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CINCINNATI Devon Mesoraco punched the buttons on his smart phone, a call to Louisville, Ky., a place he likes to call but not a place in which he likes to work.Mesoraco, the No. 1 draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2007, received shock treatment last season a demotion to Louisville, home of the Reds Class AAA affiliate.The 24-year-old catcher from Punxsutawney, Pa., called Louisville Wednesday to talk to Corky Miller, the 37-year-old catcher for the Louisville Bats.Mesoraco was doing due diligence, taking the extra step to gain knowledge, something to help him to become a trustworthy teammate.What Mesoraco sought was information on rookie pitcher Tony Cingrani, who was making his major league debut as a starter Thursday night. Mesoraco only caught Cingrani five or six innings during spring training. And since Miller was Cingranis catcher at Louisville before Cingranis call-up Thursday, Mesoraco was taking the extra step.It is the type of thing he hopes will prevent him from another step backward.And so far this year Mesoraco is showing advancement a .267 average with three doubles and three RBI in his five starts.Mesoraco is sharing time behind the plate with veteran Ryan Hanigan, a share-the-duties system manager Dusty Baker has used for the past five years.When asked if it would be ideal for Hanigan to catch three of every five games and have Mesoraco catch the other two, Baker said, Ideally, Id like to catch who can help us the most that night. I dont like either one of them to be off two or three days in a row. But it happens. Ideally, youd like a Yadier Molina (St. Louis catcher). Thats what youd like. Hes the best there is in the game.Youd ideally like an offensive catcher who shuts down the running game, blocks balls in the dirt. Who knows? We might have that, but we have what we have right now.Typically, when Mesoraco was asked about his role, he expressed concern for somebody else on this night Tony Cingrani.He doesnt have a major-league win and hopefully we can get him one tonight, said Mesoraco.But he eventually harkened back to last season when he hit .212 and found himself back in Louisville.I look back to last season and I have a better understanding of how limited your opportunities actually are, he said. I have a better appreciation of really working and concentrating on doing a job that will help my team win games.Mesoraco paused as the memory flashed across his face and said, I saw last year what can happen if you dont perform.To give him aid and comfort, Mesoraco finds positive things to do on days he is not assigned to catch.Im doing a lot more work than I have in the past, as far as doing some early hitting and doing a lot more catching stuff to try to replicate a game feeling so I can be ready when I play. The name of the game is production and if I play the way I know I can play things will take care of themselves.Mesoraco concentrated on working with the pitchers, helping them through the bumps and bruises of a game, after making the team last year. Offense? Well, his job was to guide the pitchers and offense was secondary.Now he knows defense is only half the battle and offense needs to be there, too, ala Yadier Moilina.I looked at a lot of tapes over the winter of times when I was going good, of when I was happy with my swing, he said. It is still an effort to improve, but I feel Im much closer to where I should be. Last year I was struggling and struggling and trying to create stuff, re-create the wheel.Mesoraco now realizes that when an inning is over and the pitchers has gone 1-2-3, it is time to shed the shin guards and the chest protector and think about how it feels with a bat in his hands.My first priority as a catcher is to develop a good game plan with the pitcher, he said. But there are two parts of the game. Ive learned that when Im on defense I am 100 per cent focused on defense and whenever we get the third out and get back to the dugout, it isnt fair to myself or the team if I was still focused on the last pitch. Thats the time to shut defense all down and try to have a good at-bat.So, other than an occasional call to Corky Miller, Mesoraco hopes he can keep Louisville out of sight and out of mind.
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When one door closes, another door opens.
Such is the case with Johnny Cueto and Tony Cingrani -- the latter of which figures to replace Cueto's spot in the rotation once the time comes.
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Tony Cingrani will make his Major League debut tonight for the Cincinnati Reds against the Miami Marlins in Cincinnati. I will be in attendance thanks to an awesome deal on tickets through stubhub (section 134 for $9 – this section begins at $40.00 right now through Reds.com with their dynamic pricing).
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It took all of nine minutes for the Reds (7-7) to upend the Phillies (6-8) in a suspended game on Tuesday.
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Louisville won 5-4. Box Score
Jason Donald went 2-5 with a solo HR (1) and 2 runs scored.
Neftali Soto went 3-4 with a walk, RBI and a run.
Felix Perez went 2-5 with a solo HR (3).
Pedro Villarreal allowed 3 runs in 6 innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Jose Diaz threw a hitless inning with a walk.
Clay Hensley threw a shutout inning with a walk and a strikeout.
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Tony Cingrani mowing down Marlins batters.What a game that was yesterday! It’s amazing how a four-game winning streak makes you forget all about a five-game losing streak. It’s almost as if winning cures all.
Except for criticizing Joey Votto, but that’s lead to a fabulous new meme.
Yesterday had everything. Good pitching, good offense, and a feel-good story about a bat boy...
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Cincinnati Reds right-handed starting pitcher Johnny Cueto hit the disabled list earlier this week due to a lat strain. Initially, the team was optimistic that he would only be required to miss a few starts. However, Cincinnati still doesn't know when Cueto will resume throwing, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Reds trainer Paul Lessard told reporters that...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Featured Game: Miami at Cincinnati, 19:10 ET
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Game Odds, Translated into Winning Percentages
Featured Game: Miami at Cincinnati, 19:10 ET
Regarding This Game, Its Significance
The significance of this game — or part of its significance, at least...
When the Reds game ended tonight, Todd Frazier’s OPS sat exactly on the beautiful .900 number.
He has become a middle of the order hitter, and he’s done it his way just like Sinatra. The Toddfather’s way is **** swings. Borderline flailing at pitches. Wasting a guy’s best stuff with your worst. When he’s not suspecting it and his back is turned, you pull out your Tommy...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jay Bruce hits a pair of bases-loaded singles that sent the Cincinnati Reds to a couple of wins on Wednesday, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Phillies in the conclusion of a suspended game and 11-2 in the later one.
The Reds completed their first sweep of the Phillies since 1996.
First, they finished their game suspended overnight by rain. Several hundred fans were in...
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Louisville won 8-3. Box Score
Jason McDonald went 2-4 with a double, RBI and a run.
Mike Hessman went 1-3 with a run and an RBI.
Henry Rodriguez went 2-4 with a double and 2 runs.
Felix Perez went 3-4 with a HR (2) and 4 RBI.
Denis Phipps went 2-4 with 2 doubles and a run.
Konrad Schmidt went 2-4 with an RBI.
Josh Fellhauer went 1-4 with a solo HR (1).
Jose Arredondo threw 2 perfect...