Reds' matchup with Cubs gets rained out

Reds' matchup with Cubs gets rained out

CINCINNATI -- Following a four-hour, 13-minute rain delay, the Reds-Cubs game scheduled for Saturday afternoon was postponed. A makeup date will be announced at a later time.

Fans holding tickets for Saturday's rainout game may present their same ticket at the gate for the rescheduled game with no exchange necessary. Ticket exchanges are available at Great American Ball Park throughout the regular season in advance of game day only.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds fete '90 champions in pregame ceremony

Reds fete '90 champions in pregame ceremony

CINCINNATI -- Rain fell on the field, but the party went on, as the Reds continued their weekend-long celebration of their 1990 World Series champions on Saturday at Great American Ball Park.

Heavy showers descended upon the ballpark in the hours leading up to the Reds-Cubs afternoon tilt, delaying the start of the game and eliminating the possibility of the pregame ceremony taking place on the field. So the Reds simply turned to Plan B, staging the 1990 reunion from the Handlebar Club in right field, with the players sitting out on the balcony area in plain view of the fans in the stands.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Letter from Piniella read at ceremony for 1990 team

Letter from Piniella read at ceremony for 1990 team

CINCINNATI -- The Reds saluted the 1990 World Series championship team on Saturday in a pregame ceremony, but manager Lou Piniella was unable to attend. Piniella, 71, did send a hand-written letter to the team and its fans, which was read:

Dear Players and Fans,

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maddon calls Reds' Hamilton a 'game changer'

Maddon calls Reds' Hamilton a 'game changer'

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton didn't waste any time running on Chicago's Jon Lester. The Cubs weren't surprised. The Reds' center fielder has done that to other pitchers, as well.

"I know the focus is on Jon, but I promise [Hamilton] has done that to other people," manager Joe Maddon said on Saturday. "My biggest concern there is to not permit a big inning, and that's part of the bigger inning."

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamilton produces early runs, but Reds miss opportunities

Speedster steals three vs. Lester, but Cincinnati 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position

Hamilton produces early runs, but Reds miss opportunities

CINCINNATI -- Reds speedster Billy Hamilton was more than willing to exploit Cubs ace Jon Lester's weakness at holding runners, and he seemed poised early to be a one-man run-manufacturing machine. When push came to shove in the later innings, however, runs that were begging to be scored were left uncollected.

Hence, the Reds gave away a 7-3 loss to the Cubs in 11 innings as they went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They also struck out 16 times in the game, including 10 against Lester.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leake strikes out nine, but Reds fall in extras

Leake strikes out nine, but Reds fall in extras

CINCINNATI -- A four-run top of the 11th inning gave the Cubs a 7-3 victory over the Reds on Friday, their fifth game won in their final at-bat in 16 games overall. Jonathan Herrera delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI single.

It was a 3-3 game in the top of the 11th when struggling Reds reliever Burke Badenhop gave up three straight one-out singles. Anthony Rizzo started the rally with a lined single to center field that was stopped on the short-hop by a diving Billy Hamilton. Kris Bryant followed with a single up the middle before Herrera, who entered the game defensively in the ninth inning, came through with a lined RBI single to right field.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mesoraco could catch bullpen session soon

Catcher has been limited to two plate appearances since injuring left hip

Mesoraco could catch bullpen session soon

CINCINNATI -- Reds All-Star Devin Mesoraco has yet to test his bothersome left hip by trying to catch, but that could be in his near future.

"I would imagine we'll catch a bullpen here in the next couple of days," Mesoraco said on Friday. "We haven't really set the date, but I would assume pretty quickly."

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reliving Top 10 Reds moments of '90 World Series

Reliving Top 10 Reds moments of '90 World Series

CINCINNATI -- It's been 25 years since the Reds went wire to wire and swept the World Series, but the memories from that season are still vivid for those who watched, rooted and/or played in that postseason.

Thirty members of the 1990 World Series champion Reds gathered at Great American Ball Park on Friday to begin a weekend-long reunion to celebrate that unforgettable series. In honor of this particular gathering of Reds greats, we've come up with a list of top 10 moments and memories from the 1990 Fall Classic.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. Mark Sheldon contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bailey still searching for comfort level after each start

Bailey still searching for comfort level after each start

MILWAUKEE -- Homer Bailey said it was hard to compare how he pitched with how he was supposed to pitch because he isn't exactly sure.

Bailey, who opened the season on the disabled list after surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon last September, allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in his second start, but did not get a decision in the Reds' 4-2 loss to the Brewers on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.

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Megan Zahneis

Davis showed toughness for Reds, in fight vs. cancer

Skilled outfielder displayed perseverance since his humble Los Angeles beginnings

Davis showed toughness for Reds, in fight vs. cancer

Before Billy Hamilton, there was another slender, agile National League Gold Glove Award winner known for his speed as he patrolled center field in Cincinnati.

Nearly 30 years separate the Major League debuts of these two players, which possibly explains why this generation of Cincinnati Reds fans may not be too familiar with the original Mr. Speedy in the Queen City.

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Megan Zahneis is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillips turns smart double play against Brewers

Phillips turns smart double play against Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- So much for the adage that a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush, at least when it comes to baseball.

Second baseman Brandon Phillips alertly let a soft liner drop in front of him and turned a potential scoring threat into an inning-ending double play in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Brewers.

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Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bailey, Byrd look good but Reds fall to Brewers

Bailey, Byrd look good but Reds fall to Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Jean Segura delivered the clutch hit the Brewers have so badly needed, a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning that sent Milwaukee to a 4-2 win over Cincinnati on Thursday at Miller Park.

Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez hit solo home runs, but the Brewers needed Segura's single off Reds reliever Kevin Gregg to snap an eight-game losing streak. Starter Kyle Lohse allowed two runs in seven innings for his first victory, and Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez bounced back from a loss the night before to notch his second save.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamilton's stolen-base streak ends at nine

Hamilton's stolen-base streak ends at nine

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers became the first team this season to punish Reds speedster Billy Hamilton for stealing.

Crafty Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse kept Hamilton close by varying his deliveries in the sixth inning on Thursday, giving strong-armed catcher Martin Maldonado a chance to throw Hamilton out attempting to steal second base in a game tied at 2. Before Maldonado made the play, Hamilton had been 9-for-9 in stolen-base attempts to start the season.

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

Manfred: Rose will participate in All-Star Game festivities

Manfred: Rose will participate in All-Star Game festivities

Pete Rose will play a role in this year's All-Star Game in Cincinnati, the hit king's hometown and the city where he starred for much of his career, Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Thursday.

Manfred made his remarks during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors in New York.

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Cueto at his best in picking up first win

Strikes out Lind with go-ahead run at third

Cueto at his best in picking up first win

MILWAUKEE -- Reds manager Bryan Price gave a quick thumbs-up gesture to Johnny Cueto before walking out to the mound in the eighth inning Wednesday at Miller Park. It meant Cueto wasn't coming out of the game.

In the biggest moment of the night, with Cueto's pitch count elevated, the tying run at third and a left-handed bat at the plate, it stood to reason that Cueto might exit, leaving him shy of his first win in 2015 despite a 1.86 ERA.

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Jonathan Mayo

Mayo uses Stephenson's curve to create uber prospect

Taking one tool from five Minor Leaguers, MLB Pipeline creates the ultimate hurler

Mayo uses Stephenson's curve to create uber prospect

Last week, the world was introduced to Carlex O'Galldor, the uber prospect created at MLBPipeline.com by taking the best individual tools from five prospects on Prospect Watch.

Now it's time to head back to the prospecting lab and create the ultimate pitching prospect. The concept is similar to last week's, but with pitches: Taking the best pitch, plus control, from five up-and-coming arms.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds squeak by Brewers on ninth-inning wild pitch

Reds squeak by Brewers on ninth-inning wild pitch

MILWAUKEE -- There were no offensive fireworks at Miller Park on Wednesday night. Johnny Cueto and Jimmy Nelson made sure of that.

Cueto, the Reds' ace, and Nelson, the Brewers' No. 5 starter who has pitched far above his standing, surrendered a run apiece before settling into a classic pitchers' duel for eight innings that was settled in the ninth after both had exited. Francisco Rodriguez's run-scoring wild pitch handed the Reds a 2-1 win and dealt the Brewers their eighth straight loss.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. JR Radcliffe is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ball bounces in Reds' favor, widens Brewers' woes

Hamilton scores winning run on Rodriguez's WP

Ball bounces in Reds' favor, widens Brewers' woes

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers squandered their opportunity in the eighth inning, and the Reds made the most of an opening in the ninth. That was the difference Wednesday between what could have been an uplifting Brewers victory against Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto, and instead became a 2-1 Reds win over Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Pitching in the ninth inning of a tie game, Rodriguez committed the cardinal sin of walking speedster Billy Hamilton with one out. Hamilton moved to third on Joey Votto's single and scored when Rodriguez bounced a changeup for a two-out wild pitch that sent Milwaukee to its eighth straight loss, and positioned the Reds to aim for a sweep of the four-game series on Thursday.

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

Selectivity in stealing helping Reds achieve greater success

Hatcher credited with team's improvement

Selectivity in stealing helping Reds achieve greater success

MILWAUKEE -- Even in the lingering April chill, it's been perfect conditions for a short run.

With two stolen bases Tuesday night, the Reds improved to 16-for-16 in swipes, a franchise record to begin a season since the caught-stealing stat has been continuously recorded, beginning in 1951. The last Major League team to hit that mark: the 2007 Twins, who opened the year stealing 19 in as many attempts (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).

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JR Radcliffe is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bench, Morgan among early Reds Franchise Four leaders

Bench, Morgan among early Reds Franchise Four leaders

There aren't many teams with a more impressive honor roll than the Cincinnati Reds.

Major League Baseball's Franchise Four contest has turned up some impressive quartets, and the Reds can hang with any of them. Cincinnati can muster three Hall of Famers and the all-time hit king among its four most representative players, and there are other Cooperstown immortals waiting in the wings.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds stage impromptu derby in Milwaukee, outslug Crew

Reds stage impromptu derby in Milwaukee, outslug Crew

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers finally had a big night at the plate. They just happened to do it while the Reds played home run derby.

About 24 hours after matching their season high with six runs in a series-opening victory, the Reds more than doubled that total by the sixth inning of a 16-10 win over the reeling Brewers on Tuesday in which the teams matched a Major League record by hitting three grand slams. The Reds accounted for two of them as part of a five-homer barrage.

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Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com. Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Little things lead to 16-run barrage

Reds power five homers, but walks, steals key

Little things lead to 16-run barrage

MILWAUKEE -- The Reds pounded out a season-high 16 runs, blasted five homers -- including a pair of two-out grand slams -- but it was the little things that helped make the difference in a wild 16-10 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night at Miller Park.

"If you can get a walk or capitalize on a mistake by the defense, that's what good teams do, good offenses do," said Zack Cozart, who had two of the Reds' home runs. "That's what we think how we should be, like we were tonight and yesterday. The small things were big tonight. We had the home runs and stuff, but before that, we got guys on base. It might have been an error, might have been a walk, but we had guys on base and we got them in."

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Mike Bauman

Offense now clicking on all cylinders, and touching all bases

After slow start to season, Reds launch 5 home runs in mauling of Brewers

Offense now clicking on all cylinders, and touching all bases

MILWAUKEE -- Look at the Cincinnati lineup. If there was any question about when the offense was going to hits its stride, it couldn't be if, it had to be when.

True, the Reds arrived here two games ago, with their offense sputtering, averaging barely three runs per game. They were on a four-game losing streak. The outlook was not particularly positive.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds and Brewers combine for 7 HR and 3 grand slams

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Reds and Brewers combine for 7 HR and 3 grand slams

The International Space Station sure was lucky they decided to take in a Mets game instead of the Reds-Brewers matchup at Miller Park on Tuesday night. Because if they were, chances are they'd have a dinged up spaceship after the two teams combined for seven atmosphere-scraping home runs. I don't even want to know what the labor costs on those repairs would be.

While there were plenty of your normal, boring, run-of-the-mill 400-foot shots that make you question your life worth as you struggle to hit the ball out of the infield in your beer league softball game, the real gems were the three whole grand slams. 

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Reds 1B coach Hatcher no stranger to grand slam history

Former player hit one of three in 1987 game between Astros, Cubs

Reds 1B coach Hatcher no stranger to grand slam history

MILWAUKEE -- In the entire history of Major League Baseball, there have been four games where the two teams have combined for three grand slams.

Reds first base coach Billy Hatcher has been a part of half of them.

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Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast top speed: Gordon vs. Hamilton vs. Trout

Reds' center fielder eclipses competition in analysis of recent stolen bases

Statcast top speed: Gordon vs. Hamilton vs. Trout

If you're in Miami, Cincinnati or the greater Los Angeles area, the fastest man in baseball is likely playing in a stadium near you.

Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, Miami second baseman Dee Gordon and Angels center fielder Mike Trout are widely considered three of the main contenders for this unofficial crown, and with the advent of Statcast technology, it's easier than ever to determine who is the fleetest of foot.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.