Tag:Reds
Posted on: June 21, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 1:13 am
 

Reds looking to sign Matthews

It looks like Gary Matthews Jr., released by the Mets last week, is working on a minor-league deal with the Reds. Some reports have said the deal is done, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer said via Twitter that it's still being finalized.

Matthews, a 35-year-old former All-Star outfielder, was a bust in New York, batting just .190. The Reds would be his eighth major-league team. This is by no means an impact move for the Reds, but after scoring one run in a three-game sweep in Seattle last weekend, they might be feeling a little desperate.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 19, 2010 1:04 pm
 

X-rays negative for more Rose bats

Pete Rose Prompted by a report on Deadspin.com last week, two Cincinnati baseball collectors had their Pete Rose bats X-rayed to see if they were corked. The results to Bob Crotty's Mizuno PR4192 and Mark Fugate's Mizuno ATHL showed nothing but wood in the bats.

Crotty, who owns Green Diamond Gallery in Cincinnati, said it was common knowledge in collecting circles that there were some corked Rose bats out there, especially in the model PR4192, which Rose used for hits No. 4,000-4,192. Crotty's particular bat shows significant use and is on display at his private gallery alongside a bat used by Ty Cobb. After Deadspin's story, Crotty decided to have his bat X-rayed.

"I simply wanted to," Crotty wrote in an e-mail with CBSSports.com, "to add to the story and offer more evidence or examples, regardless of X-ray results."

Rose himself visited Green Diamond Gallery within hours of the X-ray results, Crotty said and told him he never used corked bats, "wearing a Reds uniform, anyway."

Fugate's ATHL model was used following hit No. 4,192.

The X-rays were taken at Evendale Surgery Center in Cincinnati.

Crotty estimates Rose used 30 different model PR4192 bats and is in negotiations to buy another PR4192.

"In the end, add this evidence to previous evidence and it all adds up to the Pete brand as we have all come too familiar with -- drama and controversy along with 'did he or didn't he' continue to be a major part of the Pete Rose brand," Crotty wrote.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 19, 2010 1:42 am
 

Lee continues to impress


Cliff Lee Cliff Lee did nothing to hurt his trade value on Friday night. Lee shutout the National League's top offense and the Mariners were able to scratch out a single run against Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto to win 1-0.

Lee was dominant again, striking out seven, walking none while allowing six hits in his third complete game of the season.

Lee improved to 5-3 with a 2.55 ERA, but even more impressive he has 67 strikeouts to four walks. Four.

For the record, Nick Punto, Howie Kendrick, Juan Rivera and Evan Longoria are the select four who have seen four balls in an at-bat from Lee.

Lee is a free agent after this season and the Mariners are currently 26-41 and 13 games out of first in the American League West and 15 games out of the wild card, so it's likely he'll play for his fourth team in the last two seasons sometime before the end of July.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 9:35 pm
 

Reds' Volquez may return before break

Edinson Volquez could return from Tommy John survey before the All-Star break, Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters, including the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay , before Friday's game in Seattle.

Volquez, who was suspended 50 games after failing a drug test, threw five scoreless innings in his second rehab start with Single-A Lynchburg on Thursday. Volquez struck out four batters and his fastball was clocked as high as 97 mph. Baker said it looks as if Volquez could return to the Reds as soon as July 7.

"That’s what I’ve got on my (schedule), barring setbacks,” Dusty Baker said. “We want to make sure he’s ready when he gets here.”

Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 3, 2009. His suspension was announced April 20. Volquez admitted he'd taken a male fertility drug, similar to the one Manny Ramirez was suspended for taking.

Baker said when Volquez returns, the former All-Star will return to the starting rotation.

“That’s what best for him in the long run,” Baker told Fay. “We’ve got a decision to make when it happens. Those are good decisions to make. When he comes back that’s like making a trade for an All-Star, which he was, through a non-trade.”

The Reds will have to keep an eye on rookie Mike Leake, who has thrown 83 1/3 innings so far this season. Leake, the Reds' top pick in the 2009 draft, threw 142 innings last season at Arizona State, signed late and threw 19 more innings in the Arizona Fall League.

The team's fifth starter, Homer Bailey, is currently on the disabled list, replaced by Sam LeCure. LeCure is 1-3 with a 3.75 ERA in four starts.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 13, 2010 4:54 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2010 5:06 pm
 

Adjustment pays off for Greinke



CINCINNATI -- At least one scout was in Cincinnati Sunday to see just what was wrong with the Royals' Zack Greinke. Whatever it was, that scout didn't see it, nor did the Reds.

The Royals scored their first run for Greinke in 22 innings in the first and added six more for a 7-3 victory. Greinke allowed five hits and struck out 12 in the complete-game performance.

The difference between Greinke's four-game slide (0-4, 7.97 ERA in his last four outings) and Sunday's victory over the National League's top offensive club may have been as small as a tenth of a second, manager Ned Yost noted.

Following last Tuesday's six-run outing in Minnesota, Greinke spent Wednesday in the Target Field video room with Royals pitching coach Bob McClure studying video.

"What they found was he was a tenth of a second to a tenth-and-a-half of a second, whatever that computes to be, quicker in the windup," Yost said. "What that does, it doesn't give him enough time to get back and fully loaded and in turn, his arm starts to drag. They increased his load, got his hands in a better position and the results were obvious today."

In his last outing, Greinke noticed two Twins, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel, took good swings on his curveball -- "and it doesn't seem like they ever take good swings on curveballs" -- so he went back to look at the video of what he was doing on those pitches. Greinke and McClure watched where his hands were for those pitches and his glove hand was down low sometimes and up high sometimes, no matter the pitch.

"We noticed my glove was moving differently on certain pitches," Greinke said. "It would be random, but the guys were seeing how the glove was different. [McClure] looked at last year; I was always up last year and this year I've been down and up."

Sunday, he kept his glove up and sent the Reds down. Greinke allowed two runs in the first -- including a solo homer to Joey Votto, but then retired the next 11 batters he faced and didn't allow another run until Votto's solo homer in the ninth.

The first homer, Greinke noted, wasn't as much a physical mistake as a mental one: "I didn't want to throw Votto changeups going in, I threw him one and he hit it well, it was being stupid," Greinke said. Even then, the homer was one that would likely be an out in most parks around the majors.

Greinke's 12 strikeouts were a season-high and he struck out National League RBI leader Jonny Gomes three times.

It also helped that the Royals scored, touching Reds rookie Sam LeCure for four runs in 6.2 innings and adding three more to the Reds' brutal bullpen. The Royals hadn't scored a single run with Greinke on the mound since May 18.

"He pitched great today, he had a lot more break on his slider today and he was locating the ball today," said Billy Butler, who had four hits and four RBI, including his sixth home run of the season. "He had that confidence that he had last year today and hopefully he can build on that and hopefully we keep putting up seven runs for him."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 13, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2010 4:23 pm
 

Reds' Phillips scratched



Reds second basemann Brandon Phillips was a late scratch because of leg soreness, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Tom Groeschen reports .

Phillips, in the midst of a 15-game hitting streak, has started every game this season and missed just five innings the entire season, including the last two innings of the Reds' 11-5 victory over the Royals on Saturday. Phillips suffered a cramp in his right hamstring against Pittsburgh on May 27 which caused him to miss the last three innings of that game.

Reds manager Dusty Baker said Phillips -- and third baseman Scott Rolen, who is getting a day off -- will be available to pinch-hit against Zack Greinke and the Royals on Sunday.

Like the rest of the Reds, Phillips has rebounded from a slow start, hitting .358 in his last 42 games and is now hitting .311/.371/.488 on the season with eight home runs and 23 RBI.

UPDATE: Phillips will undergo an MRI on Monday, he told Groeschen .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 12, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Downpour in Cincy


Check out the photos on the blog of Reds media relations assistant Jamie Ramsey, showing the effects of a massive rain storm this morning at Great American Ball Park.

Reds VP of ballpark operations Declan Mullin told Ramsey that 2.5 inches of rain fell on the field in a single hour from 10:30-11:30 a.m., the most water the field has ever taken on in such a short period. Fortunately, the park has a 35,000-gallon storm water vault. Tonight's game against the Royals should start on time.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Reds
 
Posted on: June 11, 2010 4:56 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 6:14 pm
 

Reds' Bailey won't pitch Sunday


Rookie Sam LeCure will start for the Reds on Sunday against Zack Greinke, Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said on Friday.

Homer Bailey did not throw a scheduled bullpen session on Friday after suffering from some soreness from his rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday night.

"He came out of it a little more sore than usual," Baker said of Bailey, 24. "We kind of anticipated that."

Bailey was put on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. Baker said Bailey would not start for Louisville on Sunday and the team is unsure when he will throw again.

In his place, LeCure has gone 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA in three starts.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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