A homecoming for Votto as Reds visit Blue Jays

A homecoming for Votto as Reds visit Blue Jays

Toronto native and Reds first baseman Joey Votto is likely to be warmly welcomed as his club begins a three-game series against the Blue Jays on Monday.

The Reds last visited Rogers Centre in 2009, and before that, '08. Toronto took two out of three in both series. When the two clubs last met in 2014 at Great American Ball Park, the Reds took two of three games.

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#ASGWorthy Duvall has two-homer game

Left fielder, Reds have been leaving the yard more frequently

#ASGWorthy Duvall has two-homer game

PHILADELPHIA -- The home runs are starting to come in a nice bunch for Adam Duvall and the Reds.

The Cincinnati left fielder slugged two more home runs and tied a career high with five RBIs during Sunday's 8-4 win over the Phillies. After he went 15 games without a long ball until Wednesday, he's hit four over his last four games and has 13 homers and 43 RBIs for the season.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV is offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Long makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Long makes Pipeline Team of the 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.

Brendan Rodgers was MLB.com's top-rated prospect in the 2015 Draft and went third overall to the Rockies, right behind fellow shortstops Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman. Lancaster's The Hangar may be the best place to hit anywhere in the Minor Leagues. So sending the 20-year-old Rodgers there this season created the potential for some monster numbers.

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Reds hit 5 homers, win series against Phillies

Reds hit 5 homers, win series against Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- One streak ended and another continued Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

The Reds powered their way to an 8-4 victory over the Phillies with five home runs: two from Adam Duvall, two from Patrick Kivlehan and one from Scott Schebler. It was the first multi-homer game of Kivlehan's career. The victory snapped Cincinnati's 0-9-1 series winless streak in Philadelphia that dated to Aug. 11-13, 2006. Chris Michalak and Bill Bray got the wins in that long-ago series against the Phillies.

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Duvall, Votto get their high-five signals crossed

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Duvall, Votto get their high-five signals crossed

Just last week, A-Rod and Joe Buck served as a warning to us all about what can happen when high-five communication breaks down. Unfortunately, the Reds weren't paying much attention -- and during Sunday's 8-4 win over the Phillies, it came back to haunt them.

Adam Duvall launched a game-tying two-run homer to left field, and as he crossed home plate, teammate Joey Votto was there to congratulate him. Except, well, neither of them could settle on what form that congratulation should take. (Warning: If you've ever gone in for a fist-bump and gotten an open hand in return, you may want to close your eyes.)

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Peraza making steady progress with bat

Peraza making steady progress with bat

PHILADELPHIA -- For all but three of the games during his career-high 13-game hitting streak, Reds second baseman Jose Peraza, has gotten one hit per day. With 12 of his last 16 hits being singles, it's not the stuff of legend but Peraza is making progress after a slow start to 2017.

Peraza, 23, burst on to the scene for Cincinnati once he got regular time in the lineup in August and batted .324 with a .352 on-base percentage. This season, he entered Sunday batting .254 with only a .290 OBP.

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Lorenzen motivated to do better after first loss

Lorenzen motivated to do better after first loss

PHILADELPHIA -- Since becoming a reliever for the Reds last season, Michael Lorenzen hasn't had to wear too many stinging losses on his watch. But one happened on Saturday as Lorenzen gave up the walk-off RBI single to Tommy Joseph in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies.

It was the first time Lorenzen took a loss this season, and he had one loss in 2016.

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Reds jump out to early lead, fall in 9th

Reds jump out to early lead, fall in 9th

PHILADELPHIA -- Maybe manager Pete Mackanin's team meeting Friday made a difference Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.

Then again, maybe not. Regardless of its impact, the Phillies enjoyed their second walk-off victory in three days, this one a 4-3 win over the Reds. Aaron Altherr singled to center field and advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Tommy Joseph ripped a single up the middle to score Altherr.

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Long belts pair of homers for Daytona

Long belts pair of homers for Daytona

A trio of the Phillies' top prospects led the way as Triple-A Lehigh Valley topped Louisville, 13-1, on Saturday.

No. 4 overall prospect J.P Crawford (Phillies' No. 1) and Nick Williams (Phillies' No. 4) combined for five hits, two homers and six RBIs at the plate, while No. 24 prospect Ben Lively gave up one unearned run over eight innings on the mound.

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Wojciechowski to start Tuesday vs. Toronto

Wojciechowski to start Tuesday vs. Toronto

PHILADELPHIA -- Asher Wojciechowski was certainly pleased about getting a chance to make a big league start for the Reds, who announced he would pitch on Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Making the opportunity a little more sweeter for Wojciechowski was that his career began in Toronto's organization.

Wojciechowski was a first-round pick by the Blue Jays in the 2010 Draft but traded to the Astros as part of a nine-player deal in 2012.

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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.

Adleman deals as Reds overpower Phils

Adleman deals as Reds overpower Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Reds right-hander Tim Adleman picked a nice time to have the best start of his career.

Adleman allowed just one hit in eight scoreless innings Friday night in a 5-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He walked two, struck out four and got 16 ground-ball outs. Adleman, who pitched a career-high seven innings Sept. 26 in St. Louis, allowed his only hit in the first inning, when second baseman Andres Blanco singled to center field. Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler supported him with solo homers, and Jose Peraza knocked in two with a single in the sixth. Joey Votto drove in a run in the first with a groundout.

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Reds' offense reaping benefits of rebuild

Duvall, Schebler, Peraza deliver key runs in win over Phillies

Reds' offense reaping benefits of rebuild

PHILADELPHIA -- During the previous two years, as their rebuild mode was in full swing, the Reds made some unpopular trades that saw them part with their stars. This season, some of those deals are flourishing -- resulting in more than a few home runs.

Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler went deep during the Reds 5-2 victory over the Phillies on Friday. Duvall came to Cincinnati from the Giants in a trade for pitcher Mike Leake. Schebler, along with Jose Peraza, arrived from the Dodgers in the three-way trade that sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox.

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Buchanan encouraged by familiar Reds faces

Right-hander in the mix to fill Garrett's rotation spot

Buchanan encouraged by familiar Reds faces

PHILADELPHIA -- Claimed off waivers by the Reds from the Cubs on Thursday, right-handed pitcher Jake Buchanan walked into the visiting clubhouse on Friday at Citizens Bank Park and saw familiar faces in pitchers Scott Feldman and Asher Wojciechowski.

All three were once with the Astros.

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Rain postpones Ohio Cup finale

CLEVELAND -- The Ohio Cup finale between the Reds and Indians on Thursday at Progressive Field was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on a mutual off-day for both ballclubs at 7:10 p.m. ET on July 24.

Mike Clevinger (2-1, 1.56 ERA) was scheduled to make his fourth start of the season in place of injured Indians ace Corey Kluber, but the right-hander will be pushed back one day and will open the weekend series with the Royals at Progressive Field. Reds right-hander Tim Adleman (2-2, 6.19 ERA) was slated to pitch, but he too will be pushed back a day when Cincinnati visits the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Garrett on DL with right hip inflammation

Garrett on DL with right hip inflammation

CLEVELAND -- The Reds are down another starting pitcher after they placed rookie left-hander Amir Garrett on the 10-day disabled list with right hip inflammation.

Taking the roster spot for Garrett is right-hander Jake Buchanan, whom the Reds claimed off of waivers from the Cubs. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Cincinnati designated first baseman Peter O'Brien for assignment.

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Hamilton receives quicksand at locker

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Hamilton receives quicksand at locker

The Indians couldn't stop Billy Hamilton on Wednesday when the Reds' speedster scored the go-ahead run from first on a single in the ninth inning, but they came up with a solution on Thursday.

Before the series finale was rained out, the Indians left a bag of "quicksand" at Hamilton's locker, which they shared on Twitter.

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Friedl puts on power parade for Dayton

Friedl puts on power parade for Dayton

The Atlanta Braves' decision to assign Ian Anderson to Class A Rome this season had as much to do with his makeup as it did his pure stuff, as they believed he possessed the aptitude needed to overcome struggles and make adjustments against advanced competition.

The Braves' No. 6 prospect did exactly that on Thursday night against Augusta, as he rebounded from what had been a shaky month of May to set a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his best professional start.

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Vroom when it happens: Hamilton's huge run

Vroom when it happens: Hamilton's huge run

CLEVELAND -- Just a few minutes earlier, the fireworks had burst and the music had blared as the Indians were celebrating what they thought was a one-run win over the Reds on a rainy Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

But the only sound Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton could hear was the wind whistling in his ears as he blazed around the bases to score the game-winning run in an improbable 4-3 victory over the Indians.

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Reds race to win with two-out rally in ninth

Reds race to win with two-out rally in ninth

CLEVELAND -- Indians closer Cody Allen had been perfect in save situations dating back to August of last season. That changed on Wednesday night, when a clutch hit from Zack Cozart and a furious sprint from Billy Hamilton fueled a two-run ninth that gave the Reds a 4-3 comeback win over Cleveland at Progressive Field.

With two outs and runners on the corners, Hamilton bolted from first base and Cozart lined a 1-0 pitch from Allen into left field, where Michael Brantley came up just short on a diving attempt. Arismendy Alcantara scored from third and the fleet-footed Hamilton was not far behind, scoring the go-ahead run to send Allen to his first blown save since Aug. 17, 2016.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Suarez's adjustments part of the process

Suarez's adjustments part of the process

CLEVELAND -- For a six-game stretch from May 9-16, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez was in a 3-for-26 (.115) funk with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Extended slumps were part of Suarez's resume in 2016 during his first season as a regular in a big league lineup.

This particular slump lasted just the one week, however. What did Suarez change at the plate to get out of it? Nothing.

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Santillan continues domination for Dragons

Santillan continues domination for Dragons

After his second straight scoreless start for the Dayton Dragons, also the longest of his career, Tony Santillan may not have much more to prove at the Class A level.

The Reds' No. 14 prospect flat-out dominated over eight innings on Wednesday against Great Lakes, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five in a game that was suspended due to rain after 13 scoreless frames. In his previous turn, Santillan had completed a then-season-high seven innings after losing a perfect game bid with one out in the seventh.

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Hamilton's speed helps Reds steal victory

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Hamilton's speed helps Reds steal victory

The Reds were in dire straits on Wednesday night in Cleveland. They trailed the defending American League champions in the ninth inning, 3-2, and though they had runners on first and second, they were down to their last two outs. Cleveland closer Cody Allen hadn't blown a save since last August, either.

The batter hit a ground ball to first base, and initially, it seemed like Carlos Santana successfully pulled off the 3-6-3 double play to end the game. The Indians celebrated the victory on the field.

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Comeback club: Rallying Reds never out of it

Comeback club: Rallying Reds never out of it

CINCINNATI -- Falling behind early has been par for the course for the Reds of late, but they've also made a habit of battling back after digging themselves a hole.

That was the case again Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park, as Cincinnati came up just short in its comeback attempt against the Indians, losing, 8-7, to split the home series of the Ohio Cup.

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Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds stage drama, but lose wild one to Tribe

Reds stage drama, but lose wild one to Tribe

CINCINNATI -- The Indians have been waiting for big offseason acquisition Edwin Encarnacion to let his power emerge. Encarnacion broke it out in a big way on Tuesday as he slugged two home runs in Cleveland's 8-7 win over the Reds to help split the two Ohio Cup games at Great American Ball Park.

"I think he's getting more dangerous," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Encarnacion. "He's hit a number of balls just foul, but he's barreling them up. I think you're going to see nights like this won't be the only time."

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Winker homers, collects four hits

Winker homers, collects four hits

After Double-A Erie was forced to use six pitchers during Monday's 14-13 loss against Harrisburg, the SeaWolves desperately needed a big performance out of starter Myles Jaye on Tuesday.

The Tigers' No. 15 prospect delivered, tossing six scoreless innings and setting a career high with 11 strikeouts before Erie walked it off in the ninth against the Senators to win, 2-1.

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