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The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates aren't separated by much in an NL Central division that is one of the strongest in baseball.
Given how well Mike Leake has pitched of late, he may be able to help the Reds provide more distance between the clubs in the opener of a four-game series with the visiting Pirates on Monday night.
Cincinnati (42-28) and Pittsburgh (41-28) trail major league-best St. Louis (44-25) in a division that could end up providing the NL with half of its postseason qualifiers by season's end.
The defending Central champion Reds have won five of seven after beating Milwaukee 5-1 on Sunday. Jay Bruce, who is hitting .407 over his last six, homered for the second time in three days.
Bruce, though, is just 5 for 48 (.104) with 18 strikeouts in his las 12 games versus the Pirates.
Shin-Soo Choo has hit safely in his last five, but manager Dusty Baker gave him Sunday off. He'll likely be back in the lineup versus the Pirates.
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CINCINNATI It is Go Johnny, Go once again for Johnny Cueto for the second time this season he comes off the disabled list to rejoin the Cincinnati Reds rotation on Sunday.Cueto faces the Milwaukee Brewers on Fathers Day, only his sixth start this season due to a persistent lat problem that twice pushed him off the pitching mound.And as it seems to always happen with the Reds this...
Mike Zagurski has been designated for assignment. (Photo by: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates have added right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to the 40-man roster for his start tonight. To make room, they have designated left-handed Mike Zagurski for assignment. The DFA of Zagurski also clears a spot for Cumpton on the 25-man roster.
The DFA of Zagurski doesn’t come as a surprise...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to an over-slot deal with eighth round pick Neil Kozikowski, Pirates Prospects has learned from a source with knowledge of the discussions. The deal is for $425,000, which is $155,400 over-slot for the eighth round.
After signing second rounder Blake Taylor to an under-slot deal, the Pirates have $266,000 for over-slot deals without any penalties...
The Altoona Curve completed a three-game sweep of the Trenton Thunder on Sunday with a 2-1 victory, their fifth in a row. Top Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon started for the Curve, spreading out six singles over five innings while only surrendering one earned run in the no decision. Reliever Quinton Miller picked up the win with a scoreless 6th, while Jhonathan Ramos got the...
In the last few weeks the Pittsburgh Pirates have made a lot of prospect promotions. Gerrit Cole was promoted to the majors. Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel moved up to Triple-A. This week saw Nick Kingham and Gregory Polanco get promotions to Altoona. With half of the minor league season in the books, we should start seeing more and more moves.
I get asked “When will Player A...
For the second consecutive year, the Reds will hold a racing night at Great American Ball Park to get folks geared up for the upcoming NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway.
Here is the press release highlighting the details...
CINCINNATI (June 14, 2013) - Reds fans and racing enthusiasts should come to the ballpark on Monday, June 17 for an evening of excitement at the second...
On Saturday, the Pirates called up AAA pitcher Brandon Cumpton to make a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Adding another pitcher was huge, seeing that the starting rotation was slowly settling in with super-rook Gerrit Cole making his vaunted debut earlier in the week. Cumpton one-upped his more-highly-lauded teammate in the strikeout department, striking out the side in the...
Johnny Cueto pitched six solid innings in his return to Cincinnati's rotation and Jay Bruce homered to lift the Reds to a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
Donald Lutz drove in two runs with a pinch-hit single, and Zack Cozart and Joey Votto each had two hits as Cincinnati rebounded after 6-0 on Saturday.
Cueto, activated from the disabled list Sunday, improved...
In the 2008 draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected a player they envisioned would lock down third base for years to come and more importantly the cleanup spot in the batting order for years to come. It has been a work in progress, as Pedro Alvarez has yet to do the latter, but in reality, Alvarez is right on schedule when compared to other power hitters and could become the new Adam...
Stolmy Pimentel makes his AAA debut and Jamestown opens their season tonight, their first game as an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Altoona is off today. Bradenton was on their All-Star break until today. West Virginia goes on their All-Star break today. They will resume play on Thursday. Both Dominican Summer League teams were off yesterday. For a look at the possible starters...
Dusty Baker faces a problem, a manager’s dream and fear, all at once. As the Reds chase the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central and fend off division-foe Pittsburgh in the Wild Card race, an embarrassment of riches has collected in the starting pitcher slot of the roster.
It’s a problem Dusty Baker would have scarcely imagined five years ago, his first as Reds skipper. Then...
One of the most interesting aspects to me of Gerrit Cole being put in the Pirate rotation slightly ahead of schedule is that it's going to force him to grow as a pitcher pretty quickly. I think that he could've pitched for forever in Triple-A the way that he did on Tuesday: hammer the zone with fastballs to get ahead in the count, then use well-placed fastballs and breaking...
Brandon Cumpston‘s minor league contract has been purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he is expected to start Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cumpton is not considered a high prospect, ranking 25th in the Pirate’s organization, but the 24-year-old has been solid for AAA Indianapolis, tossing a 3.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 66 AAA innings.The Pirates are off...
The Pirates fell to the Dodgers in a wild, wild game on Saturday afternoon, evening this weekend’s series.
Brandon Cumpton immediately caught everyone’s attention with an incredible start to his big league debut. The righty isn’t known as a big strikeout guy, but he went right at the Dodgers and struck out all three batters in the first inning – then tacked on two more in...
This is about as frustrating as losses get. The Pirates went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position tonight against Mike Leake, Tony Cingrani, and Aroldis Chapman. Francisco Liriano turned in one of his smoother starts as a Pirate (six innings, 84 pitches, six strikeouts, five hits, two walks), except that two of the hits he gave up were solo home runs. Bryan Morris followed that...