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Underrated, Unappreciated Cozart stuns Giants

1:29 am May. 12, 2017

Not long ago the MLB Network listed the top ten shortstops in the majors and nobody with the initials Z.C. was named.

Zack Cozart, the Rodney Dangerfield of shortstops. No respect.

As have many teams this season, the San Francisco Giants felt the sting of Cozart’s reverberating bat Thursday night at AT&T Park.

Cozart’s rifle-shot double to the wall in left center field in the eighth inning broke a tie and gave the

Reds comfortable in first place

7:54 pm May. 8, 2017

CINCINNATI — Some of the Cincinnati Reds, including manager Bryan Price, are wearing black t-shirts with white lettering that reads, “Return from the Dead.”

The message is clear. The Reds are tired of dressing in a room full of tombstones instead of chairs.

While in the early stages of a rebuild and acknowledging that they don’t expect to contend, the Reds are doing what nobody expected they could do.

They are winning. And

Reds use rules to save Garrett innings

3:52 pm May. 7, 2017

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds continue to use the rules to their advantage, rules that show that baseball clearly is a business and the players are hanging meat.

Rookie pitcher Amir Garrett, impressive in his first six major league starts, was optioned back to Class AAA Louisville after his start Saturday, a win over the San Francisco Giants.

Garrett is 3-and-2 with a 4.25 earned run average. He has pitched 32 innings

Hamilton on base? All hell breaks loose

5:29 pm May. 6, 2017

CINCINNATI — This is the carnage left behind by the Cincinnati Reds when Billyball is at full throttle.

On Friday night Billy Hamilton was the prototype of what the Reds want from him and what they see in those spindly, wind-milling legs as a leadoff hitter.

Hamilton was on base five straight times and scored four of the team’s 13 runs in a 13-3 win over the Giants.

That, though, just skims the

Lorenzen says bullpen buys into Price’s methods

5:29 pm May. 5, 2017

CINCINNATI — After the 2016 Cincinnati Reds bullpen was the worst since they moved the pitching rubber from 45 feet to 60 feet, 6 inches in 1857, suddenly the 2017 bullpen is not a cesspool of despair.

The current bullpen has the fourth best earned run average at 3.30 in the National League and leads in innings pitched.

Why is that, why the transformation, other than a few different names on the

Reed is gone and Brice arrives (via Hong Kong)

11:52 am May. 4, 2017

CINCINNATI — The pitching carousel continues with the Cincinnati Reds and the latest is: Cody Reed is A Gone Guy and Austin Brice is the latest trinket in the bullpen.

Reed pitched two innings in relief Wednesday night and gave up four walks and two hits, including a two-run home run to Andrew McCutchen. The walks are more of a concern to manager Bryan Price than the home run.

“We talked to

High expectations don’t bother Adam Duvall

4:59 pm May. 2, 2017

CINCINNATI — Adam Duvall goes about his business with a quiet approach, except for the loud noise his baseball bat makes when he connects. He is The Quiet Assassin.

Just when the other team seems in a comfort zone with Duvall, unafraid of what he might do, Duvall does significant damage.

An example surfaced Monday night in Great American Ball Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His first two times to the plate,

Schebler: From the depths to the heights in a week

5:11 pm May. 1, 2017

CINCINNATI — It was early morning a week ago Sunday, the 23rd of April, and Scott Schebler was seated in front of his locker.

He was mired in a deep funk, a slump of mythical proportions. He was 5 for 43 and his batting average for the season was on the interstate at .153.

On a whim, I walked over to him, tapped him twice on the shoulder and said, “Two hits

Reds stage comeback in St. Louis

6:40 pm Apr. 30, 2017

For five innings Sunday afternoon in Busch Stadium, it looked as if it was same ol’ and same ol’ and some ol’ for the Cincinnati Reds against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Put ‘em on base and leave ‘em there.

They left two runners on base in the first, two runners on base in the second and two runners on third against former teammate Mike Leake.

And they trailed, 4-0, after Matt Carpenter’s three-run

Suarez’s ‘sleep walk’ costs Reds in 7-5 loss to Cardinals

11:29 pm Apr. 28, 2017

Inexcusable. Unfathomable. Incomprehensible. The ultimate brain cramp.

What happened to Eugenio Suarez Friday night in Busch Stadium was something that shouldn’t happen to a college player or a high school player, let alone a major league player.

But the Cincinnati Reds third baseman was caught daydreaming on the basepath and it turned into a nightmare.

IT WAS A KEY SITUATION for the Reds in a game they eventually lost to the St. Louis