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Reed a mixed bag in Reds win

8:13 pm Mar. 15, 2017

It happens every spring and sometimes more than once a week.

A veteran pitcher, a guy who is a lock to make his team, faces a guy on the other team wearing a high 90’s number on his uniform without his name on the back.

The established pitcher is working on things, his slider or his changeup or his windup or his delivery. The anonymous guy, with no chance to make the

Garrett awesome, but Reds lose DeSclafani for at least a month

7:08 pm Mar. 13, 2017

With all the available spots on the Cincinnati Reds starting rotation, Amir Garrett grabbed the baseball by the seams Monday afternoon and said, “Hey, look at me.”

And the Reds will look at a lot of options after disturbing news Monday that projected Opening Day starter Anthony DeSclafani has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

He’ll be shut down for at least a month and then re-evaluated with Tommy

Reds win two, but pitching takes injury hit

8:04 pm Mar. 12, 2017

The news out of the Arizona desert Sunday concerning the Cincinnati Reds was alternative news compared to what will transpire Monday closer to home in Cincinnati.

Pitcher Anthony DeSclafani returned to Cincinnati to undergo an MRI examination on his barking elbow. And it is pretty clear that DeSclafani not only won’t make the Opening Day assignment, he probably will join pitcher Homer Bailey on the disabled list.

The Reds played their second

Double displeasure for Reds as they lose two games

7:08 pm Mar. 11, 2017

The Cincinnati Reds doubled their displeasure Saturday afternoon. They lost two games in different venues, both with some inefficient pitching.

They split the squad and sent one to Scottsdale to play a split-squad San Francisco Giants team. And lost, 9-7.

They sent the other half to Peoria to play the Seattle Mariners and lost, 7-6.

Both starters were uninspiring.

SCOTT FELDMN, WHO HAD one foot firmly planted in the starting rotation when he arrived

Reed sharp, but Reds dull in 5-4 loss

11:22 pm Mar. 10, 2017

It was a rare night game in the desert for the Cincinnati Reds and while starting pitcher Cody Reed wasn’t exactly lights out, he rocked the Colorado Rockies in the second and third innings at Goodyear Ballpark.

Reed, one of the three lefthanded pitchers the Reds obtained from Kansas City in exchange for Johnny Cueto, is in the hunt for one of the wide-open rotation spots.

He gave up two runs, two

Reds pitchers walk 10 in 12-5 loss to A’s

6:50 pm Mar. 9, 2017

While college basketball teams are punching their tickets into the NCAA big dance, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tim Adleman probably tore up his ticket into the team’s starting rotation and is watching everybody else dance.

Adleman, who had pitched well this spring, suffered a nightmarish meltdown Thursday afternoon in Scottsdale, Ariz.’s HoHoKam Park.

AND IT WAS NIGHTMARE on Elm Street for the Reds, too. They gave up 10 runs in the first two

Reds’ ‘irregulars’ suffer 9-0 beating

5:57 pm Mar. 8, 2017

It was not a Day to Remember for Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Amir Garrett Wednesday afternoon in Goodyear, Ariz.

His earned run average did not take a hit because he didn’t give up an earned run in his 2 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

But it was his own error that led to five unearned runs in the second inning during a 9-0 loss to the Angels, ending

Pitching sparkles as Reds win 5th straight

6:01 pm Mar. 7, 2017

UNSOLICITED OBSERVATIONS from The Man Cave after spending a weekend in Cary, N.C. with the University of Dayton baseball team — and it was colder in Carolina than it was in Dayton.

What did I miss? Oh, four straight spring exhibition victories by the Cincinnati Reds, including two over the world champion Chicago Cubs and an eight-run eighth inning to beat Kansas City, 9-7, after they lost their first six games.


Of Reds and Flyers baseball — and Reds win

11:20 pm Mar. 2, 2017

On a Buckeye Charter Bus somewhere in the desolation of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, where cellphones don’t work (Is this where they filmed Deliverance?).

Am spending the weekend with the University of Dayton baseball team in Cary, N.C., not far enough south for baseball weather, but eager to hear the sound of aluminum bats (hate that sound, go back to wood) after 9 1/2 hours on a bus.

This is

Reds losing streak reaches half dozen

6:06 pm Mar. 1, 2017

Despite some awesome and outstanding scoreless pitching from the second through the eighth innings, the Cincinnati Reds’ losing streak now stands at a half dozen.

Their sixth straight spring exhibition loss came Wednesday, 3-2, when the Milwaukee Brewers scored a run in the bottom of the ninth.

After starter Livsalverto Bonilla gave up two runs in the first, Reds pitching held the Brewers scoreless over the next seven innings — until the