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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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.

Reed takes another shot at first Major League win

Reed takes another shot at first Major League win

Matt Cain's return from the disabled list last Wednesday seemed to epitomize the type of eight-game road trip the Giants endured following the All-Star break. Fully recovered from a right hamstring injury that had sidelined him since June 13, Cain allowed five runs, including three home runs, in 2 1/3 innings against the Red Sox.

He'll hope to minimize that type of damage in his next start against the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park on Tuesday night. Cain, who has logged only 12 appearances this year, is noticeably more stable as a pitcher in San Francisco. He has a 4.97 ERA at home this season, compared to a 7.48 ERA on the road. He has yet to record a quality start since May 21, though.

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

Mahle squares off against Guerrieri in Double-A duel

Mahle squares off against Guerrieri in Double-A duel

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Tuesday's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Joey Gallo (Rangers' No. 1), Round Rock vs. Omaha (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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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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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.

Hamilton gets his wish, batting leadoff

Hamilton gets his wish, batting leadoff

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton walked into the Reds' clubhouse Friday afternoon and had to do a double-take.

Hamilton saw his name at the top of the Reds' batting order for the first time since June 29, and for just the 11th time all season. It was the first time Hamilton had been in the leadoff position in a game in which Zack Cozart has also been in the starting lineup. This time, manager Bryan Price has the full intention of keeping Hamilton's name in that No. 1 spot.

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Reds' Votto, Barnhart stay hot in opener win

Reds' Votto, Barnhart stay hot in opener win

CINCINNATI -- The first inning wasn't kind to either starter in Friday's series opener between the Reds and D-backs.

Reds starter Dan Straily allowed two first-inning runs, but his counterpart, Archie Bradley, allowed three, giving up the only Arizona lead of the game as the Reds went on to win, 6-2. The Reds now have won four of their last five games.

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Bailey could return to Reds' rotation soon

Bailey could return to Reds' rotation soon

CINCINNATI -- An off-day in San Diego next week could end up being beneficial to the Reds in more than one way.

Besides the locale, if things go the way Reds manager Bryan Price hopes they go, next Thursday's off-day could allow him to keep his starting pitching rotation intact without need of a replacement before Homer Bailey possibly rejoins the team.

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All-Star Bruce won't be surprised by a trade

All-Star Bruce won't be surprised by a trade

When the Trade Deadline arrives on Aug. 1, Jay Bruce may no longer be with the Cincinnati Reds.

Bruce's name has swirled in trade talks for much of the past year, and rumors have only intensified as he's hit .263/.314/.530, tacking on 19 home runs and 66 RBIs.

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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.

Barnhart, Votto go deep to back DeSclafani's gem

Barnhart, Votto go deep to back DeSclafani's gem

CINCINNATI -- It was a good thing for Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani that Tucker Barnhart hit a home run in the sixth inning on Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. The two-run shot not only provided a lead, it allowed DeSclafani to pitch eight innings as the Reds took a 6-3 victory over the Braves and claimed two of three games in the series.

Braves starter Lucas Harrell took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning when Cincinnati erupted for a four-run rally. With one out, Jose Peraza hit a two-run single to center field that scored Jay Bruce and Eugenio Suarez. Two batters later, Barnhart put the Reds ahead with a two-run homer to right field. Manager Bryan Price would have pinch-hit for DeSclafani, who was hitting ninth behind Barnhart, had they not taken the lead.

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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.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Braves on Wednesday.

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'Disco' adds dominant start to breakout season

Unassuming Reds righty improves to 5-0 with eight-inning outing

'Disco' adds dominant start to breakout season

CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani's nickname of "Disco" would imply he has a personality that's loud, like the music era's fashion and dramatic on the mound. That would be a wrong assumption.

DeSclafani is even-keeled in the clubhouse and generally steady on the mound, which was once again welcomed by the club during Wednesday's 6-3 victory over the Braves at Great American Ball Park. The right-hander tossed eight innings for the second time this season to improve to 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA in eight starts since he returned from the left oblique strain he sustained in Spring Training.

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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.