Trade-target Leake continues impressive run

Trade-target Leake continues impressive run

ST. LOUIS -- All Mike Leake can do now is wait.

The Reds' starting pitcher has taken the mound lately under the realization he could be traded at any point before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Yet Leake's managed to put together some of his best work, with his performance in a 4-0 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night being the latest gem.

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Stellar effort by Leake leads Reds past Cards

Stellar effort by Leake leads Reds past Cards

ST. LOUIS -- Making what may have been his final start for the Reds, Mike Leake dazzled in front of a collection of scouts on hand for one more evaluation before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Backed by Joey Votto three-run blast, Leake threw eight scoreless innings to help the Reds even a series at Busch Stadium with a 4-0 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Amid rumors that he might be headed elsewhere before the end of the week, Leake continued a string of sensational starts. He didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning on Tuesday and gave up only four in all. Over his last four outings, Leake is 4-0 with an 0.60 ERA (two runs/30 innings).

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Votto continues torrid post-All-Star Game tear

Votto continues torrid post-All-Star Game tear

ST. LOUIS -- While these aren't the salad days for the out-of-contention Reds, it's been a vintage stretch at the plate for first baseman Joey Votto.

Votto was 3-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday night, but it was his three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning that put the Reds ahead in a 4-0 win over the Cardinals.

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D-backs inquire with Reds about Chapman

D-backs inquire with Reds about Chapman

ST. LOUIS -- There have been no additional trades executed by the Reds since they sent rotation ace Johnny Cueto to the Royals for three left-handed pitching prospects. But league-wide activity has been brisk with Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching.

Several Reds players remain prominent in rumors, including closer Aroldis Chapman. On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the D-backs had asked the Reds about Chapman, which was confirmed by MLB.com's D-backs beat reporter Steve Gilbert.

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Reds to give Holmberg look in Cueto's spot

Reds to give Holmberg look in Cueto's spot

ST. LOUIS -- To fill the vacancy in the rotation created by the trade of Johnny Cueto to the Royals, the Reds will call up left-hander David Holmberg from Triple-A Louisville to start on Thursday vs. the Pirates.

It is slated to be Holmberg's first actual callup this season -- two previously planned ones were scrubbed when rainouts changed the schedule. In seven big league games -- including five starts -- for the Reds in 2014, he was 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA.

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DeSclafani draws Lackey when series concludes

DeSclafani draws Lackey when series concludes

Veteran hurler John Lackey will be on the hunt for his ninth straight quality start when his Cardinals conclude a three-game set against the Reds and rookie starter Anthony DeSclafani at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night.

Lackey has only allowed more than three runs on three occasions in his 20 starts this year, one of them coming on Opening Day, when the Reds touched him for four runs in six innings.

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Stephenson continues dominant stretch for Bats

Reds No. 2 prospect strikes out 10 in 8 scoreless frames for Triple-A Louisville

Stephenson continues dominant stretch for Bats

Rob Stephenson is on quite a roll for Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds' No. 2 prospect (No. 43 overall) recorded 10 strikeouts over eight shutout innings as the Bats took down Charlotte, 3-1, on Tuesday night. The right-hander allowed three hits and one walk while hitting double digit Ks for the fourth time this season.

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Bruce named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Bruce named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Iglesias takes lessons from loss to Cardinals

Iglesias takes lessons from loss to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- Even before Johnny Cueto was traded on Sunday, the Reds' rotation has been filled with young starters learning on the job, making mistakes. Without Cueto, and possibly Mike Leake, there will be more mistakes and more lessons the rest of the season.

Rookie Raisel Iglesias was reminded of that Monday after he backed himself into a corner during a fourth inning that did in him and the Reds for a 4-1 loss vs. the Cardinals.

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Iglesias, Reds slammed by Cards in opener

Iglesias, Reds slammed by Cards in opener

ST. LOUIS -- With the Cardinals' third grand slam of the season, second baseman Kolten Wong powered his club to a 4-1 win on Monday to open a three-game series against the Reds at Busch Stadium.

A Jay Bruce sacrifice fly gave the Reds an early 1-0 lead against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who entered the night averaging just 2.72 runs of support per game. Wong gave him more than that with one swing, helping the Cards capitalize in an inning they opened with consecutive hits off Reds starter Raisel Iglesias.

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Reds add bench, catching depth in Skipworth

Reds add bench, catching depth in Skipworth

ST. LOUIS -- It certainly has been a wild couple of weeks for catcher Kyle Skipworth, who was recalled Monday from Double-A Pensacola by the Reds to take the 25-man roster spot of the traded Johnny Cueto.

From July 10-16, Skipworth hit a home run in five straight games for the Blue Wahoos. On Saturday, a video went viral of him and Pensacola manager Pat Kelly after they were ejected from a game.

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Reds land 3 young arms in exchange for Cueto

Left-handers Finnegan, Lamb, Reed coming over from Kansas City

Reds land 3 young arms in exchange for Cueto

DENVER -- The best pitcher developed by the Reds in a generation, ace Johnny Cueto was traded to the Royals on Sunday for three left-handed pitching prospects.

Cincinnati will receive Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Finnegan, a first-round Draft pick of Kansas City in 2014 and a postseason bullpen star last season, will be made into a starter by the Reds. He will report to Triple-A Louisville along with Lamb, while Reed was sent to Double-A Pensacola.

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Trade piece part of Prospect Team of the Week

Reed goes from Royals to Reds in Cueto deal after impressive performance

Trade piece part of 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.

Players aren't just playing for their parent organization when on the field. Every game can be considered an audition for 29 other teams.

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Reds not settled on Cueto's replacement

Reds not settled on Cueto's replacement

ST. LOUIS -- The starting pitcher who will take Johnny Cueto's spot in the Reds' rotation and pitch on Thursday vs. the Pirates remains shrouded in mystery. The only absolute is that it won't be left-hander Tony Cingrani.

That's because Cingrani started on Monday for Triple-A Louisville. He was expected to be the first replacement summoned if a starting pitcher was traded. But he did not help his cause with a poor 2 2/3-inning, five-runs-allowed performance last Wednesday vs. the Cubs before being sent to Louisville.

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Tough for teammates to say goodbye to Cueto

Reds could deal more players before Friday's Trade Deadline

Tough for teammates to say goodbye to Cueto

DENVER -- Even before the Reds' 17-7 loss to the Rockies, Sunday was already shaping up to be a tough day at the ballpark. A little over an hour before first pitch, Cincinnati traded ace Johnny Cueto.

In the organization since 2004, and a fixture on the big league pitching staff since 2008, Cueto was sent to the Royals for left-handed pitching prospects Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. While a trade has been expected for months, it was still hard for teammates to bid Cueto farewell.

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Analyzing prospects in Cueto deal

Reds receive trio of southpaws with Major upside

Analyzing prospects in Cueto deal

Looking to go one step further than they did in 2014, the Royals found a true No. 1 starter for their rotation on Sunday. They acquired Johnny Cueto from the Reds in exchange for three promising left-handers: Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed and John Lamb.

Trade alters Reds' Top 30 Prospects list

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Reds fall despite Bruce's big day

Reds fall despite Bruce's big day

DENVER -- Behind an emphatic 10-run third inning, the Rockies cruised to a 17-7 win and a series victory over the Reds on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.

The Reds, who traded ace Johnny Cueto before the game, had a 4-2 lead in the third, but the Rockies sent 13 men to the plate, launched three homers and banged out eight hits in the bottom half to grab a 12-4 lead. Every man in the lineup reached base, and seven of the eight position players had hits in the third, which was Colorado's highest-scoring inning since putting up 11 runs in the fifth on April 27, 2012 against the Mets. The Rockies tacked on five more runs over the next three innings and finished the day with five homers, which was the most Cincinnati has given up in a game this season.

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Cueto, Frazier lead charge to beat Rockies

Cueto, Frazier lead charge to beat Rockies

DENVER -- In quite possibly his final start with the Reds, Johnny Cueto delivered eight scoreless innings, and Todd Frazier crushed his 100th career homer to give Cincinnati a 5-2 win over the Rockies on Saturday night at Coors Field.

With trade rumors continuing to swirl, Cueto (7-6) gave up just four hits and one walk with five strikeouts. He received all the run support he needed with Cincinnati's four-run third, when Joey Votto singled home the speedy Billy Hamilton in front of Frazier's three-run homer. Cincinnati tacked on another insurance run in the fourth after Hamilton beat Ben Paulsen's throw home on Votto's groundout to short.

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Amid busy weekend, Cueto dominates Rox

Amid busy weekend, Cueto dominates Rox

DENVER -- Each of Johnny Cueto's recent starts has been performed under a cloud of potentially being the ace's final one in a Reds uniform. But Saturday's 5-2 win over the Rockies provided an even tougher distraction for Cueto.

While Cueto was warming up, he found teammate and rookie Michael Lorenzen also preparing to pitch. Lorenzen was Cincinnati's scheduled starter for Sunday.

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Hoover off his game in second straight outing

Reliever has allowed four earned runs over last two innings

Hoover off his game in second straight outing

DENVER -- In his first 42 appearances of the 2015 season, Reds reliever J.J. Hoover allowed zero home runs. Over his last two games, Hoover has given up two homers and both were deflating in the late innings.

During their 6-5 loss to the Rockies on Friday, Hoover's second batter in the eighth -- Carlos Gonzalez -- crushed a 2-1 pitch to right-center field for the homer that made it a 4-4 game. Nolan Arenado followed with a triple and after Hoover misplayed a grounder by Corey Dickerson for a hit, a go-ahead run scored on Ben Paulsen's sacrifice fly.

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Reds fall on walk-off wild pitch against Rox

Reds fall on walk-off wild pitch against Rox

DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon was rewarded for aggressive baserunning in the ninth inning when he scored on a wild pitch as the Rockies sent the Reds to their fifth loss in their last seven games, 6-5, on Friday night at Coors Field.

"A lot of regrettable moments in tonight's game," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

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Frazier among most popular jersey rankings

MadBum, Bryant debut in Nos. 1-2 spots on Most Popular rankings

Frazier among most popular jersey rankings

The Most Popular Jerseys rankings, traditionally dominated by Derek Jeter before No. 2's exit last year, have a new and younger look with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant making their debuts on the list at Nos. 1-2, respectively.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association released the top 20 rankings on Thursday, based on sales of Majestic Athletic jerseys at the MLB.com Shop from Opening Day through last week's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile.

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Votto reaches base nine times in one day

Votto reaches base nine times in one day

CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto has long been regarded as one of baseball's best at getting on base. During Wednesday's day-night doubleheader vs. the Cubs, the Reds' first baseman made it a historic feat.

While going a combined 5-for-6 with four walks in the two games, Votto became the first player since Robinson Cano in 2010 to reach base nine times in one day.

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Reds let Cubs slip away in nightcap

Reds let Cubs slip away in nightcap

CINCINNATI -- The Cubs scored six unanswered runs to pull off a 6-5 victory over the Reds on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park to earn a split of a day-night doubleheader and the four-game series. Cincy won the twin-bill opener, 9-1.

Pinch-hitter Taylor Teagarden provided an RBI single to center field off Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in the top of the ninth to snap a 5-5 tie. Before that, Cincinnati's bullpen had worked five scoreless innings. Chapman's personal scoreless streak ended at 14 innings over 13 games.

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Trade talk? Leake tunes it out in superb start

Trade talk? Leake tunes it out in superb start

CINCINNATI -- If Wednesday was Mike Leake's final home start in a Reds uniform at Great American Ball Park, he certainly gave the fans something positive to talk about.

One of several Reds players who could be on the way out before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Leake pitched eight innings in Cincinnati's 9-1 victory over the Cubs. He allowed one earned run on four hits, with no walks and six strikeouts.

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Reds ballboy ranges into left field for lunging grab

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Reds ballboy ranges into left field for lunging grab

Sure, the life of a ballboy may seem a glamorous one -- getting paid to sit out in the sun, watch a ballgame and dole out some souvenirs sounds like decent work if you can get it.

But it's not all fun and games and mistakenly giving away home run balls. The ballboys and ballgirls of America must answer to a higher calling: Sworn to protect the citizenry, they stand ever-vigilant, ready to chase down any threat that may come their way. It's a duty they approach with the utmost seriousness. 

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Reds' big bats back masterful Leake

Reds' big bats back masterful Leake

CINCINNATI -- In what could have been his final home start as a Red at Great American Ball Park, Mike Leake made it a smooth one. Leake dealt eight innings and got plenty of support in the Reds' 9-1 victory over the Cubs in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.

Leake, widely speculated to be moved before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, gave up one earned run and four hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. Two of the hits were singles by red-hot Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber. But after Schwarber's one-out hit in the third inning, Leake retired his final 17 batters in a row. He has not lost a start to the Cubs since April 21, 2012. Since then, Leake is 5-0 in nine starts vs. Chicago.

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Price-Maddon chess match goes Cubs' way

Price-Maddon chess match goes Cubs' way

CINCINNATI -- The Reds losing a 6-5 game to the Cubs in the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader certainly fell square on the shoulders of starting pitcher Tony Cingrani. After all, it took only a half-inning for the left-hander to blow the 5-0 lead he was given in the bottom of the second.

But a key decision by manager Bryan Price also backfired during the Cubs' third-inning rally. With three runs already in for Chicago, there were runners on second and third base with two outs when Price elected to have Cingrani intentionally walk David Ross with starting pitcher Dallas Beeler due up next.

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