Found September 14, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
Cruising toward their second NL Central title in three seasons, the Cincinnati Reds should be able to enjoy their first trip to the new ballpark in Miami. The Reds may be division champions by the end of their six-game trek, which begins Friday night with the red-hot Bronson Arroyo facing the sputtering Marlins. Any slight doubts about the Reds' grip on the Central vanished this week, as Cincinnati (87-57) swept third-place Pittsburgh while second-place St. Louis continued to struggle. Their lead in double digits with 18 games to play, the Reds can be more concerned about catching Washington - 2 12 games ahead - for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They won three tight contests against the Pirates, scratching out runs on an RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly in a 2-1 victory Wednesday to move 30 games over .500 for the first time since 1999. "This was our fifth try at 30," manager Dusty Baker said. "We finally reached it. Now let's set the next goal for 35." That seems entirely possible on this trip, which includes three games at lowly Chicago after this series against the last-place Marlins. Arroyo (12-7, 3.66 ERA) looks like a great candidate to start it off in victorious fashion. The Reds have won nine of his last 10 starts, with the right-hander going 8-1 with a 3.03 ERA in that stretch and winning his last five decisions. He posted his sixth consecutive quality start Saturday, working seven innings in a 5-1 win over Houston. After an uneven first half, Arroyo has been predictably steady in September, a month in which he's 25-12 with a 3.47 ERA over his career. "That's Bronson," Baker said. "I was telling someone earlier that Bronson's due for seven in a row. It's nice to see him throwing like that." Arroyo gave up five runs and 10 hits in his 2012 debut April 8 versus Miami, but the Florida native pitched eight shutout innings in his last trip to Miami on Aug. 24, 2011, for his only win in nine career starts against the Marlins. This outing, of course, will be in a different ballpark. The Reds, winners of 19 of 26 on the road, are the final NL team to make their debut at Marlins Park. Miami (63-81) has lost six of eight at home and 14 of 20 overall as it stumbles toward the finish line in its first year under Ozzie Guillen. "I think (Guillen has) had a disappointing season," team president David Samson told the Marlins' official website Thursday. "It just didn't turn out the way we thought it would when we drew it up. That's how life goes sometimes. We never could get our legs under us." The Marlins were swept in Philadelphia this week, but they can at least feel good about some strong recent performances by some of their younger players. Rookie catcher Rob Brantly is 6 for 13 with a homer and four walks in his last four games, while Giancarlo Stanton has five homers in his last nine games to match his 2011 total of 34 in 99 fewer at-bats. Jacob Turner (0-2, 5.29) gets another chance at his first win with Miami after an impressive showing last Friday at Washington. The 21-year-old right-hander, acquired with Brantly in the July trade that sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to Detroit, allowed two runs in six innings of a 9-7, 10-inning win while working on an 80-85 pitch limit.

Reds’ once and future schedule

Last Game The Reds completed the sweep of the Pirates last night by a score of 1-2. Homer Bailey put in a very nice start for his 11th win, which is a career-high number of wins for him. J.J. Hoover pitched in the ninth inning for the first save of his career. The 2 RBI belong to…Wilson Valdez? And Scott Rolen? Lots of unusual things happening tonight. Next Game Today the Reds...

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Bronson Arroyo looks for the sign from the catcher.Last Game The Reds took yesterday off, and for once, I was glad. I needed a nap. Next Game Our boys are back in action tonight, visiting the Miami Marlins. Bronson Arroyo (RHP, 12-7, 3.66 ERA) will face off against Jacob Turner (RHP, 0-2, 5.29 ERA). I was live and in person for Arroyo’s last start, which was a gem. I can’t speak...

2012 Cincinnati Reds minor league leaders

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The “Lucky” Resurrection of Ryan Ludwick

[In case you need a soundtrack for this post.] The Cincinnati Reds have had a number of surprising heroes as they have pulled away from the field in the 2012 National League Central despite losing one the best players in baseball, Joey Votto, for a substantial chunk of games (although Votto has still managed to be worth about five wins this year). In addition to the expected contributions...

Reds' Chapman throws again, feels fine

Cincinnati Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman threw for the first time since being shut down Monday with shoulder fatigue. He had no problems. "We said five to seven days," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "This is day No. 4. It helps that we have a couple of off days in there, it's not like he's missing seven games." Chapman agreed. "A few more days...

Marlins try to put another dent in Cincinnati

Although the Cincinnati Reds are running away with the NL Central, there are some growing concerns for Dusty Baker's club. Their offense is suddenly sputtering, and ace Johnny Cueto seems like he's hit a wall. Cueto tries to avoid losing three straight starts for the first time in three years, while the visiting Reds look to bounce back from one of their worst offensive...

Reds shrink magic number to eight after completing sweep of Pirates

It was a good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel in Cincinnati on Wednesday night as Homer Bailey (11-9) put together one of his better Great American Ballpark performances and put away Pittsburgh, 2-1. The win inches the Reds closer to October as their magic number continues to shrink. It now stands at just eight after St. Louis fell to San Diego, 3-2. For more details on the...

MINOR details: 2012 recap edition - High-A Bakersfield Blaze

With the Blaze's playoff loss on Wednesday, all of the Reds minor league organizations are through with baseball for this season so it's time we finished recapping each team's season. Statistical leaders were chosen among those who played significant time. It's not limited to a certain number of ABs or IPs, really. I just picked who I thought played enough...

In stark contrast to the moronic Yankees and Nationals, the Cincinnati Reds have perfectly handled their prized pitcher, Aroldis Chapman

After averaging a measly 94.4 mph on 23 pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, dominant Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman will be shelved for roughly a week to combat shoulder fatigue. The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Chapman (5-5, 1.60 ERA), … Continue reading →

Reds-Marlins Preview

Cruising toward their second NL Central title in three seasons, the Cincinnati Reds should be able to enjoy their first trip to the new ballpark in Miami. The Reds may be division champions by the end of their six-game trek, which begins Friday night with the red-hot Bronson Arroyo facing the sputtering Marlins. Any slight doubts about the Reds' grip on the Central vanished...

Reds & Crew channel info for Sat. Sept. 15

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012Cincinnati Reds @ Miami Marlins at 7pm Reds Live pregame at 6:30pmColumbus Crew @ New York Red Bulls at 7pmReds @ MarlinsReds Live Pregame Show begins at 6:30pm First pitch at 7pm Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Louisville, Lexington, Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Steubenville, Bowling Green, KY, Evansville, IN, Terre Haute, & Fort Wayne areas:o The...

Reds shut down by Marlins rookie starter

MIAMI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds' push toward the playoffs was slowed Friday by a last-place team and a rookie who earned his first National League victory. Jacob Turner allowed only two hits in a career-high seven innings to help the Miami Marlins beat the NL Central leaders 4-0. Turner (1-2) outpitched Bronson Arroyo (12-8), who gave up four runs in six innings. The Reds...
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