Peraza takes bite out of Angels pitching

Peraza takes bite out of Angels pitching

ANAHEIM -- It's doubtful that the dentist on Tuesday morning prescribed Reds shortstop Jose Peraza to get four hits to make his pain go away. But maybe besides some Novocaine, it was the next best thing.

One night after leaving game because he was struck by a ball on the right side of his face and breaking a tooth, Peraza went 4-for-4 for the Reds in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Angels.

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Suarez hits his 20th, but Reds fall to Halos

Suarez hits his 20th, but Reds fall to Halos

ANAHEIM -- C.J. Cron did the damage and the Angels pitching did the damage control. Cron hit two home runs while Jered Weaver and the bullpen held off the Reds for a 4-2 victory on Tuesday. It was the Angels' fourth straight win while Cincinnati has dropped seven of its last nine games.

All of the Angels early offense came from Cron, who slugged a two-out, two-run homer in the first inning and another two-out solo homer in the third for a 3-0 inning against Reds starter Tim Adleman.

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Reds taking the cautious route with Bailey

Reds taking the cautious route with Bailey

ANAHEIM -- The Reds now have a vacancy in their rotation for Saturday against the Cardinals, because it won't be Homer Bailey taking his usual turn. Bailey is still dealing with right biceps tenderness, but has made some improvement.

"He's gotten some of the biceps stiffness and tightness out, however we're trying to give him a couple of days of no throwing, just rehab therapy and cardiovascular stuff," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

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Reds have deal with Cuban right-hander Gutierrez

Reds have deal with Cuban right-hander Gutierrez

The Reds have been busy on the international market, and they are on the verge of adding another top Cuban prospect to the organization.

According to an industry source, Cincinnati has agreed to a $4.75 million deal with right-handed pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez of Pinar del Rio, Cuba.

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Finnegan out to cap successful August in finale

Finnegan out to cap successful August in finale

Veteran right-hander Ricky Nolasco, still seeking his first Angels victory in his sixth start, and young Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan will be on the mound Wednesday night at Angel Stadium as the two teams conclude their first series in Anaheim since 2002.

Nolasco, acquired by the Angels on Aug. 1 in a four-player deal that sent left-hander Hector Santiago to the Twins, is 4-12 overall, with a 5.24 ERA. Nolasco is 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA after five starts for the Angels.

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Peraza exits after taking pickoff throw to face

Peraza exits after taking pickoff throw to face

ANAHEIM -- It could have been much worse, but Jose Peraza and the Reds were relieved that the shortstop was just sore and not seriously injured.

During Cincinnati's 9-2 loss to the Angels on Monday night, Peraza had to exit in the top of the third inning with a facial contusion after a pickoff throw to first base struck him on the side of his face at the top of his jaw.

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Straily's streak derailed by Angels' homers

Straily's streak derailed by Angels' homers

ANAHEIM -- As the Reds visited Angel Stadium for the first time since 2002, the Angels' hitters pounced quickly to make it an unpleasant experience. Familiar faces like Mike Trout and Albert Pujols provided two of their five home runs as they rolled to a 9-2 victory on Monday night.

The Angels have won three straight games and five of their last six, while the Reds lost for the sixth time in eight games.

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Romano among top prospect performers Tuesday

Pair of Pirates players shine in impressive outings

Romano among top prospect performers Tuesday

Mitch Keller may have moved up a level, but the results stayed the same.

Keller made his debut with Class A Advanced Bradenton and led the club to a 8-1 win over Jupiter on Tuesday.

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De Jesus' at-bat gets interrupted by a massive moth

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De Jesus' at-bat gets interrupted by a massive moth

Just a couple of weeks ago, viewers hoping to sit back, relax and watch some baseball were instead forced to sit back, relax and defeat the bug menace. There were insects everywhere: a grasshopper on a net at Wrigley Field, a spider in the broadcast booth at Wrigley Field, a mantis (no, not that one) in the Tigers' dugout. 

Thankfully, the night came to an end, and the bugs dispersed ... until Monday, when Ivan De Jesus came up to bat during the Reds' 9-2 loss to the Angels. And then the largest moth known to man showed up.

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Reed leaves Triple-A start early with back spasms

Reed leaves Triple-A start early with back spasms

LOUISVILLE -- Recently demoted Reds pitching prospect Cody Reed experienced another setback on Monday, exiting his start for Triple-A Louisville against Charlotte after 2 1/3 innings with an injury.

The initial diagnosis for Reed was lower back spasms, although official word from the Bats' training staff wasn't immediately available. Reed didn't give up a run in his short outing, allowing two hits and striking out two, but his velocity was down and he looked uncomfortable. After a trainer went to visit him during the third inning, he was escorted off the mound.

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Reds activate Simon, option Smith to Louisville

Reds activate Simon, option Smith to Louisville

ANAHEIM -- Needing additional depth in their bullpen, the Reds activated right-handed pitcher Alfredo Simon from the disabled list and optioned reliever Josh Smith to Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Simon was pressed into service right away, as he was needed for 4 1/3 innings of relief after Dan Straily struggled in a 9-2 loss to the Angels.

Following Homer Bailey's one-inning start in an 11-2 loss to the D-backs on Sunday, Smith pitched four innings of relief.

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Schebler, Phillips HRs not enough as Reds fall

Schebler, Phillips HRs not enough as Reds fall

PHOENIX -- Even with their top two hitters on the bench, the D-backs had no trouble swinging the bats on Sunday. They used a four-run first inning to take an early lead and Yasmany Tomas padded it with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in an 11-2 win over the Reds in the series finale at Chase Field.

"He wasn't happy about not being in the lineup," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Tomas. "He actually talked to me, spoke very good English, and said he was ready and his back felt fine, why wasn't he in the lineup? So I explained I wanted Michael Bourn in right today, be ready to come off the bench and do something."

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Trahan on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Trahan on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the 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.

We here at MLB Pipeline are running out of superlatives for Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Luckily for us, we're running out of weeks for the Prospect Team of the Week.

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Sore biceps, ineffectiveness end Bailey's day early

Sore biceps, ineffectiveness end Bailey's day early

PHOENIX -- Homer Bailey may be back from 15 months-worth of Tommy John surgery rehab on his right elbow but Sunday's poor results showed that the Reds pitcher was not all the way back quite yet.

In an 11-2 loss to the D-backs, Bailey lasted one inning and gave up four runs (three earned) and five hits to fall behind by a 4-0 score. He did not walk anyone but also did not log a strikeout. It turned out he was dealing with tenderness in his right biceps.

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Schebler working on hitting to opposite field

Schebler working on hitting to opposite field

PHOENIX -- When Reds right fielder Scott Schebler hit his second home run of the game in the second inning of Saturday's 13-0 win over the D-backs, it didn't just mark the first multihomer game of his big league career. It was also the first time this season he cleared the fence hitting to the opposite field.

He didn't have to wait long for his second, as Schebler did it again in the Reds' 11-2 loss on Sunday.

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Schebler hits two of Reds' five homers in rout of D-backs

Schebler hits two of Reds' five homers in rout of D-backs

PHOENIX -- The Reds were homerless in their last five games entering Saturday night. That changed in a hurry as Scott Schebler swatted a home run in each of the first two innings for two of Cincinnati's five long balls in a 13-0 drubbing of the D-backs at Chase Field. Meanwhile, Anthony DeSclafani threw his first career shutout.

Schebler had the first multi-homer game of his career, driving in a career-high five runs. He and Brandon Phillips each collected three hits, while Joey Votto, Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall also went deep. The Reds' 13 runs matched a season high for the second time.

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Disco tosses first career shutout

Reds righty gets plenty of run support, strikes out nine D-backs

Disco tosses first career shutout

PHOENIX -- The Reds lineup had already greased the wheels for pitcher Anthony DeSclafani with a bunch of run support. Conditions could not have been easier or smoother for him to work the first shutout of his career.

It came in the form of a four-hitter and 13-0 victory for the Reds over the D-backs on Saturday night at Chase Field. DeSclafani gave up four singles, walked his first batter of the game in Jean Segura, who was erased by a double play, and struck out nine. It may have looked easy, but DeSclafani refused the comfort of feeling that way.

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Finnegan turns to Straily for changeup advice

Reds starter turns to teammate to improve crucial pitch

Finnegan turns to Straily for changeup advice

PHOENIX -- The D-backs were given a surprise of sorts by Reds starter Brandon Finnegan, as he struck them out a career-high 12 times on Friday during a 4-3 loss in 11 innings. Finnegan not only has a changeup, but he's figured out how to use it.

It's a pitch manager Bryan Price considers essential for a Major League starter to master in order to have a credible repertoire and a potentially longer career. Against Arizona, Finnegan notched nine of his strikeouts by getting Arizona hitters to swing and miss on a changeup.

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Reds add Lopez for catching depth, option Renda

Reds add Lopez for catching depth, option Renda

PHOENIX -- This time when catcher Raffy Lopez was summoned from Triple-A Louisville, he could actually put on a big uniform and stay for a while. Lopez had his contract selected Saturday, while infielder Tony Renda was optioned to Louisville.

The Reds needed a catcher because Tucker Barnhart is bothered by a right hand contusion and is day-to-day. Lopez will back up the backup catcher, Ramon Cabrera.

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Reds can't capitalize on rallies in 9th and 10th

Reds can't capitalize on rallies in 9th and 10th

PHOENIX -- After the D-backs blew a lead in the ninth inning and had to rally after falling behind in the 10th, Brandon Drury scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th to lift Arizona to a 4-3 win over the Reds in the series opener at Chase Field on Friday night.

"I was just looking for a ball in the dirt, and that's what he threw," Drury said. "You've got to be ready for a ball in the dirt and any time it goes to the backstop, you've got to score on that play."

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Bullpen takes brunt of hard-luck loss to D-backs

Reds relievers let extra-inning lead, game slip away

Bullpen takes brunt of hard-luck loss to D-backs

PHOENIX -- The Reds bullpen is ranked 29th in ERA this season, while the D-backs are one spot back at the bottom of the league. With second-half improvement, the Reds haven't pitched like their ranking much lately, but it found a creative way to let a win slip away.

The culmination was a Blake Wood wild pitch to Jean Segura in the bottom of the 11th inning that scored Brandon Drury for a 4-3 walk-off loss on Friday night.

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Cozart eager for return to starting lineup

Reds shortstop healthy after being sidelined with Achilles inflammation

Cozart eager for return to starting lineup

PHOENIX -- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is really itching to play again, especially since he is no longer bothered by the left Achilles tendon inflammation that's kept him out of the lineup since Aug. 17.

"We've been playing so well. It's been a lot more fun to watch than if we were losing, but I want to be out there and help the team win just as much. I'm ready to get out there," Cozart said Friday before the Reds' 4-3 loss to the D-backs in 11 innings.

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Winker among Reds' potential prospect callups

Cincinnati could also use Herrera, Stephenson, Garrett in September

Winker among Reds' potential prospect callups

CINCINNATI -- The end of August in the Major Leagues signals that reinforcements will soon be summoned. Rosters are allowed to expand on Sept. 1, often an opportunity for prospects and deserving players to get some exposure to the big leagues.

For the Reds, the possibilities this September offer some intrigue. Will outfielder Jesse Winker get his long-awaited promotion? Will pitcher Robert Stephenson be recalled despite an inconsistent year? Infielder Dilson Herrera, acquired from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade on Aug. 1, should be wearing a Reds uniform for the first time.

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Reds pick up Adleman, but Rangers strike late

Reds pick up Adleman, but Rangers strike late

CINCINNATI -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre's 2,900th Major League hit was a game-winner on a night Yu Darvish's first career homer stole the show.

Beltre's two-out double in the eighth inning Wednesday drove home Ian Desmond with the go-ahead run, and the Rangers held on for a 6-5 victory over the Reds at Great American Park.

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Hamilton dazzles with another diving snag

Hamilton dazzles with another diving snag

CINCINNATI -- What does Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton do for an encore after making one of the best catches of his career? He goes back to work and takes away another hit with another tremendous defensive effort.

For the third out of the Rangers' fourth inning during the Reds' 6-5 loss, Mitch Moreland hit a fly ball off Tim Adleman to right-center field. It had Hamilton take a wide turn to his left and race into position to once again leave his feet to make the diving catch.

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Cozart takes 'first step' toward return from injury

Cozart takes 'first step' toward return from injury

CINCINNATI -- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart made progress toward getting back in the lineup on Wednesday when he was able to take ground balls on the field and batting practice. Cozart, who has not been in the lineup since Aug. 17, was bothered by a sore right knee and left Achilles tendon inflammation.

The knee improved more quickly, but the Achilles needed extra time and treatment.

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Winker, Trahan among top prospect performers Thursday

Brewers' No. 2 prospect notches first multi-homer game for Sky Sox

Winker, Trahan among top prospect performers Thursday

Lewis Brinson seems to be enjoying life in the Brewers' organization.

The No. 18 overall prospect (Brewers' No. 2) has done nothing but rake since he was acquired from Texas before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and that theme continued Thursday night with a pair of homers in Triple-A Colorado Springs' 5-0 win over Oklahoma City.

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Reds to attend Tebow showcase

Reds to attend Tebow showcase

CINCINNATI -- When former NFL and college quarterback Tim Tebow attempts to show that he can play baseball next week, the Reds will be one of several clubs watching.

Cincinnati will have a scout in Los Angeles on Tuesday when Tebow holds a workout showcase. A signing seems to be a longshot, and the Reds' presence appears to be more of a due diligence-type effort similar to other clubs.

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