Finnegan, Reds too much for Padres

Finnegan, Reds too much for Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Reds' pitching staff has certainly struggled with the long ball this season, but evidently they're the only group of pitchers capable of keeping the Padres in the yard these days.

The Cincinnati offense struck early and often Friday night, scoring four times in the first, en route to a 6-0 victory at Petco Park, which snapped the Padres' 25-game home-run streak.

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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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Bruce wants conclusion to trade speculation

Reds right fielder feels a deal could be made in short order

Bruce wants conclusion to trade speculation

SAN DIEGO -- This is "hugwatch" No. 3 for Jay Bruce. The Reds right fielder went through the ringer before last year's Trade Deadline and was nearly moved. He was almost traded before Spring Training in February. Now it's happening all over again as the final weekend before Monday's 4 p.m. non-waiver Trade Deadline.

On Friday, Bruce was expecting to be moved at any moment but remained with the Reds for at least one more game as the Reds handed the Padres a 6-0 loss on Friday.

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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 halt Padres' HR streak at 25

Reds halt Padres' HR streak at 25

SAN DIEGO -- The Reds shut out the Padres 6-0 Friday night, and ended San Diego's 25-game home run streak in the process, thanks to a six-inning start from Brandon Finnegan followed by three scoreless innings from Michael Lorenzen and Blake Wood.

The shutout was just the third of the season for the Reds, who also blanked the Padres on June 26 -- just one game before San Diego started its NL-tying streak of consecutive games with a homer.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brennaman to return to Reds' booth Saturday

Brennaman to return to Reds' booth Saturday

SAN DIEGO -- Reds television play-by-play voice Thom Brennaman is ready to put that voice back to work again. It's been exactly two months since Brennaman has called a game on Fox Sports Ohio, but he will return from the broadcasters' "disabled list" on Saturday when Cincinnati plays the Padres.

In June, Brennaman had vocal cord surgery.

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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 to make return from TJ surgery Sunday

Bailey to make return from TJ surgery Sunday

SAN DIEGO - After activating him on Thursday from the disabled list, the Reds took the next logical step on Friday and announced that Homer Bailey would be their starting pitcher vs. the Padres on Sunday.

It will be Bailey's first start in the Major Leagues for Cincinnati since April 23, 2015, before he needed 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.

DeSclafani looks to stay unbeaten vs. Padres

DeSclafani looks to stay unbeaten vs. Padres

On Friday night, the Reds ended the Padres' 25-game homer streak with just their third shutout of the season, setting up game two between the two teams in Petco Park. 

Cincinnati's Anthony DeSclafani will face Christian Friedrich, who gets the start for San Diego at Petco Park.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Romano among top prospect performers Friday

Cubs prospect hits first grand slam in four-hit effort; Rockies infielder hits timely homer

Romano among top prospect performers Friday

Another day, another monstrous offensive performance for Eloy Jimenez.

The Cubs' No. 3 prospect was at it again on Friday night as he delivered the first grand slam of his career as well as a pair of doubles in what was his third four-hit game of the season. Jimenez ultimately fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs to power Class A South Bend past Lake County, 11-7.

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Will Reds keep or trade Bruce by Deadline?

Will Reds keep or trade Bruce by Deadline?

SAN DIEGO -- As the non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has gotten on one torrid home run streak. What Bruce doesn't know is if his streak will continue with the Reds or with another club.

Bruce, who has six homers in five games and tied a club record on Wednesday with a five-game streak with at least one home run, headlines speculation if he will be moved by Cincinnati ahead of Monday's 4 p.m. ET Deadline. To this point, Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty has been surprised that he hasn't fielded more calls.

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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.

Newcomer Senzel at top of Reds' prospect list

Newcomer Senzel at top of Reds' prospect list

For an organization that is rebuilding at the Major League level like the Reds, there is more scrutiny on the development of prospects in the Minor Leagues than usual. That effort appears to be heading in the right direction as Cincinnati once again has five players listed on MLBPipeline.com's midseason Top 100 Prospects list.

The Reds' new No. 1 prospect is third baseman Nick Senzel, who was the No. 2 overall pick in this year's MLB Draft. Senzel is ranked 56th overall, and he's followed by lefty starting pitchers Amir Garrett (No. 57) and Cody Reed (No. 59), outfielder Jesse Winker (No. 66) and right-handed pitcher Robert Stephenson (No. 70).

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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.

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Reds set to ink undrafted gem Friedl past deadline

Club recently discovered University of Nevada outfielder was eligible

Reds set to ink undrafted gem Friedl past deadline

The Draft signing deadline may have passed on July 15, but it appears the Cincinnati Reds aren't quite done. MLBPipeline.com has learned Cincinnati will sign University of Nevada outfielder TJ Friedl for an undisclosed bonus. The Reds have not confirmed any deal is in place.

It was not discovered that Friedl, who just returned from Cuba as part of the United States National Collegiate Team, was eligible to be drafted or signed until after the Draft was completed. The Reds were one of a few teams who discovered the left-handed-hitting outfielder had redshirted as a sophomore in 2015, thus making him eligible. The Reds and the Rays were the teams believed to be the most interested in acquiring the 5-foot-10, 170-pound outfielder.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

What's behind Bruce's slugging rebound?

Reds trade candidate has 4th-biggest increase in opposite-field production

What's behind Bruce's slugging rebound?

It seems likely Jay Bruce is going to be moved before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. That much is clear. With a hitting line of .271/.323/.572, he's having the best offensive year of his career, immediately after having his two worst years, hitting .222/.288/.406 over 2014-15. That much, also, is clear.

But what's far less clear is why exactly Bruce is having such a return to form this year. Even Bruce himself doesn't seem to know, at least if he was being honest in speaking to local media earlier this week. That's a big deal, because if teams are going to give up the big return Cincinnati is looking for in order to acquire Bruce, they need to be pretty certain they're getting the version we're seeing now, and not the version we saw over the last two years.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

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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Aquino among top prospect performers Thursday

Rockies catcher continues torrid month; Yankees' first-round pick hitting .429 at Pulaski

Aquino among top prospect performers Thursday

Tom Murphy is likely hoping July never ends considering the Rockies' No. 11 prospect has raised his batting average over 100 points in 16 games so far this month.

Murphy went 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in Triple-A Albuquerque's 8-3 win over Salt Lake.

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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.

Senzel among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Blue Jays prospects combine to propel Dunedin to 10-9 win

Senzel among top prospect performers Wednesday

A pair of Blue Jays' prospects led the way in a slugfest for Class A Advanced Dunedin on Wednesday.

Anthony Alford (Blue Jays' No. 3) and Richard Urena (Blue Jays' No. 1No. 91 overall) combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs in Dunedin's 10-9 win over Lakeland.

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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' 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.

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

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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.