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Feeling better about this team? The Reds have won 5 of their last 6 and are 5-2 since they got full healthy. Tonight they try to get to the .500 mark for the first time since they were 11-11 on April 24. They have not been above .500 this season. HERE are notes, stats and observations from Tuesday's 6-5 win.

Deep goes Frazier!


He's no Bo

Bo breaks bats

Grady Sizemore was designated for assignment by Red Sox. The 31-year old OF hit .216-2-15 in 52 games.

Freaks of Nature: Sports on Earth pays tribute to Bronson Arroyo and pitchers that have managed to avoid the DL over the years.

Anyone? Nope
The Twins designated OF Jason Kubel for assignment. The 32-year old hit .224-1-13 in 52 games. Since 2013 he's hit .219-300-.308-.609, 6 HR, 45 RBI in 466 plate appearances.

Add this to the list of weird sports injuries. He got mad, punched a chair and broke his hand. 

Down on the Farm
It was a big night for two Reds prospects at the California League All-Star game.
OF Kyle Waldrop had 2 hits, including a HR, and drove in all 3 runs.
SP Ben Lively pitched 2 hitless innings to get the win. Game story HERE.
Both players are being promoted to Double-A Pensacola, along with Jesse Winker.

Smashing debut
Reds 3B prospect Juan Silverio made his Triple-A debut with 5 hits last night.

Local product
How about the start by catcher Kyle Schwarber (Middletown/IU), first round pick of the Cubs this year?: Schwarber finished Tuesday's game 3-for-4 with a 2B, a BB, 2 R and 2 RBI. Five games into his professional career, Schwarber is 12-for-20 with 4 HR, 7 runs and 10 RBI.

College World Series

(Courtesy Virginia athletics)

Reds 1st round pick Nick Howard pitched four scoreless innings, in his longest out of the season, as Virginia went 15 innings to beat TCU in the College World Series last night. Howard threw 60 pitches, allowing 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K. He reached 97-98 mph while I was watching. Entering the game, Howard had thrown a total of 30.2 innings in 28 appearances on the season. The 15 inning game tied the College World Series record set in 1970. The Cavaliers will play Friday at 7pm.

I wish the Bengals would do a Summer Tour like the Colts. HERE is more on the Colts Summer Tour.

This is one of the sweetest/smartest deals of all-time

World Cup
In this together
Sports On Earth 
You might get punched in the face. You might hug people you've never met. You might end up getting to second base with someone with whom you have nothing in common other than the fact that you're both Americans and THAT'S ENOUGH DAGNABIT. But join. Because this is different than everything else we're doing. This is something we all have. Let's do this together.

Xavier basketball
CINCINNATI – Xavier University celebrates Opening Night for the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14at Cintas Center. The regular season opener against Northern Arizona highlights the Opening Night festivities.
Xavier University has added the final three teams on the 2014-15 men’s basketball non-conference home schedule, which are actually the first three games on the 2014-15 schedule. The season begins with a four-game homestand but nothing beats the anticipation of the regular season opener.
Long Beach State visits XU on Tuesday, Nov. 18.  The Musketeers host Stephen F. Austin on Friday, Nov. 21. SFA finished 32-3 last season overall, going undefeated in the Southland Conference regular season and winning the conference tournament. SFA won 29 straight games, including a win over VCU in the NCAA Tournament Second Round, before losing to UCLA in the NCAA Third Round. The fourth game on the season-opening homestand is the previously-announced Murray State game on Monday, Nov. 24.
Xavier previously announced non-conference home games included Alabama, Murray State and Florida Gulf Coast and road games at Missouri, Auburn and Cincinnati. The exhibition game will be played onSaturday, Nov. 8.
Xavier will play three games in the Wooden Legacy in California over Thanksgiving Weekend. ESPN will officially announce the field for that tournament later this month.
Season tickets include all 17 home games and start as low as $200, or only $12 per game. Fans can place a $100 per seat deposit now to guarantee the first opportunity to select new seats prior to the general public on-sale date in July. Season tickets go on sale July 7. For more information, please contact the Xavier Athletics Ticket Office at 513-745-3411 or

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