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Reds: What can Walt do?, Saban on McCarron, Bengals Ring of Honor?


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Brendon Kay, former UC QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Reds: What would you like Walt Jocketty to do?


Notes, stats and photos from another frustrating night at GABP

Down on the Farm
Devin Mesoraco was 2 for 3 with R, RBI in his first rehab appearance at Louisville.

Cueto makes his team-high ninth start of the season. He leads MLBin ERA (1.43), innings pitched (63.0) and opponents' BA (.138) and ranks second in strikeouts (68). Cueto entered this season with 3 career 10-strikeout games but has produced 3 more in 2014, including a career-high 12k on 4/16 vs Pit. In his last 5 starts he has thrown 2 complete games followed by 3 consecutive outings of 8.0 innings. 


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Solution for arm injuries? Lower the mound.
Why most hitters don't try to beat the shift.


I'll keep saying it: I wish the Bengals would do this.
Todd Heap going into Ravens Ring of Honor

Nick Saban talks about AJ McCarron's drop in the NFL Draft and cricitism about his QB.
Comments start at :30 mark.

ESPN's Tom Rinaldi story on AJ McCarron and AJ Starr

Cyclones win and advance
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Four different Cyclones lit the lamp, including a highlight-reel tally from Wade Megan, as Cincinnati (8-4) defeated the Fort Wayne Komets (6-5) by a 4-1 final score in front of 1,602 at U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday night. With the Game 6 win, the Cyclones closed out the best-of-seven series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals of the Kelly Cup playoffs for the second consecutive year. Goaltender Rob Madore (W, 28 saves, 8-4) turned in an impressive performance between the pipes, turning aside all but one of the 29 shots he faced in the contest. 
The victory for Cincinnati has set up a meeting with the Greenville Road Warriors in the Eastern Conference Finals, which are set to begin next week U.S. Bank Arena. The Cyclones will host the first two games of the best-of-seven series on Monday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 20 - both contests will begin at 7:35pm
Single game Eastern Conference Finals tickets will go on sale this morning at 10:00amThe full Eastern Conference Finals Schedule is HERE: 

On this date
Wednesday evening, May 14, 2003
Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals
Busch Stadium/St. Louis, MO

From Steven Sharp
"Graves Shuts Out Cardinals on Four Hits, Kearns Drives The Offense"

Danny Graves had settled into the 2003 Reds starting rotation, making his eighth start of the season and twelfth career MLB start.  It took 117 pitches (77 for strikes), but Graves got the job done, pitching a four-hit complete game shutout
Ken Griffey, Jr. returned to the Reds starting line-up, after missing five-plus weeks with a dislocated right shoulder.  With Griffey, Jr. starting, manager Bob Boone opted to sit José Guillén instead of Austin Kearns.  Kearns remained in the Reds starting line-up and moved from center field over to right field.  Kearns hit a three-run home run (extending his hitting streak to ten games) in the top of the fourth inning and drove in another run on a single in the sixth inning.  
With Marty Brennaman away for several days following the death of his mother, Dan Hoard filled in for play-by-play duty on the Reds radio network, working with Joe Nuxhall.  

The Reds moved Danny Graves into the starting rotation in September 2002, and he opened the 2003 season in the starting rotation, making 26 starts before moving back to the Reds bullpen to stay in late August 2003.  The Reds opened the 2003 season with a starting rotation of Jimmy Haynes, Ryan Dempster, Jimmy Anderson, Danny Graves, and Paul Wilson. By the end of the 2003 season, seventeen different pitchers would make at least one start for the 2003 Reds.  

XU lands a 6th recruit
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University head coach Chris Mack announced today that he has received a signed athletic scholarship agreement from 6-2 guard Larry Austin Jr. from Springfield Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois.
“Larry is a very tough minded, charismatic leader at the point guard position,” said Mack. “He plays the game to make his teammates better and excels in the open court. He is a competitor on both ends of the floor and we're excited about what he brings to Xavier Basketball. Larry is known for his toughness and will be a great fit for our program.”
The Lanphier High School senior, a 2014 Class 3A First Team All-State selection, averaged 22.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.2 steals last season, while leading his team to a 27-2 record. Austin was a 2013 Class 3A Second Team All-State selection as a junior. More HERE

What explanation could possibly be offered for the Pacers? With a chance to close out their series, they were blown out by the Wizards, 102-79 at home. The Wizards out rebounded the Pacers 62-23.

Let Freedom ring
The Florence Freedom open their season Thursday night

2nd annual People's Choice TV Sports Awards 
Who are your favorite national broadcasters when it comes to play-by-play, analyst, sideline reporter, studio host, studio analyst? Results

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