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Gray passes Nolan Ryan for MLB record

Right-hander strikes out 9 over 6 2/3 strong innings for 11th win
@Russ_Dorsey1
1:48 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- When the Reds acquired Sonny Gray last offseason from the Yankees and subsequently gave him a three-year, $30.5 million extension, they were confident that the former Oakland ace could not only be effective, but that he could get back to being dominant. “We believed in his talent,” Reds

Prospects set to shine: It's AFL Opening Day

@JonathanMayo
14 minutes ago

For nearly three decades, the Arizona Fall League has had a very simple mission: Help finish the development process by getting Minor League prospects ready for the big leagues. That won’t change as the 28th season of the AFL gets underway on Wednesday with night games in Glendale, Mesa and

As Reds' playoff hopes end, future is tantalizing

September 17, 2019

CHICAGO -- In an industry with teams deciding to be either all-in or all-out, the Reds took a chance to zig when others zagged. Following a 67-95 season in 2018, the Reds' front office joined the fan base that had enough of a lengthy rebuild and yearned to be more

Galvis (knee) gets encouraging report after MRI

No structural damage for Reds' 2B; Colón receives callup
@Russ_Dorsey1
September 17, 2019

CHICAGO -- When Reds second baseman Freddy Galvis described the “pop” he felt in his left knee that forced him to leave Saturday’s game in Arizona, it sounded like the worst-case scenario. Galvis, however, underwent an MRI on Sunday, and the results revealed no structural damage -- a sigh of

Suarez hits 46th, 47th HRs, chasing MLB crown

@m_sheldon
September 15, 2019

PHOENIX -- During Spring Training in 2018, the Reds signed third baseman Eugenio Suárez to a seven-year, $66 million contract extension with the hope he would be a cornerstone player for years to come. That deal already seems like a shrewd bargain. It only took until the contract’s second year

These players are better than the '19 numbers

@williamfleitch
September 15, 2019

You know who the stars on each team are. You can see it from their stats, from leaderboards, from the jerseys on everyone’s backs in the stands. But that can’t tell you everything. Some guys are more than just their surface stats. So today we look at the players on

Bell on DeSclafani: 'Disco was outstanding'

Starter takes tough-luck loss despite allowing 1 baserunner
@m_sheldon
September 15, 2019

PHOENIX -- The only way that Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani could have been better on Saturday vs. the D-backs was if he had been perfect. Arizona mustered just one hit -- and it was the only time a batter reached base safely -- but DeSclafani was on the short end

Castillo proving he can be a horse for Reds

@m_sheldon
September 14, 2019

PHOENIX -- There is just one pitcher in the Major Leagues this season who has crossed 200 innings -- Astros ace Justin Verlander -- and the chance for a handful more to join him by the end. Reds ace Luis Castillo won’t be one of those pitchers, but every inning

Iglesias' defensive wizardry on display in desert

Bell describes shortstop's excellence with glove as 'an art form'
@m_sheldon
September 14, 2019

PHOENIX -- Throughout the 2019 season, Jose Iglesias has shown the Reds not only how his skills at shortstop are super dependable, but also artistic. The only question is whether the soon-to-be free agent can be brought back so he can continue to dazzle on defense. A pair of two-run

Where does Senzel's defensive future lie?

Rookie standout done for 2019, boasts positional flexibility entering '20
@m_sheldon
September 13, 2019

PHOENIX -- As the Reds absorbed Thursday’s news that rookie center fielder Nick Senzel’s season is prematurely over because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder, eventually they will have to determine how he moves forward as a player. Does Senzel remain in center field? Or, should he return

Kid bests Major Leaguer to catch foul ball

September 14, 2019

Reds phenom Aristides Aquino met his match on Friday night while chasing down a foul ball at Chase Field. Leading off the bottom of the second inning, D-backs second baseman Wilmer Flores lifted a foul ball down the right-field line. Aquino ranged into foul territory and reached into the stands,

One way each NL Central team fooled us

Five things we 'knew' about teams in spring that changed by fall
@matthewhleach
September 12, 2019

We don’t know anything. Not a single doggone thing. It’s really the one thing you can count on at the start of a baseball game, series or season. We know what’s probable. But what’s actually going to happen? Nobody knows. With that in mind, here is a look around the

Galvis' slam saves Reds from sweep in Seattle

Infielder emerges from 1-for-40 slump in series against Mariners
@DKramer_
September 13, 2019

SEATTLE -- Given how Freddy Galvis’ Reds tenure turned from a fast start to downward spiral, his $5.5 million club option for next season loomed large as his slump reached a 1-for-40 funk entering this week’s series against the Mariners. But Galvis left T-Mobile Park as Thursday’s savior in the

Shoulder injury ends Senzel's rookie season

Reds outfielder will seek second opinion on torn right labrum
@DKramer_
September 13, 2019

SEATTLE -- Nick Senzel has a partial tear of the labrum in his right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season, Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams announced Thursday. Senzel underwent an MRI exam on Friday that revealed tearing that had progressed since the initial injury, which

VOTE: Balloting underway for Clemente Award

Players to be recognized for community, philanthropic efforts; voting ends Sept. 29
September 12, 2019

Major League Baseball announced the 30 club nominees for the 2019 Roberto Clemente Award, the most prestigious individual award for Major League players. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a Major League player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and

Here's each team's top AFL prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
September 12, 2019

Next week marks the beginning of the 2019 Arizona Fall League, with Opening Day scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18. With seven players from every organization comprising six different teams, the AFL is considered a stepping stone en route to the Major Leagues because it offers players a unique chance to

Gray takes no-hitter into seventh inning

Start marks righty's 31st straight allowing six hits or fewer
@DKramer_
September 12, 2019

SEATTLE -- Instead of channeling frustration after losing a no-hitter in the seventh inning, then serving up a game-winning home run, Sonny Gray spoke of perspective and context. Armed with what he deemed one of his worst fastballs of the season Wednesday night, the All-Star righty persisted his way to

Persistence pays for O'Grady; Bell recalls 9/11

@DKramer_
September 11, 2019

SEATTLE -- Brian O'Grady's first Major League homer in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Mariners at T-Mobile Park had him in line to be the night’s hero, but after Amir Garrett’s blown save in the eighth, O’Grady instead took solace in his individual milestone. The 426-foot blast extended what’s been

Bell to be 'opportunistic' with usage of Lorenzen

@DKramer_
September 11, 2019

SEATTLE -- Michael Lorenzen’s two-way demands will remain in play as the Reds visit their first American League ballpark since the All-Star break, though how he will be deployed against the Mariners will be on a pitching-first basis. Lorenzen allowed 1 run in 1 1/3 innings out of the bullpen

Bauer shows positive signs in 8-strikeout effort

@DKramer_
September 11, 2019

SEATTLE -- It was the seventh slider that Amir Garrett threw that he wanted back, and it spoiled a night in which Trevor Bauer was in line for his first win since Aug. 9 and rookie Brian O'Grady was shaping up to be the comeback hero. Garrett’s breaking ball hung

Inbox: Who's considered part of Reds' core?

@m_sheldon
September 9, 2019

Often teams refer to building around “their core.” Beyond Eugenio Suarez and Sonny Gray, who makes the cut as the current Reds core? -- Shannon W., on Facebook In many cases, follow the money. Joey Votto remains a core player since he’s signed through at least 2023. But there are

Lorenzen's newest trick? Pinch-hit walk-off knock

Reds' do-it-all weapon caps whirlwind week with more heroics
@m_sheldon
September 8, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Recently, Reds manager David Bell was critical of himself for not finding ways to utilize reliever Michael Lorenzen more often as a hitter. Bell has continued to raise the bar all week and Lorenzen cleared it each time. On Sunday, Lorenzen found himself in a new situation --

Suarez continues homer barrage, eyes MLB lead

Reds' slugger collects blasts No. 43 and 44 during comeback victory
@m_sheldon
September 8, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Hey Mike Trout and Pete Alonso, Eugenio Suarez is nipping at your heels right now -- and maybe not for long. Michael Lorenzen’s pinch-hit double may have given the Reds a thrilling walk-off win in the ninth inning over the D-backs on Sunday. But the 4-3 victory would