Reed, Reds can't recover after falling behind early

Reed, Reds can't recover after falling behind early

CINCINNATI -- Following two games where they took early leads before seeing the Reds tighten matters, the Cubs scored first and never looked back on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park. Three home runs, including an inside-the-park homer by Anthony Rizzo, and plenty of add-on runs kept them trucking for a 9-2 victory over the Reds and a three-game series sweep.

Rizzo made it 3-0 three batters into the game against rookie lefty Cody Reed when his drive to left-center field had Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall converging. The ball skipped off of Duvall's glove into Hamilton's face and put the center fielder down, forcing him from the game. It was ruled a hit by the official scorer.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cubs on Wednesday.

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Hamilton injured on Rizzo's inside-the-park HR

Center fielder diagnosed with contusion after ball strikes him in face

Hamilton injured on Rizzo's inside-the-park HR

CINCINNATI -- Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton had a knot on the left side of his face, but could at least say he was fortunate he wasn't hurt worse. The start of the Reds' 9-2 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday took a scary turn three batters into the afternoon.

Hamilton had to exit after being hit in the face by an Anthony Rizzo fly ball while trying to make a catch. Rizzo wound up with a three-run inside-the-park home run on the play and Hamilton was later diagnosed with a facial contusion.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. 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.

Finnegan gets call to open series vs. Nationals

Finnegan gets call to open series vs. Nationals

The Reds have gotten the best of the Nationals lately. Will that trend continue when the two clubs meet again for a four-game series at Nationals Park?

Cincinnati is 7-2 vs. Washington over the past two seasons, including taking two of three in the June 3-5 series at Great American Ball Park. In D.C., the Reds have won five of the last six games and six of the last eight.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. 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.

Reds recall Sampson, option Hoover to Triple-A

Reds recall Sampson, option Hoover to Triple-A

CINCINNATI -- Late Tuesday night, Reds reliever J.J. Hoover endured another rough outing in a 7-2 loss to the Cubs. A few hours later on Wednesday morning, Hoover was optioned to Triple-A Louisville while pitcher Keyvius Sampson was recalled.

Sampson was needed in Wednesday's 9-2 loss to the Cubs when starter Cody Reed lasted just four innings. Sampson tossed 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned), three hits and four walks (one intentional) while striking out three.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. 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.

Late heroics for naught as Reds fall in 15th

Late heroics for naught as Reds fall in 15th

CINCINNATI -- Kris Bryant delivered an RBI single against a drawn-in infield to break a 2-2 tie in the top of the 15th before Javier Baez blasted a grand slam off Reds reliever J.J. Hoover as the Cubs outlasted Cincinnati, 7-2, Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

"The grand slam obviously was huge just to really build that cushion to permit us to more comfortably go into that last inning, because I had no idea what was going on," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

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Price proud of 'pen's 8 scoreless vs. Cubs

Quartet of relievers hold potent Chicago offense hitless to keep Reds' hopes alive

Price proud of 'pen's 8 scoreless vs. Cubs

CINCINNATI -- For eight innings Tuesday night, the Reds got hitless, scoreless relief work from a bullpen that has more than taken its lumps this season. That streak came to a resounding end in the 15th inning when the Cubs scored five times off of J.J. Hoover to post a 7-2 win at Great American Ball Park.

Still, there were still plenty of positives to take from the performance as the Reds continue to work through a rebuilding process.

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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.

Garrett named to 2nd straight Futures Game

Reds' No. 4 prospect has 1.81 ERA in 15 Minor League games this year

Garrett named to 2nd straight Futures Game

CINCINNATI -- Left-handed pitcher Amir Garrett will be representing the Reds for a second straight year in Major League Baseball's annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Garrett was the winning pitcher in last year's contest played at Great American Ball Park and will again be among the top prospects throughout baseball when this year's game is held at San Diego's Petco Park on Sunday, July 10.

The rosters for the U.S. and World teams were announced Tuesday afternoon.

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Bailey restarts rehab with one-inning outing

Right-hander makes first start since April 26 in return from TJ surgery

Bailey restarts rehab with one-inning outing

CINCINNATI -- Homer Bailey got underway with his second try at a rehab assignment Monday night. While the stats from the Reds right-hander's brief outing with the Triple-A Louisville Bats may cause more concern than optimism, that would be the wrong way to look at things, said manager Bryan Price.

Bailey, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2015, had been scheduled to throw two innings Monday against Buffalo, but that was cut to just one inning after Bailey sensed he had reached the limit his arm was ready to handle. He finished with 25 pitches, 17 of them for strikes. Bailey struck out one but gave up two runs, each on solo home runs, among three hits in the inning.

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Reds solve Arrieta, but can't contain Cubs

Reds solve Arrieta, but can't contain Cubs

CINCINNATI -- Plenty of players have hit for the cycle before in Major League history. No one has ever had a full house, at least not the way Kris Bryant did Monday night.

Bryant went 5-for-5 with six RBIs and became the first player in modern MLB history, dating back to 1913, to hit three home runs and two doubles in the same game. He also set a Cubs franchise record with 16 total bases, as Chicago beat the Reds, 11-8, at Great American Ball Park. It was the first three-home run game in Bryant's career. Two of them were mammoth blasts into the upper-deck bleachers in left field.

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Straily tagged in shortest start of season

Reds righty struggles with command, allowing two HRs to Bryant

Straily tagged in shortest start of season

CINCINNATI -- What Dan Straily watched on video from inside the Reds' clubhouse Monday night only confirmed what he had experienced on the mound.

"It was terrible execution. Terrible execution. That was the whole night for me. It was just terrible execution," said Straily, whose night had ended nearly three hours before he spoke with the media at his locker following an 11-8 loss to the Cubs at Great American Ball Park.

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After dazzling at Triple-A, Jumbo back with Reds

After dazzling at Triple-A, Jumbo back with Reds

CINCINNATI -- The Reds recalled right-handed pitcher Jumbo Diaz from Triple-A Louisville on Monday to take the roster spot left open when JC Ramirez was claimed off waivers by the Angels.

Diaz was thrown into action right away, relieving Dan Straily in the fourth inning of Monday night's 11-8 loss to the Cubs. Diaz faced just two batters, allowing one hit but inducing a lineout to get out of the inning.

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Kevin Goheen is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Reds on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cozart needs big boost on NL All-Star ballot

Cards' Molina, Giants' Posey only about 5,000 votes apart; balloting ends Thursday

Cozart needs big boost on NL All-Star ballot

Entering the final hours of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, it seems increasingly likely that Major League Baseball's tradition of surprising late-surge selections will continue as fans decide the starting position players for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on July 12 in San Diego.

In the National League, there is now a virtual dead heat at catcher between to-date leader Yadier Molina of the Cardinals and surging Buster Posey of the Giants, while the Cubs' seemingly once-certain bounty of having five starters at Petco Park might be reduced to as few as two if leads keep disintegrating at this rate for infielders Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Garrett among top prospect performers Monday

Cubs' No. 3 and No. 6 prospects combine to go 5-for-6 with 7 RBIs

Garrett among top prospect performers Monday

A pair of Top 100 Cubs prospects shined on Monday for Double-A Tennessee as Ian Happ and Billy McKinney combined to go 5-for-6 at the plate with seven RBIs to lead the Smokies past Pensacola, 12-1, in a rain-shortened game.

Happ, No. 67 overall on the Top 100, hit his ninth home run and drove in three runs in what was his third straight three-hit game for Tennessee. The 21-year-old second baseman and Cubs' No. 3 prospect owns an absurd .733/.706/1.267 slash line with two home runs, two doubles and six RBIs through five games since his promotion from Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach, where he hit .296/.410/.475 with 26 extra-base hits, 42 RBIs and 10 steals in 69 contests.

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DeSclafani dominates; Bruce homers in win

DeSclafani dominates; Bruce homers in win

CINCINNATI -- Anthony DeSclafani became the second Reds starter this season to pitch eight innings, and they were stellar, as he and his team blanked the Padres, 3-0, Sunday to salvage the final game of the four-game series at Great American Ball Park. It was Cincinnati's first shutout victory of the season.

DeSclafani allowed five hits -- all singles -- with one hit batter and five strikeouts. No Padres reached second base against him, in part because he and catcher Tucker Barnhart combined to catch two runners stealing and pick off a third. For good measure, DeSclafani also lined a two-out RBI single to right-center field with the bases loaded in the sixth inning that gave Cincinnati its three-run lead.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Reds cap Rose's weekend by retiring No. 14

All-time hits leader was inducted into team Hall of Fame on Saturday

Reds cap Rose's weekend by retiring No. 14

CINCINNATI -- A weekend-long celebration of Pete Rose concluded with the official retiring of his uniform No. 14, unveiled at the end of a 30-minute ceremony on the field Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Rose, honored along with the 1976 Reds on Friday and inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame Saturday, was showered with several ovations from a packed ballpark for a third day in a row, in the moments before, during and after his No. 14 was unveiled on the facade just below the press level behind home plate.

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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.

Bruce believes he's playing at All-Star level

Left-handed slugger leads NL right fielders in homers, extra-base hits

Bruce believes he's playing at All-Star level

CINCINNATI -- Following two subpar seasons, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is enjoying a resurgent 2016, on pace for one of the best seasons of his career.

Outside of Cincinnati, however, few have noticed. Bruce does not rank in the top 15 in All-Star voting among National League outfielders, and most of the headlines he makes are for persistent trade rumors. But he's been essential in 2016 for Cincinnati, proving it again during a 3-0 victory over the Padres on Sunday with a homer and a nice catch at the wall to end the game.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. 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 delivers best start of season in win

Reds right-hander throws eight innings without allowing a runner to reach second base

DeSclafani delivers best start of season in win

CINCINNATI -- Anthony DeSclafani is just four starts into his second full Major League season for the Reds, but that's tough to remember sometimes, because he carries himself like a detail-oriented veteran. It was something a young and inexperienced rotation lacked while he and Homer Bailey have been on the disabled list.

Other Cincinnati starters would be wise to have paid attention to DeSclafani's eight-inning performance during a 3-0 blanking of the Padres on Sunday, ending the Reds' four-game losing streak. It was his fourth start since returning from a left oblique strain suffered late 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. 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.

Reds learn from Big Red Machine legends

All-time hits leader, 1976 champions being honored this weekend

Reds learn from Big Red Machine legends

CINCINNATI -- History has been the centerpiece all weekend at Great American Ball Park, as the Reds have honored the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series winner, inducted Pete Rose into the club's Hall of Fame and retired his No. 14. The sold-out crowds haven't been the only ones watching with interest.

Many members of the 2016 Reds have gathered on the top step of the dugout to take it in. It was not mandated by the team, rather something they simply wanted to do.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. 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.

Ramirez claimed off waivers by Angels

Reds play finale vs. Padres with 24-man roster due to departure

Ramirez claimed off waivers by Angels

CINCINNATI -- Right-hander JC Ramirez was claimed off of waivers from the Reds by the Angels, it was announced on Sunday afternoon.

Ramirez, 27, had a 6.40 ERA in 27 appearances this season for Cincinnati after he was promoted from Triple-A Louisville on April 22.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. 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.

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Alyson Footer

Hit King Rose inducted into Reds Hall of Fame

'This is the biggest thing to ever happen to me in baseball,' Big Red Machine star says

Hit King Rose inducted into Reds Hall of Fame

CINCINNATI -- Pete Rose, his gaze locked on the near sellout crowd that had packed Great American Ball Park on Saturday afternoon, appeared both happy and, for brief moments, overwhelmed, during the induction ceremony that made him the newest member of the Reds Hall of Fame.

"Did I ever think I'd make it?" he said with a wry smile. "Nope. But I did."

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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.

Finnegan solid; Reds can't solve Pomeranz in loss

Finnegan solid; Reds can't solve Pomeranz in loss

CINCINNATI -- It was a do-it-all type of late afternoon for Padres starter Drew Pomeranz. Not only did the lefty quiet the Reds for seven innings on the mound, but his time at the plate netted a home run and RBI single during a 3-0 victory on Saturday at Great American Ball Park.

Pomeranz, who gave up three hits and one walk while striking out six, retired the final 11 batters he faced after giving up back-to-back hits to begin the bottom of the fourth.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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Finnegan becoming bad-luck pitcher for Reds

Cincinnati has been shut out four times this season with lefty on mound

Finnegan becoming bad-luck pitcher for Reds

CINCINNATI -- It appears left-handed starter Brandon Finnegan is that guy this season for the Reds. Cincinnati has been shut out by its opponent six times in 2016, with Finnegan starting four of those games.

That includes Saturday's 3-0 blanking by the Padres and their starter, Drew Pomeranz.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. 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.

Brandon Finnegan had himself quite the first inning

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Brandon Finnegan had himself quite the first inning

Early on in Saturday's matchup against the Padres, Brandon Finnegan apparently tried a new strategy. Right away in the first inning, he attempted to rid himself of any and all bad vibes that might strike on the mound -- including wild pitches, missed catches or really any play that might fall under the "blooper" category. Get 'em all out of the way early, you know?

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Big Red Machine honored for 40th anniversary

Weekend highlighted by Rose's induction into team's Hall of Fame on Saturday

Big Red Machine honored for 40th anniversary

CINCINNATI -- Were the 1975-76 Reds the greatest teams of all time? That is debatable, but where these teams fit into Cincinnati sports history is not. Few sports figures are as beloved as those who comprised the Big Red Machine of the mid-'70s, and if that adoration hasn't worn off by now, it probably never will -- multiple generations of Reds fans are making sure of that.

"People like to hold onto things that are constant," Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench said. "People like to sit and listen to the oldies. Well, we're kind of the oldies."

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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.

Reed struggles; Reds can't keep up with Padres in loss

Reed struggles; Reds can't keep up with Padres in loss

CINCINNATI -- As Cincinnati celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series-winning Reds, the Padres dealt the current edition of the club four homers -- including two by Melvin Upton Jr. -- and scored in nearly every inning en route to a 13-4 win on Friday at Great American Ball Park.

It was a 4-4 game in the San Diego fifth when Alexei Ramirez hit a two-out single to right field against Reds rookie left-hander Cody Reed to score Yangervis SolarteAdam Rosales' solo homer in the sixth against Raisel Iglesias and Upton Jr.'s first two-run homer off of Michael Lorenzen in the seventh extended the gap. Five more runs in the eighth off of Reds reliever J.J. Hoover through Wil Myers' three-run double and another Upton Jr. two-run homer blew the game wide open for the Padres.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, 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 Padres on Friday.

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Price maintains confidence in Reed after loss

Left-handed rookie allows five runs over five innings, striking out six Padres

Price maintains confidence in Reed after loss

CINCINNATI -- Since he was acquired by the Reds last summer from the Royals in the trade for Johnny Cueto, left-hander Cody Reed's arrival to the big leagues has been eagerly anticipated. His strong performance during his first big league Spring Training and a nice start to this season with Triple-A Louisville only heightened expectations.

But as Reed demonstrated Friday vs. the Padres during the Reds' 13-4 loss, even if elite prospects are ready for the big leagues, they're rarely finished products. He may have struck out nine Astros in his seven-inning big league debut last weekend, but his five innings vs. the Padres were uneven.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. 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.