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Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Welcome to NFL draft day!  The league’s nefarious plot to make us care about football year round continues to be a success, and no, I’m not complaining.  The first draft item to run across my feed this morning was about the Cleveland Browns considering taking second-round talent Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick.  Will Less-Experienced Andy Dalton pan out for the...
The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

The worst thing that ever happened to ESPN was the success of PTI. Shortly after Pardon The Interruption debuted in October 2001, the network set about trying to replicate it on every other show on the network. That has proven to be a disaster because nobody in Bristol gets the debate isn’t what makes that show great, it’s the debaters. Tony Kornheiser and Michal Wilbon, not just colleagues...
Report: Cincinnati Reds plans for Devin Mesoraco coming into focus

Report: Cincinnati Reds plans for Devin Mesoraco coming into focus

Devin Mesoraco is ready to return to the Cincinnati Reds. Per MLB.com, that means the team is likely to start carrying three catchers when Mesoraco is activated Friday. The Reds are in a bit of a sticky situation because they don’t want to lose Stuart Turner, their current backup catcher, but also would like to continue carrying an extra reliever or two. Tucker Barnhart has been the No. 1 catcher...
Reds reinstate rookie right-hander from DL to start today’s game

Reds reinstate rookie right-hander from DL to start today’s game

The Reds this morning activated pitcher Rookie Davis from the 10-day disabled list. Davis will start today’s game vs. the Brewers. To make room for Davis, the Reds sent outfielder Phillip Ervin back to Triple-A Louisville. Davis went on the DL April 11 with a bruised right forearm. In two starts this season, the rookie right-hander is 0-0 with a 6.43 ERA in seven innings of work.
Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah posted a trio of interesting tweets last night, one of which figures to impact the Cincinnati Bengals.  Defense is a bigger need, but Christian McCaffrey could have a transformative effect on a Bengals offense that might need to be at least a poor man’s Greatest Show on Turf to get the team back to the playoffs.  The Bengals aren’t in the market...
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...
Thames cracks two home runs as Brewers beat Reds

Thames cracks two home runs as Brewers beat Reds

Eric Thames homered twice to raise his major league-leading total to 10, Hernan Perez added a three-run shot, Matt Garza pitched for the first time this season and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-7 on Monday night. The left-handed batting Thames got just enough muscle on an 0-2 pitch from Amir Garrett (2-2) to slice an opposite-field, two-run homer in the second. He extended his...
Here’s how $30 a month will get you into every Reds game for the rest of the season

Here’s how $30 a month will get you into every Reds game for the rest of the season

The Cincinnati Reds are offering a new way for fans to get tickets to home games this season. The team announced Monday the “Top 6 Ball Park Pass,” a feature that will allow fans to attend as many games as they want and sit in the top six rows of Great American Ball Park for a flat fee of $29.99 per month. Fans who join the program will have digital tickets assigned to their MLB.com Ballpark...
3 stats that explain the Cincinnati Reds first 3 weeks

3 stats that explain the Cincinnati Reds first 3 weeks

Three weeks into the regular season, the Cincinnati Reds are squarely… involved in the regular season.  A hot start followed by a 3-7 homestand will do that, right?  Anyway, they are a half-game out of first place by only 1.5 games ahead of last-place Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.  Here are three stats that show why the Reds are just above .500 after 21 days of baseball:  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...
Reds call up former Dayton Dragons pitcher; Mesoraco dings knee

Reds call up former Dayton Dragons pitcher; Mesoraco dings knee

The Reds optioned right-handed pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla to Triple-A Louisville before Sunday’s game. They recalled right-hander Ariel Hernandez from Double-A Pensacola, adding a fresh arm to a bullpen that was forced to cover seven innings on Saturday after left-hander Cody Reed lasted just two in his first start of the season. Bonilla threw the first five. “As is quite often the case...
Arroyo helps Reds salvage disappointing homestand with win over Cubs

Arroyo helps Reds salvage disappointing homestand with win over Cubs

At 40, Bronson Arroyo gave the best performance during his long comeback, pitching three-hit ball over six innings Sunday as the Cincinnati Reds salvaged a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Arroyo (2-2) allowed Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer — his third of the series — and struck out seven batters for the first time since May 13, 2014. The lanky right-hander has needed more than...
Reds prospect, former Dayton Dragon pitches perfect game

Reds prospect, former Dayton Dragon pitches perfect game

Former Dayton Dragons right-hander Tyler Mahle, who went into the 2017 season ranked by Baseball America as the 12th-best prospect in the Cincinnati Reds farm system, showed why on Saturday. Mahle, Cincinnati’s seventh-round pick in the June 2013 draft, threw a perfect game for Double-A Pensacola in a 1-0 Blue Wahoos win over the Mobile BayBears at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium. He clinched...
UD grad back to Houston Astros after brief run with Texas Rangers

UD grad back to Houston Astros after brief run with Texas Rangers

Mike Hauschild, the former Dayton Flyer pitcher, is back with the Houston Astros after the Rule 5 pick was returned by the Texas Rangers according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. The Astros paid Texas $50,000 to get him back from the Rangers after he cleared waivers after he was designated for assignment earlier in the week.  The Rangers wanted Hauschild as a long reliever, but despite a solid 92...
Joey Votto shows signs of getting back on track

Joey Votto shows signs of getting back on track

A 7-2 start for the Cincinnati Reds in 2017 seems like ancient history. Since returning from a six-game road trip and starting a 10-game homestand at Great American Ball Park, the team is 2-7. The Reds fell back to the .500 mark at 9-9 with a 12-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. On the bright side, Joey Votto drove in five runs with a 3-for-5 performance. He has three home runs in the last six...
Chicago Cubs hand Cincinnati Reds fourth straight loss

Chicago Cubs hand Cincinnati Reds fourth straight loss

The Cincinnati Reds trolled Chicago Cubs fans with the Bandwagon Cam on Friday. The camera found a fan who had never been to Chicago (allegedly), one who didn’t know who Ernie Banks was (maybe) and another who bought his Cubs shirt that day (probably). Cubs fans had a good laugh about it, maybe because they figured they would get the last laugh — and they did with a 6-5, 11-inning...

Cubs rally with Rizzo homer in 9th, edge Reds in 11

Despite having watched his Cincinnati Reds lose 18 of their last 22 games against the Chicago Cubs, manager Bryan Price was looking forward on Friday to the season’s first matchup with the — still-weird-to-say — defending World Series champions. “Yeah, we’re facing the champs,” he said before the game. “It’s been a big couple of years for the Cubs. They&rsquo...
Ervin on Reds callup: ‘I’m just going to enjoy it’

Ervin on Reds callup: ‘I’m just going to enjoy it’

Last weekend, Jesse Winker made his major-league debut with the Cincinnati Reds and, on Saturday in his second career at-bat, delivered a pinch-hit, go-ahead two-run double that led to a 7-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Phillip Ervin doesn’t mind the standard set by his fellow outfielder, who was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. Ervin may get a chance to match or surpass it after...
Schwarber occupies rare place in Middletown lore

Schwarber occupies rare place in Middletown lore

Kyle Schwarber isn’t too concerned about being one of the few Middletown products — perhaps only two — to have accomplished what he did last season. The best available research suggests that only Schwarber and Jerry Lucas have played on teams that won world championships in major sports. Lucas was a member of the 1972-1973 New York Knicks who won the NBA championship. Schwarber,...
Cincinnati Reds call up former Dayton Dragon Phillip Ervin

Cincinnati Reds call up former Dayton Dragon Phillip Ervin

Former Dayton Dragon Phillip Ervin has received his first call-up from the Cincinnati Reds. The team announced the move Friday ahead of a weekend series with the Chicago Cubs. An outfielder from Samford, Ervin was the Reds’ first-round pick in 2013. He hit .237 with seven homers and 68 RBIs in Dayton in 2014. He also stole 30 bases. RELATED: Reds reportedly in the mix for Cuban prospect This...
Report: Cincinnati Reds among favorites to sign top Cuban prospect

Report: Cincinnati Reds among favorites to sign top Cuban prospect

The Cincinnati Reds have a long history of success signing Cuban baseball players. Could another be on the way? MLB.com included the Reds among five favorites to land Luis Robert, a 19-year-old five-tool outfielder who is the site’s top-rated international prospect. Also expected to be contenders for Robert are the Astros, White Sox, Padres and Cardinals. The A’s could be in the mix, too...
Hal McCoy: Documenting the parade of Reds’ starting pitchers

Hal McCoy: Documenting the parade of Reds’ starting pitchers

Q: If Jerry Lucas can memorize pages of the Manhattan white pages, might he more challenged memorizing the starting pitchers for the Cincinnati Reds the last three seasons? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: That’s no challenge. I can do that and I can’t remember to pick up prescriptions. How about Scott Feldman, Amir Garrett, Bronson Arroyo, Brandon Finnegan, Rookie...
Sports Today: Bengals schedule reaction, Reds slumping, LeBron James is amazing

Sports Today: Bengals schedule reaction, Reds slumping, LeBron James is amazing

Big day in Bengaldom as Cincinnati’s NFL franchise unveiled plans to celebrate its 50th season and the schedule it will play this fall.  Mike Brown, Bob Johnson and Bob Trumpy regaled a group of season-ticket holders, club employees and media with stories about the early days of the franchise — an entertaining hour that hopefully is a preview of a fun year for football in...
Orioles beat Reds in extra innings

Orioles beat Reds in extra innings

The O’s came to town and left zeroes in their wake. The Cincinnati Reds scored one run in the last 19 innings of their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. At one point, Orioles pitchers held them hitless for 10 straight innings. The Reds lost 2-0 on Wednesday and then 2-1 in 10 innings Thursday at Great American Ball Park, falling to 9-7 with their second straight series loss after...
Cincinnati Reds get first look at Chicago Cubs on Friday

Cincinnati Reds get first look at Chicago Cubs on Friday

The last time the Chicago Cubs played a game in Cincinnati as the defending World Series champions was Sept. 14, 1909. William Howard Taft was President. The North Pole was discovered that year. The Reds were playing games at the Palace of the Fans, which seated 6,000. One hundred and eight years later, the Cubs are the reigning champions again, and they are a team the Reds have to fare better against...
Scott Schebler not afraid to bunt to beat shift

Scott Schebler not afraid to bunt to beat shift

The defensive shift tempts batters as much as it frustrates them. A well-placed bunt kills the shift and discourages defenses from trying it in the future. Of course, beating the shift is easier said than done. Cincinnati Reds right fielder Scott Schebler discovered that Wednesday at Great American Ball Park. His attempt to beat a shift by the Baltimore Orioles failed when he bunted back to pitcher...
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...
Cincinnati Reds waste strong outing by Amir Garrett

Cincinnati Reds waste strong outing by Amir Garrett

Amir Garrett’s dad saw him pitch for the first time in about three years Wednesday at Great American Ball Park. Darrow Garrett watched his son play often when Amir was little but had not been able to see him in recent years in the minor leagues and missed his first two big-league starts because he was in the hospital with a heart condition. He’s better now. “I was very happy to have...
Cody Reed to return to Reds’ starting rotation

Cody Reed to return to Reds’ starting rotation

Cody Reed will move from the Cincinnati Reds bullpen to the starting rotation Saturday for the second game of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. Reed hasn’t allowed a run or a hit in four appearances. He walked four batters in two innings in his first appearance. He has retired the side in order in his last six innings. “He’s throwing three...
Cincinnati Reds reliever joins exclusive club

Cincinnati Reds reliever joins exclusive club

Someone asked Cincinnati Reds reliever Drew Storen on Wednesday if he would rather get three outs with three pitches in an inning or strike out three batters on nine pitches. “I’ll take the strikeouts anytime I can get them,” Storen said. Storen got his wish Tuesday. He became the fourth pitcher in Reds history and 76th player in baseball history to strike out the side on nine pitches...
Arroyo, Votto, Duvall star as Reds pound Orioles

Arroyo, Votto, Duvall star as Reds pound Orioles

After missing two entire seasons, 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo got himself back in the win column Tuesday night. Adam Duvall hit his first career grand slam, Joey Votto had a two-run shot and Arroyo got his first victory in almost three years, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-3. Arroyo (1-2) allowed three runs in five innings, including Adam Jones’ two-run homer in the...
Sports Today: Aaron Hernandez, Blue Jackets win, Hawk retires, Reds win

Sports Today: Aaron Hernandez, Blue Jackets win, Hawk retires, Reds win

This morning the sports world woke up to the news Aaron Hernandez apparently committed suicide overnight.  The former New England Patriots tight end, who starred for coach Urban Meyer at Florida, was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell in a Massachusetts prison where he was serving a life sentence for murdering a man four years ago.  This comes less than a week after he was acquitted...

‘Stretched out’ Bonilla added to Reds bullpen

The Reds’ daily pitching roster move Tuesday involved a pitcher who had been starting for Triple-A Louisville but will be used in relief by manager Bryan Price — at least for now. The Reds recalled right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla from the Bats, creating space by optioning Sunday’s starter, Sal Romano, to Louisville. The Reds claimed the 6-foot, 200-pound Bonilla, 26, from Pittsburgh...
Reds send down rookie pitcher

Reds send down rookie pitcher

The Cincinnati Reds today roptioned rookie Sal Romano to Triple-A Lousivlle and recalled pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla to replace him. Romano allowed three hits, walked four and allowed two earned runs in his Major League debut Sunday — a 4-2 loss — vs. the Brewers The Reds claimed Bonilla off waivers from the Pirates in February. He is 2-0 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts with Louisville this...
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

Thirteen players have made their big-league debuts as starting pitchers for the Cincinnati Reds in the last three seasons, Sal Romano being the most recent on Sunday. The Reds won five games featuring those pitchers. Only one pitcher, Cody Reed, made it past the sixth inning. Three pitchers, including Romano and Rookie Davis this season, left their starts after three innings. The Reds set a club record...
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...
Errors mar second start for Reds’ Alcantara

Errors mar second start for Reds’ Alcantara

Cincinnati Reds fans have gotten used to learning new names. Six players have made their big-league debuts with the Reds this season. Arismendy Alcantara is no rookie, but he’s a new Red and made his second start of the season Sunday and his first at second base. Alcantara didn’t endear himself to Reds fans with two errors in a 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park...
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...
Sal Romano struggles for Reds in big-league debut

Sal Romano struggles for Reds in big-league debut

Sal Romano wore No. 47 for the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Coincidentally, he made his big-league debut with 47 family members and friends watching from the stands at Great American Ball Park. “I think my brother and sister and my mom kept track of who was going to be here,” Romano said. “It just happened to be 47.” A dream came true for Romano, the sixth Red to debut this season...
Cincinnati Reds starter to miss a few weeks

Cincinnati Reds starter to miss a few weeks

The Cincinnati Reds placed starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a shoulder injury. He left a game Saturday against the Brewers at Great American Ball Park after one inning. The Reds won 7-5. RELATED: Reds change up rotation “It’s been reported as a lat strain,” manager Bryan Price said Sunday. “It’s not, it’s a trap, a trapezius...
Cincinnati Reds change up starting rotation

Cincinnati Reds change up starting rotation

The Cincinnati Reds adjusted their starting rotation for the week ahead Sunday, announcing Bronson Arroyo will start Tuesday in the series opener against the Baltimore Orioles with Amir Garrett and Scott Feldman to follow. Manager Bryan Price said last week he wanted to break up Arroyo and Feldman, who had been starting in back-to-back games, because they are both right-handed veteran starters. If...
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: 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. ...
Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Welcome back from a weekend jam-packed with news from sports world local and beyond.  We start off with the Cincinnati Reds, who have lost their first three games of spring training.  Of course wins and losses don’t matter at this point, but how certain players perform does.  To that end, Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson and Tim Adleman all allowed runs in their spring debuts...
Sprinklers interrupt Reds vs. Indians preseason game

Sprinklers interrupt Reds vs. Indians preseason game

Cincinnati Reds Manager Bryan Price told MLB.com it wasn't the first time that the sprinkler system activated unexpectedly and interrupted a pre-season game.  "It's at least the second or third time since I've been coming out here where it's popped off in the middle of the ballgame," MLB.com quoted Price regarding the eighth-inning stoppage Saturday at Goodyear Ballpark in Arizona. ...
Girlfriend of late Marlins ace Jose Fernandez gives birth to girl

Girlfriend of late Marlins ace Jose Fernandez gives birth to girl

The late Marlins pitching ace Jose Fernandez would be a father of a baby girl today if he had survived a September boat crash off Miami Beach. Fernandez’s girlfriend, Maria Arias, gave birth Friday night to Penelope, with whom she was pregnant when Fernandez died Sept. 25, The Miami Herald reported. Fernandez, who was 24 when he died, chose his daughter’s name...
Sports Today: Ohio State’s surprise, NBA trade deadline dud, NASCAR’s back and baseball games begin

Sports Today: Ohio State’s surprise, NBA trade deadline dud, NASCAR’s back and baseball games begin

The game of basketball looks a lot easier when you're making shots, as Ohio State reminded us Thursday night while dominating Wisconsin.  Naturally after I ragged on them for two straight days they hit the Value City Arena floor looking like a different team against the Badgers, who didn't seem to have much juice and missed a fair amount of shots they probably make more often than not. ...
Sports Today: Long live pitchers hitting, the Miracle On Ice, Dayton basketball and more

Sports Today: Long live pitchers hitting, the Miracle On Ice, Dayton basketball and more

Apparently MLB will not be altering the strike zone this year, and that makes commissioner Rob Manfred kinda angry.  While this would not be the first time the MLBPA stood in the way of progress, executive director Tony Clark has a point that this might be a bit too short of a turnaround for changing the strike zone.  As I wrote previously, the commissioner understanding pace of...
Jose Canseco wants us all to know how robots will take over the world

Jose Canseco wants us all to know how robots will take over the world

Athletes seem to be taking up some odd stances lately. If you thought Kyrie Irving's comments about the Earth being flat were out there, wait until you see what Jose Canseco has been tweeting today. Canseco, a 52-year-old former Major League Baseball player who has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs while hitting 462 big-league home runs, apparently is a believer in the idea robots...
Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

The NBA All-Star Game was last night, but it was overshadowed by the reported trade of DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, where he can team with fellow Kentucky alum Anthony Davis as the Pelicans miss the playoffs or earn the right to get knocked out by the Warriors in the first round.  In all seriousness, this could be a fascinating pairing as Cousins is that rarest of birds in the NBA these days...
Dayton Dragons: 5 things to know

Dayton Dragons: 5 things to know

The Dayton Dragons minor-league baseball team is a Cincinnati Reds affiliate that made its debut in the 2000 season. Here are five things you need to know about the Dragons:  The Dragons are members of the Class A Midwest League Eastern Division. Other Eastern teams are the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres), Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), Lake County Captains (Indians)...
Friday Finds: Harbaugh vs. Paul Feinbaum, Saban’s recruiting pitch, Reds rebuild

Friday Finds: Harbaugh vs. Paul Feinbaum, Saban’s recruiting pitch, Reds rebuild

College football offseason is officially underway now that we have a Jim Harbaugh tweet to talk about.  As a change of pace, the Michigan coach actually seems to be on the right track with this one – other than calling his most recent victim by the wrong name, of course.  If you’re confused, here’s the background (hat tip: College Football Talk): ESPN’s Paul Finebaum...
MVP Kris Bryant pranked by Hall of Famer Greg Maddux

MVP Kris Bryant pranked by Hall of Famer Greg Maddux

Kris Bryant got pranked by a Hall of Famer during a recent commercial. And that’s no bull. Greg Maddux disguised himself as a bearded, scraggly TV sound man for a Red Bull commercial and bent a few curves past the National League’s reigning Most Valuable Player, the Chicago Tribune reported.  "This sound guy has got a good curveball. What is this?" Bryant said after taking...
Izzo right to call out Dakich for MSU comments, Ohio State-Archie Miller chatter, Major League tribute, etc. 

Izzo right to call out Dakich for MSU comments, Ohio State-Archie Miller chatter, Major League tribute, etc. 

In case you missed it last night, and I wouldn't blame you if you did, Michigan State beat Ohio State on Tuesday night in a battle of fairly flawed Big Ten basketball teams. In an interesting change of pace, the Buckeyes might not have been the most disappointing team on the floor*, but the bigger story came after the game thanks to Tom Izzo.  The coach of the Spartans called out ESPN basketball...
Done deal: Reds trade Brandon Phillips to Braves

Done deal: Reds trade Brandon Phillips to Braves

The Reds have traded second baseman Brandon Phillips to the Atlanta Braves for a pair of minor-league pitchers. "We appreciate Brandon's contributions to our organization," Reds General Manager Dick Williams said. "He excited our fan base and was an important part of several seasons of winning Reds baseball. We wish him well with this next opportunity.” The Reds acquired left-hander...
Homer Bailey has elbow surgery; likely to start season on DL

Homer Bailey has elbow surgery; likely to start season on DL

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey will start the 2017 season on the disabled list following surgery on his elbow Wednesday to remove small bone spurs. In a statement from the Reds, the team said Bailey had discomfort in his elbow while increasing his throwing workload in prep for spring training. Follow up exams showed the UCL in Bailey's elbow - which he tore over a year ago and led to him missing...
Stars come out to honor Hank Aaron

Stars come out to honor Hank Aaron

It was an extraordinary kickoff to one of the biggest sports weekends Atlanta has ever seen. Stars from all walks of life came together on Friday night to honor Braves baseball legend Hank Aaron. "That's what this evening means to me, to see the outpour of love from all these people," Aaron said. The event raised money for Aaron's Chasing the Dream Foundation, just two days before his 83rd...
Reds’ Caravan makes stop at Dayton Children’s Hospital

Reds’ Caravan makes stop at Dayton Children’s Hospital

Broadcaster Marty Brennaman this morning joined current and former Cincinnati Reds players during a visit at Dayton Children’s Hospital as part of the team’s Winter Caravan. The entourage includes catcher Devin Mesoraco, former Reds utility player Dmitri Young and Gapper the mascot. After visiting with patients at Dayton Children’s the Caravan’s next stop at 11 a.m. is at the ...
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