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Reds: BP returns


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Today the Reds returned from rehabilitation assignments and reinstated from the 15-day disabled list RHP Logan Ondrusek and 2B Brandon Phillips and optioned to Class AAA Louisville RHP Dylan Axelrod and C Tucker Barnhart.
RHP Curtis Partch, who served as the 26th player for Game 2 of yesterday's day/night doubleheader at Col, was returned to Louisville. Ondrusek has been on the disabled list since 7/22 with a strained right shoulder...Phillips was disabled while recovering from 7/11 surgery to repair atorn ligament in his left thumb.

Lineup tonight
Hamilton 8
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Mesoraco 2
Ludwick 7
Phillips 4
Pena 3
Cozart 6
Leake RHP

UC basketball

Former University of Cincinnati forward Titus Rubles has signed to play professional basketball in Iceland during the coming season.
Rubles will play for Keflavik of the Iceland-Dominos League. The squad finished second in the conference last season with an 18-4 record en route to winning the Icelandic Lengjan Cup.  
A 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward from Dallas, Texas, Rubles enjoyed his best season as a Bearcat during the 2013-14 campaign. He averaged career highs in points (7.3), rebounds (6.8) and minutes played (29.0). He ranked among American Athletic Conference leaders in rebounds (ninth at 6.8), offensive rebounds (ninth at 2.5) and defensive rebounds (ninth at 2.6). He also ranked fifth in the league in rebounds during conference action (7.4).
Rubles averaged 8.7 points and 8.7 rebounds during UC’s last six games. He shot 88.6 percent from the free-throw line during the final two months of the season, making 22 consecutive free throws during an eight-game stretch. He poured in a career-high 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting and made all six free-throw attempts against Memphis on UC’s Senior Night on March 6.
Rubles served as co-captain along with Justin Jackson and Sean Kilpatrick on last season’s squad that posted a 27-7 overall record and 15-3 league mark. The Bearcats won a share of the American’s regular-season crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.Rubles is the second UC player on last season’s squad to sign a professional basketball contract this month. Forward Justin Jackson inked a deal on Aug. 4 to play in Athens, Greece, with AR Ne Kifisia Dimoulas Athens.

This is a tirade
Check out Joe Mikulik, manger of the Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Class A Texas Rangers). He was ejected Sunday afternoon and went nuts. First, he slides into home, then he undresses.


NL Central
Milwaukee ---
St Louis       3
Pittsburgh  5.5
Cincinnati   8.5

Wild Card
St Louis
San Francisco
Atlanta      1.5
Pitt-burgh 1.5
Miami        3.5
Cincinnati 4.5

Remaining games: 38
28 of final 38 vs NL Central
10 vs Cards
 6 vs Pirates
 6 vs Brewers
 6 vs Cubs
4 vs Braves, 3 vs Orioles, 3 vs Mets

Is this rock bottom?

*Game 1: Rockies 10 Reds 9.....bullpen allows 5 runs in 9th.
*Game 2: Rockies 10 Reds 5.....bullpen allows 3 in 7th, 5 in 8th.

*Be honest, did you stay up for the final pitch at 12:18 this morning?
*I'll be honest, I went to bed with Reds up 5-2 in 7th. I figured if they lost I didn't want to see how.
*Reds swept in DH for first time since 8/28/07 at Pittsburgh.
*Reds now 61-63. 
*I figured they would bounce back and take Game 2, because that has been their M.O.
*Reds lost 1.5 games in one day, in NL Central and Wild Card.
*Reds 8.5 out in NL Central, 4.5 out in Wild Card (behind 4 teams).
*Reds face largest deficit since June 22 (8.5/Toronto series). 
*Last time Reds were more than 8.5 games out of first place: September 28, 2011
(17 games).
*Lost 3 of 4 to team with worst record in MLB entering weekend.
*Bullpen: 5.2 IN, 15 H, 14 ER, 8 BB, 2 losses.
*Chapman faced 4 batters and walked 4 batters.
*Manny Parra allowed 1st runs since May 25 (21 games/11.1 innings).
*JJ Hoover suffered his 9th loss of the season.
*I was wrong, when Hoover came in, I told Casey he'd give up a grand slam to lose the game.
*Mat Latos giving the Reds only 5 innings in Game 1 set the dominoes in motion.
*Dylan Axelrod gave the Reds more than they could have hoped for/expected: 6 IN, 2 runs.
*Game 2 things I can't explain: Santiago threw one down the RF field for an error, Pena picked it up and held it, allowing runners to advance. Later, Cozart did not go out to take cutoff throw on a base hit to LF. 
*If you believe Hoover is this team's biggest issue, you have sadly missed the big picture.
*Kristopher Negron: 8 for 20 (.400), 3B, HR, BB, 4 R last five games.
*Billy Hamilton 8 for 18 (.444), 3 2b, 4 R in series. 
*From Mark: The Reds have not won a road game this year in which they have been behind by more than 1 run.

Pouring water on 2014

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 17: Drew Stubbs #13 of the Colorado Rockies is doused with water after hitting a walk-off, three-run home run during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on August 17, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Reds 10-9. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)


DENVER, CO - AUGUST 17: Relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts on the mound after walking in two runs during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 17, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Reds 10-9. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Cycle of losing

What it looked like Saturday

Down on the Farm
Brandon Phillips played at Dayton on Sunday on his rehab assignment. Phillips went 2 for 3 with a single, double and strike out looking. He was also hit by a pitch in the left forearm in his first at-bat.

(Thanks listener Denny in Dayton for photo!)


For Manfred, there's not time to waste
NY Times
Go to any major league park or Little League diamond, and you will still find 12-year-olds enjoying the game their parents loved. But those smiling faces, owners fear, are disappearing. As the owners filed out of the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore on Thursday after electing Manfred, several stressed the importance of appealing to a younger demographic.
“We need to do a good job at capturing the youth,” said Tom Werner, the Boston Red Sox’ chairman and the runner-up to Manfred. “We can always do better.”


Harvey: Bengals concerned depth not showing
Hobson: Down the stretch
Dehner Jr,: Dalton finding him in the game
Skinner: Starters look sharp
Goheen: Lewis not please with backups

The Bengals waived first-year G Chandler Burden of Kentucky. Burden, a Cincinnati native (La Salle High School), spent time on the Miami and Kansas City practice squads as a rookie last season. He was signed by the Bengals as a free agent onJune 3 of this year and played in the club’s first two preseason games.

The sounds of Saturday night

Western & Southern Tennis
What a great date night Saturday night. Kelly and I made our yearly visit to the Western & Southern Tennis Tournament. What a spectacular event. I always marvel at the presentation of the event, it is top notch and first class. The grounds are spotless, the workers are friendly, the event looks and feels big time. We always arrive early so we can walk the grounds. We shopped, listened to live music, and enjoyed drinks in the food court. The people watching is a blast, it's an eclectic crowd from all over the world. It's like an international party.
We watched Maria Sharapova vs Ana Ivanovic and Roger Federer vs Milos Raonic. It's pretty amazing to think tennis talent of that level, plays 30-minutes from our home. Tennis under the lights at center court is a must experience.  The Sharapova-Ivanovic match was excellent. It would be hard to describe all that happened and do it justice. It was a 2 hour, 45-minute marathon. Sharapova lost the first set (6-2) and looked to be finished, trailing 0-4 in the second set. But momentum turned and Ivanovic got sick and had to be treated on the court at one point. She recovered and won a wild third set 7-5. What a pleasure to watch Federer, the dude is just so smooth and masterful. Raonic was unleashing 142 mph serves. Forget about hitting it, how did Federer even see it? We can't wait until next year.


Will Power 5 leave NCAA's?
CBS Sports 
“I honestly don't see how the non-Big Five will coexist with the new structure. You're already labeling them below the power five now. Let's be honest, Connecticut, Cincinnati, etc. are scrambling to get out of their current conference for a reason. They have to see the writing on the wall. Recruiting high-major kids will be very difficult for those teams that remain outside of power five.”

MAC officials willing to adapt to changing landscape
Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch
“What this league has always done throughout the years is figure out a way to step up and meet the challenge,” MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said. “I wouldn’t expect anything less now.”

UK's 2nd five better than most team's 1's 
One veteran NBA scout who has watched the games told that freshman big man Karl Anthony-Towns of New Jersey could be in the mix for the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and that Kentucky’s second five is better than a lot of teams’ first five. They are loaded,” the scout said of Kentucky. “It will be hard not to see them playing in the [NCAA] championship game in April of 2015. Their second five may be better than most of the teams they have on their schedule.”

Big props to everyone that stopped our car wash on Saturday.
Peyton's Kings Hammer soccer team, the Red Hots, were raising money for tournament fees. Thanks to Izzy's Ft. Wright for hosting us! 

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