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MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 24: Dan Straily #58 of the Cincinnati Reds walks to the dugout after getting pull from the game during the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 24, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Dan Straily

Straily dealt to Marlins for three prospects/suspects

2:20 pm Jan. 19, 2017

The Cincinnati Reds continued their roster cleansing methodology — veterans for prospect/suspects — by trading starting pitcher Dan Straily to the Miami Marlins for three minor leaguers.

The Reds acquired two righthandsed pitchers, Luis Castillo and Austin Brice, plus outfielder Isiah White, low-level minor leaguers.

Even though the Reds are in a tear-it-down and put-it-back-together mode, this trade is a bit curious.

Straily, only 28, was their best starting pitcher last year —

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Five of the 2013 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Ozzie says Concepcion belongs in ‘The Hall”

6:06 pm Jan. 18, 2017

Dave Concepcion is not in baseball’s Hall of Fame, which is a ball of shame.

If the man who performed shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds for 19 summers like Baryshnikov on spikes isn’t worthy, then neither

Reds acquire ‘closer’ Drew Storen

10:43 pm Jan. 3, 2017

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds made their initial effort to upgrade their punching bag bullpen Tuesday by signing a veteran relief pitcher who used to dress up as former Reds third basema Chris Sabo for Halloween.

Free agent Drew Storen, a 29-year-old veteran righthander, signed a one-year contract, with eyes on being the team’s closer, a spot he occupied with the Washington Nationals in 2011 and collected 43 saves.


Cubs are no longer ‘Lovable Losers’

1:20 am Nov. 3, 2016

Unfortunately, the general rule is that there had to be a loser in the most emotional, compelling, competitive and exciting World Series in recent baseball history.

And it was the Cleveland Indians, finishing second in a World Series for the fourth time since last winning in 1948.

That meant that the sentimental favorites, the Chicago Cubs, are no longer the Lovable Losers, winners of a World Series for the first time since

Cubs blast Tribe — on to Game 7

11:48 pm Nov. 1, 2016

‘Every days is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failure behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.’ — Hall of Fame Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller.

Bob Feller knows of what he speaks. Feller won 19 games for the 1948 Cleveland Indians. But he lost two games in the 1948

Lester, Chapman save the Cubs for another day

12:43 am Oct. 31, 2016

Joe Maddon knew exactly what to do, no ifs, no ands and no buts about it.

His Chicago Cubs faced extinction, another long winter’s hibernation if they didn’t win Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night.

So, with his team leading the Cleveland Indians by one run with one out in the seventh inning, it was time to throw convention into the Wrigley Field wind.

“Give me Chapman,” he said.


Tribe needs just one more win

11:25 pm Oct. 29, 2016

The managerial wizardry of Terry Francona continues and his concert pianist’s touch has his Cleveland Indians one victory away from the 2016 World Series trophy that will put black clouds over Chicago once again.

It will be 109 years since the Chicago Cubs cashed a World Series winner’s check.

Francona made two riverboat gambler’s moves in Game 4 Saturday night against the dormant Cubs and came up aces — with one huge

Tribe pitchers dial up a masterpiece

12:23 am Oct. 29, 2016

Masterpiece Theatre couldn’t come close to matching the 3½ hours of lip-chewing, teeth gnashing drama enacted in Game 3 of the 2016 World Series Friday night.

The Cleveland Indians won it, 1-0, but the perspiration level was at drench level until the final out.

The Chicago Cubs had the potential tying run on third and the potential winning run on second in the bottom of the ninth with two outs.

Cleveland closer Cody

Cubs show they won’t go away

11:18 pm Oct. 26, 2016

The Chicago Cubs showed they are not going to go quietly into the night, even a very cold and drizzly night against a very hot Cleveland Indians team in Progressive Field.

After getting shut out in Game 1 Tuesday, the Cubs came out swinging in Game 2 Wednesday night and returned the favor, a 5-1 victory.

After a day off, the World Series shifts to Chicago’s Wrigley Field for Game 3 Friday

Tribe tramples Cubs in Game One

11:48 pm Oct. 25, 2016

‘The city of Cleveland is like our team. It has been pushed around and now it’s time to push back.’ — Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona.

And the Cleveland Indians gave the first shove Tuesday night in Game One of the World Series, with large pushes from pitchers Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller.

If Kluber keeps this up, they might change the spelling of the city to Kleveland. On a chill night