Found August 25, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brandon Phillips hit his first home run in August, Mike Leake pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 on Saturday to strengthen their hold on the top spot in the NL Central. Phillips and Ryan Ludwick had three hits apiece and Jay Bruce added a two-run homer as Cincinnati regained a seven-game lead over second-place St. Louis, which rallied to win the series opener 8-5 on Friday night. Leake (6-8) allowed at least one hit in every inning except one, but kept the Cardinals mostly at bay. Leake, who also had two hits, lasted 6 2-3 innings, allowing 10 hits and two runs. Cincinnati grabbed control with three runs in the sixth inning. Phillips led off with a double down the right-field line and advanced on Ludwick's single to right. Phillips scored when Todd Frazier beat out a potential double-play grounder, and Bruce followed with a 432-foot drive to right for his team-best 27th homer. The Reds added...

Reds retire Larkin's jersey number

The Reds gave one of the greatest players in team history the ultimate honor on Saturday when they retired Hall of Famer Barry Larkin's No. 11 jersey.

Ludwick's hitting a hairy situation for Reds

CINCINNATI -- Ryan Ludwick's dark hair is beginning to grow over his ears and it is creeping down his neck. He keeps it trimmed and neat and it isn't as short as he likes it. "I hate it," he says. So why not cut it? "Because I'm hitting so good," he explained. "Ryan Hanigan dared me to grow my hair out during spring training and I did it."...

Votto due back Friday

Last Game The Reds never led in the last game of the series against the Cardinals last night, and they ended up losing the game 8-2 and the series 2-1. Homer Bailey had another rough outing, giving up 5 runs (earned) on 9 hits in 6.0 innings of work. The real question, though, is why no player made it on base more than once last night. The offense could only muster 7 hits in its...

Reds officially retire Larkin's No. 11

CINCINNATI -- The huge '11' engraved on the skin part of the Great American Ball Park infield behind second base told everybody that this weekend was special. For most of 19 years, '11' was the uniform number worn by Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin and after his retirement in 2004 the number disappeared from the roster. Equipment manager Rick Stowe, realizing...

Frazier continues Rookie of the Year campaign

CINCINNATI Todd Frazier's head crashed to the pillow at 4 a.m. and two hours later he was awakened by the pounding of drums and the clanging of cymbals outside his downtown condominium. The Cincinnati Reds played an 11-inning night game in Philadelphia Thursday, so they were early-morning arrivals to their home city. Those weren't the St. Louis Cardinals pounding and clanging...

Game 126: Reds 3, Phillies 4

For the third time in a row, a Reds-Phillies game was decided by one run. Unfortunately, in this fourth game of the series, the decision was for the Phillies. Johnny Cueto started for the Reds and had a pretty poor outing, by his standards. He pitched only 5.0 innings, allowing 2 runs (earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks. The bullpen wasn’t exactly fresh when they were called upon...

Injured Joey Votto plans rehab assignment

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Tuesday at Single-A Dayton, perhaps the last step of his comeback from two surgical procedures on his left knee. Votto hasn't played since July 15 after being injured sliding into third base on June 28 in San Francisco. The 2010 National League Most Valuable Player started the...

Friday news and notes

Let’s start off with some more Billy Hamilton talk. Yesterday two national prospect writers held chats and addressed some questions about Hamilton. Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus had this to say: ddufourlogger (Louisville, KY): Hey Professor! Tell me about what you see in Billy Hamilton. Besides the obvious! I see little reason for the Reds not to stick him in CF next...

Reds Still Hold Healthy Division Lead, Despite Crushing 8-2 Loss to Cardinals

Homer Bailey gave up 9 hits and 5 earned runs in today's crushing loss to the division Rival St. Louis Cardinals. Cincinnati pitching suffered all night, giving up 17 hits and 8 runs total, a deficit that was too much for the Reds to overcome. Today's loss means St. Louis has taken 2 out of 3 from the Reds and have inched their way to 6 games back in the NL Central....

Navarro Getting Action With Reds

Before the season Cincinnati signed Dioner Navarro as an insurance policy for top prospect Devin Mesoraco who was going to spend his rookie season with the Reds. Navarro since has led Louisville in most important offensive stats and is now the parent team's backup catcher while Mesoraco goes back to tune up his swing over the final two weeks of the International League season.

Minor League Game Review – 8/25/12

8/25 Game Review Louisville lost 5-1. Box Score Denis Phipps went 1-4 with a double. Devin Mesoraco went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Henry Rodriguez went 2-4 with a double and RBI. Chad Reineke allowed 3 earned (4 total) in 6 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Pensacola won 4-3. Box Score Billy Hamilton went 2-4 with 2 runs and a steal (149). David Vidal went 1-4 with...

Skaggs looks to build on solid debut vs. Reds

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker knew the team's current stretch would be one of its toughest, but his club still has a firm hold on the NL Central lead despite a bit of a slump. The Arizona Diamondbacks' current skid may be a little more troubling for their postseason hopes. Cincinnati sends Bronson Arroyo to the mound when it visits Arizona for the opener of a three...

The Phils come from behind before finally winning on a bases-loaded walk-off single as they defeat the Reds in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils split the series with the Reds as they win in extra-innings in walk-off fashion as they come from behind to win 4-3. The Reds took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by lead-off man Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs, with Cozart stopping at second base, and a walk to Ryan Ludwick, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Todd Frazier hits an RBI...

Reds IF whiffs on tag of runner after bunt attempt

Trot out any 12-year old that has been over-publicized on ESPN during the current Little League and they would make this play. Even little Johnny Reserve who plays the bare minimum. Shoot, a fairly well-mannered golden retriever could have made this play. Miguel Cairo, a utilityman for the Reds, was playing first base Thursday night. In the 11th inning with the score tied, Phillies...

Stuff That Sucks: Volume VI

I'm just annoyed in general, so let's get this started.1.  The Cincinnati Reds.  You know, I think I dislike these assholes more than the Cubs right now.  I didn't know it was possible, but my burning inferno of hatred has officially crossed state lines.  They just will NOT LOSE!!!  And it's infuriating!!!  I cannot get behind this team.  I suppose career ending...
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