Rock the vote: Cueto's shutout a statement

Day after being named Final Vote candidate, Reds ace fans 11 in two-hit masterpiece

Rock the vote: Cueto's shutout a statement

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes in elections, talk is cheap for a candidate with the voters. It's better to prove yourself on the job and in the arena. Reds ace Johnny Cueto certainly accomplished that on Tuesday night vs. the Nationals.

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Cueto finds Final Vote support in U.S. Senate

Ohio senators Brown, Portman attend Reds ace's shutout in D.C., declare backing

Cueto finds Final Vote support in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON -- The effort to get Reds ace Johnny Cueto into the All-Star Game in Cincinnati next week via the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote has some bipartisan support in the United States Senate.

Both senators from Ohio -- Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman -- attended Tuesday's marquee matchup of Cueto vs. Max Scherzer when the Reds played the Nationals at Nationals Park. Cueto dominated with a two-hit shutout, striking out 11 in a 5-0 victory over Washington.

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Cueto lobbies for Final Vote with D.C. shutout

Cueto lobbies for Final Vote with D.C. shutout

WASHINGTON -- It was supposed to be a pitchers' duel between right-handers Max Scherzer and Johnny Cueto, but it turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Reds blanked the Nationals, 5-0, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.

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Reds maximize production off daunting ace

Votto falls triple shy of cycle to lead five-run blitz on All-Star Scherzer

Reds maximize production off daunting ace

WASHINGTON -- In what has been a trying year, the Reds' offense would have loved to have more success stories during the first half of the season. Even if it did, it would have been hard to top what was done on Tuesday night.

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Cueto's mates helping in push for Final Vote

Frazier among Reds leading charge; lunch-time voting effort set for Friday at The Holy Grail

Cueto's mates helping in push for Final Vote

WASHINGTON -- Now that their ace, Johnny Cueto, is one of five National League players selected for the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, the Reds are doing what they can to get their fans to cast their ballots.

Voting is open now at MLB.com to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each league until 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

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Reds seeking 2nd sweep of East-leading Nats

Reds seeking 2nd sweep of East-leading Nats

Having already swept the Nationals at home earlier this season, the Reds are in position to do it again in Wednesday's series finale at Nationals Park. Starter Michael Lorenzen will look to help Cincinnati improve to 6-0 against Washington, which will start Gio Gonzalez.

The Nationals have been plagued by numerous injuries, a fact made worse by outfielder Denard Span (back spasms) and infielder Yunel Escobar (tight hamstring) being pulled from Monday night's game and remaining out of action Tuesday.

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Reds to recall Holmberg for Thursday start

Taking roster spot of Smith, left-hander to duel with Fernandez in Miami

Reds to recall Holmberg for Thursday start

WASHINGTON -- The Reds revealed on Tuesday that left-handed pitcher David Holmberg will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start on Thursday vs. the Marlins.

Holmberg, who will be opposed by Jose Fernandez in the four-game series opener at Miami, will be taking the spot of Josh Smith after he was optioned to Double-A Pensacola on Monday.

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All-Star Game community events set to begin in Cincinnati

All-Star Game community events set to begin in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- The 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game is still a week away, but the festivities will begin this week, starting on Wednesday.

The T-Mobile All-Star FanFest and the Budweiser MLB All-Star Concert featuring Ariana Grande highlight the wide array of community events leading up to the opening pitch of the game on July 14.

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Aroldis earns fourth straight All-Star selection

Aroldis earns fourth straight All-Star selection

WASHINGTON -- It's usually an electric experience at Great American Ball Park when the bullpen door opens and closer Aroldis Chapman emerges to finish a game and throw 100 mph, and harder.

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Suarez's homer gives Reds final word in D.C.

Suarez's homer gives Reds final word in D.C.

WASHINGTON -- Eugenio Suarez's third home run of the season, a high fly ball down the left-field line in the eighth inning that just kept carrying, was all that separated the Reds and Nationals on Monday in Cincinnati's 3-2 series-opening win at Nationals Park.

"He got it enough," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "When it's humid and warm like this, the ball carries pretty well, and he hit it in the perfect spot. Just got it over, inside the pole."

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Reds prepare Great American Ball Park for ASG

Clubhouse staff hard at work to get amenities ready for Midsummer Classic festivities

Reds prepare Great American Ball Park for ASG

CINCINNATI -- When the Reds' team bus departed with the players and coaches for the airport from Great American Ball Park shortly after a home stand wrapped on Sunday, Rick Stowe and his staff wasted little time getting to work. Immediately, All-Star Week preparations began.

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With final boost, Frazier named ASG starter

Third baseman voted into first All-Star starting lineup, will play in front of home fans on July 14

With final boost, Frazier named ASG starter

CINCINNATI -- With the equivalent of a big kick in the last lap of a race, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier sprinted his way in the final week of voting into the starting lineup for the National League All-Star team. Frazier will get to represent the host Reds in the All-Star Game July 14 at Great American Ball Park.

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Reds' bats quiet behind Leake in finale vs. Crew

Reds' bats quiet behind Leake in finale vs. Crew

CINCINNATI -- A better seven-game road trip was simply not possible for the Brewers. How can you top perfection? Milwaukee completed a three-game series sweep of the Reds on Sunday with a 6-1 victory at Great American Ball Park. The club went 7-0 on its trip through Philadelphia and Cincinnati, while rampaging for 53 runs, and has a season-high winning streak of eight games.

"Guys see guys having good at-bats and it's been contagious," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "That's gone on up and down the lineup. It's success and then it's confidence and then it's contagious."

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Reds call up Y. Rodriguez, option J. Smith

Reds call up Y. Rodriguez, option J. Smith

WASHINGTON -- After three rough starts, the Reds optioned starting pitcher Josh Smith to Double-A Pensacola and recalled outfielder Yorman Rodriguez from Triple-A Louisville on Monday.

Smith's spot in the rotation is currently open, and the Reds have Thursday's scheduled assignment currently listed as "TBA" vs. Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. However, Reds No. 20 prospect David Holmberg's scheduled start for Louisville on Monday was scratched.

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NL ASG starters' highlight-reel plays

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NL ASG starters' highlight-reel plays

If you thought July 4 was full of fireworks, just wait until July 14 in Cincinnati when baseball's biggest stars converge on Great American Ball Park for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. 

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Young Reds fan loses souvenir, Ryan Braun tosses back

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Young Reds fan loses souvenir, Ryan Braun tosses back

Ryan Braun caught a fly ball near the wall in left to end the top of the second inning of Sunday's Reds-Brewers game, and, evidently well-versed in the Grand Unifying Theory of Souvenirs (read: just give it to the cute little kid) he knew exactly what to do. 

Unfortunately, the cute little kid in question was not on the same page.

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That time Paul O'Neill kicked a ball from RF to 1B

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That time Paul O'Neill kicked a ball from RF to 1B

We all know that Bo Jackson knows football and baseball ... and basketball and hockey and surfing and competitive cycling. But -- back in 1989 -- baseball had another multi-sport star and his name was Paul O'Neill.

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Smith ties team record by hitting 4 batters

Smith ties team record by hitting 4 batters

CINCINNATI -- Rookie Josh Smith has only three Major League starts on his resume, but managed to tie a 108-year old Reds record vs. the Brewers on Saturday night.

During a 7-3 loss to Milwaukee, Smith hit four batters with pitches and evened the club record set by Jake Weimer all the way back on July 28, 1907, vs. the New York Giants.

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Reds can't rally past Brewers

Reds can't rally past Brewers

CINCINNATI -- In a top of the fifth inning that seemed to feature a little bit of everything, the Brewers scored six runs on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Reds and extended their season-high winning streak to seven games Saturday night -- though Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch and suffered a left wrist contusion.

As Reds starter Josh Smith labored, Milwaukee sent 12 men to the plate in the big rally as Cincinnati made two pitching changes. It also featured a hit batsman, a replay challenge, an ejection, an error on a pick-off throw, a run-scoring balk and a stretch where six straight batters reached safely.

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Cingrani could become a starter again

Cingrani could become a starter again

CINCINNATI -- Entering Spring Training, Reds left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani was thought to be in the mix for a rotation spot before he was ultimately put in the bullpen rather early on in the competition. At some point this season, it's possible that Cingrani could start again for Cincinnati.

The reports from the first rehab assignment outing at Triple-A Louisville were positive for Cingrani, who has been on the disabled list since June 15 with a left shoulder strain. He worked two scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts while throwing 35 pitches. Manager Bryan Price noted it could be a somewhat extended timetable for Cingrani because of the team's plans.

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Lorenzen struggles in loss to Brewers

Lorenzen struggles in loss to Brewers

CINCINNATI -- From the first batter of his start vs. the Brewers on Friday night, Reds rookie pitcher Michael Lorenzen appeared to have trouble. Lorenzen had a 0-2 count on Gerardo Parra before he hit a foul ball and stayed alive.

Three pitches later and with a 2-2 count, Parra hit a rising 96-mph fastball over the right-field fence for a leadoff home run. Milwaukee didn't stop rolling from there as it handed the Reds a 12-1 defeat.

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Reds fall in opener to Brewers

Reds fall in opener to Brewers

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers continued a recent trend of beating up opposing pitching when they roughed up the Reds on Friday night at Great American Ball Park. A 12-1 victory extended Milwaukee's season-high winning streak to six games.

On the heels of scoring 28 runs during a four-game sweep at Philadelphia, the Brewers jumped on Reds rookie starter Michael Lorenzen quickly. Gerardo Parra led off the top of the first inning with a home run to right field. Following two more hits in the first, Adam Lind's RBI groundout made it 2-0. Aramis Ramirez led off the second inning with a first-pitch homer to left and Milwaukee added two more runs in the fifth off of reliever Nate Adcock. The rout was on when Carlos Gomez added a grand slam in the seventh against Carlos Contreras.

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Jocketty considering plans for Trade Deadline

Jocketty considering plans for Trade Deadline

CINCINNATI -- Speculation has often centered that the Reds could become sellers and make trades as soon as they are done hosting the All-Star Game on July 14. General manager Walt Jocketty did not tip his hand on Friday, but indicated it was under consideration.

Cincinnati entered Friday 5 1/2 games back in the National League Wild Card standings. Could the outcome of final three series in the first half vs. the Brewers, Nationals and Marlins determine the decision?

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Top prospect Stephenson promoted to Triple-A

Top prospect Stephenson promoted to Triple-A

CINCINNATI -- The top prospect of the Reds organization, right-handed starting pitcher Robert Stephenson, was promoted and is now one step away from the Major Leagues.

Stephenson, 22, was summoned to make his debut on Friday for Triple-A Louisville. He pitched five innings vs. Columbus and allowed two earned runs and four hits with three walks and six strikeouts while throwing 94 pitches, 59 for strikes.

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Reds agree to $1 million deal with int'l OF Olivo

Reds agree to $1 million deal with int'l OF Olivo

Dominican Republic teenager Cristian Olivo has improved dramatically since the beginning of the year, and now he's one step closer to starting the path toward his big league dream.

The Reds have agreed to a $1 million signing bonus for Olivo, ranked No. 23 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, according to industry sources.

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Assistant hitting coach Tinsley placed on leave

CINCINNATI -- Reds assistant hitting coach Lee Tinsley was placed on administrative leave by the club on Friday after he was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while impaired on Thursday.

Tinsley was booked at the Carroll County, Ky., detention center Thursday morning and released, MLB.com learned. WXIX-TV reported that documents showed the 46-year-old registered a breathalyzer test result of .08.

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Reds ride Cueto, costly Twins error to win

Reds ride Cueto, costly Twins error to win

CINCINNATI -- In potentially his final start in a Reds uniform at Great American Ball Park, ace Johnny Cueto threw eight strong innings to lead the Reds to a series-clinching 2-1 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

Cueto (5-5, 2.84) gave up one run on four hits, one walk and one hit batter for his first win since June 7. He also recorded eight strikeouts, giving him exactly 100 on the season. The 29-year-old right-hander is in the final year of his current contract, and he has been considered by many as a candidate to be moved before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.

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Cueto brilliant amid trade speculation

In final year of contract, Reds star continues to pitch at high level

Cueto brilliant amid trade speculation

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have not given overt signals that ace Johnny Cueto is going to be moved before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. But the fans certainly seem to appreciate that Cueto could be on borrowed time in Cincinnati.

Perhaps that's part of why Cueto received a standing ovation from the 26,459 fans at Great American Ball Park when he walked off the field after eight solid innings of work during Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Twins. He also received a pat on the head from catcher Brayan Pena and a handshake from manager Bryan Price once he reached the dugout.

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