Bruce's homer spoils Bumgarner's strong start

Bruce's homer spoils Bumgarner's strong start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has been excellent this season, but he can't do it all on his own. Despite his eight innings with two runs allowed, it was still enough to be overcome by the Reds, who left town with a 2-1 victory and two of three games in the series. San Francisco has lost nine of 11 games since the All-Star break but clings to a 2 1/2-game lead in the National League West.

"It's disappointing when you have your starter throw like that," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Just couldn't get it going offensively. That's a tough one."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Straily's 'beautiful game' bests Bumgarner

Reds starter allows solo homer over 7 2/3 innings in 5th straight quality start

Straily's 'beautiful game' bests Bumgarner

SAN FRANCISCO -- More than wanting to notch his first hit as a batter, Reds starting pitcher Dan Straily is shooting for his first complete game in the Majors. During a 2-1 victory over the Giants, Straily seemed well on his way while also besting Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

But after Bumgarner hit a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth, manager Bryan Price lifted Straily for Raisel Iglesias to get out of the inning. While it didn't look obvious that Straily was running out of gas at 90 pitches, it turned out that he in fact was on fumes.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Finnegan leads Reds in series opener vs. Padres

Finnegan leads Reds in series opener vs. Padres

The Padres have their sights set on home run history when they return to Petco Park Friday night for the start of a three-game series against the visiting Reds.

San Diego has gone deep in 25 straight games and needs one jack on Friday to set the National League record. The all-time mark of 27, recorded by Texas in 2002, is also within striking distance over the weekend.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds' homers not enough to close gap

Reds' homers not enough to close gap

SAN FRANCISCO -- In one month, the Giants have seen their formidable National League West lead shrink to a less comfortable cushion. Losing eight of nine games entering Tuesday certainly didn't help and made holding on to a 9-7 victory over the Reds all the more necessary. Their lead over the second-place Dodgers, which was seven games on June 24, remained at 2 1/2 games.

Matt Cain gave the Giants a 4-0 lead with a booming three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning against struggling rookie lefty Cody Reed. It became a five-run lead in the third after three hits led to Grant Green's RBI groundout that scored Mac Williamson. However, Cain could not provide a quality start in his second game back from the disabled list. He gave up four runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings with one walk, four strikeouts and two home runs.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Duvall's swing in fine form with two homers

Duvall's swing in fine form with two homers

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Reds certainly liked seeing left fielder Adam Duvall clear the fences again, which he did twice to keep them in the game Tuesday during a 9-7 loss to the Giants. But the return of Duvall's swing -- he felt -- actually came a night earlier on a ball that did not leave the park.

On Monday in the second inning, Duvall hit an opposite-field drive to right field that was caught on the warning track.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bailey on track to return for Sunday start

Bailey on track to return for Sunday start

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Reds still have Sunday's starter vs. the Padres listed as "TBA," only because they haven't formally signed off that Homer Bailey has gotten through all of his in-between-starts protocols. But as he rejoined the club Tuesday, Bailey felt everything was about right for his return.

"If it's not now, it probably never will be," said Bailey, who has been working to come back from May 2015 Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Iglesias shining as part of Reds' fluid bullpen

Iglesias shining as part of Reds' fluid bullpen

SAN FRANCISCO -- Reliever Raisel Iglesias has been posting zero after zero and helped give the Reds bullpen some much-needed stability after some dismal months.

Iglesias, who pitched two scoreless innings in Monday's 7-5 win over the Giants, entered Tuesday with a scoreless streak of 17 1/3 innings -- the third-longest active streak in the Major Leagues. In 10 games since his activation from the disabled list June 21, he has a 0.44 ERA.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Schebler hits for cycle with Triple-A Louisville

Schebler hits for cycle with Triple-A Louisville

Scott Schebler came up clutch in a couple of big spots for Triple-A Louisville, leading his team to a, 4-3 victory over Charlotte in 10 innings on Tuesday.

While scoring the winning run in a walk-off victory is thrilling enough, the Reds' No. 15 prospect had another reason to celebrate.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds outslug Giants to win homer-filled game

Reds outslug Giants to win homer-filled game

SAN FRANCISCO -- With its spacious dimensions, AT&T Park will never be mistaken for Cincinnati's cozier and homer-abundant Great American Ball Park. But it certainly felt like its Midwest counterpart Monday as the teams combined for five home runs. It was Jay Bruce's two homers, however, that propelled the Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Giants.

"We didn't have those prevailing winds and the mist and all that other stuff that make it difficult to hit a ball out of a ballpark," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It seemed to play pretty fair tonight."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Schebler among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rays' No. 13 prospect knocks in career-high five runs, Reds' No. 18 scores winning run and hits for cycle

Schebler among top prospect performers Tuesday

Justin Williams tied his career high for homers in a season and set a career high for RBIs in a game. Not bad for a day's work.

Williams, the Rays' No. 13 prospect, went 3-for-4 with five RBIs Tuesday as he led Double-A Montgomery to a 10-5 win over Pensacola.

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Focused Bruce cracks 2 homers vs. Giants

Reds outfielder shuts out trade rumors during strong season

Focused Bruce cracks 2 homers vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- If this is Jay Bruce's last week playing right field for the Reds, he's making it count. Bruce is also giving his team, and its fans, plenty to miss.

With two home runs in Monday's 7-5 Reds victory over the Giants, Bruce demonstrated again he is capable of blocking out what's become the white noise of trade rumors and uncertainty. The non-waiver Trade Deadline arrives next Monday and his departure seems likely.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Timing worked against Reds in Chapman deal

Timing worked against Reds in Chapman deal

SAN FRANCISCO -- In the wake of the Cubs' acquisition of Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees on Monday, there were two realizations. First, the Reds could face their former All-Star closer six times this season. Second, did the Reds get enough in return for Chapman when he was traded to the Yankees in December?

For Chapman, the Reds received starting pitcher Rookie Davis, reliever Caleb Cotham, third baseman Eric Jagielo and infielder/outfielder Tony Renda. New York flipped Chapman to the Cubs for pitcher Adam Warren and prospects Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. Torres, a 19-year-old shortstop, was the top-ranked prospect in the Cubs' system and is ranked 24th overall according to MLB Pipeline.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds 'staying busy' as Trade Deadline approaches

Reds 'staying busy' as Trade Deadline approaches

SAN FRANCISCO -- Monday left Major League clubs exactly one week to go before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline. The Reds could be one of the teams that figures prominently in rumors this week, although no transactions appear to be imminent.

"We're staying busy," Reds general manager Dick Williams said by phone from Cincinnati. "We're engaged in multiple discussions with multiple teams. We're operating on a couple of fronts. It's hard to say if we'll get something done."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bruce, Reds legends in awe of HOFer Griffey

Superstar hit 210 homers over nine seasons with hometown team

Bruce, Reds legends in awe of HOFer Griffey

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr., overcome with emotion, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. And although his plaque in Cooperstown will rightly feature him in a Mariners cap, there should also be a sense of pride for people in Cincinnati and from the Reds.

Griffey grew up in the city and around the club, with his father, Ken Griffey Sr., playing for the Big Red Machine teams that won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and '76. Then Junior returned to play in Cincinnati in the second half of his career.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds' late rally not enough in finale

Reds' late rally not enough in finale

CINCINNATI -- Normally, Friday night is reserved for fireworks at Great American Ball Park. But the D-backs brought their own on Sunday.

With a four-homer performance, Arizona salvaged the third game of the series by topping the Reds, 9-8, and ending a four-game losing streak. Yasmany Tomas delivered the first one -- a solo shot in the second. Welington Castillo followed in the third with a three-run shot, Paul Goldschmidt delivered a leadoff solo homer in the fifth, which broke a 5-5 tie, and Tomas delivered the final blow in the eighth, another solo shot.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the D-backs on Sunday.

Kevin Goheen is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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Griffey ends his speech by turning his cap backward

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Griffey ends his speech by turning his cap backward

For many baseball fans, Ken Griffey Jr. was culture in the '90s. Far beyond just baseball -- where his swing was performance art -- Griffeythe face of chocolate bars, graced the cover of video games and had his own signature cleat

Of course, there was also the backwards hat. 

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Reds see positives after successful homestand

Despite Sunday's narrow loss, several Cincy players on a roll

Reds see positives after successful homestand

CINCINNATI -- The Reds ended their first homestand following the All-Star break on a down note, losing, 9-8, Sunday to Arizona at Great American Ball Park. But they will still be flying to San Francisco feeling good -- they won six of their nine games, taking two out of three against the Brewers, Braves and D-backs, with two of the losses coming by one run.

"We played a great series, we really did," said Jay Bruce, who hit a three-run home run off Tyler Clippard with no outs in the ninth inning to pull the Reds within one run. "Today was a little bit of back-and-forth, and nobody could solidify holding onto the game. Right up until the end there we had a chance, and that's all you can ask for."
 

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Kevin Goheen is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aquino, LaValley among top prospect performers Sunday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect hurls his first shutout following big league debt

Aquino, LaValley among top prospect performers Sunday

Reynaldo Lopez is eager to get back to the big leagues.

In his first start since debuting with the Nationals on July 19, Lopez recorded his first shutout on Sunday as Triple-A Syracuse defeated Rochester, 6-0. The Nationals' No. 5 prospect scattered four hits and struck out seven in nine dominant innings, throwing 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Griffey wears amazing suit to HOF induction

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Griffey wears amazing suit to HOF induction

The suits on display at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday were on point. Tom Glavine showed up in a summery pink-and-purple look. Jim Rice matched his tie to his pocket square and his collar. Yet, they all paled in comparison to Ken Griffey Jr. 

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Hall of Family: Griffeys soak up induction

Three generations on hand for Junior's emotional speech

Hall of Family: Griffeys soak up induction

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Sr. has grown up watching his son do special things. But this one, yeah, this one topped them all.

The only father who has ever hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League game with his son watched with pride Sunday as Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Griffey admits he wasn't mad when Trey broke the TV

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Griffey admits he wasn't mad when Trey broke the TV

While Ken Griffey Jr.'s oldest son, Trey, may see his future on the gridiron, there's always a chance that baseball will come calling for him. And no, not just because the Mariners selected him with the 717th pick of the 2016 MLB Draft -- despite not actually playing baseball in college. Rather, it's because of a kind-of scouting report the elder Griffey gave during his Hall of Fame induction speech. 

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Hall-time great: Griffey joins elite

Inductees praise family, fans on emotional day in front of second-largest Cooperstown crowd

Hall-time great: Griffey joins elite

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- To punctuate close to an hour of combined speeches by this year's pair of inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Ken Griffey Jr. turned around his cap to end the Sunday proceedings.

Mike Piazza spoke to his Italian immigrant father, Vince, in his native language, thanking him and Italy for giving him his dad.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds roll to third consecutive series win

Improved offense, pitching have led to more wins

Reds roll to third consecutive series win

CINCINNATI -- There has been an extended feeling of accomplishment and festiveness around the Reds clubhouse since the All-Star break. It's for a good reason.

Saturday's 6-1 win over the D-backs assured Cincinnati of its third-consecutive series victory as it has won six of eight games. It's not just that they've been winning, but how the Reds are winning.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bruce's blast leads Reds past D-backs

Bruce's blast leads Reds past D-backs

CINCINNATI -- The D-backs were wise to what the Reds were thinking in the first inning on Saturday night with Billy Hamilton on third base. They stopped a double-steal attempt and even caught Hamilton in a rundown as Joey Votto broke from first base to steal second base. However, Hamilton was fast enough to scamper back and that opened the door for trouble.

The Reds went on to score three runs in that inning, on the road for a 6-1 victory over the D-backs, assuring them of their third-straight series win. More >

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05.

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Reds' DeSclafani unfazed by trade rumors

Reds' DeSclafani unfazed by trade rumors

CINCINNATI - Heading into the Trade Deadline season, the Reds were widely expected to deal right fielder Jay Bruce and possibly shortstop Zack Cozart. But the biggest demand and thinnest market now appears to be for starting pitchers.

That has added an unexpected name to the Reds-related rumor mill in Anthony DeSclafani. On Friday, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that DeSclafani is one of the starters being considered by the Rangers to pursue.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stephenson among top prospect performers Saturday

Brewers prospect caps huge game with walk-off shot; Indians' No. 2 notches season-high four hits

Stephenson among top prospect performers Saturday

The Midwest League is notorious for dampening the power of young hitters. Apparently no one told that to Isan Diaz.

The Brewers' No. 11 prospect slugged a pair of home runs on Saturday, including a walk-off shot to propel Class A Wisconsin past Lake County, 9-8. Diaz also hit a triple in the contest en route to finishing 3-for-4, while his six RBIs represented a new career high.

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Straily settles in, finds quality-start groove

Straily settles in, finds quality-start groove

CINCINNATI -- The fourth pitch Dan Straily threw on Friday night landed on the grassy knoll just above the center-field wall at Great American Ball Park. The next batter he faced doubled to left field. Five batters into the game, he and the Reds were trailing the D-backs by 2.

Over the next five innings, Straily gave Arizona a couple of opportunities, but no more runs, as the Reds opened the three-game series with a 6-2 victory. Straily allowed just two runs on five hits, walking three while striking out eight as he improved his record to 5-6. He has now tossed four straight quality starts and leads the team with 11 quality starts in 18 tries.

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Kevin Goheen is a contributor for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.