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Wladimir Balentien hit two home runs Tuesday to move within five of tying Japanese baseball's single-season record of 55.
Balentien's Yakult Swallows Swallows have 33 games remaining in the regular season for him to match the record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and matched by former major leaguers Tuffy Rhodes in 2001 and Alex Cabrera in 2002.
Balentien hit a three-run homer in the second inning and added a solo shot in the seventh at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo. The Chunichi Dragons won the game 10-8. Balentien, a native of Curacao, played for the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds before signing with the Swallows in 2011.
He hit 31 homers in each of his first two seasons in Japan.
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Former major leaguer Wladimir Balentien hit his 55th home run on Wednesday, tying Japanese baseball's single-season record.
Balentien matched the mark set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and equaled by ex-major leaguers Tuffy Rhodes in 2001 and Alex Cabrera in 2002. He has 21 regular-season games left to break the record.
Balentien hit a solo homer in the sixth inning at Jingu Stadium...
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Brandon Phillips cussed out a Cincinnati reporter who questioned his move in the team's lineup to the number two spot.
There is a very good chance that the Reds could be playing in their third postseason in the last four years this fall.
They entered play Monday night with a comfortable 7.0 game lead for the last National League Wild Card spot and trailed the Pirates/Cardinals for first place by just 2.5 games. Furthermore, their odds of making the postseason sat at a promising 99.1 percent...
ST. LOUIS -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips verbally blasted a beat reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer before Wednesday night's game against the Cardinals.
With media crowded in the visiting manager's office for Dusty Baker's pre-game presser, Phillips came to the door and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade. Baker was in the process of discussing a shakeup of...
Simply put, the Reds need a spark right now to inject some life in an otherwise lifeless-looking team. After watching their last handful of games, four of which have resulted in tough defeats, it has become clearly evident that the Reds are in desperate need of an off day or at least some time to recharge their batteries for the final month of the season.
In fairness, Cincinnati...
Brandon Phillips interrupted Dusty Baker’s pre-game pow-wow with the media today by going on a curse-laden tirade in the direction of Reds’ beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans.
Apparently Rosecrans has been knocking Phillips’ ability to get on base and Dat Dude don’t take too kindly to that kind of libel. Here is a full transcript of Phillips’ rant:
“Hey, Dusty. The (expletive...
Brandon Phillips was moved to second in the batting order for the first time since opening day after tweeting, following approval by manager Dusty Baker, that it was time for a change.
Before Wednesday night's game, Phillips yelled at a reporter for mentioning his .310 average with runners in scoring position over his 95 RBIs, which is among the National League leaders.
The end of August also means the end of the season for most minor league teams across the country. Such is the case for several of Cincinnati's minor league affiliates, too. And while some prospects will pack up their bags and head home for awhile, others will take their talents to the Arizona Fall League to work on improving their game.
Here are the Reds prospects who...
Brandon Phillips lashed out at Cincinnati Reds beat reporter C. Trent Rosecrans on Wednesday in response to the writer questioning the logic behind Phillips’ move in the batting order. Phillips entered Wednesday 1 for his last 12 with no walks and two strikeouts. The all-star second baseman asked manager Dusty Baker after Tuesday’s loss if […]
Johnny Cueto has been on the disabled list three times this season, but he hadn't traveled with the team to continue his rehab, until now.
As reported by Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the reason that Cueto has joined the team on the road is so he can work with pitching coaches Bryan Price and Mack Jenkins, head trainer Paul Lessard and strength coach Matt Krause.
Brandon Phillips is apparently quite sensitive about his on-base percentage and would prefer reporters don't tweet about it.
Before Wednesday's game versus the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cincinnati Reds second baseman barged into the media's interview with manager Dusty Baker to berate Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans. Phillips didn't like that...
"Oh" My!You might remember Wladimir Balentien when he played for the Seattle Mariners. He was an OK hitter—in parts of three seasons in 'The Show' hitting a grand total of 15 HRs. Now, as a member of the Toykyo Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball League, he has collected 51 dingers (as of today) and is four bombs shy of tying the all-time Japanese...
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker is tired of losing to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Baker was extremely frustrated after Cincinnati fell 6-1 at St. Louis on Tuesday night for its eighth loss in the last 10 games against the Cardinals.
''They're beating us pretty well and we've got to change it,'' Baker said.
The Reds are 4-10 against the NL Central leaders...
After 2 good weeks the Reds have a tough one and fall back in the standings. With the last month of the season coming up and with it the last chances to play the teams in front of us it’s time to buckle down.
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