Cincinnati Reds


Reds set record for grand slams allowed in season in loss to Braves

Braves rookie Sean Newcomb relied on some clutch defense — including his own creative play — to frustrate the Cincinnati Reds. Tyler Flowers’ grand slam broke open a close game in Atlanta’s six-run fifth inning, Newcomb earned his first home win and the Braves beat Cincinnati 8-1 on Sunday. Newcomb (2-7) gave up five hits with five walks in five scoreless innings for his first...
Siri reaches milestone in Dragons’ win over Lake County

Siri reaches milestone in Dragons’ win over Lake County

Dayton’s Jose Siri hit a home run and stole a base to become the first Midwest League player since 1982 to reach 20 home runs and 40 steals in a season as the Dragons defeated the Lake County Captains 8-3 on Sunday. The Dragons opened the game with back-to-back home runs. Randy Ventura hit the second pitch of the contest for a homer to left field, and Siri hit the very next pitch over the left...
Stephenson, Scooter lift Reds to 11-8 win over Braves

Stephenson, Scooter lift Reds to 11-8 win over Braves

Julio Teheran still considers himself to be Atlanta’s ace, even if his numbers suggest otherwise. “Yeah, that’s the spot I want to be in hopefully for my whole career,” he said. “That doesn’t mean I won’t have ups and downs. We’re all human. We all make mistakes.” Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam, Robert Stephenson won for the first time in eight...
Second Thoughts: Votto acting like an MVP, on and off the field

Second Thoughts: Votto acting like an MVP, on and off the field

About this eclipse … I don’t need any of you staring at the sun like it’s Erin Andrews working the sidelines at a play-in game at UD Arena. You know what I’m talking about. I need your eyes intact so you can keep reading this column. College tuition isn’t getting cheaper! I’ve been a critic of Joey Votto through the years. His aloof demeanor and the way he snubbed...
Joey Votto is Kris Bryant’s favorite player

Joey Votto is Kris Bryant’s favorite player

Cubs fans may not be thrilled with star third baseman Kris Bryant’s favorite player. Bryant admitted that his top preferred player is Reds first baseman Kris Bryant. “He’s the best player ever,” Bryant said before Wednesday’s game versus Cincinnati. “He’s my favorite player. I love watching him. I love talking to him, just picking his brain. “He gets...
Relive the Reds’ nine-run second inning against Cubs

Relive the Reds’ nine-run second inning against Cubs

The Reds broke out the bats against Cubs starter Jon Lester. Cincinnati put up nine runs on Lester in the second inning. It was the most they’ve scored in a frame since scoring 10 in the sixth inning of a 12-5 win over the Tigers on Aug. 24, 2015. From Joey Votto’s homer to Phillip Ervin’s broken bat single to Jose Peraza’s hit bouncing off Jon Jay, the Reds’ offense...
WATCH: Joey Votto shows off bat, glove in Reds’ win

WATCH: Joey Votto shows off bat, glove in Reds’ win

Reds first baseman Joey Votto’s run of 20-straight games reaching base at least twice ended on Wednesday. But he hasn’t cooled off. Votto blasted a three-run homer to give the Reds a 7-0 second inning lead over the Cubs on Thursday. That’s not all: Votto showed off the glove too. The Reds, after blowing a nine-run lead, managed to rally for a 13-10 win and series split.
Hal McCoy: Votto could go down as Reds best player — ever

Hal McCoy: Votto could go down as Reds best player — ever

Q: If a player hits a home run while the lights are on during the solar eclipse will he be credited with a daytime home run or a nighttime home run? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: That isn’t going to happen because there are nine games scheduled for Monday, the day of the eclipse. Eight are at night and one, in Chicago (Twins-Sox), starts at 5:15, three hours after the...
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...
Reds score big in 13-10 win over Cubs

Reds score big in 13-10 win over Cubs

The Reds’ 13-10 win over the Cubs on Thursday had no shortage of fireworks. Cincinnati scored nine runs in an inning for the first time since tagging Detroit for 10 runs in the sixth inning of a 12-5 win on Aug. 24, 2015. The Reds blew a nine-run lead. The team last did that on Aug. 25, 2010, at San Francisco; a game it also rallied to win, 12-11. Cincinnati also blew such a lead on April 28...
VIDEO: Reds’ Phillip Ervin does it all in 13-10 win over Cubs

VIDEO: Reds’ Phillip Ervin does it all in 13-10 win over Cubs

After homering for his first career hit Wednesday, Phillip Ervin’s encore was even better. Ervin hit a two-run, tie-breaking home run and added four RBIs in his first start, emerging as the difference in the Reds’ 13-10 shootout victory against the Cubs. It was the 25-year-old’s fifth game. He also had a single and double in his four at-bats. He even stole a base.  <div>...
Ervin, Votto lead the way as Reds hold off Cubs

Ervin, Votto lead the way as Reds hold off Cubs

Phillip Ervin may be a late-bloomer, but the Cincinnati outfielder has arrived in the majors with bang. Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start as the Reds rebounded from blowing a nine-run lead to defeat the Chicago Cubs 13-10 on Thursday. Ervin, in right field in his fifth game, also had a single and double in four at-bats....
Baseball reacts to loss of longtime Reds scout Gene Bennett

Baseball reacts to loss of longtime Reds scout Gene Bennett

The baseball world and Reds organization mourn the loss longtime scout and executive Gene Bennett. The Reds broadcast honored Bennett on Wednesday. Bennett, a longtime Reds scout, passed away at age 89 earlier in the day. “Gene was one of the game’s great scouts,” Reds owner Bob Castellini said. “He loved baseball, loved his team and forever changed the way we looked...
WATCH: Sean Casey wears “The Mayor” jersey on MLB Network

WATCH: Sean Casey wears “The Mayor” jersey on MLB Network

Former Reds first baseman Sean Casey is a fan of Players Weekend. On Players Weekend Aug. 25-27, players will wear nicknames on their jerseys. Casey got into the act on MLB Network, wearing a Reds jersey with “The Mayor” across the back. “I was the mayor at some point, guys,” Casey said, laughing. “And I still am.” Casey played for the Reds from 1998-2005. He was...
Did you see the latest entry into the bad first-pitch Hall of Fame?

Did you see the latest entry into the bad first-pitch Hall of Fame?

Red Sox fan Jordan Leandre cemented himself among the best worst ceremonial pitches on Wednesday. Leandre, a cancer survivor who has thrown multiple first pitches at Fenway Park, let one get away from him that hit cameraman Tony Capobianco where it hurts the most. Capobianco was alright, and even had fun with it. Some Reds fans may remember a pitch adjacent to Leandre’s in the bad pitch Hall...
WATCH: 38-year-old Cubs pitcher John Lackey steals second base

WATCH: 38-year-old Cubs pitcher John Lackey steals second base

You’re never too old to steal your first base. Cubs’ pitcher John Lackey stole second in Chicago’s 8-7 win over the Reds on Wednesday. It was the first steal in the 38-year-old veteran’s career. Lackey singled off Homer Bailey in the bottom of the fourth. He took off early (and unexpectedly) on an 0-1 count and slid to beat Bailey’s throw. "When I got the hit, (first...
Reds’ 8-7 loss to Cubs contained notable milestones

Reds’ 8-7 loss to Cubs contained notable milestones

Several Reds set new marks despite the team’s rally falling just short in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs: Zack Cozart clubbed his 17th home run. It sets a new career-high, and moved him into the third place for most homers by a Reds shortstop (75). Outfielder Phillip Ervin collected his first hit and home run in a single swing. He’s the first Red to homer for his first hit since Juan Francisco...
Zack Cozart hits 75th career HR, third-most among Red shortstops

Zack Cozart hits 75th career HR, third-most among Red shortstops

Zack Cozart is moving up in the Reds’ history books. The shortstop hit his 75th career homer in last night’s 8-7 loss to the Cubs. It’s the third most among Reds (primary) shortstops all-time. It’s possible for Cozart to pass Concepcion in two seasons at his pace, and Larkin isn’t unfathomable. But both depend on if the Reds re-sign Cozart this winter. The Reds are also...
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...
WATCH: Homer Bailey fans 10 Cubs in loss

WATCH: Homer Bailey fans 10 Cubs in loss

The Reds’ rally fell just short in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs Tuesday. Starter Homer Bailey gave up six runs, but at least showed something positive in setting down 10 Cubs for strikeouts. The Reds will hope, as Bailey works to regain his old form, the runs allowed decline and the strikeouts become more consistent. Bailey has an 8.44 ERA on the year.
VIDEO: Phillip Ervin’s first career hit leaves the yard

VIDEO: Phillip Ervin’s first career hit leaves the yard

Welcome to the bigs, Phillip Ervin. Recalled Tuesday when Devin Mesaroco hit the disabled list, the Reds’ new outfielder collected his first career long ball in Wedneday’s 7-6 heartbreaker loss to the Cubs. And it was also Ervin’s first career hit. He joins Boston’s Rafael Devers and Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies as rookies to homer for their first hit in recent weeks.  ...
Legendary Reds scout Gene Bennett dead at 89

Legendary Reds scout Gene Bennett dead at 89

Gene Bennett, the legendary scout who urged the Cincinnati Reds to draft Derek Jeter only to have his pleas fall on deaf ears, died Wednesday in Portsmouth, Ohio at 89. “Gene was one of the game’s great scouts,” Reds owner Bob Castellini said. “He loved baseball, loved his team and forever changed the way we looked for talented players.” Bennett was a senior special assistant...
Tyler Mahle makes case to join Reds in 2017

Tyler Mahle makes case to join Reds in 2017

The Reds rotation has been a seemingly endless rearranging of chairs. Luis Castillo, the young gun, has perhaps been the lone bright spot. So why not add one more in Tyler Mahle? The Reds’ No. 3 prospect has been shining in Triple-A Louisville. His latest outing – five innings of one-run ball – was just another day. Mahle is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA and holding opponents to a .138 average...
WATCH: Adam Duvall guns down another base runner

WATCH: Adam Duvall guns down another base runner

Adam Duvall’s strength isn’t limited to his bat. Duvall registered his major-league leading 11th outfield assist on Tuesday. He’s the first Reds left fielder to have that many since Pete Rose threw out 15 from left in consecutive seasons. Aside from his defense, Duvall has hammered 27 homers, one of five Reds who’ve exceeded the 20-mark.
Joey Votto’s latest streak another hint at Hall of Fame finish

Joey Votto’s latest streak another hint at Hall of Fame finish

The Reds aren’t on the national radar as say, the Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Yankees. That’s not to say they deserve to be – they’re 50-70, locked in the National League Central’s basement. But the team’s record shouldn’t overshadow another historic campaign from first baseman Joey Votto. Votto has reached base twice in 20 consecutive games, a new team...
WATCH: Joey Votto clears Wrigley roof on latest foul-ball throw

WATCH: Joey Votto clears Wrigley roof on latest foul-ball throw

He did it again. After firing a foul ball into the upperdeck of Wrigley Field on Monday, Reds first baseman Joey Votto had an encore. This time, Votto launched the ball onto the roof. The ball bounced off the roof and back into the seats, but the follow-up throw was more powerful than his first, for those keeping track of such things. The Reds and Cubs have two more games of the four-game series,...
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...
Reds’ Billy Hamilton joins elite base-stealing club

Reds’ Billy Hamilton joins elite base-stealing club

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 and delivered an insurance run in the Reds’ 2-1 win over the Cubs on Tuesday, but it was his stolen base that marked a milestone. Hamilton swiped his 50th bag of the season. It was his sixth steal in seven games, his fourth consecutive season stealing 50 bases. He’s the 25th player in the modern era to steal 50-plus bases in four seasons. <div></div>...
VIDEO: Luis Castillo throws six shutout innings against Cubs

VIDEO: Luis Castillo throws six shutout innings against Cubs

Reds rookie starter Luis Castillo has been one of the bright spots of the rotation. Castillo went six shutout innings against the defending champs on Tuesday night, allowing two hits and striking out seven. It lowered his season ERA to 3.39. Castillo’s thrown 66 1/3 innings across 11 starts this season, averaging 97 mph on his fastball. He hasn’t given up more than four runs in any start...
Gennett, Castillo lead Reds past Cubs

Gennett, Castillo lead Reds past Cubs

Scooter Gennett’s sacrifice fly drove in Joey Votto from third to break a scoreless tie in the eighth, and Billy Hamilton singled in a run in the ninth as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night. After Votto walked for the third time and advanced to third on Adam Duvall’s single off reliever Pedro Strop (3-3), Gennett smacked a line drive to right that Jason Heyward...
Devin Mesoraco placed on DL, Phillip Ervin recalled

Devin Mesoraco placed on DL, Phillip Ervin recalled

The Reds placed catcher Devin Mesoraco (broken right foot) on the disabled list Tuesday, the team announced.   It’s Mesoraco’s third stint on the DL this season. Hip and shoulder issues have cut into Mesoraco’s time in recent seasons since his breakout 2014 campaign.  Mesoraco is hitting .213 with six homers and 14 RBIs in 55 games this season.  Outfielder Phillip...
Reds tie team home runs record, could set new mark

Reds tie team home runs record, could set new mark

It’s been a disappointing season for the Cincinnati Reds that will likely end in another last place finish. Yet, it’s one that’s been several new benchmarks. With Scooter Gennett’s blast Monday evening, the Reds have five batters who’ve hit 20-or-more home runs, tying a team record accomplished two previous times (1956, 2008). Joey Votto (31), Adam Duvall (27), Scott...
Devin Mesoraco fractures foot, returns to Cincinnati for examination

Devin Mesoraco fractures foot, returns to Cincinnati for examination

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has a fractured left foot and will miss an undisclosed amount of time. Mesoraco was hit by a pitch from Cubs starter Jose Quintana in Monday’s 15-5 loss. He had X-rays at the stadium and is returning to Cincinnati to be examined by team doctors. "If you've got a broken foot, you can't play," Mesoraco said after the game. "It doesn't even feel remotely...
Reds’ Joey Votto chases 1948 Ted Williams record

Reds’ Joey Votto chases 1948 Ted Williams record

Another day, another insane Joey Votto stat. Votto reached base twice in the Reds’ 15-5 loss to Chicago on Monday – including beating a four-outfield shift for a double. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Joey Votto: Breaker of shifts. <a href="https://t.co/57lh5lrhRM">pic.twitter...
VIDEO: Joey Votto heaves foul ball into upperdeck

VIDEO: Joey Votto heaves foul ball into upperdeck

Joey Votto doesn’t take any plays off, including those that don’t count. In the third inning of the Reds’ 15-5 loss to the Cubs, Votto field a foul grounder, then rather than hand it to the nearest child, chucked it into the upperdeck. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Joey Votto just...
WATCH: Scooter Gennett pitches sidearmed, serves homer in Reds’ loss

WATCH: Scooter Gennett pitches sidearmed, serves homer in Reds’ loss

Scooter Gennett had an interesting day in the Reds’ 15-5 loss to the Cubs. The Cincinnati second baseman hit his 20th home run of the season, then took the mound for the eighth. He served a homer right back, courtesy of Javy Baez. With baseball firmly in its dog days, Gennett gave fans something to talk about. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet">...
Johnny Bench doesn’t think Pete Rose will ever be Hall of Famer

Johnny Bench doesn’t think Pete Rose will ever be Hall of Famer

Pete Rose’s former teammate, Johnny Bench, said Rose won’t ever be a Hall of Famer. The beloved former Reds’ catcher played with Rose for 12 years, but that didn’t give him a biased opinion on Rose when asked by TMZ Sports. He said his friend has to accept the consequences of gambling, even though he wishes Rose were inducted. Rose, who holds several MLB records including the...
Joey Votto’s MVP-worthy season continues as Reds fade

Joey Votto’s MVP-worthy season continues as Reds fade

Joey Votto continues to make his MVP case despite his team dropping to 49-69, good for last place in the National League Central. Votto owns the longest current hitting streak in the majors at 17 games. If Mike Trout won MVP on a non-contending Angels team a year ago, why can’t Votto hope for a similar result? <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet">...
VIDEO: Reds’ top prospect Nick Senzel homers twice in 11-2 win

VIDEO: Reds’ top prospect Nick Senzel homers twice in 11-2 win

The Reds’ future third baseman is looking pretty good. Nick Senzel clubbed two homers in Double-A Pensacola’s 11-2 win over Mobile Sunday, continuing what’s been an unparalleled hot streak for the 22-year-old. Senzel is hitting .377 through 40 games with the Blue Wahoos since starting 3-for-20. He’s slashing .435/.469/.826 in August. "The power is coming naturally at this...
Reds drop second straight to Brewers

Reds drop second straight to Brewers

When Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell found out the Brewers had traded for Neil Walker, he immediately wanted to know if he could get the veteran infielder into the lineup for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. »HAL MCCOY: Duvall perfect player for cash-concious Reds After collecting just 3 1/2 hours of sleep, Walker arrived in plenty of time to collect a pair of hits in his Milwaukee debut...
Hal McCoy: Duvall a perfect player for cash-conscious Reds

Hal McCoy: Duvall a perfect player for cash-conscious Reds

Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy knows a thing or two about our nation’s pastime. Tap into that knowledge with an email to halmccoy1@hotmail.com. When a team does the paperwork to place a player on the disabled list does the list of reasons include, “Fell off of a boat?” — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: I’ve never seen the paperwork, but I’m...
Suarez homer is longest by a Reds player at GABP this season

Suarez homer is longest by a Reds player at GABP this season

Eugenio Suarez’s solo homer in Cincinnati’s 10-3 win over the Padres Thursday is the longest home run this season by a Reds player at Great American Ballpark. Suarez’s 448-foot moonshot to left-center field (according to ESPN’s home run tracker) followed Scooter Gennett’s grand slam in the seventh inning. It falls more than a few dozen feet short of the longest home ...
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...
Reds’ rotation continues to have ‘a lot of moving pieces’

Reds’ rotation continues to have ‘a lot of moving pieces’

The closer the Reds get to their weekend series against the Brewers in Milwaukee, the more muddled become their pitching “plans.” Right-hander Scott Feldman remained a possibility to start on Saturday in place of right-hander Tim Adleman, depending on how Feldman’s right knee responds to ongoing workouts. The soreness that sent Feldman to the disabled list on July 18 doesn&rsquo...
Scooter Gennett’s seventh-inning grand slam powers Reds past Padres

Scooter Gennett’s seventh-inning grand slam powers Reds past Padres

Andy Green’s unusual mid-count pitching change almost paid off. Scooter Gennett made sure it backfired. »RELATED: Reds’ rotation continues to have ‘a lot of moving pieces’ Green, the San Diego Padres manager, brought in left-hander Brad Hand, who hadn’t given up a run in 24 innings over 23 outings since June 10, to face left-handed hitting Joey Votto with a 2-2...
AP source: Indians agree to acquire Bruce from Mets

AP source: Indians agree to acquire Bruce from Mets

A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Indians have agreed to acquire outfielder Jay Bruce from the New York Mets. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the trade had not been announced. Bruce is hitting .256 with 29 homers and 75 RBIs for the Mets, who at 50-61 are 11 games under .500 for the first time in three years. New York is 16½...
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...
After cousin Archie Miller left for Indiana, Friedl finds home with Dragons

After cousin Archie Miller left for Indiana, Friedl finds home with Dragons

T.J. Friedl was looking forward to playing in Dayton this season since he’d already lined up a place to live. The Dragons leadoff hitter was going to stay with his cousin until the cousin took a new job out of town. That cousin is former Dayton Flyers head coach Archie Miller, who left for Bloomington, Ind. two weeks before the Dragons opened the season. Friedl found a new place to live and...
Reds shortstop playing through wrist pain

Reds shortstop playing through wrist pain

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart won’t start Sunday in the series finale against the Colorado Rockies. He entered the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park this morning with a black brace on his left wrist. The lingering wrist pain he has experienced since early April isn’t the reason he’s resting today. He planned to rest today no matter how he was feeling. He missed two...

Peltier leads Eagles on the diamond

Ryan Peltier has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. He’s been the starting quarterback for the CJ Eagles since his sophomore year, but the junior saves his best for the baseball field. “Football, you only get that one chance on Friday nights to prove yourself,” Peltier said. “With baseball you get multiple chances in a week to get wins and play good and have fun...
Cincinnati Reds send another rookie starter to Triple-A

Cincinnati Reds send another rookie starter to Triple-A

The Cincinnati Reds optioned starting pitcher Rookie Davis to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday and will make a corresponding roster move before the start of their series against the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday. Davis, a rookie right-hander, struggled in his last start Monday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 10-4 loss to the New York Yankees. Davis was scheduled...
Cincinnati Reds excited to play New York Yankees in matchup of first-place teams

Cincinnati Reds excited to play New York Yankees in matchup of first-place teams

The Cincinnati Reds could not have had a better Sunday. They completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-0 victory at Great American Ball Park and then watched — if they were able to stay up until 2:15 a.m. — as the Chicago Cubs lost 5-4 to the New York Yankees in 18 innings at Wrigley Field. The Reds (17-14) lead the Cubs (16-15) by one game in the National League...
Reports: Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush group agrees on deal to buy Miami Marlins

Reports: Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush group agrees on deal to buy Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement to sell the team to a group of investors that includes New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, according to a report from the Miami Herald on Tuesday afternoon. There are "other details to be worked out," but that deal would have to be approved by Major League Baseball, according to an MLB source...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, but they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win Sunday.  Bronson Arroyo had his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking none, and Patrick Kivlehan drove in three runs for the victors.  The Reds also got two hits, including a home run, from struggling right fielder Scott Schebler while Eugenio...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...
Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

The Cincinnati Bengals began OTAs Monday and there was no shortage of news.  The biggest headline of course came from Adam “Pacman” Jones losing his temper when he was asked about his offseason arrest, but there was actual football news as well.  Jeremy Hill told reporters the past two disappointing years are not him, and he stood by his statement to the NFL Network...
Ranking top rookie starts by Reds in last three seasons

Ranking top rookie starts by Reds in last three seasons

Bryan Price remains confident the Cincinnati Reds starting pitching can improve in the second half of the season. One thing is for sure, it can’t get much worse. The Reds (35-46) will reach the halfway point of the season Monday night in Colorado. The Reds have the worst team ERA in baseball (5.24) mostly because their starters have a 6.16 ERA. Reds relievers rank 13th out of 30 teams with a...
Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

The Cincinnati Reds lost three out of four games in a series against the Brewers that concluded yesterday, and manager Bryan Price got exactly zero quality starts along the way.  Sal Romano was the perpetrator yesterday, giving up three runs and walking four in a three-inning major-league debut.  Brandon Finnegan pitched only one inning before leaving with an injury Saturday while Bronson...
WATCH: Billy Hamilton makes another amazing catch

WATCH: Billy Hamilton makes another amazing catch

Billy Hamilton makes the incredible catches look ordinary, but he outdid himself Sunday with an extraordinary play against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park. The Reds lost the game 4-2. It would have been worse, but Hamilton took extra bases away from Nick Franklin with a leaping catch on the warning track to end the sixth inning. Wily Peralta likely would have scored from first had...
Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Are you ready for some football?  The calendar says April, but we are loaded up with gridiron topics today.  The Ohio State spring game is tomorrow, and that will give us one big opportunity to see what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of March.  That is not a figure of speech.  Since the start of spring practice, we’ve had a lot of great interviews with...
Bubble gum chewing helps Reds third baseman relax

Bubble gum chewing helps Reds third baseman relax

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez faced a not-so-important question Thursday in the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park. “Are you the best bubble gum blower in baseball?” a reporter asked. Suarez smiled. He wasn’t ready to anoint himself the best, even though he blows bubbles as big as his head when he’s playing third. “Johnny Cueto’s good with that...
Hartsock: Dragons off and running … literally

Hartsock: Dragons off and running … literally

It’s hard to believe that we haven’t seen a winning baseball team in the home dugout at Fifth Third Field since 2011. The Dragons are off to a 5-2 start, and Luis Bolivar’s first team features an exciting brand of baseball. Dayton is showing plenty of speed in the early going, the Dragons lead the Midwest League in stolen bases. Jose Siri and Brantley Bell are among the best in minor...
WATCH: Oakwood baseball blitzes Valley View

WATCH: Oakwood baseball blitzes Valley View

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