The Bengals today signed two selections from the 2013 NFL Draft:
*OT Reid Fragel (seventh round, 6-8, 308; Ohio State). Fragel played his first college season at OT last season, after three years as a tight end, and he earned All-Big Ten honorable mention while helping Ohio State to a 12-0 season.
* C T.J. Johnson (seventh round, 6-4, 310; South Carolina). Johnson set a South Carolina record by starting 53 consecutive games, playing both center and guard. He became the only player in Gamecocks history to start four wins over archrival Clemson.
Reds reinstate C Ryan Hanigan from DL.
Designate C Corky Miller for assignment.
Cingrani on the mound tonight: Here we go
With Johnny Cueto finally making a rehab start last night, Cingrani and Mike Leake are officially on the clock. If all goes well, Cueto would be 10 days away from pitching for the Reds.
So, let the competition heat up. it's Survivor, American Idol, Amazing Race and The Voice, all rolled into one: Cingrani vs Leake
Cingrani figues to have two more auditions before decision time, Leake should have one more start.
Projected upcoming starts
Cingrani: May 10 at Milwaukee, May 16 at Miami
Leake: May 15 at Miami, May 20 at New York
Cueto: May 14 rehab?, May 19 Reds vs Phils?
Cingrani: Four starts, 2-0, 2.63, 24 IN, 15 H, 4 HR, 5 BB, 33 K, 0.83 WHIP
Cingrani most recent start: 6 IN, 4 R, 2 HR, vs Cubs. It was the first time he'd faced a team a 2nd time. It was the most runs allowed (4), fewest swings misses (7), fewest strikes (59) of his four starts.
Leake last five starts: 3.34, 29.2 IN, 6 BB, 22 K
Cingrani would be only LH in rotation
League learning more about Cingrani each start
Cingrani secondary pitches/pitch efficiency
Cingrani workload issue later in year?
Leake to bullpen or AAA?
Leake better hitter
Salary: Leake $3M, Cingrani $490K
Summary: If I were a betting man, and I am, I'd bet that Cingrani returns to Louisville when Cueto is ready. Leake has pitched well enough to stay. Cingrani will be asked to worked on his secondary pitches and pitch efficiency. He will be a heck of an insurance policy against injuries. The Reds can monitor his innings at Triple-A and have him for September and the postseason.
Mets could go after Choo
NY Daily News
“I’d bet on him being a Met next season,” one major league exec with past ties to GM Sandy Alderson said on Thursday. “He’s a high on-base percentage guy, which is what Sandy wants, and he’s a really good hitter.
Drew Barker, Conner high school QB, picks Kentucky
Atlantis Casino releases NFL season win totals for 2013
MLB Mock Draft, SI
21. Cincinnati Reds, Aaron Judge, OF Fresno State
The Reds lean toward physical players with impressive tools and Judge matches that description. He combines speed, a howitzer arm and huge power. He would still be more of a gamble than a pitcher, though. In batting practice he looks like Dave Winfield but it doesn't translate into the game, mostly because he has a big strike zone and it's easy to tie him up with pitches inside.
Choo staying calm in contract year
Choo has done more this season than any other player to set himself up for a big free-agent contract. Robinson Cano is off to a strong start, of course, but he was going to get paid even if that hadn’t been the case. Chase Utley looks like an All-Star again, although his age and injury history make it unlikely he will get a superstar-level contract. Choo is a premier talent, still in his prime, who is flourishing at a new position in his first opportunity to play for a World Series contender.
Podcast: The guys at Redleg Nation did a podcast with Reds Hall of Famer Jim Maloney. Excellent stuff. Take a listen HERE.
Fay: Reds get passing marks from Walt Jocketty
Things I'm told
The Dayton Dragons received six dozen MLB baseballs for Cueto to use last night.
The seams on a minor league baseball are more slightly raise than seams on a ML baseball.
Did you know average life span of a ball in a minor league game is 4 pitches?
Cueto treated the team to Outback Steakhouse and he was terrific with the players.
Cueto makes rehab start
Dayton, Ohio-Johnny Cueto fired three strong innings in his return to the mound while Tanner Rahier belted a home run and drove in four runs to lead the Dayton Dragons to a 9-6 win over the Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday night. The win gave the Dragons their first three-game winning streak of the season as they also clinched their first series win of the year. The Dragons have won the first two games of the three-game set with Lansing.
Cueto threw 51 pitches over three innings, allowing one run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts on a Major League injury rehabilitation assignment. It was Cueto's first live action since he went on the Cincinnati Reds disabled list after a start in Pittsburgh on April 13.
Cool gesture by Lance Stephenson. He will provide a Southport High School student the Ultimate Prom Experience.
The umps allowed what?
Umpires blow it again as Astros pull a fast one
One day after Angel Hernandez cost the Oakland Athletics a game-tying home run by muffing a video review, Fieldin Culbreth's crew in Houston failed to catch a rookie mistake by Astros manager Bo Porter that caused Thursday night's game to be played under protest.
The Kate Upton effect: America's favorite bombshell
The fact that Upton has become our Girl of the Moment is all the more remarkable given that she’s done it in her own digital-age way. She wasn’t championed, early on, by a photographer like Steven Meisel or David Sims. Riccardo Tisci didn’t put her on the runway at Givenchy à la Joan Smalls.
Want more Kate Upton? Here is our ESPN 1530 photo gallery
"24" eyes return as limited series
The clock may start ticking again on Fox. I’ve learned that the network is looking to bring back its signature real-time drama 24 as a limited series. Kiefer Southerland is in talks to reprise his Emmy-winning role as Agent Jack Bauer.
UC Clermont baseball wins USCAA Small College World Series
BUTLER, PA- The University of Cincinnati-Clermont Cougars are the 2013 USCAA Baseball National Champions. The Cougars bounced back from a game one loss to defeat the Penn State Greater Allegheny Nittany Lions 6-3.
The story of this game was the sensational pitching effort of Cougars’ right-hander Ryan Beard, the 2013 USCAA Small College World Series Tournament MVP. Beard, coming off a complete game shutout of The Apprentice School just yesterday, pitched eight more innings giving up only one run and striking out five. In the past two day Beard has tallied 217 pitches, but his gutsy performance held the Lions in check and allowed the Cougars offense a chance to come from behind and earn their first ever USCAA Baseball National Championship.
Committee eyes changes to increase scoring in college hoops
Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News
It’s likely that the most obvious change for the 2013-14 season will be expanded use of instant replay. In the final two minutes of games—and all overtimes—officials will be able to use replay monitors to review shot-clock violations and out-of-bounds situations when multiple players are involved. Also, if there is uncertainty regarding the identity of a player who committed a foul, officials will be able to use a replay monitor to identify the player.
Favorite TV Moms
My favorite TV mom: Connie Britton, FNL and Nashville
18-month old CC names the Yankees players with retired numbers.
How about this game saving catch?
From Ohio University
AKRON, Ohio – All season long, talk surrounding the Ohio University softball team (27-28) has been around its offense, as the team has hit a program and league record 78 home runs. On Thursday, it became about the program’s defense when Alyssa Wolfe’s game-winning acrobatic outfield catch was featured on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
Wolfe’s play was ranked as the No. 2 play of the day on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and the winning run in the batters’ box, Wolfe made her game-ending catch. Brandi Hernandez of rival Miami hit a deep shot to left center, one which seemed certain to be a game-winning home run for the RedHawks. Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) sprinted after it and made the catch to end the game, catapulting over the wall in the process.
“This is probably the biggest play (of my softball career),” said Alyssa Wolfe. “It saved the game, which I didn’t realize at the time. It was pretty big to have the chance to do that for my team: it’s what we play for.”