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hueytaxi Avisail Garcia continued to mash Friday night while the Reds announced Billy Hamilton and his 75 steals will be joining the major league roster this coming Monday. Here's a look at three players who are trending up and three who are limping home: THREE UP Avisail Garcia | CWS Garcia homered for the second time in as many games on Friday. He has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games with multi-hit efforts in each of his last four. Lil' Miggy is one of my personal favorites right now. His hot bat can help redraft owners down the stretch and keeper league owners should be stashing him as a sleeper heading into 2014. At just 22 years old, he has the tools to develop into that rare bird that can contribute in all five standard roto categories. Billy Hamilton | CIN Hamilton is expected to be called up by the Reds on Monday. This is great news since Hamilton truly has off-the-charts speed (75 for 90 in SB chances), but mixed league owners might need to temper their expectations since there isn't a position for him at the moment. Still, his crazy speed could help owners looking for steals even if he just fills a pinch running role for the Reds in September. He's a definite add in NL-only leagues and worth a shot in mixed leagues if you missed out on guys like Eric Young Jr. or Jarrod Dyson. Ike Davis | NYM Davis hit his fourth home run since returning to the majors in July and now has three homers in the past two weeks. I'm not all-in, but if you're thirsty for power in the final month of the season Davis could be worth a look. If he has indeed figured something out, he could hit home runs in bunches similar to what he did in the latter half of 2012 (he hit six last September). The nice thing about a stretch-run pickup is that you are strictly looking forward at a small sample and not concerned with long term production. That's a good fit for a guy like Davis. THREE DOWN Domonic Brown | PHI Brown aggravated his Achilles injury and had to leave Friday's game. He has cooled off quite a bit in the month of August, with just 3 extra-base hits and no stolen bases (2 caught stealing). You shouldn't count on him for the weekend, and he might not be a reliable play for September, either. Justin Smoak | SEA If you drew a line across the middle of August, Smoakomotive would look like two completely different players. After hitting five homers in the first two weeks of the month, Smoak hasn't gone deep since. In fact, you can count on one hand the number of hits he has since the 15th (5). He could get hot again, but he's not worth the painful valleys. Dexter Fowler | COL Fowler has a sprained knee according to an MRI, and he'll most likely miss this weekend's games. It's possible he could need another trip to the DL. Obviously this is bad news for Fowler owners, who have endured several injuries and a lackluster summer. That monster April he had seems so far away. @643ball Recent Posts: Week 22 Closer Report Buy/Sell: Dan Haren, Ricky Nolasco Stretch Run Pickups: Dayan Viciedo Waiver Wire: Week 22 No-Brainers
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Although Brandon Phillips and beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans have apparently made amends, one civil rights organization is still upset with Phillips, manager Dusty Baker, and the team over the incident, which involved Phillips unleashing a profanity-laced and personal verbal attack on Rosecrans before Wednesday's game.
The National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance...
Volquez said he chose #Dodgers over #Reds, #BlueJays, #Orioles, #Phillies and "a couple more." Said he's willing to start or relieve.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 30, 2013
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Watching a Reds game at Great American Ball Park while enjoying a hot dog that you only paid one dollar for. That's what.
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After a rare blow-up in an otherwise consistent season, Chris Sale returned to form Wednesday night against Houston as the Chicago White Sox won 6-1. Sale cruised to his tenth victory, allowing just five hits and one run over eight innings. Sale also racked up 12 strikeouts, bringing his season total to 193 (a career high).
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Brandon Phillips tripled, homered and doubled in his first three at-bats, Greg Reynolds beat his former team for his first major league win in two years, and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Colorado Rockies 8-3 on Saturday night.
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Hector Santiago had a full workload with 101 pitches. His problem was that he threw them all in 3 2-3 innings.
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COLUMBUS, OH- The last time Bats' starter Chad Rogers faced the Columbus Clippers, he allowed six runs. This time, a seemingly different Chad Rogers toed the rubber and shut down the Clippers in a 2-1 win for the Louisville Bats.
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Reds 8, Rockies 3. With AP Photos. Juan Nicasio was in trouble right away.
He issued a four-pitch walk to Shin-Soo Choo and served up a triple to Brandon Phillips to start a 25-pitch first inning. The right-hander was gone before he could get out of the fifth.
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