Giants acquire righty Leake from Reds

Club sends No. 1 prospect Mella, Duvall to Cincinnati in exchange

Giants acquire righty Leake from Reds

The Giants bolstered their rotation late Thursday night by agreeing to a trade with the Reds for right-hander Mike Leake.

The Reds will receive two Minor League players from the Giants, including right-hander Keury Mella, ranked by MLB.com as San Francisco's top prospect. The other player going back to the Reds is infielder Adam Duvall. Duvall was ranked the No. 25 prospect in the Giants' system.

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Phillips makes MLB history with career night

Second baseman homers twice, notches career-high seven RBIs

Phillips makes MLB history with career night

CINCINNATI -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips set a Major League record that had never been touched since 1920 on Thursday night -- and he didn't need the entire nine innings to do it.

Phillips went 4-for-5 to help lead the Reds to a 15-5 victory over the Pirates at Great American Ball Park on Thursday. With the incredible night, Phillips became the first player since MLB began keeping track of RBIs in 1920 to record two home runs, two stolen bases, four hits and seven RBIs in a single game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

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Phillips leads Reds' rout of Bucs

Phillips leads Reds' rout of Bucs

CINCINNATI -- As many eyes spy what both teams might do before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Reds produced a big offensive display for a third-straight victory in a 15-5 win over the Pirates on Thursday. Leading the way was Brandon Phillips, who hit two home runs and drove in a career-high seven RBIs.

The run support provided plenty of room to work for freshly called-up starting pitcher David Holmberg, who took Johnny Cueto's rotation spot. In his six innings, Holmberg gave up two earned runs and five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. With two outs in the top of the second inning, Pedro Alvarez hit a solo homer to right-center field. Holmberg also collected his first big league hit with a fifth-inning single.

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Lorenzen looks to best Locke again in rematch

Lorenzen looks to best Locke again in rematch

Reds rookie righty Michael Lorenzen and Pirates lefty Jeff Locke will square off for the second time this season on Friday night in the second tilt of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.

Lorenzen got the best of Locke on May 5 to pick up his first career victory in a Reds 7-1 win. Lorenzen gave up one run on three hits and three walks in six-plus innings on the mound, while Locke surrendered four runs across seven innings in the loss.

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Adcock to DL, could have season-ending TJ

Adcock to DL, could have season-ending TJ

CINCINNATI -- The Reds may have another season-ending injury on their hands, with right-handed relief pitcher Nate Adcock being bit by the injury bug.

Adcock was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, and he told reporters he will most likely have season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

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Bruce not letting trade rumors affect play

Bruce not letting trade rumors affect play

ST. LOUIS -- Come 4 p.m. ET on Friday, when the non-waiver Trade Deadline expires, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce will either be with a new team, or quite relieved that he's still on the same one he's been with his entire career.

"I definitely will. It's one of those things where you try your best to be a professional and not let any of it bother you," Bruce said after the Reds' 1-0 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday night. "But you hear the rumblings. You hear what people say. But I'm on the Reds. I'm here to help these guys win games. This is all that I know. I have confidence in this organization, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds."

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DeSclafani deals Reds series win over Cards

DeSclafani deals Reds series win over Cards

ST. LOUIS -- With one Jay Bruce swing providing all the support starter Anthony DeSclafani needed, the Reds snapped a skid of nine consecutive losing series at Busch Stadium with a 1-0, series-clinching victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Bruce's home run to lead off the second against John Lackey would be one of just two hits the Reds tallied off the Cardinals' right-hander. It landed just out of the reach of leaping center fielder Randal Grichuk, who made his return to the field after sitting two days with a groin strain.

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Price: Suarez could play multiple positions

Price: Suarez could play multiple positions

ST. LOUIS -- As the Reds' front office makes potential moves that look ahead to 2016, Reds fans also are often looking ahead to next season. And one of the big questions they have is what will the team do at shortstop?

Zack Cozart was enjoying a very nice season until a grisly right knee injury on June 10 required surgery and ended his year. Cozart's replacement, Eugenio Suarez, has been very strong at the plate.

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Reds in trade rumors waiting out Deadline

Reds in trade rumors waiting out Deadline

ST. LOUIS -- As of Wednesday afternoon, Mike Leake was still with the Reds. Leake was doing his usual activity the day after a start. Another trade candidate, Jay Bruce, was watching video in the visitor's clubhouse at Busch Stadium. Across the way at his locker, Marlon Byrd was getting his bats together for batting practice later.

Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline looms. But a veteran of several years, and clubs, Byrd hasn't noticed much difference among a Reds team that is trying to sell.

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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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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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Jonathan Mayo

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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Jim Callis

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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