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This isnt like 2006, when former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa benched third baseman Scott Rolen twice during the playoffs. Back then, Rolen was not happy.
He had given himself to the team physically during the regular season, playing 142 games with an ailing shoulder. He then proved his point to La Russa after starting the postseason 1 for 11, batting .351 with a .955 OPS over his final 10 games and helping the Cardinals win the World Series.
Now, almost six years later, Rolens playing time is again threatened, but the circumstances are different.
So is his reaction.
Rolen is 37 now. He recently missed five weeks with a strained left shoulder. And his replacement, rookie Todd Frazier, is producing numbers even better than the more-celebrated Bryce Harpers.
Manager Dusty Baker started Frazier in the Reds first game after the All-Star break before turning back to Rolen on Saturday. Rolen went 2 for 4 in the Reds 3-2 victory over the Cardinals in 10 innings. Perhaps now he will get ...
BEST OF MAXIM
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Scott Rolen hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning Sunday night, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 victory and three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Reds' sixth straight win matched their best surge of the season, moved them a season-high 12 games over .500, and jumped them a game ahead of Pittsburgh for the NL Central lead. St...
CINCINNATI For a lame duck, Dusty Baker doesnt waddle when he walks and in fact he walks like a man and talks like a man.His contract expires after this year and despite having his team in first place most of the season, the Cincinnati Reds manager hasnt heard the first peep from the front office about a contract extension.Im getting tired of getting asked that question everywhere...
The Reds beat the Cardinals last night to sweep the 3-game series in Cincinnati: Reds 4, Cardinals 2. It’s the Reds’ sixth win in a row, and that’s what it took to wrest first place in the NLC back from the Pirates. The Reds are now in sole possession of first place in the division by 1.0 games.
Tonight, the Reds host the Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m. at Great...
The brooms were out as the Reds completed the sweep of the Cardinals last night on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball (Presented by Taco Bell).
Johnny Cueto would have taken the mound, but was suffering from a blister. How he got a blister over the All-Star Break, I don’t know, but it wasn’t too big a deal since everyone else was rested. Homer Bailey took his place and totally rocked...
Chapman puts the finishing touches on a
come-from-behind win on Friday
The Reds returned to action on Friday night for the first time in nearly five days and for the first time at home since June 27th. So, naturally the Queen City faithful were anxious for their chance to cheer on their beloved Redlegs to victory. And that's exactly what they got to do in this one as Cincinnati...
The Cincinnati Reds hope to be buyers at July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but general manager Walt Jocketty knows it's going to be tough to get deals done. Cincinnati would like to add a leadoff man, a cleanup hitter and bench help. "I'm not sure of any of it is possible," Jocketty said, "but that's what we're trying to do." With so many...
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22 runs! Even Ryan Braun
couldn't believe it.
Louisville 22 Gwinnett 1
Bats (34-60), Last place International League West, 23.5 GB
-Sean Gallagher (W 7-6, 4...
The Cardinals' three-game sweep by the Reds at Cincinnati had some familiar themes.
A former Cardinal beat them. After left fielder Ryan Ludwick hit a 10th-inning homer to win Saturday's game for the Reds, 3-2, third baseman Scott Rolen delivered a two-run, two-out bases-loaded single to win Sunday night for Cincinnati, 4-2.
The bullpen failed. In each of the three losses...
The Reds put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep over the Cardinals on Sunday night. Here's some of the more notable quotes from the weekend series.
Friday (5-3 Win)
+ "It was like Opening Day. It probably should be like that the rest of the year. People are excited. I hope they stay that way until the end." -Dusty Baker on the soldout crowd
The Reds got right-hander Todd Redmond from Atlanta for shortstop Paul Janish in a swap of minor leaguers on Saturday.
Redmond went 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett this season. The 27-year-old pitcher was assigned to Triple-A Louisville.
General manager Walt Jocketty said the trade gives the Reds some pitching depth in the minors. The Reds have used only...
One bit of news took the Cincinnati Reds from their season high
point to a new low - they have to try to hold onto first place
without Joey Votto.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Three games at Wrigley Field, a total of three runs scored. That was enough to convince Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson that it was time to shake things up.
Everything he did worked out.
The D-backs emerged from their slump by scoring early and piling up 13 hits against the first-place Reds, with Miguel Montero droving in four runs with a bases-loaded double...
In Doug’s Dugout today, we broach the second half, Tony LaRussa, and other observations.
As the Mets embark on the second half sprint towards the post-season (who would’ve predicted that?) the benchmark is Ten. That is, ten games above .500. If the team can improve their 6 games above .500 mark, and make another strong a push upward, they could zero in on 90-plus victories.