Cincinnati Reds


Reds Notes: Barnhart hits second in order for first time

The lineup for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday featured a twist: catcher Tucker Barnhart hitting second for the first time in his career in the opener of a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park. Barnhart had hit sixth or seventh most of the season and as high as fifth once. He took the move up in the order as a compliment. “Hitting second, you have to have...
Gennett on his recent hot streak: ‘It’s all about timing’

Gennett on his recent hot streak: ‘It’s all about timing’

Scooter Gennett became the single-game home run king of the Cincinnati Reds a year ago with four in one game. With a little more time, he might become the club’s all-time leader in grand slams. Gennett hit his fifth grand slam in his relatively short tenure with the Reds on Tuesday in a 7-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park. This is only his second season with...
Reds improve to 3-0 in Matt Harvey’s starts

Reds improve to 3-0 in Matt Harvey’s starts

The Cincinnati Reds improved to 3-0 in games started by Matt Harvey, the former New York Mets ace who delivered one of his best performances of the season Tuesday in his first appearance as a Red at Great American Ball Park. Harvey allowed one earned run on three hits in six innings as the Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 in the opener of a three-game series. He left the bases loaded in the...
Lorenzen expected to return to Reds bullpen on Wednesday

Lorenzen expected to return to Reds bullpen on Wednesday

Relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen, who has spent the entire season on the disabled list, should rejoin the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday after making three rehab appearances with Double-A Pensacola. Lorenzen was in the Reds clubhouse on Tuesday before the start of a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park. “It feels good to almost be back,” Lorenzen said...
Rookie infielder latest to join Reds

Rookie infielder latest to join Reds

A parade of rookies has entered the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse at Great American Ball Park in recent years. Most have a similar story to tell about how they got the call to the big leagues for the first time and who they called first after receiving the news. The latest player tell his tale was 26-year-old infielder/outfielder Brandon Dixon, who was promoted from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday after...
Sports Today: Have the Cavaliers figured out the Celtics?

Sports Today: Have the Cavaliers figured out the Celtics?

The NBA Silver Medal Series is now a best of three with the Cleveland Cavaliers winning game four of the Eastern Conference Finals 111-102 over Boston on Monday night.  The Celtics never recovered from an abysmal first quarter, though this was the rare NBA game in which the team losing in the second half didn’t quit, so that’s something.  Whether or not that means coach...
Despite glimpses of promise, starting pitching continues to hurt Reds

Despite glimpses of promise, starting pitching continues to hurt Reds

Tyler Mahle has pitched well at times. The same could be said for Sal Romano. Luis Castillo has improved since a rough April. Homer Bailey was the Cincinnati Reds’ best starter in the first two weeks. Matt Harvey has provided a ray of hope in two brief starts. On the whole, though, starting pitching remains the biggest problem for the Reds (16-32), the worst team in the National League. Despite...
Sports Today: Reds pitching regresses

Sports Today: Reds pitching regresses

The Cincinnati Reds dropped three of four over the weekend to the Chicago Cubs, capping a week in which the team’s pitching took a step back.  The team ERA over the last seven days was 5.56, higher than the (terrible) season-long mark of 4.92.  The only starter to post a “good” start over the past seven days was Matt Harvey, who only went four innings as he continues to...
Schwarber, Cubs hammer Reds, win series

Schwarber, Cubs hammer Reds, win series

Yu Darvish recovered from a shaky start to earn his first win with the Cubs, and Kyle Schwarber hit one of Chicago’s three home runs Sunday in a 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Schwarber, a Middletown native, launched a two-run drive, and Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist each had a solo shot to help the Cubs take three of four in the series. Darvish (1-3) went six innings and allowed only...
Cincinnati Reds: DeSclafani close to making his return to rotation

Cincinnati Reds: DeSclafani close to making his return to rotation

As the date when Anthony DeSclafani can be activated from the 60-day disabled list approaches, thoughts among many – including Reds fans – are turning to whom he might replace in the Cincinnati starting rotation. The 28-year-old right-hander, who’s been sidelined all season with a left oblique strain he sustained in spring training, made his second rehab start for the Double-A Pensacola...
Homer Bailey has taken a turn for the Reds — in the wrong direction

Homer Bailey has taken a turn for the Reds — in the wrong direction

Homer Bailey was Cincinnati’s best starting pitcher while the rest of the team was stumbling out of the gate to a 3-18 start. The veteran Reds right-hander was 0-3 through his first five starts after a 4-3 loss at St. Louis on April 21, but he had a respectable 3.68 earned-run average and had delivered several win-worthy starts. As the rest of the Reds started turning things around, so did Bailey...
Lester, Russell lead Cubs past Reds

Lester, Russell lead Cubs past Reds

Jon Lester pitched six dominant innings, Addison Russell tied his career high with four hits and the Chicago Cubs quickly took control with a three-run first inning on the way to an 8-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of their four-game series Friday night. Playing in a steady downpour that delayed the start of the game by 93 minutes, Willson Contreras added three hits and six different...
Reds’ RBI leader back in the lineup after ankle injury

Reds’ RBI leader back in the lineup after ankle injury

Eugenio Suarez grabbed a pair of red spikes out of his cubicle in the Great American Ball Park home clubhouse just as a couple of reporters approached. “I’m sorry guys, but I’ve got to do my work,” he said, heading toward the door to the tunnel leading to the field. “I’m going to run and see what happens.” Cincinnati’s third baseman was on his way to...
Hal McCoy on baseball: Reds playing better, but ‘reality stinks’

Hal McCoy on baseball: Reds playing better, but ‘reality stinks’

Q: If the Reds continue their winning ways will you own-up that you grossly underrated this team? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: So you call ‘winning ways’ one four-game series sweep over the injury-ravaged half-a-team Los Angeles Dodgers? I predicted the Reds to finish last with 74 victories. I may have overestimated them. They are 10 games behind the next-to-last...
Reds have played winning baseball since 3-18 start

Reds have played winning baseball since 3-18 start

Seven days in California kept the Cincinnati Reds on an upward trajectory. Since firing manager Bryan Price and starting 0-3 under interim manager Jim Riggleman to fall to 3-18 (.143), the Reds are 12-11 (.521). In the big picture, a 15-29 record (.341) doesn’t look good, but if the Reds can continue to win 52.1 percent of their games in the next 118 games, they’ll finish with 77 victories...
Reds update status of top prospect Nick Senzel

Reds update status of top prospect Nick Senzel

Cincinnati Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams had a positive update on Nick Senzel on Wednesday.  Per MLB.com, the team’s top prospect is ready to resume baseball activity a little more than a week after going on the disabled list with symptoms of vertigo.  Senzel last played May 3, when he was removed from the game early. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft...
Sports Today: Defensive gems, conspiracy theories come with Reds win

Sports Today: Defensive gems, conspiracy theories come with Reds win

With the Cincinnati Reds winning five of seven on the West Coast and looking like an actual major-league baseball team more often than not over about a three-week span, taking a peak at the box score in the morning isn’t so terrifying anymore.  There was lots to like about Cincinnati’s 6-3 win in San Francisco on Wednesday, but the numbers only told part of the story.  This...
Scooter comes up big as Reds salvage final game of Giants series

Scooter comes up big as Reds salvage final game of Giants series

Associated Press Of course Scooter Gennett knew he had made that magnificent play all the way. “Yeah, well I’m really fast,” Cincinnati’s second baseman quipped, grinning, “so long distances aren’t really a problem for me. I get there pretty quick.” Scooter sure can scoot. »HARTMAN: Honesty doesn’t pay for Votto »MCCOY: One big inning dooms...
Sports Today: Joey Votto learns honesty doesn’t pay

Sports Today: Joey Votto learns honesty doesn’t pay

Joey Votto set aside 45 minutes or so for a podcast and some people lost their minds.  In case you missed it, the Cincinnati Reds ace batsman opened up about a few things during a long conversation with Yahoo Sports.  He spoke about his admiration of Ichiro and Bryce Harper (among others), his view of PED users, his outlook for Shohei Ohtani and more, but lots of writers latched onto his...
Joey Votto on Reds’ historically bad start: ‘I personally think it’s a good thing’

Joey Votto on Reds’ historically bad start: ‘I personally think it’s a good thing’

Some pointed comments from Joey Votto set the baseball corner of the internet on fire Tuesday, but the part getting the most play wasn’t the most interesting.  In case you missed it, Yahoo Sports posted a lengthy conversation between Votto and writer Tim Brown that included the Cincinnati Reds star first baseman noting fans are losing interest in the team in the midst of a historically...
Giants hold off Reds, snap Cincinnati’s 6-game winning streak

Giants hold off Reds, snap Cincinnati’s 6-game winning streak

Andrew McCutchen saw no reason to dwell on his 1,500th hit because he hopes to add many more. McCutchen doubled in his first two at-bats to reach the career milestone and the San Francisco Giants snapped the Cincinnati Reds’ six-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory Monday night. “It’s not a big deal because I don’t want to stop at 1,500,” McCutchen said. “It&rsquo...
Sports Today: Reds overcome earthquake but not bad pitching in San Francisco

Sports Today: Reds overcome earthquake but not bad pitching in San Francisco

Monday night in San Francisco the Reds had their starter knocked out of the game early, their six-game winning streak snapped and their best player leave early with back tightness. Also: There was an earthquake.   Other than that, the 10-7 loss to the Giants went pretty well.  Sure the good times weren’t going to last forever, but that is an awful lot to take in one...
Reds infielder wins NL Player of the Week award after hitting .591

Reds infielder wins NL Player of the Week award after hitting .591

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett continues to prove his career season a year ago wasn’t a fluke. Gennett was named National League Player of the Week on Monday. He hit .591 (13 for 22) in five games with two doubles, four home runs, seven runs scored and 10 RBIs. He increased his season average from .289 to a team-best .329. He’s tied for fourth in the National League in...
Six things to know about Reds’ first six-game winning streak since 2013

Six things to know about Reds’ first six-game winning streak since 2013

The Cincinnati Reds have not played their best on the west coast over the years. Momentum dies there. Losing streaks begin. Whether it’s the time difference, the quality of the opponents or the distractions of beaches and mountains and beautiful cities, the list of road trips to forget is a long one. For example, three months before they won the World Series in 1990, the Reds went 2-9 on a trip...
Sports Today: What a difference a week makes for suddenly sizzling Cincinnati Reds

Sports Today: What a difference a week makes for suddenly sizzling Cincinnati Reds

What a difference a week makes — again.  The Cincinnati Reds beat the Dodgers 5-3 Sunday in Southern California.  That sentence alone would be surprising to anyone very familiar with the recent history of the Reds, but it is just the tip of the iceberg.  The victory completed an improbable four-game sweep of the defending National League champions and ran Cincinnati&rsquo...
Reds top pick Greene notches best outing of season for Dragons

Reds top pick Greene notches best outing of season for Dragons

Hunter Greene won’t look to the past. The 18-year-old phenom doesn’t have time for reminiscing. Just over a year ago, Greene appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated alongside a headline declaring him as the game’s best next prospect. »RELATED: Mondile, Dragons fall to Peoria »RELATED: Schebler’s bomb leads Reds to 5th straight win From there, Greene was drafted...
Schebler’s bomb against former team lifts Reds to fifth straight win

Schebler’s bomb against former team lifts Reds to fifth straight win

Scott Schebler began his career with the Dodgers and loved his time with the franchise. Now in his third season with Cincinnati, he admitted his big homer back in Los Angeles had some extra special meaning. Schebler hit a three-run home run in the four-run sixth inning to lead the Reds to a 5-3 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night. “They traded me, they moved on. I’d be lying if I didn&rsquo...
Strong debut for Harvey as Reds win fourth straight game

Strong debut for Harvey as Reds win fourth straight game

Matt Harvey toed the rubber against Chase Utley and fell behind 3-0 facing his first batter in his Reds debut. His next pitch was a 91-mph strike and then he got Utley to fly out to left for his first out in his first start since April 19. From there, Harvey tossed four innings of one-hit ball and Cincinnati defeated the scuffling Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Friday night, extending their season-high...
Dick Williams: ‘All hands on deck’ in Reds front office

Dick Williams: ‘All hands on deck’ in Reds front office

Nick Krall was careful to point out he’s not “taking over” in the Cincinnati Reds front office. He was promoted Thursday from assistant general manager to general manager, but it doesn’t change the basic structure. Dick Williams is still in charge. He just longer has the title of general manager. “It’s a collaborative process with Dick, who will still be president...
Matt Harvey making Reds debut tonight; starting against Dodgers

Matt Harvey making Reds debut tonight; starting against Dodgers

Matt Harvey will make his Cincinnati Reds debut on Friday night in Los Angeles. The Reds play the Dodgers at 10:10 p.m. The Reds sent struggling starter Brandon Finnegan, who was 0-3 with a 7.40 ERA in five starts, to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday before the series opener against the Dodgers. The Reds won 4-1 behind a strong start by Tyler Mahle. The Reds acquired Harvey on Wednesday in ...
Ask Hal: Will former Met Matt Harvey be a positive or poison for Reds?

Ask Hal: Will former Met Matt Harvey be a positive or poison for Reds?

Q: If the Cincinnati Reds rebuild takes seven years and players are eligible for free agency after seven years then what is wrong with this picture? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: Who said the rebuild was going to take seven years? At this rate, it might take longer and it might never happen. And I have said this all along about stockpiling prospects. If they do become good players...
Mahle hangs tough, Reds win season-high third straight game

Mahle hangs tough, Reds win season-high third straight game

Pitching close to home, Tyler Mahle wanted to give his family and friends something worth the drive from Orange County. Early on, the Dodgers were running his pitch count high enough that Mahle figured he’d be gone. “That would have been a bummer,” he said. »RELATED: Reds confident Senzel will be back in action soon »RELATED: Reds make change to front office Instead,...
Reds confident Senzel will be back in action soon

Reds confident Senzel will be back in action soon

Dick Williams, the Cincinnati Reds’ president of baseball operations, is optimistic top prospect Nick Senzel will return to action soon. The Triple-A Louisville Bats placed Senzel on the seven-day disabled list Tuesday. The move was retroactive to Sunday. He has been suffering from vertigo, an illness that forced him out of action in late August last season. When Senzel is symptom free...
Reds make change to front office with promotion of assistant GM

Reds make change to front office with promotion of assistant GM

The Cincinnati Reds promoted Nick Krall, who has served as the franchise’s vice president and assistant general manager since 2015, to general manager on Thursday. Dick Williams, who has served as president of baseball operations and general manager, will remain the president of baseball operations. "Nick understands every aspect of our baseball operations. Increasing his authority within...
Cincinnati Reds top prospect heads to DL 

Cincinnati Reds top prospect heads to DL 

Nick Senzel has been placed on the seven-day disabled list by the Louisville Bats because of a bout with vertigo.  The Cincinnati Reds’ No. 1 prospect and among the top 10 in all of baseball, Senzel last played May 3 when he was removed from a game in Norfolk, Va., with what was reported as dizziness.  He also sat out the end of last season at Double-A Pensacola with vertigo. ...
Sports Today: It’s a guard, guard world for Dayton basketball (and everyone else)

Sports Today: It’s a guard, guard world for Dayton basketball (and everyone else)

For all the stuff we talk about every day in the sports world, games pretty much always come down to who has the ball in their hands.  That’s what we’re focusing on today thanks to Anthony Grant opening up to David Jablonski about his emphasis on building backcourt depth for the future of Dayton basketball.  Not only are the Flyers scheduled to be deep in the backcourt in two...
New pitcher sparking Reds momentum before even taking the mound

New pitcher sparking Reds momentum before even taking the mound

The Cincinnati Reds departed for Los Angeles riding a mini wave of momentum in the form of: Back-to-back wins for the second time this season. A series victory for the second time in 11 tries. And consecutive games allowing two or fewer runs for the second time this year. It’s probably not a coincidence that the little spurt of success began hours after the team traded for former...
Duvall’s walkoff home run sends Reds to series win vs. Mets

Duvall’s walkoff home run sends Reds to series win vs. Mets

The New York Mets didn’t have a lot of chances to score Wednesday afternoon during their rubber match against the Cincinnati Reds. Most of that was due to a strong outing by Reds starter Sal Romano. »RELATED: Reds expect newly acquired Harvey to pitch this weekend »WATCH: Johnny Bench spices up Reds-Mets with own brand of commentary »RELATED: Reds trade Mesoraco to Mets before...
Reds expect Harvey to pitch against Dodgers this weekend

Reds expect Harvey to pitch against Dodgers this weekend

Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said prior to Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets that he expects Matt Harvey to pitch at some point during the four-game series in Los Angeles this weekend. But the exact plan for Harvey, whom the Reds obtained in a trade with the Mets for catcher Devin Mesoraco prior to Tuesday’s game, will not be set until after the team arrives in...
Mets make little league mistake against Reds

Mets make little league mistake against Reds

Today’s series finale between the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park featured a rare inning-ending double in the top of the first. Asdrubal Cabrera sliced a two-out, ground-rule double just inside the left-field line, but because the Mets batted out of order, the inning ended. The lineup card Mets manager Mickey Callaway turned in to the umpires had Cabrera batting...
WATCH: Johnny Bench spices up Reds-Mets with his own brand of commentary

WATCH: Johnny Bench spices up Reds-Mets with his own brand of commentary

The Reds are bad this season, but Johnny Bench is still good.  He spent a few minutes talking to SportsNet New York about various baseball things and even showed off his play-by-play abilities in between comments.  (He definitely was not lacking enthusiasm.)  The Hall of Famer also shared some insight into how he began his development into the greatest catcher of all time, the state...
Sports Today: Ohio State trading 1 potential fairy tale at QB for another 

Sports Today: Ohio State trading 1 potential fairy tale at QB for another 

And so it is done: Joe Burrow is leaving Ohio State.  That means Urban Meyer’s offense will belong to Dwayne Haskins Jr. this fall barring something unforeseen.  Hopefully it works out for everyone.  There’s a good chance it will given the talents of both, but it’s still a little said.  I have to admit I was rooting for Burrow to be Ohio State’s starter...
Reds, Mets swap veterans before second game of series

Reds, Mets swap veterans before second game of series

The Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets swapped veteran players Devin Mesoraco and Matt Harvey, both 29 and former all-stars, before the second game of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. The Reds also acquired an undisclosed amount of cash. Mesoraco has played his entire eight-year career with the Reds but has battled injuries in recent years and was backing up Tucker Barnhart this season...
Reds Notes: Reds make quick use of fresh arm in bullpen

Reds Notes: Reds make quick use of fresh arm in bullpen

The Cincinnati Reds added a fresh arm to the bullpen Monday, promoting Jackson Stephens from Triple-A Louisville and sending Kevin Shackelford to Louisville. They need to make that move after using six relief pitchers Sunday in an 8-5 loss to the Miami Marlins, and a four-inning start by Homer Bailey on Monday resulted in another long night for the bullpen in a 7-6 loss to the New York Mets at Great...
Hal McCoy: How did the Cincinnati Reds become one of the worst teams in baseball?

Hal McCoy: How did the Cincinnati Reds become one of the worst teams in baseball?

The downward spiral of the Cincinnati Reds began one day after they lost a 2013 National League wild card game to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They fired Dusty Baker. They fired the manager who had taken them to the postseason in three of the previous four seasons. They fired him after a 90-win season. They fired him with one year left on his contract. Why? Because in each of those three postseasons they...
Angelopoulos twins making their mark on Wright State track

Angelopoulos twins making their mark on Wright State track

At the Miami Duals track meet last month you might have sworn the same runner won the 800 meters and finished fifth in the 400. In actuality these were the respective results of Wright State’s identical twin runners Victoria and Sophia Angelopoulos. When you consider the athletic prowess of their parents, the twins’ success is no surprise. Their mother, Sandra, played volleyball and basketball...
Cincinnati Reds: Why is the offense improving?

Cincinnati Reds: Why is the offense improving?

For weeks, the Cincinnati Reds talked a good game about breaking out of their offensive slump. It was all they could do until they starting showing progress at the plate. “Yeah, we’ll get it going,” outfielder Scott Schebler said. “Everybody has those deals. We happened to have it early in the season.” “The way to handle it is to get out of it,” interim manager...
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...
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...
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