Found June 14, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Neither the Cincinnati Reds nor New York Mets have a particularly potent offense, though each team's bats have seemed to come alive lately. Both coming off sweeps that ended recent struggles, the Reds and Mets look to continue their hot hitting in the opener of a three-game set Friday night at Citi Field. Cincinnati (35-27) sits atop the NL Central largely due to a 3.57 ERA that ranks fifth in the NL, but its offense played a major role in a three-game sweep of Cleveland. The Reds, who had lost five of seven entering the series, tied a season high for runs and set a season best with 17 hits in a 12-5 victory Thursday. They went 7 for 19 with runners in scoring position after entering the finale hitting .230 in such situations and outscored Cleveland 24-9 in the series. "Earlier, everybody was complaining about us not hitting the ball," Brandon Phillips, who went 3 for 5 with a homer and four RBIs, told the team's official website. "It's basically a pit...

On this date in Reds history: Seaver throws a no-no and Soto goes loco

Both accounts are courtesy of excerpts taken from Redleg Journal: June 16, 1978 - Tom Seaver pitches the only no-hitter of his career in a 4-0 Reds win over St. Louis at Riverfront Stadium. Previously, Seaver had entered the ninth inning with a no-hitter three times, and surrendered a base hit on each occasion. In this game in the ninth, he walked Jerry Mumphrey...

Dusty Baker versus Derek Lowe: Round 2

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker has responded to what Derek Lowe <a ... [visit site to read more]

MMO Roundtable: Mets No-Hit Appeal, Wright or Wrong?

Well, today is decision day on the appeal that the Mets filed hoping that MLB would overturn the play that was scored a hit during R.A. Dickey’s spectacular start against the Rays. That one hit turned out to be the only one the Rays would get that day, and the masses are split as to whether it was actually a hit or an error by third baseman David Wright, who flubbed the play...

Buster Olney: Joey Votto serves as role model to teammates

<br/> The clear-cut leader on the Cincinnati Reds is Joey Votto -- nobody with a sane head on their shoulders is going to argue otherwise. The Canadian crusher excels in almost every area both on the field and off. And as analyst Buster Olney points out in the above clip, his teammates look to him intently as a model in how to approach hitting.

Johan Out For Redemption as Mets Look To Complete Sweep Of Rays

Starting Lineup Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF Jordany Valdespin – DH David Wright – 3B Lucas Duda – RF Ike Davis – 1B Daniel Murphy – 2B Jason Bay – LF Josh Thole – C Omar Quintanilla – SS The Mets go for the three game sweep tonight as they take on the Rays in Tampa. Last night was another tremendous night for this team as Dickey absolutely crushed the Rays and made...

Mets Bats As Strong As Ever, Hold Off Rays 9-6

Once again, boom goes the dynamite. The Mets offensive barrage against the Tampa Bay Rays leaked into the final game of the series, helping the team secure an interleague sweep in a 9-6 victory. The offense continued to be timely. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Jason Bay kicked off the game with a pair of solo shots. The jumpstart helped the Mets stay in the game despite the continued struggles...

Mets appeal scoring call in Dickey's one-hitter

The New York Mets went more than 50 years and 8,000 games without ever recording a no-hitter, a streak that Johan Santana finally snapped June 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals. If they get their way, they'll suddenly have two in less than two weeks. Prior to his club's 9-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, manager Terry Collins said that the Mets have appealed...

MINOR details 6/14/12: Blaze win the first half title

By winning the first half title, the Blaze guaranteed themselves a playoff spot and a first-round bye. Rochester 8 Louisville 6 Bats (21-47), Last place International League West, 19.0 GB -Ryan Feierabend allowed eight hits and two earned runs in 4.1 innings. Bill Bray struck out the side in his one inning of work. Jordan Smith (L 1-3, 5.40) took the loss giving up...

Hellickson looking for run support against Mets

New York Mets manager Terry Collins took fault with Johan Santana's most recent outing. Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays only has himself to blame for his latest performance. Coming off another pitching milestone, the Mets hope Santana can rebound from one of his worst starts of the season when he opposes Hellickson, who goes for his first victory in a month in Thursday...

The Tampa Chronicles Part 2: The Liberal Asterisk

It must be something I give off. I wasn't wearing any Mets stuff early in my day on Wednesday. Yet all I had to do was mention to a couple of other people in the hotel I was staying at that I live in Queens for them to tell me that they were big Mets fans and start talking baseball. Then I got to a restaurant to enjoy a meal while wearing swim trunks and a ratty Eric Clapton...

Dusty Baker and Derek Lowe’s Rift

Only those in baseball’s most sacred fraternity will know what the heck was really going on here, but if you arrived late to the party and you’re wondering what all the hoopla was about between the Reds manager and the Cleveland Indians aging-starting pitcher; head over to Off-Base Percentage and get a recap. Tell us, Dusty. “He had some words for me. I really didn’t want...

From Left Field: It’s Nice To Have Fans As Announcers

Yesterday, WFAN’s Mike Francesa discussed how Mets broadcasters Howie Rose and Gary Cohen were “out of line” during this past weekend’s Subway Series. Francesa said that it’s great that the Mets have fans as announcers, but that they sometimes take it too far in rooting for their team, especially against the Yankees. Frankly, I love that Rose and Cohen are as die-hard of...

Mets 9, Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The National League wins co-leader faced the American League wins co-leader Wednesday night, a 98 mph fastballs vs. 80 mph knuckleballs. It was contest. The New York Mets' R.A. Dickey bedazzled the Rays with his knuckler to come within one infield hit of a no-hitter, and the Mets ripped the Tampa Bay Rays 9-1. Rays starter David Price was bludgeoned...
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