other outlets had Lonsway projected as high as the third round, possibly falling lower to ninth. He was expected to weigh his position in the draft with whether he would opt for Ohio State. While...
WATCH: Reds’ Scooter Gennett gave his 4-HR underwear to the Dan Patrick Show

WATCH: Reds’ Scooter Gennett gave his 4-HR underwear to the Dan Patrick Show

Scooter Gennett is a man of his word.  With the Hall of Fame claiming most of his wardrobe and accessories from the night the Cincinnati Reds utilityman hit four home runs last week, Dan Patrick asked Gennett for his “sliding pants.”  This morning on his national radio show, Patrick (a Mason native who attended the University of Dayton and grew up rooting for the Reds)...
What to know about Pete Rose statue unveiling Saturday in Cincinnati

What to know about Pete Rose statue unveiling Saturday in Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Reds will unveil a bronze statue of Pete Rose on Saturday at 1 p.m. outside the main gates at Great American Ball Park. Rose’s statue will be the eighth at GABP, all sculpted by artist Tom Tsuchiya. Rose’s sculpture will join statues of Joe Nuxhall, Frank Robinson, Ernie Lombardi, Ted Kluszewski, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez. The sculpture captures Rose in one...
Sports Today: 3 Bengals rookies making progress while Reds slide continues

Sports Today: 3 Bengals rookies making progress while Reds slide continues

The Cincinnati Bengals are holding minicamp this week at Paul Brown Stadium, and there’s something different about their first two picks in April’s draft.  John Ross picked up an important new item recently while Joe Mixon lost something.  For Ross, it was a diploma from the University of Washington.  Meanwhile, Mixon has dropped 10 pounds from the 238 he weighed during...
Zack Cozart: If I make the All-Star team, Joey Votto is buying me a donkey

Zack Cozart: If I make the All-Star team, Joey Votto is buying me a donkey

Zack Cozart’s career year has brought plenty of positives. He jumped Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Cory Seager in the National League All-Star balloting last week,  and was told by teammate and Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto he was getting a donkey if he made the All-Star team. Yes. A donkey. “I don’t know why I like donkeys so much,” Cozart told MLB Network...
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...
Phillips making himself right at home with Braves

Phillips making himself right at home with Braves

Brandon Phillips really needs to pick up his game. Admittedly, he has been slacking off. Not giving his all. Disappointing the fans. Even his mother is on his case. “Since I’ve been here,” said the second baseman who joined the Braves this spring, “I haven’t been on Twitter as much as I want to. My mom said, ‘You got to get back on Twitter like you normally do....
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...
West goes 9 innings to edge Centerville, earn spot in regional final

West goes 9 innings to edge Centerville, earn spot in regional final

After failing to capitalize more than a few times with runners in scoring position, the Lakota West High School baseball team got a little help to push the winning runs across. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Bryce Johnson’s one-out double on a hit-and-run became the catalyst for a two-base error, allowing Frankie Schmitt and Johnson to score the go-ahead runs. The score...
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...
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...
WATCH: Oakwood baseball blitzes Valley View

WATCH: Oakwood baseball blitzes Valley View

It didn’t take the Oakwood baseball team long to hit midseason form this spring. The Lumberjacks have won 11 out of 12 games, including a 14-5 pounding of Valley View on Wednesday night at Oakwood. Chuck Freeman’s team started the season with seven straight wins before losing last week at a spring break tournament in Florida. The Jacks won a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League&rsquo...
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...
Dayton Dragons set Opening Day roster

Dayton Dragons set Opening Day roster

The Dragons will begin their minor-league baseball season this week with a roster that features 12 returning Dayton players and one of the Cincinnati Reds’ highest-rated prospects. Among the returning players is James Vasquez, the Dragons’ leader in home runs and RBI’s last season. Also making his Dayton debut will be Taylor Trammell, the Reds’ top outfield prospect. The Dragons...
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. ...
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...
Cold shooting dooms Rams in regional loss to Versailles

Cold shooting dooms Rams in regional loss to Versailles

Badin High School’s pathway into the offseason was paved with plenty of missed shots Wednesday night. The Rams’ shooting touch disappeared in the second half against Versailles in a Division III regional girls basketball semifinal, with the Tigers surging to a 50-36 victory at Springfield. “We couldn’t make shots,” Badin coach Tom Sunderman said. “We missed some...
Sports Today: Cavaliers lose Bogut, Reds add a bat, Dayton tournament odds and OSU spring football

Sports Today: Cavaliers lose Bogut, Reds add a bat, Dayton tournament odds and OSU spring football

Remember how we were intrigued by the way the Cleveland Cavaliers were loading up for another NBA championship run?  Well, one of the big pieces is already out as Andrew Bogut broke a bone in his leg.  He might still return by the end of the playoffs.  Nonetheless, LeBron James still has newcomers Deron Williams, Derrick Williams and Kyle Korver to go with notable holdovers Kyrie...
Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

While the NFL Scouting Combine provided all kinds of nuggets, we have to defer to basketball season around here.  It was a great weekend for Dayton, so-so for Wright State and pretty bad for Ohio State.  Archie Miller’s Flyer men lost their regular season finale at George Washington. The game had no impact on UD’s status as Atlantic 10 champs, but it could hurt their...
Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!  OK, normally this is not headline news in March, but in this case one has indeed belonged to the Reds for the first time.  (We may be heading into a season in which positives are few and far between, so just roll with it…)  The Cincinnati 9 beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 yesterday to improve to 1-6 on the spring.  Far more significant: Amir Garrett...
Sports Today: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Sports Today: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Slow morning in the sports world, but that’s fine because it gives us a chance to round up some things we missed from a busy weekend.  Sports Illustrated had an interesting look around the college basketball world, identifying several local connections to what Pete Thamel expects to be a chaotic coaching carousel.  No surprise: Archie Miller’s name appears multiple times. ...
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