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Buster Posey Hits 17th Inning HR To Beat Reds

May 13, 2017 1:30 PM

After catching for 269 pitches and watching his beleaguered bullpen escape jam after jam in extra innings, Buster Posey took matters into his own hands.

Posey homered with one out in the 17th inning for the latest walk-off homer in San Francisco history as the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds for the first time this season with a 3-2 victory Friday night.

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Reds Have Invested Millions In Analytics, Sports Science

May 8, 2017 8:06 AM

As the Cincinnati Reds work through a rebuild, they've invested millions in infrastructure including analytics, sports science, medical equipment and scouts.

Among the scouting additions are a Pacific Rim staff. The Reds are the only Major League team that has never had a Japanese player.

The Reds also exceeded its international bonus allotment in this cycle, spending $7 million on a Cuban shortstop, Alfredo Rodriguez, and $4.75 million on a Cuban pitcher, Vladimir Gutierrez.

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Billy Hamilton Becomes Fourth-Fastest To Steal 200 Bases

May 5, 2017 7:24 AM

Billy Hamilton stole the 200th base of his career on Thursday afternoon.

Hamilton reached 200 stolen bases in 424 games -- the fourth fewest since at least 1900.

The Cincinnati Reds speedster would love to have a chance to challenge Rickey Henderson, who owns the all-time record of 1,406 stolen bases.

"It means a lot to be up there with the greatest people in stolen bases," Hamilton said. "But it's something you've got to keep moving forward and keep getting more, there's a long way to go to get the record."

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Reds Off To Best Start Since 1990

Apr 13, 2017 8:13 AM

They are just nine games in, but the Cincinnati Reds are off to their best start since the 1990 season.

They are 7-2, their best start since they opened 1990 with nine straight wins. The Reds won the World Series that year.

"There's a much stronger sense of community on our team and some young guys that are seizing the opportunity," Bryan Price said. "We do have the group of young pitchers that we've been talking about the last couple of years. We're starting to see them get to the big leagues and perform. And that makes a difference."

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Joey Votto Swinging At Unusually High Rate Of Pitches

Apr 12, 2017 8:10 AM

Joey Votto is one of baseball's most patient hitters, but the Cincinnati Reds star has been swinging at a very high rate of pitches to begin the 2017 season.

Over the first week of the season, Votto has a 90.2% zone-swing rate. His career mark is just 68.5%.

Votto may be swinging more often on purpose in an effort to put the ball in play. When asked, Votto was secretive.

"You're asking me about my approach and my tactics," he said. "That's kind of personal. I wouldn't want to share the specifics when that could benefit the opposition."

Votto gifted assistant hitting coach Tony Jaramillo with a "P Double-i P" shirt, which translate to "Put It In Play," which may be a hint towards his differing approach.

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Scott Feldman Will Start For Reds On Opening Day

Mar 21, 2017 7:15 AM

The Cincinnati Reds have tabbed Scott Feldman as their starter on Opening Day against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Feldman previously started openers for the Texas Rangers (2010) and Houston Astros (2014).

He was chosen over Brandon Finnegan to start the game on April 3 at Great American Ball Park.

"It's pretty cool," Feldman said. "I know about the history of Cincinnati, being like the capital of Opening Day."

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Reds Shut Anthony DeSclafani Down With UCL Sprain

Mar 14, 2017 7:19 AM

Anthony DeSclafani has a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and the Cincinnati Reds have shut him down for at least four weeks.

DeSclafani, 26, was diagnosed by team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek at his private practice back in Cincinnati on Monday.

"There is a sense of relief that it's not (completely) torn and it's something we're able to address going forward," Dick Williams said. "It's always scary when you start having issues with that ligament. It's something you've got to be real careful with going forward."

DeSclafani first reported elbow soreness two weeks ago. He was shut down for three days, but the soreness went away and he was cleared to resume throwing. He completed two bullpen sessions, but the soreness returned after the second one.

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Ian Desmond Suffers Broken Left Hand

Mar 13, 2017 1:26 AM

Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond suffered a broken left hand after he was hit by a pitch on Sunday.

Desmond was struck in the fourth inning by a pitch from Reds right-hander Rookie Davis. Desmond will see a hand specialist on Monday.

The 31-year-old Desmond signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Rockies this offseason after playing last year for the Rangers.

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Anthony DeSclafani Could Miss The Start Of The Season

Mar 12, 2017 2:24 PM

Top Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani could miss the start of the season for a second straight year because of a sore pitching elbow.

The right-hander has been sidelined during spring training because of the tender elbow. He was expected to make his first appearance Monday, but he was sore after throwing a bullpen session.

Manager Bryan Price said Sunday that DeSclafani is expected to get an MRI.

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Justin Masterson Works Out With Reds

Mar 3, 2017 7:18 AM

The Cincinnati Reds worked out Justin Masterson on Thursday.

Masterson is eyeing a return to the Major Leagues after spending last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates' Triple-A affiliate following shoulder surgery in 2015.

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Reds To Experiment With Alternating, Multi-Inning Closers
The Reds are set to experiment with alternating, multi-inning closers, something Bryan Price has hinted at since last season.

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Reds Will Start Jose Peraza At Second Base
The Reds will give Jose Peraza a chance to entrench himself at second base after trading Brandon Phillips to the Braves.

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Reds Agree To Trade Phillips To Braves
The Reds will receive pitchers Andrew McKirahan and Carlos Portuondo from the Braves in exchange for Brandon Phillips.

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Braves, Reds Talking Brandon Phillips Trade
The Braves are reportedly nearing a trade to acquire Brandon Phillips from the Reds.

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Desmond Jennings Nearing Deal With Reds
Desmond Jennings, 30, has been limited by leg injuries for the past two seasons.

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Reds Working On Contract Agreement With Bronson Arroyo
The deal is expected to be a minor league pact with an invitation to spring training.

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Scott Feldman Will Compete For Rotation Spot With Reds
The Reds have signed Scott Feldman to a one-year, $2.3 million deal.

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Marlins Acquire Dan Straily From Reds
Miami will send right-handed pitching prospects Luis Castillo, Austin Brice and minor league outfielder Isaiah White to Cincinnati.

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Brandon Phillips Blocked November Trade To Braves
Brandon Phillips used his no-trade rights to prevent the Reds from trading him to the Braves back in November, according to a report.

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Drew Storen Agrees To One-Year Deal With Reds
The deal is a dream come true for Drew Storen, who followed the Reds as a kid in Indianapolis.

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Reds Name Dick Williams President; Walt Jocketty Becomes Advisor
The Reds have announced that Dick Williams has been promoted from general manager to president of baseball operations.

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Rangers Interested In Trading For Billy Hamilton
The Reds are willing to listen to offers for Billy Hamilton and the Rangers are among the teams interested in a deal.

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Brandon Phillips Appears Open To A Deal
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips may be willing to consider waiving his no-trade clause this winter.

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Reds Have 'No Intention' Of Trading Joey Votto
Joey Votto's name has come up in rumors in recent months due to reports of prior talks with the Blue Jays.

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Reds Agree To New 15-Year Television Contract
The deal will run through the 2032 season.

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Lester: World Series Title Or Bust For Cubs
Cubs lefty Jon Lester failed to win his 20th game for the Cubs on Saturday.

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Pete Rose Appeals To Restore Hall Of Fame Eligibility
Pete Rose has directly appealed to baseball's Hall of Fame to restore his eligibility, arguing the lifetime ban he agreed to in 1989 was never intended to keep him out of Cooperstown.

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Reds Surrender Major League Record 242nd Home Run
The Reds have been bad this season and now their futility will forever be remembered.

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Blue Jays Made Play For Joey Votto Last Summer
The Blue Jays were willing to add Joey Votto on top of Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, which would have made the 2015 lineup even more star-studded.

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Brandon Finnegan's Role With Reds Remains Undetermined
The Reds are confident that Brandon Finnegan can start, but the club hasn't decided if that will be his role over the long-term.

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