Up-and-coming Reds have Lois Hudson to thank

Up-and-coming Reds have Lois Hudson to thank

CINCINNATI -- What Lois Hudson does for the Reds doesn't appear on the back of a baseball card, nor can it be found in the copious statistics that can be gleaned across the Internet.

In her role as the Reds' director of Minor League administration, Hudson has the dependability of a Gold Glove Award-winning infielder and the innate ability to come through in the clutch. When she is on the job, nobody gets left on base -- so to speak.

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Reds settle for split after rare Cueto struggle

Reds settle for split after rare Cueto struggle

ATLANTA -- Comforted by the three-run first inning his offense produced against Johnny Cueto, Julio Teheran halted his recent woes with a strong mound performance that guided the Braves to Sunday afternoon's 5-0 win over the Reds at Turner Field.

While Teheran scattered three hits over six scoreless innings, Cueto surrendered three extra-base hits before recording his second out of the day. Kelly Johnson highlighted Atlanta's three-run first inning with a two-run homer, and Jonny Gomes added a solo shot in the third inning.

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X-rays negative on Cozart's bloody finger

Shortstop suffers bruise on grounder, three innings after being hit by pitch on left wrist

X-rays negative on Cozart's bloody finger

ATLANTA -- The Reds' off-day couldn't come at a better time for Zack Cozart, who had a rough time protecting his hands from baseballs in Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Braves.

The 29-year-old shortstop exited the game in the bottom of the fourth with a bruised right index finger after mishandling a ground ball hit by Braves pitcher Julio Teheran. X-rays came back negative.

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Milestone outing doesn't go Cueto's way

Reds' ace allows season-high five runs in 200th start of career

Milestone outing doesn't go Cueto's way

ATLANTA -- After pitching lights-out in April, Johnny Cueto began the month of May with a start he'd like to forget.

In the 200th start of his Major League career, the ace struggled with his command and gave up five runs on nine hits in six innings in the Reds' 5-0 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. He struck out two and walked one.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Lorenzen gets second start as Reds visit Pittsburgh

Lorenzen gets second start as Reds visit Pittsburgh

Tuesday's series opener between the Reds and Pirates at PNC Park will feature two pitchers coming off subpar outings. One's a newcomer, the other has logged more than 370 innings in his career.

Michael Lorenzen will make his second career start for the Reds on Tuesday, and the Bucs will counter with lefty Jeff Locke. Cincinnati swept Pittsburgh in early April at Great American Ball Park.

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Unlikely triples threat Bruce hits two straight

Unlikely triples threat Bruce hits two straight

ATLANTA -- Jay Bruce has seemingly always hit the Braves. He hit his first career home run against them in his fifth Major League game and torched them in that series, going 9-for-13.

But there was one thing he'd never done against Atlanta pitching in his eight years in the league. He had never hit a triple.

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Reds ride trio of homers, Bruce's triples

Reds ride trio of homers, Bruce's triples

ATLANTA -- The Reds hit three home runs and Jay Bruce added a pair of triples in an 8-4 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field.

Bruce's first triple off Braves starter Eric Stults helped set up the first two runs in the fourth, and he drove in two more with his second triple. Marlon Byrd and Todd Frazier hit solo homers off Stults in the sixth and seventh, respectively, and Zack Cozart added a two-run shot in the ninth.

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Reds' stealing prowess not limited to Hamilton

Reds' stealing prowess not limited to Hamilton

ATLANTA -- Baseball is known for being a game of failure.

Now imagine a statistic with a .967 success rate.

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Reds recall memories of Big Red Machine

Reds recall memories of Big Red Machine

This is the 40th anniversary of the first of consecutive World Series titles for the Big Red Machine. We're talking about baseball's greatest team. Then again, as its all-time biggest fan, I'm biased.

I lived in Cincinnati during its birth during the late 1960s and I covered it years later as a local journalist. So, given that none of the current Reds players were born when the Machine lost its final sparkplugs, I'm wondering some things.

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Reds can't rally in DeSclafani's worst start

Reds can't rally in DeSclafani's worst start

ATLANTA -- Mike Foltynewicz displayed more than just a strong arm in his first Major League start and Kelly Johnson preserved the effort with a two-run home run in the fifth inning that propelled the Braves to a 4-3 win over the Reds on Friday night at Turner Field.

Johnson's two-run shot with two outs added to the frustrations of Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani, who entered the game with a National League-leading 1.04 ERA. DeSclafani had surrendered just two hits until Foltynewicz recorded his first career hit -- a two-out, two-run double that cut Atlanta's deficit to one run in the fourth inning.

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Bailey to undergo Tommy John surgery

Reds right-hander expected back sometime next season

Bailey to undergo Tommy John surgery

ATLANTA -- There's never a good time to shut down a pitcher, but after careful consideration, the Reds decided that was the proper course of action for right-hander Homer Bailey, who was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery. Bailey is expected to return during the 2016 season.

"After consulting with Dr. [Tim] Kremchek and other orthopedic surgeons, we determined the best option with the most predictable outcome is to surgically repair the ligament," Reds president of baseball operations and general manager Walt Jocketty said. "It does not appear the injury is at all related to the right elbow flexor mass injury Homer sustained late last season."

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DeSclafani allows big hits after rare walks

DeSclafani allows big hits after rare walks

ATLANTA -- Anthony DeSclafani allowed six walks in his first four starts of the season, and he hadn't issued more than two in a game.

The young right-hander issued a career-high five walks on Friday night at Turner Field, and two of them, in consecutive innings, came back to hurt the Reds, who let a three-run lead slip away in a 4-3 loss to the Braves.

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Ga. native Phillips contributes after being sick

Ga. native Phillips contributes after being sick

ATLANTA -- Homecomings are supposed to be more like Friday night than Thursday.

In Thursday night's series opener between the Reds and Braves at Turner Field, Reds second baseman Brandon Philips was nowhere to be found, downed by a vicious bout of food poisoning.

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Leake, Barnhart tandem in sync for win

Righty works 8 scoreless; both homer

Leake, Barnhart tandem in sync for win

ATLANTA -- Mike Leake did it all Thursday night for the Cincinnati Reds.

He held the Braves to two hits in eight innings. And in the seventh inning, the right-hander hit his fifth career home run to help secure a 5-1 victory against the Braves at Turner Field.

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Reds' Leake leaves Braves thirsting for runs

Reds' Leake leaves Braves thirsting for runs

ATLANTA -- Mike Leake surrendered two hits over eight scoreless innings and accounted for one of the consecutive home runs Shelby Miller allowed as the Reds claimed a 5-1 win over the Braves on Thursday night at Turner Field.

After teaming with Tucker Barnhart to begin the seventh inning with back-to-back home runs, Miller completed his 97-pitch outing in impressive fashion. The right-hander retired 19 of the last 20 batters he faced and did not pitch from the stretch after Chris Johnson drew a two-out walk in the fourth. Nick Markakis' infield single to begin the bottom of the first accounted for one of the four hits recorded by the Braves, who have lost 11 of their past 15 games.

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Unlikely power surge jolts Reds

Barnhart, Leake and Hamilton responsible for three of club's four homers

Unlikely power surge jolts Reds

ATLANTA -- The Reds were eager to break out offensively.

In their last seven games, they had scored three or fewer runs five times. And when the cap finally came off Thursday night in a 5-1 victory against the Braves at Turner Field, it did so in an unconventional way.

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Debut another learning experience for Lorenzen

Reds prospect experienced both good and bad in first start vs. Brewers

Debut another learning experience for Lorenzen

CINCINNATI -- Michael Lorenzen showed dedication to quickly learning the craft of starting pitching, taking less than two years to reach the Major Leagues after being converted from a college center fielder and closer to a starter.

After his Reds debut on Wednesday, there's little doubt Lorenzen already understood he will find better recipes for success in big league games. The 23-year-old threw a professional career-high 107 pitches -- in just five innings -- and allowed three solo home runs in an 8-3 loss to Milwaukee.

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Reds devising plans for Mesoraco, Bailey

Catcher unable to get behind plate; right-hander on DL with ligament strain

Reds devising plans for Mesoraco, Bailey

ATLANTA -- Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco missed his 17th straight start Thursday night because of a left-hip impingement.

"It's status quo," Reds manager Bryan Price said before the Reds opened a four-game series against the Braves at Turner Field. "He's feeling a little better, but not enough to try it out just yet. He's still getting treatment. It's coming along slowly."

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Reds eye hometown appeal at All-Star Game

Reds eye hometown appeal at All-Star Game

CINCINNATI -- With the Reds hosting the 2015 All-Star Game, it was fitting to have one of their players cast the first official vote. During a pregame ceremony before Wednesday's game against the Brewers, third baseman and 2014 All-Star Todd Frazier was granted the honor of beginning the voting.

"It was cool," Frazier said. "Hopefully I can represent the Reds and Cincinnati really well."

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Reds' three homers not enough in finale

Slugger hits two of team's four homers; Cincy rookie Lorenzen has solid debut

Reds' three homers not enough in finale

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers won the finale of their three-game set by spoiling the big league debut of Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen, who gave up three of their four home runs in Milwaukee's 8-3 victory on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park.

Homers in the top of the second inning by Adam Lind and Khris Davis gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead. Ryan Braun made it a two-run game when he homered deep to right field with one out in the fifth. Capping a five-run eighth inning against reliever Jumbo Diaz, Braun hit his second homer of the afternoon, a grand slam to left-center field off a 97-mph fastball.

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Spelling Votto, Negron sees first action at first base

Spelling Votto, Negron sees first action at first base

CINCINNATI -- With first baseman Joey Votto getting a day off for the first time this season on Wednesday, Reds manager Bryan Price made an unexpected choice to replace him in utility player Kristopher Negron.

Negron had never played first base in his brief big league career. In nine Minor League seasons, he played the position once in 2013 for Triple-A Louisville. Besides getting work at his various positions, he took ground balls at first base during Spring Training.

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Seeing Cueto dominate becoming second nature for Reds

Seeing Cueto dominate becoming second nature for Reds

CINCINNATI -- The hardest part of Tuesday night for Reds catcher Brayan Pena was trying to describe his battery mate, Johnny Cueto. The ace of the staff had his second straight eight-inning performance as Cincinnati claimed a 4-2 victory over the Brewers.

"He's one of those guys, I don't know how to answer it," Pena said. "You guys have heard everything from me. It's like déjà vu."

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Cueto, Votto lead Reds to series victory over Brewers

Cueto, Votto lead Reds to series victory over Brewers

CINCINNATI -- Supported by three home runs, ace Johnny Cueto worked a mostly smooth eight innings as the Reds handed the Brewers a 4-2 loss Tuesday to take the first two games of the three-game series. The Reds returned to .500 at 10-10 while the Brewers fell to 4-17.

Cueto gave up two earned runs and three hits without a walk while striking out six to improve to 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA in five starts. He matched the eight innings he threw in his previous start at Milwaukee. Closer Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fifth save.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. Andy Call is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No. 4 prospect Lorenzen called to Majors

Right-hander had quick rise after being selected 38th overall in 2013 Draft

No. 4 prospect Lorenzen called to Majors

CINCINNATI -- Pitching prospect Michael Lorenzen had an express trip through the Reds' Minor League system, taking less than two years to go from Draft pick to Major Leaguer. That journey reached its desired point Tuesday when the Reds announced Lorenzen was called up from Triple-A Louisville to make his big league debut vs. the Brewers today.

Lorenzen will replace Homer Bailey in the rotation. Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a right elbow sprain.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ervin stays hot with pair of homers for Daytona

Reds' No. 9 prospect, 2013 first-round pick, hitting .343 with six homers through 19 games

Ervin stays hot with pair of homers for Daytona

Phil Ervin, Cincinnati's No. 9 prospect, led off Class A Advanced Daytona's 9-1 win over Dunedin on Monday night with a blast that landed in the left field bleachers. He then added another home run in the sixth.

Ervin finished 2-for-5 on the night and now has six homers on the season, along with a .343 batting average in 19 games.

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Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.