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Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy shares his thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds
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Ted Power: A reliever who started a really ‘big’ game

  • 11:28 am Thursday, May 24th, 2018 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — Ted Power was seated comfortably in the Cincinnati Reds bullpen the other day, listening to the relief pitchers chatter.

Then the subject of Kevin Cash and Sergio Romo surfaced. The discussion was about how Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash used a relief pitcher, Sergio Romo, to start two games in a row instead of using a starting pitcher.

What Cash did caused baseball aficionados across the country to act as if Cash was re-inventing the wheel, complete with spokes and tires.

As the discussion wore on, Power finally folded his arms and said, “Been there, done that.”

And he certainly did and [More]

LeCure ‘bounces a few things’ off Bailey

  • 12:25 pm Sunday, May 20th, 2018 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — It was a quiet Sunday morning in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse as players went about their business of preparing for the final game of a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

Pitcher Homer Bailey was in his chair in front of his locker, chatting softly with former Reds bullpen star Sam LeCure.

“I was just bouncing a few things off him,” said LeCure, who served as a bullpen guru to many young Reds relief pitchers when LeCure was one of baseball’s best set-up pitchers.

As a long-time admirer and friend, LeCure feels Bailey’s pain from the recent beatings Bailey has absorbed.

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Giants pound Romano, Reds winning streak ends at six

  • 1:33 am Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 by Staff Writer

With no apology to Tony Bennett, the Cincinnati Reds left their winning streak in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Giants were not impressed with the six-game winning streak the Reds brought into AT&T Park Monday night and they certainly were not impressed with Sal Romano.

The Giants, who broke a six-game losing streak on Sunday, ripped into Romano for six runs and eight hits in only 2 1/3 innings and also piled on the bullpen for a 10-7 victory.

The Giants constructed an early 6-1 lead, but the Reds battled back on a two-run home run by Tucker Barnhart and a solo shot [More]

Reds sweep four from Dodgers for first time since Big Red Machine

  • 7:35 pm Sunday, May 13th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Dodgers, besieged by injuries, mostly to the pitching staff, are a poor shell of the team that won the National League pennant last year.

Nevertheless, give the Cincinnati Reds a shovel full of credit for taking full advantage of a strong situation in their favor.

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Led by another outstanding pitching performance by Luis Castillo, the Reds completed a four-game sweep of the Dodgers in Dodger Stadium, a 5-3 victory that pushed their winning streak to six straight.

It was the [More]

Reds four-man outfield rotation may soon shrink to three

  • 5:23 pm Monday, May 7th, 2018 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — The Four-Man Theme for the Cincinnati Reds outfield is still in place and will remain in place for the immediate time, but manager Jim Riggleman indicated that times they are a-changin’ not too far into the distance.

The four rotating outfielders are Billy Hamilton, Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler and Jesse Winker. Some day it will be three regulars and a fourth outfielder.

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“I can’t tell you when that will exactly be yet,” said manager Jim Riggleman. “It will be an organizational decision, along [More]

Suarez activated as the Reds make four roster moves

  • 11:40 am Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — There was a lot of unpacking and packing of travel gear in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse Thursday morning.

Unpacking and hanging up clothes were Eugenio Suarez and Rosell Herrera, both added to the roster.

Packing and zipping up their bags were Phillip Ervin and Cliff Pennington, both optioned to Class AAA Louisville.

Not only was Suarez activated off the disabled list, he was in Thursday’s lineup, just 17 days after suffering a fractured thumb when he was hit by a pitch.

Herrera, a 25-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, drew attention to himself during spring training. He was originally signed by the [More]

What it’s like inside the Reds clubhouse

  • 4:51 pm Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — One of the most often asked question by fans: “What is it like in the clubhouse when a team is 4-and-18 and 9 1/2 games out of first place less than a month into the season?”

The assumption is that it is funeral parlor quiet, with players sitting around their lockers with their head hanging as they wring their hands and chew their fingernails to the quick.

Not true. The atmosphere and dynamics is much the same as if the Cincinnati Reds were 18-and-4 instead of 4-and-18.

Even the media is sometimes fooled. On Tuesday afternoon, when the media entered the [More]

Reds interim manager Riggleman: ‘I’ve been through this before’

  • 5:22 pm Monday, April 23rd, 2018 by Staff Writer

CINCINNATI — As a baseball lifer who has been part of many facets of the game, Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman knows the main thing the game feeds you is humble pie.

Just when you feel you have the game in a firm grasp, it turned on you and bites you severely on the posterior.

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So while his team’s 3-and-18 start this season is disconcerting, it isn’t something that hasn’t happened before. And it isn’t something that can’t be turned around.

Riggleman reduces it to its lowest common denominator. When asked if coming home Monday [More]

Cardinals do what they always do against the Reds

  • 5:35 pm Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 by Staff Writer

With absolutely no apologies to Cher, ‘And the beat goes on,’ and unfortunately for them, it is the Cincinnati Reds who keep getting beat on every day.

After six innings Sunday afternoon in Busch Stadium III, the Reds trailed the St. Louis Cardinals by one run.

But when the 44,430 fans headed for the parking lots the Cardinals had unloaded on Reds relief pitcher Kevin Quackenbush for a 9-2 win.

Quackenbush struck out Matt Carpenter to begin the seventh. Then Reds’ assassin Yadier Molina doubled, one of his three hits on this day.

Jose Martinez lined to center field for the second out and [More]

Groundhog Day: Reds lose again by 2-0

  • 5:07 pm Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Staff Writer

It was Groundhog Day in Miller Park Wednesday afternoon for the Cincinnati Reds, another 2-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

It was as if they took a videotape of Tuesday’s 2-0 loss and replayed it Wednesday.

—Just as he did Tuesday, Milwaukee first baseman Eric Thames hit a two-run home run to provide the game’s only runs.

—Just as they did Tuesday, the Reds managed only three hits, one of them by Joey Votto both days.

—Sal Romano pitched five innings Tuesday and gave up two runs and four hits. Tyler Mahle pitched five innings Wednesday and gave up two runs and seven hits.

—Just [More]

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