Reds slug their way past Nats in opener

Reds slug their way past Nats in opener

CINCINNATI -- Using a three-run bottom of the sixth and Todd Frazier's home run in the seventh, the Reds claimed a 5-2 victory over the Nationals on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

Washington, which lost starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg only 16 pitches into his night because of tightness in a neck muscle, took a one-run lead in the top of the sixth on Wilson Ramos' RBI single, which scored Ryan Zimmerman.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, 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 offers glimpse into bright future

DeSclafani offers glimpse into bright future

CINCINNATI -- Reds fans are getting a glimpse of the future this weekend, with three rookie pitchers getting starts, and on Friday the future looked pretty good.

Anthony DeSclafani was impressive on Friday evening, leading the Reds to a 5-2 win over the Nationals in the series opener at Great American Ball Park. The young right-hander answered the call for a struggling rotation, surrendering only two earned runs on eight hits in six innings to improve to 3-4 on the season with a 3.41 ERA.

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Energized Reds conjure winning rally

Energized Reds conjure winning rally

CINCINNATI -- Too often during the Reds' stretch of 10 losses in 11 games, it seemed as though once they fell behind, they stayed behind until the last out. But not on Friday in a 5-2 win over the Nationals.

The Nats certainly didn't take an insurmountable lead when they scored a run against Anthony DeSclafani in the top of the sixth to make it a 2-1 game, but the Reds came back strong, with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and one more in the seventh.

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Words traded after Cingrani plunks Harper

Words traded after Cingrani plunks Harper

CINCINNATI -- Bryce Harper is one of the game's best players right now, so one could understand his feelings after he was hit in the back by a pitch thrown by the Reds' Tony Cingrani during the Nationals' 5-2 loss on Friday.

In the seventh inning, with Denard Span on second, Cingrani replaced right-hander Jumbo Diaz to face Harper. On the first pitch, Cingrani hit Harper, who was clearly upset. Harper threw his bat near the Nationals' dugout and slowly walked to first, where he exchanged words with first baseman Joey Votto.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Reds beat reporter Mark Sheldon contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Iglesias to face Nats in fourth start of season

Iglesias to face Nats in fourth start of season

CINCINNATI -- The Reds and Nationals will continue their three-game weekend series on Saturday at Great American Ball Park.

The Nationals will start lefty Gio Gonzalez, who is looking to continue a strong stretch this month. The Reds' Raisel Iglesias will be making his fourth start of the season. The rookie right-hander has also worked out of the bullpen for Cincinnati.

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With Cueto not ready, Reds turn to rookies

Lorenzen to face Nationals in place of Marquis, who moves to 'pen

With Cueto not ready, Reds turn to rookies

CINCINNATI -- In the state of flux that is the Reds' rotation lately, ace Johnny Cueto isn't quite ready to resume starting yet, Jason Marquis won't be starting for the time being and three rookies will be part of the mix.

Cueto, who missed one start with stiffness in his right elbow, has played catch each of the last three days without issues. There had been a chance he might start on Sunday against the Nationals, but that won't happen.

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Stephenson has his best start of season for Blue Wahoos

Reds No. 1 prospect strikes out 10, allows three hits in seven scoreless innings

Stephenson has his best start of season for Blue Wahoos

Reds No. 1 prospect Robert Stephenson turned in his best performance of the season on Friday night.

The Double-A Pensacola right-hander gave up three hits in seven shutout innings, striking out 10 hitters in the game. That effort followed a May 23 start in which Stephenson fanned 11 in 4 2/3 innings for the Blue Wahoos.

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Reds aim to stay motivated despite rough stretch

After losing 10 of 11, Price says players must 'anticipate success'

Reds aim to stay motivated despite rough stretch

CINCINNATI -- The latter half of May has put a big hole in the landscape of the Reds' season and harmed their hopes to contend. Somehow, they have to repair the damage the best they can and plow ahead.

But how? Manager Bryan Price has tried altering his lineup and changing bullpen roles, and he even apologized to fans for a particularly poor game on Sunday in Cleveland. On Wednesday, following Cincinnati's 10th loss in its past 11 games, Price held a team meeting. It won't be known if the meeting was effective until the Reds resume play Friday vs. the Nationals and Bryce Harper, one of the league's best players.

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2nd video board set to enhance Great American Ball Park

Reds partnering with Procter & Gamble to install LED screen before All-Star Game

2nd video board set to enhance Great American Ball Park

The Reds will add a second LED video board to Great American Ball Park in time for the All-Star Game.

The new Daktronics LED screen will measure 90 feet by 30 feet. About 7,500 seats with limited or obstructed views of the existing scoreboard will benefit from the new video display.

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Foster excited to see All-Star Game in Cincy

Former NL MVP Award winner to participate in T-Mobile All-Star FanFest

Foster excited to see All-Star Game in Cincy

CINCINNATI -- There's a good chance a few of the Reds could impact this year's All-Star Game, and it was announced Thursday that some former Redlegs will be featured in the Midsummer Classic festivities.

Former Reds left fielder George Foster, along with Hall of Famer Barry Larkin and 40 other MLB legends, will be participating in the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest. The event runs from Friday, July 10, to Tuesday, July 14, at the Duke Energy Convention Center, and it will include clinics, Q-and-A sessions and appearances from the many former players.

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Reds infielders rank in Top 5, need ASG votes

Frazier third among third basemen, with plenty of ground to make up

Reds infielders rank in Top 5, need ASG votes

CINCINNATI -- Some of the hometown Reds have a chance of cracking the starting lineup when the All-Star Game returns to the Queen City this summer. First baseman Joey Votto, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart and third baseman Todd Frazier are all listed in the top five of their positions after the first round of voting. Fans can cast their votes through the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Frazier is the highest-ranked Red, sitting in third place behind the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter and the Cubs' Kris Bryant at third base. However, Frazier -- who clubbed his 14th home run during the Reds' 6-4 loss to the Rockies on Wednesday -- has ground to make up, with 424,035 votes compared to Carpenter's 1,113,060.

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Price conducts team meeting after Reds' loss

Defeat comes day after club halted nine-game skid; Pena pleased with closed-door discussion

Price conducts team meeting after Reds' loss

CINCINNATI -- Mired in a stretch in which they have lost 10 of their last 11 games, the Reds held a team meeting in their clubhouse Wednesday following their latest defeat.

Manager Bryan Price led the closed-door meeting with his players after his club was beaten, 6-4, by the Rockies, dropping their season record to 19-27. Price would not discuss it.

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All-Star FanFest to feature legends like Larkin

Hall of Famer will be joined by fellow all-time greats during four-day event

All-Star FanFest to feature legends like Larkin

It's not just the 2015 All-Stars who will be in Cincinnati. Major League Baseball and the Reds announced on Thursday plans for T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, an event that will give fans the chance to meet some of the greatest players in baseball history.

At least 11 Hall of Famers and a host of Cincinnati stars will be on hand to sign autographs and to participate in question-and-answer sessions over the course of the four-day festival.

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Reds call up late surge, but rally falls short

Reds call up late surge, but rally falls short

CINCINNATI -- Home runs by Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon propelled the Rockies before they held on for a 6-4 victory over the Reds on Wednesday to take the three-game series at Great American Ball Park -- their first series win since April 13-15. Colorado has won four of its last five games, while fading Cincinnati dropped its 10th in the last 11.

"It's always nice to win a series," said Arenado, who is on a 9-for-16, three-homer, 10-RBI run. "We won't win every game. We're going on another road trip [to Philadelphia for three] knowing that we took care of business here."

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MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Leake trying to solve mystery of recent woes

Reds righty 0-3 with 12.86 ERA over last three starts after posting 2.36 mark over first seven

Leake trying to solve mystery of recent woes

CINCINNATI -- In a development that's probably as surprising to the Reds as it is ill-timed, given their recent slide, Mike Leake has taken a steep downturn over his last three starts.

After the Reds finally snapped their nine-game losing streak, Leake's latest effort on Wednesday afternoon was another struggle during a 6-4 loss to the Rockies. Over five innings, he allowed six earned runs and nine hits, including two home runs, with two walks and four strikeouts

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Reds shed weight of world with walk-off win

Schumaker's pinch double ends club's longest losing streak since 1998

Reds shed weight of world with walk-off win

CINCINNATI -- It had been nearly two weeks since the Reds' clubhouse was filled with smiles, music and the spinning colors from the dance light that has become a custom following a win. With a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth inning, Skip Schumaker proved to be the guy who brought it all back plus something else -- sweet relief.

Schumaker's walk-off hit past third baseman Nolan Arenado and just inside the left-field line scored Marlon Byrd and gave the Reds a 2-1 victory over the Rockies. It snapped a season-high nine-game losing streak, the club's longest since dropping 11 in a row in 1998.

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Lorenzen provides Reds with long-awaited gem

Rookie exhibits longest, best performance to set stage for slump-busting heroics

Lorenzen provides Reds with long-awaited gem

CINCINNATI -- For the past nine games, during what seemed like an epically long losing streak, the Reds have been longing for more starts like rookie Michael Lorenzen had vs. the Rockies on Tuesday.

While Lorenzen didn't figure in the decision, a 2-1 walk-off victory in the bottom of the ninth, his contributions could not be overlooked as he delivered his best start of his brief career.

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Schumaker eases Reds' pain with walk-off

Schumaker eases Reds' pain with walk-off

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' season-high nine-game losing streak ended when Skip Schumaker hit a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Rockies on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

Rockies reliever Brooks Brown was on for his second inning of relief in the ninth, when Marlon Byrd drew a leadoff walk. Kristopher Negron's perfect sacrifice bunt moved Byrd to second base. On a 1-1 pitch, Schumaker then flared a hit over third baseman Nolan Arenado that landed inside the left-field line for the game winner that scored Byrd without a play at the plate. Teammates mobbed Schumaker at second base with excitement.

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Cueto's MRI reveals no tear in elbow

No timetable set for ace's return to Reds' rotation

Cueto's MRI reveals no tear in elbow

CINCINNATI -- Reds ace Johnny Cueto underwent an MRI exam on his right elbow on Tuesday afternoon and received good news. The test revealed no tears or structural damage in his elbow.

It is not yet known when Cueto will rejoin Cincinnati's rotation. The club will have a better idea when the right-hander resumes throwing on Wednesday. He will test the elbow by playing catch.

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Phillips out due to second bout with turf toe

Reds second baseman aggravates injury in Cleveland; also sat May 13-14

Phillips out due to second bout with turf toe

CINCINNATI -- For the second time this month, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was out of the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Rockies because of turf toe.

Phillips also missed two games on May 13-14 with turf toe, which is a sprained ligament inside the big toe.

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Soto, Ceprini to represent Reds at Draft

Soto, Ceprini to represent Reds at Draft

Two members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including, Schmidt (Phillies table), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Bruce confident Reds will rebound

Bruce confident Reds will rebound

CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce is glad he has started hitting again. He just wishes those hits would be contributing to a greater cause than his season batting average.

"The results are there lately," Cincinnati's right fielder said Monday after recording three hits in five at-bats during a 5-4 loss to Colorado at Great American Ball Park. "It [losing] makes it tougher to enjoy. The reason you want to do well is to help your team win."

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Reds can't power out of slump vs. Rockies

Reds can't power out of slump vs. Rockies

CINCINNATI -- Nolan Arenado put on a Memorial Day display of powerful hitting and dazzling fielding. But it was his execution of a fundamental -- a sacrifice fly in the ninth -- that gave the Rockies their third straight victory, 5-4, over the Reds before 20,516 at Great American Ball Park on Monday. It was Cincinnati's ninth straight loss.

Arenado had three hits, including an RBI single in the first and his ninth homer of the year in the fourth, off Reds starter Jason Marquis. The sacrifice fly came off Aroldis Chapman (2-3) and made a winner of Rafael Betancourt (2-1). John Axford earned his seventh save. Arenado also made several notable defensive plays.

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Mesoraco lands on disabled list

Mesoraco lands on disabled list

CINCINNATI -- All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco, who has struggled with a left hip injury all season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Mesoraco hasn't caught in a game since April 12 due to an impingement in the hip. He was able to pinch-hit in 13 games and start as designated hitter in four, hitting .178 in 45 at-bats.

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Marshall has a shot to pitch this season

Marshall has a shot to pitch this season

CINCINNATI -- Sean Marshall could pitch in a Major League game this summer. When Marshall considers where he was a week ago, that statement becomes pretty significant.

"It's mind-boggling, really," Cincinnati's 32-year-old left-handed reliever said Monday. "I can start throwing again in six weeks. A couple weeks ago, the best-case scenario was that I might be playing catch in six months."

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