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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Lorenzen hopes to get Reds untracked vs. Rockies

Lorenzen hopes to get Reds untracked vs. Rockies

A pair of pitchers looking for consistency, one a raw rookie and the other a 12-year veteran, face off Tuesday when the Reds host the Rockies at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati has lost nine straight games.

The Reds will start Michel Lorenzen. The 23-year-old right-hander will be making his fourth Major League start and sixth appearance overall. He has been solid in his three starts, the most recent on May 10. His role in the rotation may become critical, and perhaps permanent, due to the loss of Homer Bailey to Tommy John elbow surgery, the health issues of staff ace Johnny Cueto and the struggles of veteran Jason Marquis.

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Mahle on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs

Mahle on MLB Pipeline's Prospect 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, including big leaguers.

Reports of Byron Buxton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds' frustrations mount as losing skid continues

Reds' frustrations mount as losing skid continues

CLEVELAND -- Reds manager Bryan Price expressed frustration following Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Indians -- the Reds' eighth consecutive defeat.

"We saved our very worst when we needed our best," Price said after the road trip finished 0-5. "It was the worst game of the series, the worst game of the road trip, the worst game of the season. We needed a good game and we didn't show up today. I apologize for anybody that drove up from Cincinnati to come out and watch us play because this was brutal. … We're all brutal right now."

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Cueto misses start with elbow stiffness

Iglesias steps in to take on Tribe in series finale

Cueto misses start with elbow stiffness

CLEVELAND -- A rotation that has little room for bad news got some more when Reds ace Johnny Cueto did not make his start on Sunday vs. the Indians. Cueto reported feeling right elbow stiffness since his previous start on Tuesday vs. the Royals.

Raisel Iglesias stepped in for Cueto vs. Cleveland in the three-game series finale.

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Reds' rally falls short in 8th straight loss

Reds' rally falls short in 8th straight loss

CLEVELAND -- In a season of costly defensive miscues, the Indians were glad to be the beneficiary of some poor glove work by their opponent in Sunday's 5-2 victory over Cincinnati at Progressive Field, which clinched a series sweep. Three errors were made by the Reds infield, all of which led to Indians runs.

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer didn't have his swing-and-miss stuff working, but held the Reds to one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four, but perhaps more important, didn't walk a batter. That marks the first time in Bauer's career he went more than six innings without a walk.

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Reds' pitching staff gets boost from DeSclafani

Reds' pitching staff gets boost from DeSclafani

CLEVELAND -- The Reds are desperately hungry for a victory right now, but short of that, they at least needed a starting pitcher to give them a chance to win one. Despite being handed a 2-1 loss by the Indians on Saturday, Anthony DeSclafani gave them just that.

In seven well-pitched innings, DeSclafani allowed one earned run and three hits with two walks and six strikeouts for a no-decision. The game was lost by reliever Tony Cingrani in the bottom of the eighth as Cincinnati dropped its seventh in a row.

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DeSclafani solid, but Reds' losing streak at 7

DeSclafani solid, but Reds' losing streak at 7

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians extended their season-high winning streak to five games on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Progressive Field thanks to a late-inning offensive push led by second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Kipnis started a two-out rally with a single in the sixth and later came around to score the tying run. In the eighth, his opposite-field double drove in the go-ahead run.

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Price ejected before game starts on Saturday

Price ejected before game starts on Saturday

CLEVELAND -- There was a nice duel between starting pitchers and a tight game played Saturday that the Reds ultimately lost by a 2-1 score to the Indians for their seventh-straight loss. And Reds manager Bryan Price was not in the dugout for any of it.

Price missed all of the game because he was ejected during the exchange of lineup cards at home plate just before first pitch.

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Joey Votto's ridiculous throw completes slick DP

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Joey Votto's ridiculous throw completes slick DP

Good infield defense is pretty hard. It's so difficult that we're pretty sure it was one of Hercules' 12 Labors. Even though it's rarely published, right after killing the Nemean lion, the Greek warrior had to go join some Athenian pick-up game and turn a double play to prevent Sparta from scoring. It's history, we swear. 

But we bet even Hercules' double play wasn't as good as Joey Votto's in the second inning of Saturday's game against the Indians.

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Leake, rotation continue to struggle for Reds

Leake, rotation continue to struggle for Reds

CLEVELAND -- The Reds rotation is in a free fall and none of its members seem to have a working parachute.

The Reds' losing streak extended to a season-high six games with Friday's 7-3 defeat to the Indians. The starting pitcher was on the hook for all six losses, including Mike Leake, who labored with 81 pitches over four innings vs. Cleveland on Friday.

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Reds fall to Indians, losing streak at 6

Reds fall to Indians, losing streak at 6

CLEVELAND -- The Indians offense came alive for 11 hits and eight walks in a 7-3 victory in the series opener against Cincinnati on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco struck out seven over six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks. Reds starter Mike Leake struggled through four innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, five walks and a homer. He didn't strike out a batter for the first time in his career as a starter.

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Top 10 keys to Reds' slow start

Injuries a factor, but lack of performance has club below .500 early

Top 10 keys to Reds' slow start

CINCINNATI -- If you thought I was above capitalizing on a moment like David Letterman's retirement from late-night television by writing a Reds-centric Top 10 List, well, you'd be wrong.

While this Top 10 about the Reds' 18-22 record at the quarter mark of the season won't try to duplicate the humor brought over the past 33 years by Letterman -- an Indianapolis native who grew up a fan of the Reds -- it will take a quick look at what's going both right and wrong.

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Reds find scoreboard, but fall short in KC

Reds find scoreboard, but fall short in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie tossed six shutout innings and Eric Hosmer scored twice and drove in a run as the Royals took a 7-1 win over the Reds on Wednesday night in front of 30,450 at Kauffman Stadium.

Guthrie gave up five hits, walked two and struck out three. He helped extend the Royals' scoreless-innings streak to 24, which tied a franchise record set in 1976. The streak ended in the seventh, when Ryan Madson gave up an RBI double to Brandon Phillips.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price confident in players' history with RISP

Price confident in players' history with RISP

KANSAS CITY -- The Reds arrived at the quarter pole in the 2015 season, and manager Bryan Price remains optimistic that the clutch-hitting numbers will drastically improve with roughly 75 percent of the games still to be played.

Cincinnati went into Wednesday's game against the Royals hitting just .194 with runners in scoring position, which ranked last in the Majors. But Price looks at the relatively small sample size and doesn't see that trend continuing.

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Games in AL parks allow Mesoraco to DH

Games in AL parks allow Mesoraco to DH

KANSAS CITY -- For the Reds, the side benefit of having five consecutive Interleague road games against Kansas City and Cleveland is that Devin Mesoraco has some opportunities to tune his swing as a designated hitter.

Mesoraco hasn't been able to catch since April 12 because of a left hip impingement, which meant his at-bats in National League settings were limited to pinch-hitting duties. But Mesoraco is taking rehabilitation steps toward catching again. Meanwhile, he can get multiple at-bats as a DH until the Reds return home Monday to open a series against Colorado.

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Cueto loses duel as Reds' skid reaches four

Cueto loses duel as Reds' skid reaches four

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura silenced the Reds on four hits through seven shutout innings, and Mike Moustakas delivered two RBI doubles in a 3-0 win on a rainy Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Ventura needed just 88 pitches to get through seven. He walked none and struck out six. More >

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Reds' offense doesn't come through for Cueto

Reds' offense doesn't come through for Cueto

KANSAS CITY -- Johnny Cueto was good, but Yordano Ventura was better.

That's the bottom line for the Reds in a 3-0 loss to the Royals on Tuesday night. On many nights, Cueto's line of three earned runs allowed through seven innings would be a springboard for a Cincinnati victory. But there was simply no margin for error in Cueto's case as Ventura limited the Reds to four singles and didn't issue a walk.

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Price honored to serve with All-Star coaches

Price honored to serve with All-Star coaches

KANSAS CITY -- Reds manager Bryan Price was honored by the news that he'll be part of Bruce Bochy's National League coaching staff for the 2015 All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park.

"A really nice thing for Bruce to do in putting me on the staff," Price said before Tuesday's series opener against the Royals. "It's pretty exciting." Price knows it will be a special moment when he has an opportunity to be introduced and can tip his cap to the hometown fans.

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Price seeking consistency from rotation

Lorenzen, Iglesias could get more starts if things don't turn around

Price seeking consistency from rotation

CINCINNATI -- It was certainly a bad weekend for a Reds rotation that was pummeled for three straight losses in the four-game series vs. the Giants. Monday's off-day was certainly welcomed as much as the knowledge ace Johnny Cueto is pitching Tuesday against the Royals.

For the 18-20 Reds to stay in contention, and by extension to keep the soon-to-be free agent Cueto from being Trade Deadline chum, other Cincinnati starters need to prevent stretches like the past three games. If not, both rookies Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias could get more starts.

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Bruce shows signs of heating up with 3 hits, homer

After rough start to season, outfielder posts consecutive multihit games

Bruce shows signs of heating up with 3 hits, homer

CINCINNATI -- The long drives and near misses this week seemed like signs that Reds right fielder Jay Bruce isn't far from finally heating up at the plate. Even though the Reds were handed a 9-8 loss by the Giants on Sunday, Bruce's bat was a big part of the thwarted comeback attempt.

Bruce was 3-for-5 with a solo homer in the seventh inning, which gave him consecutive multihit games for the first time since Aug. 3-5, 2014. He also had homers on back-to-back days to end the series.

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