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Gennett’s walk-off homer lifts Reds to second straight win over Braves

Second baseman Scooter Gennett picked the perfect time to locate his power stroke. Gennett’s second home run of the game – and the season – helped the Reds overcome a bullpen meltdown and pull out a 9-7, 12-inning win over the Atlanta Braves before a crowd of 14,139 pizza-appreciating fans at Great American Ball Park. The recently reliable Reds bullpen faltered mightily in Tuesday&rsquo...
Cincinnati Reds: Peraza more comfortable, confident at shortstop

Cincinnati Reds: Peraza more comfortable, confident at shortstop

One of the Reds’ many problems while losing 18 of their first 22 games was defense, especially around second base. Jose Peraza, back at shortstop as the heir to 2017 All-Star Zack Cozart after losing his second base position to Scooter Gennett last season, had committed just one error in his first 21 games, but he seemed uncomfortable. Grounders that fans were used to see being caught instead...
Reds’ Garrett has been untouchable in bullpen

Reds’ Garrett has been untouchable in bullpen

A 4-18 start by the Cincinnati Reds has overshadowed the job Amir Garrett has done as a relief pitcher. A season after he posted a 7.39 ERA in 14 starts and two relief appearances, Garrett has delivered one of the best bullpen performances in baseball. He has made eight appearances without allowing a run. His ERA is 0.00 in 9 2/3 innings. He hasn’t walked a batter in his last seven games. He...
Reds hope one victory and offensive outburst gets them going

Reds hope one victory and offensive outburst gets them going

The Cincinnati Reds returned home on Monday without the man who has managed them since they made their last postseason appearance in 2013. There was no sign of Bryan Price in his old office at Great American Ball Park. It had been cleaned out, with only a few old Reds photos decorating the space now occupied by interim manager Jim Riggleman. Price didn’t leave a winning legacy — most experts...
Sports Today: Reds get some managerial magic for at least one night

Sports Today: Reds get some managerial magic for at least one night

Chalk one up for Jim Riggleman.  The interim manager of the Cincinnati Reds moved Scott Schebler up to the leadoff spot, and the offense promptly exploded for 10 runs in a victory over the Braves.  Schebler was a big part of it, going 2 fo 5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.  He hit the first Reds home run in a week and made Riggleman look pretty smart.  Not that I get the...
Five-run seventh inning carries Reds to fourth win

Five-run seventh inning carries Reds to fourth win

The Cincinnati Reds hit a home run for the first time in eight days. They grabbed a lead for the first time in 50 innings. They scored more than three runs for the first time in a week. Most importantly, the Reds won a game, snapping a five-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves 10-4 on Monday in the opener of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park. With a 4-18 record, the Reds still...
Price: ‘I will continue pulling for the Reds’

Price: ‘I will continue pulling for the Reds’

Bryan Price released a statement on Monday, four days after he was fired 18 games into his fifth season as Cincinnati Reds manager. It was his first public comment since losing his job. “It is with tremendous gratitude and appreciation for the 8+ years I spent as a member of the Cincinnati Reds organization that I bid adieu to so many wonderful friends and co-workers,” Price wrote. ...
Reds hope to ignite offense with lineup change

Reds hope to ignite offense with lineup change

The Cincinnati Reds tried something different with the batting order Monday in the opener of a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park. Interim manager Jim Riggleman penciled Scott Schebler into the lead-off spot. “We’re 3-and-whatever we are,” Riggleman said. “We’ve got to try anything.” That record is 3-18, the worst mark through...
Sports Today: Cleveland up, Columbus and Cincinnati down

Sports Today: Cleveland up, Columbus and Cincinnati down

LeBron James scored 32 points while grabbing 13 rebounds and handing out seven assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.  Indiana might be better overall than Cleveland, but I doubt the Pacers have the will to beat James four times.  I get tired of everything LeBron does being compared to Michael...
Sports Today: Sorting out reactions to the Reds’ firing Bryan Price

Sports Today: Sorting out reactions to the Reds’ firing Bryan Price

Cincinnati Reds general manager Dick Williams said pretty much exactly what I wanted to hear in regards to the firing of Bryan Price.  Beyond that, I have seen the argument made that firing Price was pointless because the team wasn’t really good enough to win.  That’s a pretty dumb way to look at it.  For one thing, it ignores just how terrible the Reds have been since...
Riggleman wants to stress details of game as interim Reds manager

Riggleman wants to stress details of game as interim Reds manager

The Cincinnati Reds couldn’t have found a manager more experienced with the “interim” title than Jim Riggleman. Bryan Price’s replacement first had the tag in 1992 when he took over for San Diego Padres manager Greg Riddoch for the last 12 games of the 1992 season. In 2008, the Seattle Mariners fired John McLaren after 72 games, and Riggleman coached the team the rest of the...
Ask Hal: Why haven’t the Reds called up top prospect Nick Senzel?

Ask Hal: Why haven’t the Reds called up top prospect Nick Senzel?

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: Is there a more difficult job in baseball that finding enough Cincinnati Reds highlights for rain delays? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: That’s not hard at all. Highlights are just that, isolated moments....
Who are the candidates to be the next Reds manager?

Who are the candidates to be the next Reds manager?

If members of the Cincinnati Reds front office read the Facebook comments during their search for the next Reds manager, they’ll look at everyone from Barry Larkin to Pete Rose to Chris Sabo, Sean Casey and even Dusty Baker. One of those names might be a legitimate candidate, but it’s too early to tell who the Reds will hire as a replacement for Bryan Price, who was fired on Thursday...
Cincinnati Reds fire Bryan Price: Is Barry Larkin on deck?

Cincinnati Reds fire Bryan Price: Is Barry Larkin on deck?

After the Cincinnati Reds fired manager Bryan Price, the next question was obvious.  Who will replace him? Jim Riggleman was named interim manager, but the team announced it will conduct a national search.  Barry Larkin already works for the team, but he’s been talked about as a potential manager since he was still playing shortstop for his hometown team, a career that lasted from...
Hal McCoy: Change needed, but firing Price won’t fix Reds

Hal McCoy: Change needed, but firing Price won’t fix Reds

It was clear that something had to be done and done fast. A 3-15 start, with two straight games in which the Cincinnati Reds were shut out, getting three hits in each game, was the perfect time to make a change. So Two Good Men took the fall — manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins, a man who has devoted 32 years of his life to the Cincinnati Reds. Neither need shoulder the blame...
Despite rebuild, Reds need to ‘have a sense of urgency to win,’ GM says

Despite rebuild, Reds need to ‘have a sense of urgency to win,’ GM says

Four days after saying the season would turn for the better because it always does, the season did turn for Bryan Price — just not in the way he meant. The Cincinnati Reds fired Price, the 61st manager in franchise history, on Thursday, ending a five-year stretch in which he managed 666 games. His .419 winning percentage and 279-387 record goes down as the worst for any Reds manager who lasted...
Reds GM: ‘We had to act now and couldn’t afford to wait’

Reds GM: ‘We had to act now and couldn’t afford to wait’

Cincinnati Reds General Manager Dick Williams called his franchise’s 3-15 start “very disappointing,” and it became apparent a change had to happen to get it back on track. That led the firing of manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins on Thursday. The Reds announced the decision at 8:33 a.m. Williams and Jim Riggleman, who was named interim manager, spoke to reporters...
Price sixth Reds manager to lose his job during a season in last 25 years

Price sixth Reds manager to lose his job during a season in last 25 years

Bryan Price got more time than Tony Perez in the sense that this was his fifth season. However, the Reds fired Perez 44 games into the 1993 season, and Price lasted only 18 games in 2018. The news of Price’s firing broke Thursday morning as the Reds announced the decision first on Twitter. It’s the earliest in a season the Reds have fired a manager — at least in the modern era. Here&rsquo...
5 things to know about Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman

5 things to know about Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman

Jim Riggleman is the interim manager of the Cincinnati Reds, replacing Bryan Price after the latter was fired Thursday.  Here are five things to know about the new man in charge:  The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Riggleman out of Frostburg State in the fourth round in 1974.  He spent eight seasons playing in the minor leagues, mostly in Double-A.  The New Jersey native managed the...
Hartman: Firing Bryan Price shows winning might actually matter to Cincinnati Reds

Hartman: Firing Bryan Price shows winning might actually matter to Cincinnati Reds

Turns out losing games actually does have consequences in Cincinnati.  That’s reassuring, I guess.  The Cincinnati Reds firing Bryan Price might not make them better, but at least he will no longer be able to make them worse.  I wanted Price to work out as the team’s manager, and I don’t want to celebrate anyone losing their job.  He seems like a good man who...
Reds fire Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins

Reds fire Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins

The Cincinnati Reds, who are off to their worst start through 18 games since 1931, fired manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins on Thursday. “At this time, we felt a change needed to happen in order to begin the process of getting this team back on the right track,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dick Williams in a statement. “We realize it...
Hunter Greene battles elements in second start for Dayton Dragons

Hunter Greene battles elements in second start for Dayton Dragons

Hunter Greene’s second start for the Dayton Dragons was cut short by rain at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday night.   The Cincinnati Reds’ No. 1 draft pick from 2017 was on the mound for about 10 minutes of a downpour before the game was halted by the umpires with one out in the top of the third inning and South Bend Cubs on second and third.  Austin Orewiler replaced Greene...
Cincinnati Reds bring back monthly ticket promotion

Cincinnati Reds bring back monthly ticket promotion

The Cincinnati Reds players aren’t doing much to bring fans to the ballpark, but the marketing department is trying.  For the second year in a row, the team is offering the “Top 6 Ballpark Pass,” which allows fans to pay a flat fee to be able to attend as many (or as few) home games as they want in a given month.  The cost is $29.99, and tickets are delivered digitally...
Reds acquire pair of minor leaguers in trade with Dodgers

Reds acquire pair of minor leaguers in trade with Dodgers

The Cincinnati Reds acquired a pair of minor leaguers Tuesday in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Coming to the Reds are right-handed pitcher Zach Neal and first baseman Ibandel Isabel. The Reds sent Ariel Hernandez, whom they designated for assignment Friday when Dylan Fromo was promoted, to the Dodgers. »HAL MCCOY: Fire Price? Why blame him? Neal, 29, made one appearance with the Dodgers...
Nothing going Reds’ way as April struggles continue

Nothing going Reds’ way as April struggles continue

Warm weather earlier in the weekend didn’t help the Cincinnati Reds. Four games in front of friendly fans — many of whom are becoming less friendly and more frustrated by the day — didn’t help. A quality start Sunday by Homer Bailey couldn’t stop the slide. Hours after manager Bryan Price insisted, “It always turns; it will turn,” the season continued on the...
Sports Today: Blue Jackets halfway to a breakthrough as Reds’ descent continues

Sports Today: Blue Jackets halfway to a breakthrough as Reds’ descent continues

The Columbus Blue Jackets are making a strong early case to be the story of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The CBJ went to Washington and won the first two games against the Capitals, who are favored by seeding but seen as vulnerable by just about everyone who follows hockey.  That is because the Capitals have a tendency to disappoint at this time of the season, but also because the Blue Jackets...
Reds lose eighth straight, fall to 2-13

Reds lose eighth straight, fall to 2-13

The decision to wait two hours and 35 minutes to play Sunday paid off in one way for the Cincinnati Reds. They did get to play baseball. The few fans who waited that long in the rain — with no guarantee that the game would be played until an announcement at 3:10 p.m. — did get to see baseball. However, the only winners Sunday — and the only winners all weekend at Great American Ball...
Reds pitcher Romano honors ‘Auntie Martha’

Reds pitcher Romano honors ‘Auntie Martha’

Cincinnati Reds starter Sal Romano took the mound Thursday with a special message written on his cleats: “R.I.P. Auntie Martha.” The words were written in black ink and were small enough no one in the stands would have noticed. Even the TV cameras would have had to zoom in closely to see them. The message meant a lot to Romano, however, because they honored a woman, Martha M. Brooks, who...
Wait for Nick Senzel’s debut continues in Cincinnati

Wait for Nick Senzel’s debut continues in Cincinnati

Many Cincinnati Reds fans hoped to see the franchise’s top prospect, Nick Senzel, make his big-league debut this weekend because starting third baseman Eugenio Suarez is on the disabled list and Senzel can play third. That didn’t happen. The Reds take a 2-12 record into the finale of a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday with Senzel, the No. 2 overall pick in the...
Reds’ manager Price on awful start: ‘It always turns; it will turn’

Reds’ manager Price on awful start: ‘It always turns; it will turn’

The Cincinnati Reds have reached rare territory in the baseball history book — and not the kind of place you want to tread for long — with a 2-12 start. It’s the worst beginning for the Reds since 1931 when they were also 2-12. That team lost five more games before winning its third game. “It’s not fun,” said Reds manager Bryan Price on Sunday before the finale...
Reds drop 7th straight as Finnegan struggles in season debut

Reds drop 7th straight as Finnegan struggles in season debut

Brandon Finnegan’s streak of inactivity ended, but the Cincinnati Reds run of inability continued Saturday afternoon before a drizzle-drenched crowd of 19,213 at Great American Ball Park. Pitching for the first time since June 26 last year, Finnegan allowed five runs on six hits and four walks on his 25th birthday as the Reds dropped their seventh consecutive game by falling to the St. Louis...
Reds notes: Lorenzen nearing key step in rehab process

Reds notes: Lorenzen nearing key step in rehab process

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen said he feels good about what his body is telling him, but the team is going to wait and see what a machine says before moving the injured right-hander forward in his rehab regimen. Lorenzen, who suffered a strain of his teres major near his right shoulder four weeks ago, is scheduled to have a follow-up MRI in the next few days, the results of which will dictate...
Reds lose sixth straight to fall to 2-11

Reds lose sixth straight to fall to 2-11

Well, at least the Reds’ control improved for a game. After issuing 11 walks in Thursday’s 13-4 loss to St. Louis, Cincinnati pitchers combined to allow just two – both with two outs in the ninth inning – in Friday’s second game of the series. Instead, the offense practically disappeared at the hands of Cardinals right-hander Luke Weaver and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina...
Sports Today: Another Vontaze Burfict letdown for the Bengals

Sports Today: Another Vontaze Burfict letdown for the Bengals

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Vontaze Burfict has been suspended by the NFL.  I happen to agree with those in charge of the Cincinnati Bengals who have suggested Burfict gets a bad rap at times, but how long can the team continue to rely on a player who is so often unavailable to play in its games?  At least his new contract allows the team to recoup some of the...
Hal McCoy: Reds don’t lead MLB in runners left on base, it just seems that way

Hal McCoy: Reds don’t lead MLB in runners left on base, it just seems that way

Q: Is Bryan Price using facial hair as a disguise when appears in public during the Reds rebuild? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: Hiding behind a beard didn’t end well for Abraham Lincoln, John Lennon or Ernest Hemingway. Let’s hope Price didn’t say he won’t shave until his Reds reach .500 or he’ll look like one of the guys from ZZ Top. Or maybe he...
Votto: Latest loss one Reds want to put in rear-view mirror

Votto: Latest loss one Reds want to put in rear-view mirror

Joey Votto stayed in the game as best as one can from the dugout, encouraging his teammates and warning baserunners about possible pick-off attempts. For the first time since Sept. 2, 2016, he didn’t make an appearance for the Cincinnati Reds, ending a streak of 202 straight starts. Manager Bryan Price picked a good time to rest Votto. It’s unlikely he would have made much of a difference...
Reds fall to 2-10, their worst start since 1955

Reds fall to 2-10, their worst start since 1955

Joey Votto played the role of cheerleader well, considering how little experience he has in that position over the last two seasons. The Cincinnati Reds first baseman took the day off for the first time since September 2016. Jose Peraza had a good day at the plate. The sun came out. Everyone got to wear short sleeves. That’s about all anyone could say that would be positive about the Reds on...
Finnegan could return to mound for Reds on Saturday

Finnegan could return to mound for Reds on Saturday

Brandon Finnegan’s motto this week comes down to four words: “Hurry up and wait.” The Cincinnati Reds starter, who has been on the disabled list since March 29 with a strained left bicep muscle, is ready to pitch. He’s just waiting for word from the Reds. Finnegan’s start likely will come Saturday in a 1:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American...
Reds off to their worst start through 11 games since 1993

Reds off to their worst start through 11 games since 1993

The Cincinnati Reds waited two weeks for good weather. They can only hope the improved forecast leads to a change in their fortunes. After playing 11 games with the game-time temperature ranging from 35 to 59, the temperature was expected to be near 75 degrees Thursday for the first pitch of a four-game series between the Reds and St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park. The Reds (2-9) entered...
7 things to get excited about this Dayton Dragons season

7 things to get excited about this Dayton Dragons season

Only a few more days before Fifth Third Field begins to, once again, fill up for warm evenings packed with laughter, delicious stadium grub and desperate attempts to catch a Dayton Dragons fly ball.  The Dragons entertainment team said in a press release that fans can expect the return of their long-time favorites like Dragons mascots Heater and Gem, the Green Team, Roofman and special character...
Hal McCoy on 2018 season: Can the Cincinnati Reds avoid fourth straight last-place finish?

Hal McCoy on 2018 season: Can the Cincinnati Reds avoid fourth straight last-place finish?

Let’s see if we have this right: The Cincinnati Reds have been rebuilding for two or three years now, trading veterans for prospects/suspects. But last winter they didn’t trade a veteran for any prospects and all they did was add a couple of veteran guys to the world’s worst bullpen, signing Jared Hughes and David Hernandez. Does that mean they are no longer rebuilding? Are they...

HS Results 1/20: Trotwood boys knock off Northmont

The Trotwood boys basketball team routed GWOC foe Northmont, 76-73. Myles Belyeu led all scorers with 30 points in the win. Amari Davis tacked on 16 points and Justin Stephens 13. Jabari Perkins and Jamaal Linson each chipped in 16 points for Northmont in the losing effort. Ryan Foy added on 11. The win moves Trotwood to 7-0 in conference and 10-3 overall. Northmont drops to 1-5 in conference and...
Baseball bans former Braves GM Coppolella for life 

Baseball bans former Braves GM Coppolella for life 

Former Braves general manager John Coppolella has been banned for life by Major League Baseball as part of discipline handed down by the league Tuesday for major infractions committed in the international free-agent market. In addition, special assistant Gordon Blakeley has been suspended for one year. In handing down the punishment, the league announced that Braves will forfeit rights to 13 international...
Dayton native, former Cincinnati Reds player, dies

Dayton native, former Cincinnati Reds player, dies

A Dayton native and former Cincinnati Reds player who also was a member of the 1955 World Series Champion Brooklyn Dodgers has died. Bob “Bush” Borkowski, who resided in old north Dayton, died Nov. 18 at the age of 91. Borkowski, a pitcher turned outfielder, spent most of his six seasons in Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs and the Reds. Toward the end of his career in 1955,...
Joey Votto lost the closest MVP race in 38 years, and Reds fans are not amused

Joey Votto lost the closest MVP race in 38 years, and Reds fans are not amused

Joey Votto delivered a masterpiece of a season for the last-place Cincinnati Reds this year, but he finished second in the race for Major League Baseball’s National League Most Valuable Player. And Reds nation is not happy. It was the closest MVP race since 1979, as Votto finished only two points behind Florida Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton in voting by the Baseball Writer’s...
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. ...
Second Thoughts: Another disgusting chapter in the life of Pete Rose

Second Thoughts: Another disgusting chapter in the life of Pete Rose

I took Jill to the Celtic Festival last week. It was a nice event in downtown Dayton. There was good music, tasty food and overpriced draft beer. Had a great time. Didn’t see any Lakers fans, though. Pete Rose will never get a bronze plaque in Cooperstown, but he has secured his spot in the Sleaze Hall of Fame. First ballot all the way. Last week’s revelation that Rose cozied up to a 16-year-old...
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. ...
Lebanon fights off Mason, will meet West Side for District 9 title

Lebanon fights off Mason, will meet West Side for District 9 title

It was almost a run-rule victory for Lebanon’s 12-year-old all-stars. Then it was almost a crushing defeat. Lebanon went through an emotional gauntlet Sunday before holding off Mason 11-10 in seven innings in the losers’ bracket final of the District 9 Little League baseball tournament at West Side. “Oh, we were sweating,” Lebanon coach Kelby Bittman said with a smile. &ldquo...

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...
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...
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