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Posted on: August 11, 2010 10:35 am
Edited on: August 11, 2010 10:45 am
 

Cardinals call up catcher to replace LaRue

Jason LaRue
Fallout should be trickling in today from Tuesday's bench-clearing incident between the Cardinals and Reds, as we wait to see who's hurt, who will be disciplined and who will be next to say something stupid.

Of immediate concern for the Cardinals was finding someone to step in for catcher Jason LaRue, whom the Cardinals say suffered a slight concussion and a rib injury when he was kicked by Reds starter Johnny Cueto.

"We're facing an issue with Jason," St. Louis manager La Russa said after the game. "He got clobbered in the head with their starting pitcher kicking. So he has a slight concussion and he has some facial tears there ... We'll see how that's all handled."

In the short term, it will be handled by calling up Double-A catcher Steven Hill to back up Yadier Molina. Hill, 25, is batting .280 with 22 homers and 86 RBI for Springfield.

LaRue did not go on the disabled list. To make room for Hill, right-hander Jeff Suppan, acquired by the Cardinals June 14 after being released by the Brewers, was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. Suppan felt tightness while running the day after his Sunday start was rained out. The move is retroactive to August 1.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2010 11:33 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 12:49 am
 

Cardinals accuse Cueto of hurting 2 players

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said backup catcher Jason LaRue suffered a concussion in Tuesday's fracas in Cincinnati.

La Russa said LaRue suffered the concussion at the feet of Reds starter Johnny Cueto, who kicked outward when he was backed up to the backstop during the near-brawl.

"I've got Cueto kicking me in the back. It's super unprofessional. I don't know where he learned how to fight," Cardinals pitcher said Chris Carpenter, who claimed he ended up with scratches on his back.

Cueto said he was just trying to escape after being pinned against the wall.

"When 15 people get over you, you get scared," he said after the game, using catcher Ramon Hernandez as a translator. "I did get nervous, a lot. I put my feet up, trying to get out of the way. I was trying to get up. My back was against the wall and I was trying to get people out of the way so I could get up."

Cueto can expect a suspension as soon as Wednesday for his role in the fracas.

Carpenter said he didn't have a problem with former teammate Scott Rolen, who grabbed him and drove him to the backstop.

"It was fine. I think Scott grabbed me and they thought we were doing something. That's when the bullrush got me. Scott was pulling me out and I was fine with that," Carpenter said. "I didn't know what happened, I felt someone grab me. Next thing you know I'm laying on the net getting kicked."

When a Reds radio network reporter said to Rolen that it looked like he was trying to serve as a peacemaker, Rolen paused and said, "That's a very friendly way of putting it. It's a very nice thing to say."

Of course, this all started Monday when Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips called the Cardinals "little bitches."

Phillips, the Reds leadoff hitter, always taps the shin guards of the opposing catcher and umpire with his bat before the game. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took issue with the gesture.

"The comment he made last night ... that's going to happen. If you think I'm going to be in a good mood about the comment you made last night, don't say hi to me," Molina said.

Molina then said something to Phillips, kept him from getting into the batter's box and Phillips started jawing back. Then the benches emptied, with managers Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa getting into a shouting match.

"One thing led to another and guys were chirping and some guys said be quiet and then one of their coaches told our guys to be quiet," Baker said. "I told him to be quiet and Tony told me not to talk to his coaches."

After the managers were pulled apart, the second wave went on behind them with Rolen, Carpenter and Cueto caught up in it.

No players were ejected, only the two managers.

Molina then backed up his words, hitting a home run in the second and imitating Phillips' home run trot.

Molina finished 2 for 3 with two RBI, while Phillips was 1 for 5 with an RBI and made the last out in a Reds' loss for the second consecutive night.

Afterward, Phillips didn't have much to say.

"We just lost today. Regardless of what happened, it's all about wins and losses and we got an L today," he said.

With the 8-4 win, the Cardinals take over the lead in the National League Central by percentage points over the Reds.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 7:30 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 11:07 pm
 

Benches empty in Cincinnati


Maybe the Cardinals won't let their play do their talking.

On Monday, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips called the Cardinals "little bitches" and the Cardinals said they'd let their play do the talking.

Instead, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina let his mouth do the talking. As Phillips went to the plate to lead off the bottom of the first, Molina impeded his way to the batter's box and started talking to Phillips. Phillips then started talking back to him and the benches cleared.

At one point, Scott Rolen, a former Cardinal, went after yesterday's starter, Chris Carpenter. Rolen drove him to the backstop, where the Reds' Tuesday starter, Johnny Cueto, was also caught up against the wall.

Both managers, Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa, were ejected, but as of now, it doesn't appear any players were tossed. The two managers were seen at one point jawing at each other, then Baker started yelling at a Cardinals player, as well. Baker and La Russa have a history, and it's not a friendly one.

Reds announcers reported nobody was hurt.

The Cardinals led 1-0.

UPDATE: Molina was talking the talk and walking the walk -- homering in the second to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE: Phillips made his first mark on the field in the series with an RBI groundout in the third. Joey Votto followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 2 after three innings.

UPDATE: Cardinals win 8-4 and take over first place in the National League Central by percentage points. Milina finished 2 for 3 with two RBI. Phillips was 1 for 5 with an RBI. For the second night in a row, Phillips ended the game, this time with a groundout.

UPDATE: Dusty Baker on the Reds' postgame show said, "One thing led to another and guys were chirping and some guys said be quite and then one of their coaches told our guys to be quiet, I told him to be quiet and Tony told me not to talk to his coaches. ..."

From Molina on Fox Sports Midwest:  "What happened in the first inning, he talked bad about my team, me, he doesn't have to say hi to me. If you say something bad to me, don't say hi."

"The comment he made last night, that's going to happen. If you think I'm going to be in a good mood about the comment you made last night, don't say hi to me."

Phillips: "We just lost today. Regardless of what happened, it's all about wins and losses and we got an L today."

Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez: "Now we've got to clear our head and play baseball. .... If you hate someone, you have to go out and beat them on the field."

La Russa: "It was terrible."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 6:27 pm
 

Phillips stands by comments

Brandon Phillips Brandon Phillips' relationship with the Cincinnati media is kind of weird. The second baseman has a smile that plays well on TV, but can also be sullen and uncooperative when the cameras aren't around.

There are only two writers on the Reds beat that travel, and Phillips doesn't talk to either after both pointed out his lack of hustle earlier in the year and brought up previous incidents of his sometimes-lackadaisical attitude.

Anyway, that's why yesterday's comments to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News (McCoy is no long a full-time employee of the Dayton paper and doesn't travel) about the Cardinals being "little bitches" took a little while to really hit the internet and clubhouse. In fact, Reds manager Dusty Baker said before Tuesday's game that he didn't know about Phillips' comments until he went home last night and heard about them on TV.

Still, Baker backed his player on Tuesday.

"You'd prefer they didn't," Baker told reporters. "But you can't put muzzles on guys."

Baker added, "A man's got to answer for himself. … Brandon knew what he was saying. That don't make it right. That was his opinion."

Tony La Russa The Cardinals, obviously, weren't happy about the comments. Tony La Russa noted the Reds have several ex-Cardinals and he's insulting them, too. That's a good lawyer trick. Phillips -- who, full disclosure time, I've had a strained relationship with over the years -- was likely talking mostly about La Russa, pitching coach Dave Duncan and Chris Carpenter, who have certainly bitched about little things in the past and have made it a game. To La Russa's credit, that game has paid off for him in the past. He's a good motivator.

As for Phillips, he didn't back off his comments. Here's what MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports Phillips told "other reporters" since Phillips doesn't talk to Sheldon.

"The comments I said yesterday? Those were my comments," Phillips said. "It's time for us to show them we're here to stay, and here to win our division."

Phillips is a career .252/.320/.416 hitter against the Cardinals, including last night's 0-for-5 performance. Those numbers aren't too far off of his career numbers of .267/.316/.433 overall. He's having the best year of his career so far in 2010, hitting .284/.339/.456 with 14 homers and 43 RBI and a league-leading 79 runs scored, but is .260/.315/.320 with two RBI and seven runs scored in 13 games against St. Louis this season.

The Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay said former Cardinals Scott Rolen had this to say, "Brandon put himself out there by the way he expressed himself. Everybody in this clubhouse, including Brandon, understands that the competition is on the field."

Another teammate, Bronson Arroyo, had this to say to reporters, including Fay:

"Brandon is being Brandon," Arroyo said. "He's a mini version of T.O. and Ochcocinco. He stirs the pot. It's just what he does. Brandon thrives on that. You guys [in the media] thrive on that.

"I don't take it much serious."

Fay said several other players didn't want to talk about it, but noted it wouldn't be a problem in the clubhouse.

If the Reds win tonight, it'll likely be a dead issue -- unless Phillips comes up large. Or if the Cardinals take a shot at Phillips. The Nationals took exception to his celebration after running over catcher Wil Nieves.

At the time, Nieves said of Phillips: "He's that kind of guy that he's a good guy out of the field," Nieves told the Washington Post . "Maybe if you play with him, you like him. But if you play against him, the things he does you kind of don't like it."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 11:48 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 1:02 pm
 

Reds may remove Leake from rotation

Mike Leake UPDATE, 8/10, 1 p.m. : Homer Bailey has been scratched from his Triple-A start on Tuesday and will pitch in relief instead, lining him up to take Leake's spot in the rotation Friday, reports the Cincinatti Enquirer . -- Evan Brunell

Early in the season Mike Leake was one of the great stories in baseball -- a kid who skipped the minor leagues entirely and came into the big leagues dealing.

In his first 11 starts, Leake was 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA.

Now in his last 10, he's 2-4 with a 5.72 ERA, including the shortest outing of his short career on Monday, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing six earned runs and seven total runs against the Cardinals. It was the second consecutive start that's seen him give up seven runs.

The Reds are now worried the rookie has hit a wall and may take him out of the rotation, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes .

"We discussed it," Baker told reporters after Monday's 7-3 loss. "He had a big inning in Pittsburgh, but [that was] led to by a couple of different things -- a hit batsman and a potential play on the groundball. We've got to discuss it and talk some more.

"I'm sure this will be a topic of discussion, possibly tomorrow."

Before Monday's game, the Reds optioned their other rookie starter, Travis Wood, to Triple-A Louisville. With two off days for the Reds in the next week, Wood wasn't scheduled to start again until Aug. 18 in Arizona, but will now start the next day against the Diamondbacks. (Interestingly enough, Wood and Leake have pretty similar numbers through eight starts -- Wood is 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA and a .238 opponents batting average, 40 strikeouts and 13 walks. Through eight starts, Leake was 4-0 with a 2.91 ERA a .218 batting average against, 39 strikeouts and 21 walks.)

Homer Bailey is likely ready to replace Leake in the rotation if the Reds need him. The 24-year old has made four rehab starts in the minor leagues and is scheduled to make his fourth at Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. In three starts at Louisville, he's gone 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA, allowing five earned runs in 18 innings, striking out 15 and walking four, while allowing 15 hits. Bailey was on the disabled list with a  shoulder injury. In nine starts this season, Bailey is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA.

The Reds do have some flexibility with their rotation because of a day off on Thursday, as well as next Monday. They also have a couple of other starters in the minors who have had success in the big leagues this year in Sam LeCure and Matt Maloney.

For his part, Leake has now thrown 129 2/3 innings. He threw 142 at Arizona State last season and the Reds have been skipping his starts on off days to help keep his innings down. For his part, Leake told Fay he felt fine.

"I feel great," Leake said. "I've just hit a rough patch."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 9:09 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 12:04 pm
 

Reds' Phillips doesn't like the Cardinals


Brandon Phillips Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips doesn't like the Cardinals. How much? Here's what he had to say to the Dayton Daily News' Hal McCoy before the start of Monday's three-game series between the two teams at Great American Ball Park:
"We have to beat these guys. I hate the Cardinals. All they do is bitch and moan about everything, all of them, they’re little bitches, all of ‘em. I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear -- I hate the Cardinals.” The Cardinals and manager Tony La Russa have complained about the baseballs at Great American Ball Park repeatedly. La Russa and starter Chris Carpenter complained after St. Louis' opening day victory in Cincinnati that the Reds clubhouse staff didn't rub down the balls enough before the game and they were too slick. The team also complained last season when John Smoltz complained about the same issue. La Russa said the Reds were "up to shenanigans" and also implied Bronson Arroyo was putting pine tar on the balls.

In 2007, La Russa said Reds starter Aaron Harang should have been suspended after he inadvertently hit Cardinals catcher Gary Bennett in the head.

Phillips may hate the Cardinals more after tonight, as St. Louis is currently pounding the Reds in Cincinnati.

UPDATE: Not only did the "little bitches" beat the Reds, they beat them soundly, 7-3, with Phillips going 0 for 5 and striking out to end the game with a runner on. Here's what La Russa had to say to St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz:
"I don't think that will go over well in his clubhouse," La Russa said. "Phillips is ripping his teammates. (Scott) Rolen, (Jim) Edmonds, (Miguel) Cairo, (Russ) Springer, all of the ex-Cardinals over there. He isn't talking about this year. He's talking about the way we've always played. And those guys are old Cardinals. Tell him he's ripping his own teammates, because they were all Cardinals."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 6:44 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:02 pm
 

This week in free stuff: Aug. 9-15

A look at this week in promotional giveaways from around baseball:

Tuesday, Aug. 10
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) -- Rita Rudner bobblehead. I don't even know what to say about this one. I'm not sure I'd make the effort to get to the ballgame for this one.

Wednesday, Aug. 11
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) -- Hambone mini bobblehead. I'm all for mascot races, especially when they feature pork. Lehigh Valley's features a hot dog, bacon and a side of ham. Everyone's doing them and I don't think it's a bad thing.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) -- Nutzy bobblehead. Mascot bobbleheads always go for more on eBay, and I think Nutzy the Flying Squirrel will be out of my price range, sadly.
Lancaster JetHawks (California League) -- Hawkette bobblehead. Another mascot, but not one I'll be searching for on eBay.
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) -- Lou Merloni bobblehead. The Spinners are honoring a local legend.

Thursday, Aug. 12
Erie SeaWolves (Eastern Leagie) -- Al E. Gator bobblehead. It must be the week of the
Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League) -- wearable blanket

Friday, Aug. 13
Tampa Bay Rays -- t-shirt. Come for the T-shirt, stay for the Village People postage concert.
Atlanta Braves --  t-shirt
New York Mets -- Johan Santana koozie
Washington Nationals -- beer and pItcher cup set. Nats try to one-up their NL East foes by going all classy with an actual cup for beer drinking.
Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) -- travel mugs.
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- floppy cap.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (California League) -- Torii Hunter bobblehead. That bobblehead may accidentally bobble and hit the umpire and get a bobble suspension.
Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League) -- Phil Vassar bobblehead. I had to Google him. He's apparently a country music artist. Go figure.
Boise Hawks (Northwest League) -- playground ball. No pegging.

Saturday, Aug. 14
Cincinnati Reds -- garden gnome. Let's just say my wife has been bugging me about this one for a while. She loves garden gnomes. I don't get it either. That said, I've seen one and it's pretty cool.
Chicago White Sox -- Miller Lite Beer vendor bobblehead. Now that's an MVP.
Kansas City Royals  -- 1980 A.L. Champion coaster set. I was hoping for a U.L. Washington toothpick holder.
Minnesota Twins -- mini Target Field
New York Mets -- green cap. You know, because Aug. 14 is St. Declan's Day. He was St. Patrick's younger brother.
San Francisco Giants -- Bruce Bochy bobblehead. The rare bobblehead that is in its proper proportion.
Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League) -- Parker bobblehead. Another mascot.
Oklahoma City RedHawks (Pacific Coast League) -- RedHawks skateboard. This is one of the cooler promo items of the year, several teams have done them. However, I worried about some people when the Reds had a skateboard deck giveaway and someone dropped one from the upper deck. Luckily it didn't hit anybody.
Jacksonville Suns (Southern League) -- Logan Morrison bobblehead.
Arkansas Travelers (Texas) -- pillow cases. Somehow, I don't think my wife would let me use these.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (Carolina League) -- Judy Johnson book, "Judy Johnson Delaware's Invisible Hero." Really cool to educate fans about a former Negro Leaguer.
Lake County Captains (Midwest League) -- fleece blanket
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- superhero cape. A really cool giveaway for kids.
Boise Hawks (Northwest League) -- Tyler Colvin bobblehead. The Hawks apparently knew Colvin would have a good rookie season.

Sunday, Aug. 15
New York Mets -- metal lunchbox
Tampa Bay Rays -- Matt Garza bobblehead
Cleveland Indians -- Mustard (hot dog) plush doll
Cincinnati Reds -- kids chest protector backpack
Washington Nationals -- back-to-school supply kit
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) -- metal lunchbox. Again, I gotta give the Flying Suqirrels the nod. The Mets have Jose Reyes, the Flying Suqirrels have Nutzy. Advantage Nutzy.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 4:57 pm
 

Scoring error drops Leake's ERA a half point


Mike Leake Reds rookie Mike Leake shaved nearly a half of a run off of his ERA before he even threw a pitch on Monday.

Leake, who will start opposite Chris Carpenter in the first game of the showdown between the first-place Reds and second-place Cardinals, benefitted from a scoring change in last Tuesday's start in Pittsburgh.

With an out in the second inning, Lastings Milledge hit a grounder by third baseman Scott Rolen that was originally called a double. The Reds appealed and on Monday Major League Baseball changed it to an error. That changed the six earned runs in that inning to six unearned, dropping his ERA from 3.86 to 3.43 on the season. Leake gave up another unearned run in the fifth, on his own error. That was the only game the Reds lost on their six-game road trip.

The Reds' other rookie starter, Travis Wood, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville before the game to make room for Jim Edmonds, acquired by the team earlier in the day. Wood, 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA in eight starts, will likely be back up after 10 days. The Reds have two off days in the next week, Thursday and next Monday. Wood wasn't scheduled to pitch again until the 18th in Arizona, now he'll pitch the next day.
Wood has thrown 149 innings between the minors and majors this season. He threw 167 2/3 innings last season. The team is monitoring Leake's innings as well. He's thrown 126 innings so far this season, his first professional season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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