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Joey Votto Beats Cubs' Four-Man Outfield Shift

Aug 15, 2017 9:17 AM

The Chicago Cubs used an unusual four-man outfield shift with Joey Votto at the plate on Monday night, but it was ultimately unsuccessful.

With Votto coming to the plate in the top of the fifth inning, third baseman Kris Bryant moved to left-center field, with left fielder Kyle Schwarber playing near the foul line. Jon Jay remained in center, with Jason Heyward in right field.

The left side of the infield was left entirely open with shortstop Javier Baez playing up the middle.

Votto beat the alignment by doubling to right field.

"Joey Votto right now is ungodly," Joe Maddon said. "Whatever you do, you're taking chances anyhow. It's almost like [San Diego Padres legend] Tony Gwynn when he was good.

"We'll continue to throw it out there when we think it's the right thing to do."

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Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Joey Votto Becomes All-Time HR Leader At GABP

Aug 8, 2017 9:11 AM

Joey Votto slugged a two-run home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres on Monday night to become the all-time home run leader at Great American Ball Park.

It was Votto's 30th home run of the season and his 136th at the Cincinnati Reds' home park.

Votto broke a tie with former teammate Jay Bruce for the most home runs at the stadium, which opened in 2003.

"Bye bye, Jay. He's a Met, who cares?" Votto joked.

It was also career home run No. 251 for Votto, tying him with Ted Kluszewski for fifth on the club's all-time list.

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Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Three-Time All-Star Lee May Dies At 74 Years

Jul 30, 2017 6:45 PM

Lee May, an All-Star slugger who hit 354 home runs in the major leagues, has died. He was 74.

The Baltimore Orioles, one of four teams that May played for, and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association both tweeted their condolences Sunday.

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Have Scouted Zack Cozart

Jul 24, 2017 8:08 AM

The Boston Red Sox have some interest in trading for Zack Cozart of the Cincinnati Reds.

They've been scouting the infielder recently.

Cozart is hitting .319/.406/.564 in 318 plate appearances this season.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Joey Votto Owes Zack Cozart Donkey After All-Star Selection

Jul 3, 2017 8:32 AM

Joey Votto promised Zack Cozart before the season that he would get Cozart a donkey if he made the National League All-Star team.

On Sunday, Cosart was named the NL's starting shortstop for next week's game.

Cozart takes his son to a facility near the Cincinnati Reds' spring training complex to feed donkeys.

"Oh yeah, anybody that knows Joey Votto knows that donkey is going to be here," he said. "This is happening -- a legit, real donkey. No name picked out, but that will be the next order of business, that's for sure."

Votto is on the All-Star squad as a reserve.

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Shoulder Pain May End Bronson Arroyo's Career

Jun 18, 2017 6:51 PM

Bronson Arroyo says his career might be at "checkmate" because of pain in his right throwing shoulder.

The 40-year-old Arroyo lasted just three innings against the Dodgers on Sunday, allowing five earned runs on seven hits in the Reds' 8-7 loss. He also allowed his major league-leading 23rd home run (off the bat of the Dodgers' Logan Forsythe). Arroyo got a no-decision Sunday but is 3-5 with a 7.35 ERA in 14 starts.

He is pitching in the majors this season for the first time since 2014, coming back from Tommy John surgery more than two years ago.

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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Cubs, Nationals Dominate Latest NL All-Star Returns

Jun 13, 2017 9:07 AM

The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals continue to dominate National League All-Star voting returns.

Ryan Zimmerman (first base), Daniel Murphy (second) and Bryce Harper (outfield) would currently represent the Nationals in next month's starting lineup, while the Cubs have Kris Bryant (third) and Jason Heyward (third among outfielders).

Zack Cosart of the Cincinnati Reds surpassed the Los Angeles Dodgers' Corey Seager for the lead at shortstop, while Buster Posey has a huge lead at catcher. Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies is second among outfielders, between Harper and Heyward in voting.

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Tags: Cincinnati Reds, All-Star, Misc Rumor

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Reds To Sign Cuban Shortstop Jose Israel Garcia

Jun 7, 2017 8:02 AM

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to sign Cuban shortstop Jose Israel Garcia.

Garcia, who is subject to international bonus pools due to both his age and lack of professional experience, will receive a bonus of roughly $5 million on his Minor League deal.

Cincinnati has already exceeded their league-allotted international signing pool, they'll pay a 100 percent luxury tax on the signing.

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Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Brandon Phillips Shocked Reds Issued 'My No. 4'

Jun 3, 2017 9:47 AM

Brandon Phillips, a member of the Atlanta Braves after spending 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, feels slighted that the Reds issued his former No. 4 to another player.

"I still can't believe somebody is wearing my No. 4," Phillips said. "That's kind of a slap in the face, too. But it is what it is. People have their own opinions, and I have mine."

Phillips hit .279 with 191 home runs, 851 RBIs and 194 stolen bases while being named to three NL All-Star teams during his time with the Reds.

"I wish I was still a 'Red Leg,'" Phillips said. "But I'm happy to play home for the Braves. I'm happy to be where I'm at (and) getting a cooked meal from my mom and being around my family, my friends. But my heart is always in Cincinnati."

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Buster Posey Hits 17th Inning HR To Beat Reds
Giants catcher Buster Posey caught 269 pitches in Friday night's marathon game in San Francisco.

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Reds Have Invested Millions In Analytics, Sports Science
As the Reds work through a rebuild, they've invested millions in infrastructure including analytics, sports science, medical equipment and scouts.

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Billy Hamilton Becomes Fourth-Fastest To Steal 200 Bases
Billy Hamilton reached 200 stolen bases in 424 games -- the fourth fewest since at least 1900.

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Reds Off To Best Start Since 1990
The Reds are 7-2, their best start since they opened 1990 with nine straight wins.

Bob Cohn/MLB

Joey Votto Swinging At Unusually High Rate Of Pitches
Joey Votto is one of baseball's most patient hitters, but the Reds star has been swinging at a very high rate of pitches to begin the 2017 season.

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Scott Feldman Will Start For Reds On Opening Day
The Reds have tabbed Scott Feldman as their starter on Opening Day against the Phillies.

ESPN

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

Zach Buchanan/Cincinnati Enquirer

Ian Desmond Suffers Broken Left Hand
Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond was hit by a pitch from Reds right-hander Rookie Davis on Sunday.

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Anthony DeSclafani Could Miss The Start Of The Season
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani has been sidelined because of a tender elbow during spring training.

ESPN.com

Justin Masterson Works Out With Reds
Justin Masterson is eyeing a return to the Major Leagues after spending last season with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate.

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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.

Zach Buchanan/Cincinnati Enquirer

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.

Associated Press

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.

ESPN.com

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

MLB.com

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.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

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.

ESPN

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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