Found April 05, 2012 on
First pitch photo courtesy of RR Master Photographer Will Hicks
Opening Day finally came and the first game is in the books. Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto led the Reds into battle against left-hander Mark Buerhle and the new-look, new-name Miami Marlins. It all started with a 90-mph fastball, called strike from Cueto to Jose Reyes. It ended on a 76-mph curveball from Sean Marshall to Giancarlo Stanton, as Marshall struck out the final batter to nail down a 4-0 win for the Reds.
Let's look at the good, the bad, and the notables, which count for the first time in 2012:
-Cueto was sensational in his first Opening Day start. He threw seven shutout innings, in which he struck out four batters, while allowing just three hits and two walks. He also picked Emilio Bonifacio off at first, in the fourth inning.
-Aroldis Chapman and Marshall each threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts, to finish off the shutout.
-Joey Votto didn't let the money go to his hea...
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CINCINNATI There are those in Cincinnati Reds country who howled, kicked and screamed when they heard that Aroldis Chapman was plopped into the bullpen for the start of the 2012 season.
They argue that the team paid 30 milllion U.S. for the Cuban-born lefthander and 30 milllion U.S. should be the salary of a starter, not a bullpen guy who may or may not pitch on a given day or...
If you are a Cincinnati Reds fan, just call him Pal Joey, because Joey Votto is going to be your friendly first baseman for the next 12 years.
His 10-year contract extension, tacked on to the two years for which he is already signed, puts him in a Reds uniform through 2023.
That's a long, long time, even in dog years, and when the contract expires he will be 40 years old.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jay Bruce homered and drove in a pair of runs, and Johnny Cueto dominated in his first opening-day start, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday before one of their biggest crowds.
Cueto (1-0) anchored the Reds' first opening-day shutout since 1980, when Frank Pastore beat Atlanta's Phil Niekro 9-0. The right-hander...
by: Josh Bethel
When people talk about baseball, they talk fondly about history. Hell, baseball is a game who's foundation relies on history more than any other sport. Football today barely resembles the same game it did even 60 years ago and people seem to forget that the three point line didn't exist until 1979. Meanwhile, baseball has hardly changed...
Jay Bruce homered and drove in a pair of runs, and Johnny Cueto dominated in his first opening-day start, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday before one of their biggest crowds.
Cueto (1-0) anchored the Reds' first opening-day shutout since 1980, when Frank Pastore beat Atlanta's Phil Niekro 9-0. The right-hander allowed only three...
4/5 Game Review
Louisville won 5-4. Box Score
Chris Valaika went 2-4 with a solo HR (1).
Neftali Soto went 1-4 with a run.
Danny Dorn went 1-4 with a 2 run HR (1).
Paul Janish went 2-4 with 2 solo HR’s (2).
Jeff Francis allowed 2 earned in 6 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
Ron Mahay and JJ Hoover each threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.
The Cincinnati Reds have not had a Rookie of the Year since Scott Williamson in 1999. They will be counting on two rookies to fill key roles this summer. Both will have ample opportunity to make cases for this year’s balloting.
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From Jay Bruce’s bomb off Edward Mujica to dead center field to Johnny Cueto shutting down the Marlins offense all day long, to the pregame beers and the post-game euphoria; this was probably my favorite Opening Day in Cincinnati to date. Bob Castellini saying that the All-Star game would be coming to Cincinnati was like a cherry...
The Reds front office continues to be both aggressive and bold in their approach to the team's future. After inking All-Star first basemen Joey Votto to a massive 10yr/$225MM extension on Wednesday, rumors are swirling that a potential contract extension with Brandon Phillips could be reached by as soon as week's end.
Here's an excerpt regarding the situation...
Tune into FOX Sports Florida or Sun Sports at 3:30 p.m. to watch the Miami Marlins take on the Cincinnati Reds.
While opening day is normally a tough ticket, Cincinnati Reds fans who miss out Thursday still have plenty of time to see Joey Votto in the future.
Votto will play for the first time since signing the longest guaranteed contract in major league history when the Reds...
The Reds took a huge step in showing their fans that they are ready to compete today and in the future by signing Joey Votto to a 10 yr extension worth $225 million. The 2010 NL MVP and career .316 hitter is only 28 and barring injury should continue to produce. This week the Reds also announced they should also be able to sign Brandon...
For a franchise known for stability at shortstop with Dave Concepcion and Barry Larkin, it’s been anything but that in Cincinnati since the latter’s retirement in 2004. Paul Janish beginning his season in Louisville means the Reds will start their seventh different shortstop in the last eight openers. Rookie Zach Cozart looks begin a new trend when the Reds open tonight.
See what ESPN.com's David Schoenfield and Eric Karabell have to say about outlook on the NL Central, as well as the Joey Votto contract extension in this video.
The Cincinnati Reds had to give up plenty to acquire Mat Latos in the offseason, but general manager Walt Jocketty was certain that having Johnny Cueto and the young right-hander at the top of the rotation would make a significant impact.
Cueto did on Opening Day, and now it's Latos' turn.
Latos makes his Reds debut Saturday night at Great American Ball Bark, where he&...