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CINCINNATI Dusty Baker was asked what he expects from pitcher Mike Leake when Leake scrapes his spikes on the pitchers rubber Saturday afternoon against the Washington Nationals.
A victory, said the Cincinnati Reds manager. Victories. Wins. Winning.
Then, with barely a pause for breath, Baker shook his head and said it isnt right for the paying public to assess Leake every time his turn pops up in the rotation.
It was Leake who was battling for his rotation life this spring against closer Aroldis Chapman, even though Baker was on Leakes side throughout the process, preferring to keep Leake in the rotation and Chapman as the closer.
Leake shouldnt be under any pressure because he isnt under any scrutiny from us every time he goes out there, said Baker. Thats not fair. All we know is that he is pitching against one of the best teams in our league.
Leake, though, was under pressure and scrutiny all spring while he and Chapman started games on the same day some in split-squad exhibiti...
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Friday night was an eventful one for fans at Great American Ball Park.
Not only did the hometown Reds pound the only undefeated team left in the majors by a score of 15-0, but in the seventh inning, the crowd was entertained by a man who ran onto the field of play.
The crazed fan, who may or may not have been under the influence of alcohol, sprinted onto the field and slid...
No one ever told Todd Frazier he was going to be the Reds starting third baseman this season, maybe because it was just a given to most people. As important as Scott Rolen had been to the Reds the last four seasons, the time had come for Frazier to take over the position on an every-day basis.
Still, no one told that to Frazier directly. The closest he got to hearing it was while...
Louisville won 6-4. Box Score
Jason Donald went 4-5 with 2 doubles, an RBI and a run.
Henry Rodriguez went 1-4 with a walk.
Mike Hessman went 0-2 with a walk and 2 RBI.
Felix Perez went 1-3 with a run and a walk.
Konrad Schmidt went 1-4 with a double, RBI and a run.
Krisopher Negron went 1-2 with 2 walks and a run.
Josh Fellhauer went 1-1 as a pinch hitter.
Chad Reineke threw 4...
This guy’s got balls. If he misses that catch, disaster could’ve struck and really harmed his child. We’re sure his wife is not pleased either way.
But this guy wasn’t going to let that happen, as he snagged the ball with perfection, prompting cheers from those around him. H/T USA Today Sports.
Louisville won 6-4. Box Score
Billy Hamilton went 2-3 with a double, run and 3 steals before exiting with an injury.
Henry Rodriguez went 1-4 with a double, walk, RBI and a run.
Mike Hessman went 2-4 with a walk and 2 solo HR (4).
Denis Phipps went 1-4 with a HR (1) and 2 RBI.
Jason Donald went 2-4 with 2 doubles.
Felix Perez went 1-3 with a double.
Nevin Ashley went 1-4 with a...
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson is being honored for something he did in Cincinnati 18 years ago.
Johnson led the Reds to a division title in 1995 and the NL championship series, where they were swept by Atlanta. Former owner Marge Schott decided to replace Johnson with Ray Knight after the season.
The Reds wouldn't win another division title until 2010, when they...
How fast is a foul ball moving when it comes via contact made on a Aroldis Chapman 100 mph fastball?
Just ask Reds kid…
Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart each homered twice, and the Reds
hit six in all - including Xavier Paul's pinch grand slam - while
sending the Washington Nationals to a 15-0 defeat Friday night,
their first loss this season and their worst loss since returning
as a team.
I had actually meant to write this article for yesterday, but things got in the way of that happening so it got pushed to today.
Positional Player Breakout Predictions
When looking at guys who could potentially break out, I look at a lot of things and pick players for different reasons at times. My first pick already had a bit of a breakout season last year, but it went largely unnoticed...
The Washington Nationals had a rough series opener against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night losing 15-0, which was the worst loss in team history since 2005. The Nats looked to come in to recover from that beating on Saturday afternoon behind Ross Detwiler, and they did just that, even if it did come off the rails a bit in the late innings.
Speaking of Detwiler, he had quite...
CINCINNATI Just another work day for Xavier Paul is to show up at the ballpark and be ready to do whatever Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker asks.Pinch-hit? Hes ready.Pinch-run? Hes ready.Late-inning defense? Hes ready.Hand Baker a wristband or a toothpick? Hes ready.So Sunday morning in Great American Ball Park was different for the 28-year-old Paul, a native of Sidell, La. When...