Making late push, Frazier pads ASG resume

Closing in on lead, Reds 3B eager to represent Cincy; voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET

Making late push, Frazier pads ASG resume

CINCINNATI -- With only a few days remaining in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting, Todd Frazier added more reasoning Monday for why he deserves to be the National League's starting third baseman.

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Reds have contingency plan for short bench

With Phillips out and club carrying 8 relievers, pitchers Leake, Lorenzen prepared to pinch-hit

Reds have contingency plan for short bench

CINCINNATI -- With second baseman Brandon Phillips being out on Monday vs. the Twins with injuries to both of his hands, Reds manager Bryan Price's short bench was even shorter during the 11-7 victory.

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Davis imparts wisdom to high school prospects

Reds Hall of Famer serves as Breakthrough Series instructor

Davis imparts wisdom to high school prospects

CINCINNATI -- The Queen City was well-represented on the first of three stops of the Breakthrough Series this summer, as many participants were looking forward to gleaning wisdom from Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis.

Davis returned to Cincinnati on Monday and Tuesday to serve as an instructor during the Breakthrough Series showcase event. Of the 38 high school prospects in attendance, 11 were listed as Cincinnati natives. The large number of local players resulted in plenty of buzz to learn from a Reds legend.

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With 4 SBs, Hamilton races to 40-steal mark

Back in leadoff spot, speedy center fielder collects two hits, two walks, scores three runs

With 4 SBs, Hamilton races to 40-steal mark

CINCINNATI -- On Monday night, Billy Hamilton did what he does best: run fast and steal bases.

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Youth Hitting Challenge added to All-Star slate

MLB, Reds team up to host new skills event for participants aged 10-16

Youth Hitting Challenge added to All-Star slate

Imagine being able to tell your friends that you competed in an official All-Star Week event.

A new opportunity to do that exists for kids in the Greater Cincinnati area. Major League Baseball and the Reds are teaming up to host the first MLB All-Star Youth Hitting Challenge, open to participants ages 10-16 and free of charge.

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Reds jump out to big lead, then hold off Twins

Reds jump out to big lead, then hold off Twins

CINCINNATI -- In a game where a cornucopia of runs were scored in the early innings, the Reds held off the Twins to claim a series-opening 11-7 victory on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.

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After Leake struggles, bullpen shuts door

Reds' Adcock, Parra and Chapman combine to pitch five scoreless innings

After Leake struggles, bullpen shuts door

CINCINNATI -- It looked like the Reds' bullpen was going to get a much-needed quiet night after it worked 10 innings over parts of two games Sunday in New York. The team pulled out to an eight-run lead as the lineup was roughing up the Twins on Monday night to the benefit of starter Mike Leake.

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Hand injuries keep Phillips out of opener

Reds' Price doesn't expect second baseman to go on DL

Hand injuries keep Phillips out of opener

CINCINNATI -- Banged up with injuries to both of his hands that forced him out of Sunday's game, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was missing from the starting lineup in Monday's 11-7 win over the Twins.

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Bourgeois embraces 'Mr. Unknown' moniker

Reds outfielder hears it from fans after Citi Field scoreboard error

Bourgeois embraces 'Mr. Unknown' moniker

CINCINNATI -- When Reds outfielder Jason Bourgeois made his 2015 debut in a sixth-inning double switch Sunday vs. the Mets, his unique last name apparently lacked recognition at Citi Field.

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Urban Youth Academy hosts prep stars

Former Reds All-Star Davis among instructors at 2015 Breakthrough Series

Urban Youth Academy hosts prep stars

CINCINNATI -- About 40 potential future professional baseball players took the field Monday in the first day of the 2015 Breakthrough Series at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy.

The high school players competed in a number of throwing, fielding and hitting drills led by former Major League players and managers. Monday was the first of two days in Cincinnati, with the showcase series also making stops in Bradenton, Fla., on July 21 and Compton, Calif., on Aug. 2. On Tuesday, the participants will be split up into two teams for a pair of showcase games.

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Frazier showing off power before Home Run Derby

Frazier showing off power before Home Run Derby

NEW YORK -- Mets left-hander Steven Matz did not make many mistakes during his dazzling debut at Citi Field on Sunday, but he left a fastball over the plate to Reds third baseman Todd Frazier that did not go unpunished.

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Phillips injures both hands in loss to Mets

Phillips injures both hands in loss to Mets

NEW YORK -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips exited Sunday's game vs. the Mets in the seventh inning with multiple hand injuries.

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Rodriguez on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

Rodriguez on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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Frazier hits 25th homer, but Reds come up short

Frazier hits 25th homer, but Reds come up short

NEW YORK -- When he stepped into Citi Field around 8:40 a.m. on Sunday, Steven Matz had no way of knowing it would be almost eight hours before he would finally step to the mound in his debut. When he did, it was worth the wait.

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Pitch, Hit & Run finalists announced

24 girls, boys to compete All-Star Workout Day on July 13

Pitch, Hit & Run finalists announced

It all started in March with about 625,000 youth around North America, competing in more than 4,400 events and each dreaming of the chance to play on the field prior to Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on July 13 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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Mesoraco ready to have surgery on left hip

Mesoraco ready to have surgery on left hip

NEW YORK -- After the Reds have departed New York to return home, catcher Devin Mesoraco will remain in the city to have surgery to repair the left hip impingement he has been dealing with most of the season.

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Reds fall on walk-off in 13 innings

Reds fall on walk-off in 13 innings

NEW YORK -- For one team, completing a suspended game nearly 24 hours after it began was worth the wait. That proved to be the Mets, who took a 2-1 win over the Reds in 13 innings on a Lucas Duda chopper that could not be handled by first baseman Joey Votto. New York won the first two games of the series with a chance to sweep in the regularly scheduled Sunday game.

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Reds add Bourgeois to 25-man roster

Reds add Bourgeois to 25-man roster

NEW YORK -- The Reds activated outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the 60-day disabled list to be added as the 26th man on the roster for Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Mets.

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Phillips mocked by Votto while he catches a popup

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Phillips mocked by Votto while he catches a popup

Brandon Phillips, in addition to being a fine baseball player, has developed a reputation as the arbiter of all things swag. He makes the tough plays seem routine, and elevates the routine into a strange hybrid of performance art and interpretive dance. He is smoothness personified. 

Joey Votto knows this better than just about anyone. Cincy's first baseman has spent the majority of his nine-year career next to Phillips, and after all this time admiring his teammate's effortless shenanigans, he tried it out for himself during Saturday's game against the Mets.

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Iglesias appears ready for rehab assignment

Iglesias appears ready for rehab assignment

NEW YORK -- Reds rookie starting pitcher Raisel Iglesias threw in the bullpen on Saturday and appears ready to begin a Minor League rehab assignment. Iglesias has been on the disabled list since June 5 with a strained left oblique muscle.

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Frazier eager for second crack at Derby

Frazier eager for second crack at Derby

NEW YORK -- The runner-up at the Home Run Derby during the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is poised for another crack at winning the title.

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Rare bout of wildness costs Cueto vs. Mets

Rare bout of wildness costs Cueto vs. Mets

NEW YORK -- Whether it was to himself, the Reds or any of the myriad clubs that might pursue him before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, ace Johnny Cueto showed no ill effects or limitations with his right elbow on Friday vs. the Mets.

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Hamilton understands importance of bunting

Hamilton understands importance of bunting

NEW YORK -- Billy Hamilton has struggled offensively this season, but the Reds' center fielder hasn't given up on using the bunt as an effective weapon.

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Reds unable to find offense for Cueto

Reds unable to find offense for Cueto

NEW YORK -- Back at Citi Field, where they have enjoyed a lopsided percentage of their success this season, the recently reeling Mets breezed to a second straight victory behind Noah Syndergaard's best game as a big leaguer. Syndergaard fired a career-high eight innings of one-run ball on Friday, Curtis Granderson hit his fourth homer in 17 at-bats and Lucas Duda drew a go-ahead bases-loaded walk to lead the Mets to a 2-1 win over the Reds.

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Road success breeding credibility for Reds

Road success breeding credibility for Reds

NEW YORK -- Thursday's 13-inning Reds victory by a 5-4 score over the Pirates wasn't just a reward for perseverance during a long night, but also a rare road series win.

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Phillips dazzles with glove, bat in extra-innings win

Phillips dazzles with glove, bat in extra-innings win

PITTSBURGH -- Even Pirates fans had to appreciate the latest dazzling defensive play by Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. His game-winning home run in the top of the 13th inning for a 5-4 Reds win late Thursday night? Probably not as much.

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