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Sports Talk: Reds, Todd Frazier, Dalton plays pop-a-shot


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6:05, Sports Talk
7:05, Inside Pitch
Tim Kremcheck, 6:30, named one of the Top 10 Super Surgeons in Sports
Reds: Is the season on the brink?



Fight!: On this date in 1986 it was Eric Davis vs Ray Knight

Have you picked out our 4 players for Grand Slam Baseball tonight?

Fantasy Football
Skip Schumaker is spearheading a fantasy football challenge.
Details on Schu's Crew Fundraiser HERE  
Cincinnati Reds Players Scheduled to Participate*:

  • Skip Schumaker
  • Chris Heisey
  • Devin Mesoraco
  • Jay Bruce
  • Jonathan Broxton
  • Ryan Ludwick
  • Sean Marshall
  • Todd Frazier
  • Zack Cozart




Andy Dalton: Mr. Pop-A-Shot
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HERE are notes, stats, photos and video from Monday's 5-2 loss to Milwaukee

Glove Work?
The Reds have committed 45 errors, fewest in MLB.
14 of those 45 errors have been committed by 1B (31%).
The Reds lead MLB in errors at 1B with 14.
The Astros have the second most errors, with 12.
The ML average is 7 errors at 1B.
Reds errors at 1B:
Joey Votto  7, Todd Frazier 3, Jay Bruce 2, Brayan Pena 1, Donald Lutz 1

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Why is Todd Frazier having such a great year? 
Todd Frazier is having a great year. He probably owes a few hits and a few fastballs to Billy Hamilton. But maybe it's really more about other factors. He credits hitting coach Don Long with "helping me understand my swing," making a few tweaks and finding a good routine.
He's been working on his pitch selection, that's "always big" for the Reds' third baseman. You can see that he's swinging less at low pitches off the plate. Look at his swing heat map for 2013 on the top and 2014 on the bottom:

Down on the Farm
Reds pitching prospect Ben Lively struggled with his command last night:
6 IN, 2 H, 1 R, 7 BB, 4 K...He's 10-5 2.71 overall, and leads minor league baseball with 135 K in 109.2 innings.
More.....Blair gets the best of friend Lively in debut

These are cool
1980's MLB movie Pin-Up posters. I wonder if they will add the Reds?

ESPN: Choo deals with tough season 
Manager Ron Washington commended Choo for playing through his health issues and said the outfielder isn't using the injury as an excuse for his slash line: .239/.355/.370. This latest slump for Choo was just the latest example of how bad things have been. During the 0-fer spell, Choo struck out 11 times and, over a 16-game stretch, hit just .116 with 16 strikeouts. 

UC basketball

Part 2: Chad Brendel talks with Mick Cronin  I think we've got more options than we've ever had in my eight years and in a long long time in our program at that position. I think it's important to have a couple of guys that can handle the ball at all times. The best teams aren't reliant upon one guys handling the ball and having a couple of guys that can make plays with the ball.

UK football 

     The Bengals made the following roster moves:

       *Signed rookie DT LaKendrick Ross, a free agent from Virginia-Lynchburg. Ross (6-4, 350) played for Virginia-Lynchburg in 2012.  This is his first NFL contract.
*Waived rookie WR Alex Neutz of the University of Buffalo. Neutz had signed as a college free agent on May 12.
*Placed nine injured players on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. The players continue to count against the team’s roster limit and can be activated to practice as soon as they are cleared medically. They are DT Geno Atkins (knee), G Clint Boling (knee), LB Marquis Flowers (hamstring), CB Leon Hall (Achilles), P Kevin Huber (neck), WR Colin Lockett (hamstring), DT Zach Minter (back), DT Devon Still (back) and WR Ryan Whalen (hamstring).
           *Placed three players on the Active/Non-Football Injury list. The players continue to count against the team’s roster limit and can be activated to practice as soon as they are cleared medically. They are WR Marvin Jones (ankle), CB Onterio McCalebb (knee) and QB AJ McCarron (shoulder).

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