With final boost, Frazier named ASG starter

Third baseman voted into first All-Star starting lineup, will play in front of home fans on July 14

With final boost, Frazier named ASG starter

CINCINNATI -- With the equivalent of a big kick in the last lap of a race, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier sprinted his way in the final week of voting into the starting lineup for the National League All-Star team. Frazier will get to represent the host Reds in the All-Star Game July 14 at Great American Ball Park.

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Reds prepare Great American Ball Park for ASG

Clubhouse staff hard at work to get amenities ready for Midsummer Classic festivities

Reds prepare Great American Ball Park for ASG

CINCINNATI -- When the Reds' team bus departed with the players and coaches for the airport from Great American Ball Park shortly after a home stand wrapped on Sunday, Rick Stowe and his staff wasted little time getting to work. Immediately, All-Star Week preparations began.

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Reds' bats quiet behind Leake in finale vs. Crew

Reds' bats quiet behind Leake in finale vs. Crew

CINCINNATI -- A better seven-game road trip was simply not possible for the Brewers. How can you top perfection? Milwaukee completed a three-game series sweep of the Reds on Sunday with a 6-1 victory at Great American Ball Park. The club went 7-0 on its trip through Philadelphia and Cincinnati, while rampaging for 53 runs, and has a season-high winning streak of eight games.

"Guys see guys having good at-bats and it's been contagious," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "That's gone on up and down the lineup. It's success and then it's confidence and then it's contagious."

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NL ASG starters' highlight-reel plays

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NL ASG starters' highlight-reel plays

If you thought July 4 was full of fireworks, just wait until July 14 in Cincinnati when baseball's biggest stars converge on Great American Ball Park for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. 

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DeSclafani, Reds seeks more success vs. Nats

DeSclafani, Reds seeks more success vs. Nats

The Washington Nationals, owners of a 46-36 record and a 4 1/2-game cushion at the top of the National League East, have been swept twice in three-game series this season.

The first winless series came in late April against the Marlins. The second came at the end of May in Cincinnati and started a 3-11 tumble, one of the worst stretches of baseball for the Nationals this season.

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Young Reds fan loses souvenir, Ryan Braun tosses back

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Young Reds fan loses souvenir, Ryan Braun tosses back

Ryan Braun caught a fly ball near the wall in left to end the top of the second inning of Sunday's Reds-Brewers game, and, evidently well-versed in the Grand Unifying Theory of Souvenirs (read: just give it to the cute little kid) he knew exactly what to do. 

Unfortunately, the cute little kid in question was not on the same page.

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That time Paul O'Neill kicked a ball from RF to 1B

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That time Paul O'Neill kicked a ball from RF to 1B

We all know that Bo Jackson knows football and baseball ... and basketball and hockey and surfing and competitive cycling. But -- back in 1989 -- baseball had another multi-sport star and his name was Paul O'Neill.

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Smith ties team record by hitting 4 batters

Smith ties team record by hitting 4 batters

CINCINNATI -- Rookie Josh Smith has only three Major League starts on his resume, but managed to tie a 108-year old Reds record vs. the Brewers on Saturday night.

During a 7-3 loss to Milwaukee, Smith hit four batters with pitches and evened the club record set by Jake Weimer all the way back on July 28, 1907, vs. the New York Giants.

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Reds can't rally past Brewers

Reds can't rally past Brewers

CINCINNATI -- In a top of the fifth inning that seemed to feature a little bit of everything, the Brewers scored six runs on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Reds and extended their season-high winning streak to seven games Saturday night -- though Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch and suffered a left wrist contusion.

As Reds starter Josh Smith labored, Milwaukee sent 12 men to the plate in the big rally as Cincinnati made two pitching changes. It also featured a hit batsman, a replay challenge, an ejection, an error on a pick-off throw, a run-scoring balk and a stretch where six straight batters reached safely.

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Questions remain if Cueto will pitch in All-Star Game

Questions remain if Cueto will pitch in All-Star Game

CINCINNATI -- Unlike his dynamic 2014 season, Reds ace Johnny Cueto isn't a lock to make the 2015 National All-Star team this year when reserve rosters and pitchers are revealed tonight.

But just like last year, Cueto may not be able to pitch if he makes the team. That's because he's once again lined up to pitch the final game of the first half on Sunday, when he faces the Marlins.

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Cingrani could become a starter again

Cingrani could become a starter again

CINCINNATI -- Entering Spring Training, Reds left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani was thought to be in the mix for a rotation spot before he was ultimately put in the bullpen rather early on in the competition. At some point this season, it's possible that Cingrani could start again for Cincinnati.

The reports from the first rehab assignment outing at Triple-A Louisville were positive for Cingrani, who has been on the disabled list since June 15 with a left shoulder strain. He worked two scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts while throwing 35 pitches. Manager Bryan Price noted it could be a somewhat extended timetable for Cingrani because of the team's plans.

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Lorenzen struggles in loss to Brewers

Lorenzen struggles in loss to Brewers

CINCINNATI -- From the first batter of his start vs. the Brewers on Friday night, Reds rookie pitcher Michael Lorenzen appeared to have trouble. Lorenzen had a 0-2 count on Gerardo Parra before he hit a foul ball and stayed alive.

Three pitches later and with a 2-2 count, Parra hit a rising 96-mph fastball over the right-field fence for a leadoff home run. Milwaukee didn't stop rolling from there as it handed the Reds a 12-1 defeat.

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Reds fall in opener to Brewers

Reds fall in opener to Brewers

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers continued a recent trend of beating up opposing pitching when they roughed up the Reds on Friday night at Great American Ball Park. A 12-1 victory extended Milwaukee's season-high winning streak to six games.

On the heels of scoring 28 runs during a four-game sweep at Philadelphia, the Brewers jumped on Reds rookie starter Michael Lorenzen quickly. Gerardo Parra led off the top of the first inning with a home run to right field. Following two more hits in the first, Adam Lind's RBI groundout made it 2-0. Aramis Ramirez led off the second inning with a first-pitch homer to left and Milwaukee added two more runs in the fifth off of reliever Nate Adcock. The rout was on when Carlos Gomez added a grand slam in the seventh against Carlos Contreras.

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Jocketty considering plans for Trade Deadline

Jocketty considering plans for Trade Deadline

CINCINNATI -- Speculation has often centered that the Reds could become sellers and make trades as soon as they are done hosting the All-Star Game on July 14. General manager Walt Jocketty did not tip his hand on Friday, but indicated it was under consideration.

Cincinnati entered Friday 5 1/2 games back in the National League Wild Card standings. Could the outcome of final three series in the first half vs. the Brewers, Nationals and Marlins determine the decision?

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Top prospect Stephenson promoted to Triple-A

Top prospect Stephenson promoted to Triple-A

CINCINNATI -- The top prospect of the Reds organization, right-handed starting pitcher Robert Stephenson, was promoted and is now one step away from the Major Leagues.

Stephenson, 22, was summoned to make his debut on Friday for Triple-A Louisville. He pitched five innings vs. Columbus and allowed two earned runs and four hits with three walks and six strikeouts while throwing 94 pitches, 59 for strikes.

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Reds agree to $1 million deal with int'l OF Olivo

Reds agree to $1 million deal with int'l OF Olivo

Dominican Republic teenager Cristian Olivo has improved dramatically since the beginning of the year, and now he's one step closer to starting the path toward his big league dream.

The Reds have agreed to a $1 million signing bonus for Olivo, ranked No. 23 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, according to industry sources.

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Assistant hitting coach Tinsley placed on leave

CINCINNATI -- Reds assistant hitting coach Lee Tinsley was placed on administrative leave by the club on Friday after he was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while impaired on Thursday.

Tinsley was booked at the Carroll County, Ky., detention center Thursday morning and released, MLB.com learned. WXIX-TV reported that documents showed the 46-year-old registered a breathalyzer test result of .08.

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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.

Cueto (5-5, 2.84) gave up one run on four hits, one walk and one hit batter for his first win since June 7. He also recorded eight strikeouts, giving him exactly 100 on the season. The 29-year-old right-hander is in the final year of his current contract, and he has been considered by many as a candidate to be moved before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.

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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.

Perhaps that's part of why Cueto received a standing ovation from the 26,459 fans at Great American Ball Park when he walked off the field after eight solid innings of work during Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Twins. He also received a pat on the head from catcher Brayan Pena and a handshake from manager Bryan Price once he reached the dugout.

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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.

With Brandon Phillips on first and Hamilton on second in the fifth inning, Twins pitcher Trevor May walked Joey Votto on a full-count pitch. Both runners were moving on the play, and despite a throw not being needed, catcher Chris Herrmann threw to third base. The ball went into left field, while Hamilton came home with Cincinnati's second run.

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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.

Marshall threw for 10 minutes at a distance of 60 feet.

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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.

Working back from a strained left oblique that put him on the disabled list June 5, Iglesias threw 43 pitches over three scoreless innings for Louisville. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three.

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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.

While throwing a career-high 122 pitches on a night that started with a two-hour, one-minute rain delay, DeSclafani was on the hook for six earned runs and 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings with two walks, seven strikeouts and two wild pitches.

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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.

While throwing a career-high 122 pitches, DeSclafani was charged with six earned runs over 6 2/3 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts. Torii Hunter homered in the first inning to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. One run crossed in the top of the second inning and another followed in the fifth before separation came in a four-run Minnesota seventh. The big hit was Kurt Suzuki's two-run single against Burke Badenhop, who replaced DeSclafani.

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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.

Phillips took batting practice on Tuesday, but he was out of the lineup again vs. Minnesota. The 25-man roster has eight relievers, which means Price has only three fully healthy bench players in Skip Schumaker, Jason Bourgeois and Brayan Pena, who was the lone backup at catcher.

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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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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.

Hamilton returned to a familiar role as the leadoff hitter to help the Reds defeat the Twins, 11-7, in the three-game series opener at Great American Ball Park. Hamilton was able to utilize his speed throughout the game as he reached base in his first four at bats and recorded four steals, including his 40th of the season.

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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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