Devin Mesoraco to undergo season-ending hip surgery

Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco will miss the rest of the 2015 season in order to undergo hip surgery on June 29. Mesoraco was on a rehab assignment after not catching a game since April 11. Brayan Pena has been serving as the everyday catcher for the Reds and will continue to do so going forward. The Reds will miss continue to miss his bat in the meantime. He was an All...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jerome Williams’ Rocky Start Sends the Phillies Down to Sweep

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jerome Williams enters the dugout after the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Cincinnati. Williams gave up four runs in the first inning. The Reds won 5-2 win. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Phillies right-hand starter Jerome Williams dropped to 3-6 on the season with his third loss in his...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Showdown: Philly versus Cincy

Philadelphia Phillies (22-36, 5th) @ Cincinnati Reds (24-31, 4th) Game Times:Monday & Tuesday 7:10Wednesday 12:35Hitting/Fielding:C - Brayan Pena vs. Carlos Ruiz1B - Joey Votto vs. Ryan Howard2B - Brandon Phillips vs. Chase UtleySS - Zack Cozart vs. Freddy Galvis3B - Todd Frazier vs. Maikel FrancoLF - Skip Schumaker vs. Cody AscheCF - Billy Hamilton vs. Odubel HerreraRF -...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Reds

Cincinnati Reds (22-27) @ Philadelphia Phillies (19-33) Game Times:Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday all 7:05Hitting/Fielding:C - Brayan Pena vs. Carlos Ruiz1B - Joey Votto vs. Ryan Howard2B - Brandon Phillips vs. Chase UtleySS - Zack Cozart vs. Freddy Galvis3B - Todd Frazier vs. Maikel FrancoLF - Marlon Byrd vs. Cody AscheCF - Billy Hamilton vs. Odubel HerreraRF - Jay Bruce vs....
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Carpenter stays safe by leaping Reds catcher

Collisions at the plate between baserunners and catchers have decreased with baseball's rule aimed at limiting them, and with player safety in mind, that's a very good thing. The latest example of the lack of collisions came Friday as the St. Louis Cardinals faced the Cincinnati Reds. After the Cardinals' Matt Holliday hit a shallow fly ball in the bottom of the first inning that...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter Dives Over Red's Catcher Brayan Pena to Tag Home Plate

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is off to a pretty solid start this season hitting .378 with a 1.061 OPS. His Cardinals are off to a solid start as well with a 6-3 record after notching a 6-11 win against the Cincinnati Reds. He did his part to help with that win with a pair of hits, and a couple of runs.One came on a pretty acrobatic play when Reds catcher Brayan...
Via FatManWriting
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Reds call up Ivan De Jesus Jr?

With Devin Mesoraco dealing with a small hip injury, but one that isn’t going to place him on the disabled list the Cincinnati Reds needed to make a move to bring up Kyle Skipworth so the team had a backup catcher to Brayan Pena for the time being. That meant that Chris Dominguez went down to Louisville to make room for Skipworth. When Mesoraco comes back the team will assuredly...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Cincinnati Reds Projections: Will they be a winner?

Today is opening day for the Cincinnati Reds and the games that count get started this afternoon. It’s a great time of the year. It’s a new slate for the team and for the fans. On Saturday I posted a spreadsheet that you could use to predict the players on the teams stat lines and it would give you a record for the team based on the number of runs scored and runs allowed by...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds final week roster battle: Chris Dominguez or Ivan De Jesus Jr?

The Cincinnati Reds came into spring training looking to fill out their bench with a few new players. Brennan Boesch would seem to be a lock on one of the spots. With Skip Schumaker, Kristopher Negron and Brayan Pena also seemingly having spots locked up, that would leave one spot up for grabs. At this point in time it would seem that it’s down to two guys: Chris Dominguez and...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

For Reds' Iglesias, scout's honor strong as vow bound in matrimony

  It was Mark Snipp’s eighth wedding anniversary, but where was he on Dec. 17, 2013? In Merida, Mexico on a last-minute assignment. In Merida, Mexico to watch a Cuban defector, pitcher Raisel Iglesias, showcase his right arm. Snipp, a high-level scout for the Cincinnati Reds, originally had figured that December would be a safe time for a baseball man to get married. But when...
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March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillips, Pena each get 3 hits as Reds beat Diamondbacks

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Brandon Phillips and Brayan Pena each had three hits Thursday and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Arizona Diamondback 12-4. Phillips doubled twice. Pena broke out of an 0-for-12 start to his spring training with three RBIs. Reds starter Mike Leake pitched three shutout innings, giving up two hits. He hasn't allowed a run in five innings this spring. Arizona starter...
Via AP on Fox
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Pena looking forward to Redsfest

CINCINNATI -- It doesn't take much to make Brayan Pena smile. It would be much more of a challenge to wipe the smile off the face of the Reds' catcher. Despite the disappointing season the team had in 2014, Pena is optimistic about the Reds this coming season. He'll be one of more than 80 current and former players as well as broadcasters from throughout the organization who will...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Reds look for help in the Rule 5 draft?

We’ve covered the players that the Cincinnati Reds will need to protect from the system to keep them from being drafted in the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings. What we haven’t discussed is if the Reds should consider drafting someone to help their team for the 2015 season. Well, this afternoon we are going to talk about that. The Reds have several weaknesses on their team...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer bought Rolex for former catcher Brayan Pena

Brayan Pena, who spent the 2014 season with the Cincinnati Reds, was one of the Detroit Tigers’ catchers last year during Max Scherzer’s 21-3 Cy Young Award-winning season. One year later, Pena has been rewarded for the role he played. On Monday, Pena received an engraved Rolex watch in the mail. He told The Detroit...Read More
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Scherzer gives former catcher Pena a Rolex as token of appreciation

2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer enjoyed his best season last year and though curiously a year after the fact, Scherzer gave an awesome token of his appreciation -- a Rolex watch -- to former Tigers catcher Brayan Pena. Pena spent only 2013 in Detroit where he appeared in 71 games, splitting duties with Alex Avila. Mad Max finished last season with 2.90 ERA, a 21-3 record...
Via Fox Sports
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer bought Rolex for former Tigers C Brayan Pena (PHOTO)

In 2013, Max Scherzer won the Cy Young by going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and stacking up 240 strikeouts over 214 and 1/3 innings.  Former Tigers catcher Brayan Pena caught a couple handfuls of those games in his 71 appearances as a Tiger in 2013.  On Monday, Pena tweeted a photo of Max’s appreciation of Pena’s work. Pena, as you can tell, was ecstatic.  Nice gesture...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The last day: bullpens, microcosms, and going for the division

I spent most of yesterday’s game sitting out in the sun on campus, checking my phone obsessively every ten minutes or so to see how the Pirates and Reds were progressing. The approximate roller coaster of emotions was like this: OH MY GOD LIRIANO SCORED HIS FIRST RUN EVER AND I DIDN’T EVEN PUT MY TWITTER PASSWORD INTO THIS NEW PHONE YET. Oh, and hey, the Pirates are winning...
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds' Pena scratched from lineup

Reds catcher/first baseman Brayan Pena was scratched fro the starting lineup Thursday with an illness. The club announced the move shortly before Cincinnati played host to the Cardinals for the conclusion of a four-game series. Originally, Pena was in the lineup catching and batting sixth. Devin Mesoraco replaced him behind the plate while manager Bryan Price reshuffled the batting...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals RHP John Lackey ejected in 3rd inning

CINCINNATI (AP) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Lackey has been ejected from his start against the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning. Lackey appeared to question several ball-strike calls by plate umpire Tom Hallion before a 2-1 pitch to Brayan Pena was called a ball with the score 2-all on Wednesday night. The right-hander apparently questioned that call, and Hallion - the crew...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s time for the Cincinnati Reds to play their call ups

The Cincinnati Reds 2014 season is over. While they aren’t eliminated yet, they are eliminated. Last night they lost 14-5 to the New York Mets. The team is 11 games back of first place. They are not making the playoffs. Even if the team were to win out, the odds still aren’t good that they would make the playoffs. Yet in last night’s loss, the lone position player call up that...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–August 27, 2009

2009: The Royals belted four home runs, three of them two-run shots, in an 8-4 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle.Three of the home runs came against Mariners starter Doug Fister. Brayan Pena started the scoring in the second inning, as he homered down the right-field line with Alberto Callaspo on base.The Royals’ second home run happened in the fifth, a solo shot...
Via Pine Tar Press
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pena proud to continue Reds' Cuban connection

CINCINNATI -- Another in the long line of Cuban baseball defectors made his major-league debut Wednesday night. And even though Jorge Soler plays for the Chicago Cubs, Cuban native and Cincinnati Reds catcher/first baseman Brayan Pena's smile was as wide as The Pravado in Old Havana. It is getting to the point where there are so many Cuban players that Major League Baseball should...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Brayan Pena fake out Brandon Phillips

The MLB season is long, and it has a lot of ups and downs. That means someone needs to keep things light in the clubhouse to keep things from becoming a drag, especially when a team is scuffling as the Reds have been lately. Enter Brayan Pena, who wasted little time becoming a popular presence for Cincinnati. He struck again last night as Brandon Phillips conducted a postgame interview...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds aiming for series split with Braves

Despite another poor showing at the plate, the Cincinnati Reds did just enough to snap their lengthy losing streak. Unfortunately for manager Bryan Price's team, it's likely a case of too little, too late. Coming off their first win in more than a week, the Reds try to salvage a four-game split against the visiting Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Cincinnati (62-68) had been outscored 49...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Votto addresses concerns over injury status

CINCINNATI -- The elusive Joey Votto was in the clubhouse briefly early Thursday afternoon and several teammates were ecstatic to see him. "Joey Votto is in the house," exclaimed first baseman/catcher Brayan Pena as he passed Votto's locker, where the disabled Cincinnati Reds first baseman was slipping into a pair of workout shorts. Votto, the subject in some quarters of questions...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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