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Reds’ motto: Don’t tinker with Winker

4:45 pm Sep. 19, 2017

CINCINNATI — If there has been any criticism, if it can be called that, of Jesse Winker as he progressed through the Cincinnati Reds system, it has been a perceived lack of power, something usually associated with a corner outfielder.

Winker pays no attention to and, in fact, said he has been told, “We’re not going to tinker with Winker.”

“They’ve told me not to worry about it, just to keep concentrating

Cozart, Turner awakened by ‘Fight for California’

12:15 pm Sep. 17, 2017

CINCINNATI — Bryan Price watched the first part of the Cal-Ole Miss football game Saturday night with double interest.

First of all, Cal is his alma mater. Secondly, his Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart played at

Reds-Pirates: An argument for the bottom

5:04 pm Sep. 15, 2017

CINCINNATI — If you look into the Great American Ball Park stands Friday night and see thousands and thousands of empty red chair backs, it is proof positive that fans realize the game is meaningless.

Why even play it? Mostly it is for rookies to stand up and say, “Hey, look at me. I can play. I can be center field.”

The Cincinnati Reds are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates and when the

Walks, homers continue to haunt Garrett

4:47 pm Sep. 14, 2017

In another confrontation involving rookie pitchers for the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cardinals undeniably got the better end of it Thursday afternoon in Busch Stadium III.

After Cincinnati rookie Tyler Mahle outdueled St. Louis rookie Jack Flaherty Wednesday, the Reds Amir Garrett was not up to the challenge Thursday afternoon against Luke Weaver.

The same problems that have manifested during Garrett’s tenure since his return from the minors

Mahle, bullpen whitewash Cardinals, 6-0

11:01 pm Sep. 13, 2017

It was a messy first three innings for Cincinnati Reds rookie pitcher Tyler Mahle Wednesday night in Busch Stadium III against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals stranded seven runners in the first three innings, but give credit to Mahle. When the chips were down, he picked them all up.

After escaping unscathed in those three innings, Mahle retired six of the last seven he faced — five shutout innings.

And it earned

Stephenson roughed up, Reds routed, 13-4

11:26 pm Sep. 12, 2017

After smooth traveling on the interstate over his previous four starts, Cincinnati Reds rookie pitcher Robert Stephenson hit a pothole and spun out of control Tuesday night.

Stephenson won his previous four starts with a 2.08 earned run average, but the St. Louis Cardinals took him apart in Busch Stadium III on their way to a 13-4 undressing of the Reds.

The Cardinals are on a late-season sprint as they try to

Stephenson roughed up, Reds routed, 13-4

11:22 pm Sep. 12, 2017

After smooth traveling on the interstate over his previous four starts, Cincinnati Reds rookie pitcher Robert Stephenson hit a pothole and spun out of control Tuesday night. Stephenson won his previous four starts with a 2.08 earned run average, but the St. Louis Cardinals took him apart in Busch Stadium III on their way to a 13-4 undressing of the Reds. The Cardinals are on a late-season sprint as they

Mets continue mastery of the Reds, 5-1

10:01 pm Sep. 8, 2017

Since the All-Star break the New York Mets traded Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce and Addison Reed. And Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Conforto, Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler are on the disabled list.

Is it any wonder that a team with a $150 million payroll is 17 games under .500 with a roster populated by minor leaguers?

It doesn’t seem to make any difference to the Cincinnati Reds. They can’t beat

Mahle encounters rough start, Reds lose

10:03 pm Sep. 7, 2017

Joe Garagiola’s book, ‘Baseball is a Funny Game,’        was a text full of humorous stories surrounding his playing and broadcasting career. And it was hilarious.

But baseball is a funny game in another contest, too.

Isn’t it funny that the Cincinnati Reds can sweep three games from the contending Milwaukee Brewers, including complete domination in the last two?

Then they go to New York to face the Mets, a team with a

Castillo finishes season with exclamation point

4:04 pm Sep. 6, 2017

With last place a virtual lock for the Cincinnati Reds, the team is playing September with two objectives: spoil the season for contender and finding out which rookies can pitch in the major and which can’t.

Both missions are on the fast track the first week of the month and the Milwaukee Brewers felt the first sting.

The Brewers came to Cincinnati on a rush — three wins in four games against