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.

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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.

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Hamilton's speed a game-changer in tight win

Hamilton's speed a game-changer in tight win

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton didn't steal any bases on Wednesday, but the threat of it helped provide the decisive run in a series-clinching 2-1 win over the Twins at Great American Ball Park.

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Lorenzen looks to avenge debut loss to Crew

Lorenzen looks to avenge debut loss to Crew

The Reds and Brewers renew their National League Central rivalry in a three-game series that begins on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Great American Ball Park.

Rookie right-hander Michael Lorenzen will take the mound for the Reds. He has been impressive in his past three starts, posting a 2-0 record and 1.93 ERA. Lorenzen is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 12 appearances, including 10 starts.

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Marshall plays catch, eyes return to bullpen

Lefty reliever encouraged by progress in recovery from shoulder surgery

Marshall plays catch, eyes return to bullpen

CINCINNATI -- It was nothing more than a simple game of catch on Wednesday morning. But to reliever Sean Marshall and the Reds, it meant a lot. It was the first time Marshall had thrown a baseball since he had shoulder surgery in May.

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Iglesias on pace to return after All-Star break

After first successful rehab start, recovering pitcher slated for two more

Iglesias on pace to return after All-Star break

CINCINNATI -- The Reds got positive reports from Raisel Iglesias' first rehab start on Tuesday night, but they don't expect him to be activated until after the All-Star break. The club originally hoped he would be back a little sooner, but the timetable has Iglesias set for two more starts with Triple-A Louisville.

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Monarchs, Mo'ne honored in Cincinnati

Monarchs, Mo'ne honored in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- The Anderson Monarchs, a barnstorming youth team from Philadelphia, continued their 23-day, 21-city tour on Wednesday with a stop in the Queen City.

The Monarchs, who feature 2014 Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis, were honored on the field before the rubber game between the Reds and Twins. Davis and a few of her teammates threw out the first pitches, before playing later at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy against players from the Six Men Tigers and Avondale A's.

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DeSclafani escape artist before luck runs out

Twins 0-for-10 with RISP when Reds righty was on mound, but four-run seventh tarnishes start

DeSclafani escape artist before luck runs out

CINCINNATI -- Reds rookie starter Anthony DeSclafani labored and flirted with the potential of big innings through much of a long Tuesday night vs. the Twins. During an 8-5 loss, trouble caught up to DeSclafani in what turned into a four-run seventh.

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Rallying Reds unable to finish late comeback

Rallying Reds unable to finish late comeback

CINCINNATI -- The Twins had never faced Reds rookie starter Anthony DeSclafani before, but they clearly did a good job with their advanced reconnaissance. Minnesota scattered 15 hits in the game, including 11 off of DeSclafani, before holding on for a messy 8-5 victory Tuesday that evened the three-game series ahead of Wednesday's matinee finale at Great American Ball Park.

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Reds have contingency plan for short bench

With Phillips out and club carrying 8 relievers, pitchers Leake, Lorenzen prepared to pinch-hit

Reds have contingency plan for short bench

CINCINNATI -- With second baseman Brandon Phillips being out on Monday vs. the Twins with injuries to both of his hands, Reds manager Bryan Price's short bench was even shorter during the 11-7 victory.

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Davis imparts wisdom to high school prospects

Reds Hall of Famer serves as Breakthrough Series instructor

Davis imparts wisdom to high school prospects

CINCINNATI -- The Queen City was well-represented on the first of three stops of the Breakthrough Series this summer, as many participants were looking forward to gleaning wisdom from Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis.

Davis returned to Cincinnati on Monday and Tuesday to serve as an instructor during the Breakthrough Series showcase event. Of the 38 high school prospects in attendance, 11 were listed as Cincinnati natives. The large number of local players resulted in plenty of buzz to learn from a Reds legend.

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Making late push, Frazier pads ASG resume

Closing in on lead, Reds 3B eager to represent Cincy; voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET

Making late push, Frazier pads ASG resume

CINCINNATI -- With only a few days remaining in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting, Todd Frazier added more reasoning Monday for why he deserves to be the National League's starting third baseman.

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With 4 SBs, Hamilton races to 40-steal mark

Back in leadoff spot, speedy center fielder collects two hits, two walks, scores three runs

With 4 SBs, Hamilton races to 40-steal mark

CINCINNATI -- On Monday night, Billy Hamilton did what he does best: run fast and steal bases.

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Youth Hitting Challenge added to All-Star slate

MLB, Reds team up to host new skills event for participants aged 10-16

Youth Hitting Challenge added to All-Star slate

Imagine being able to tell your friends that you competed in an official All-Star Week event.

A new opportunity to do that exists for kids in the Greater Cincinnati area. Major League Baseball and the Reds are teaming up to host the first MLB All-Star Youth Hitting Challenge, open to participants ages 10-16 and free of charge.

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Reds jump out to big lead, then hold off Twins

Reds jump out to big lead, then hold off Twins

CINCINNATI -- In a game where a cornucopia of runs were scored in the early innings, the Reds held off the Twins to claim a series-opening 11-7 victory on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.

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After Leake struggles, bullpen shuts door

Reds' Adcock, Parra and Chapman combine to pitch five scoreless innings

After Leake struggles, bullpen shuts door

CINCINNATI -- It looked like the Reds' bullpen was going to get a much-needed quiet night after it worked 10 innings over parts of two games Sunday in New York. The team pulled out to an eight-run lead as the lineup was roughing up the Twins on Monday night to the benefit of starter Mike Leake.

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Hand injuries keep Phillips out of opener

Reds' Price doesn't expect second baseman to go on DL

Hand injuries keep Phillips out of opener

CINCINNATI -- Banged up with injuries to both of his hands that forced him out of Sunday's game, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was missing from the starting lineup in Monday's 11-7 win over the Twins.

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Bourgeois embraces 'Mr. Unknown' moniker

Reds outfielder hears it from fans after Citi Field scoreboard error

Bourgeois embraces 'Mr. Unknown' moniker

CINCINNATI -- When Reds outfielder Jason Bourgeois made his 2015 debut in a sixth-inning double switch Sunday vs. the Mets, his unique last name apparently lacked recognition at Citi Field.

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Urban Youth Academy hosts prep stars

Former Reds All-Star Davis among instructors at 2015 Breakthrough Series

Urban Youth Academy hosts prep stars

CINCINNATI -- About 40 potential future professional baseball players took the field Monday in the first day of the 2015 Breakthrough Series at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy.

The high school players competed in a number of throwing, fielding and hitting drills led by former Major League players and managers. Monday was the first of two days in Cincinnati, with the showcase series also making stops in Bradenton, Fla., on July 21 and Compton, Calif., on Aug. 2. On Tuesday, the participants will be split up into two teams for a pair of showcase games.

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Frazier showing off power before Home Run Derby

Frazier showing off power before Home Run Derby

NEW YORK -- Mets left-hander Steven Matz did not make many mistakes during his dazzling debut at Citi Field on Sunday, but he left a fastball over the plate to Reds third baseman Todd Frazier that did not go unpunished.

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Phillips injures both hands in loss to Mets

Phillips injures both hands in loss to Mets

NEW YORK -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips exited Sunday's game vs. the Mets in the seventh inning with multiple hand injuries.

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Rodriguez on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

Rodriguez on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of 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.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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Frazier hits 25th homer, but Reds come up short

Frazier hits 25th homer, but Reds come up short

NEW YORK -- When he stepped into Citi Field around 8:40 a.m. on Sunday, Steven Matz had no way of knowing it would be almost eight hours before he would finally step to the mound in his debut. When he did, it was worth the wait.

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Pitch, Hit & Run finalists announced

24 girls, boys to compete All-Star Workout Day on July 13

Pitch, Hit & Run finalists announced

It all started in March with about 625,000 youth around North America, competing in more than 4,400 events and each dreaming of the chance to play on the field prior to Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on July 13 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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Mesoraco ready to have surgery on left hip

Mesoraco ready to have surgery on left hip

NEW YORK -- After the Reds have departed New York to return home, catcher Devin Mesoraco will remain in the city to have surgery to repair the left hip impingement he has been dealing with most of the season.

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Reds fall on walk-off in 13 innings

Reds fall on walk-off in 13 innings

NEW YORK -- For one team, completing a suspended game nearly 24 hours after it began was worth the wait. That proved to be the Mets, who took a 2-1 win over the Reds in 13 innings on a Lucas Duda chopper that could not be handled by first baseman Joey Votto. New York won the first two games of the series with a chance to sweep in the regularly scheduled Sunday game.

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