Game 98: Reds at Cardinals

Reds:

Bourgeois 7
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Suarez 6
Barnhart 2
Leake 1
Hamilton 8

Cardinals:

Wong 4
Carpenter 5
Holliday 7
Peralta 6
Molina 2
Reynolds 3
Piscotty 9
Bourjos 8
Garcia 1

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Farrell takes the field trailer out

As you may recall back on March 12 during Spring Training, actor/comedian Will Ferrell joined the Reds for a half-inning as their third baseman in a Cactus League game vs. the Diamondbacks.

It was for a project called “Ferrell Takes The Field,” an HBO special made by Funny Or Die in partnership with Major League Baseball. It was dedicated to helping the charity Cancer for College.

The comedy special follows Ferrell to five different Spring Training ballparks, where he played every position on the field for ten different teams in the same day.

Courtesy of HBO, here is the trailer:

Game 97: Reds at Cardinals

First pitch at 8:15 p.m. ET

Phillips 4
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Pena 2
Byrd 7
Suarez 6
Iglesias 1
Hamilton 8

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Skipworth called up

To take the 25-man roster spot from Johnny Cueto, the Reds recalled catcher Kyle Skipworth from Double-A Pensacola on Monday. Also, OF/IF Chris Dominguez was designated for assignment to clear space after Sunday’s acquisitions from the Royals.

Skipworth was up with the Reds in April, but did not get into a game. You may have seen this already, but check out the video below from his ejection on Saturday while playing for the Blue Wahoos. It was only topped by the ejection of manager Pat Kelly.

The Reds will have to make another move on Thursday to fill Cueto’s rotation spot, and start vs. the Pirates.

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Cueto traded to Royals

It’s official. Johnny Cueto has been traded Sunday to the Royals for three young left-handed pitchers. Cincinnati is getting Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

Cueto, 29, is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts this season and will be a free agent following the season. The Royals will not be able to extend him a qualifying offer. In his eighth big league season — all with the Reds — Cueto has a 92-63 career mark with a 3.21 ERA.

Walt Jocketty holding press conference soon. Will have more on MLB.com/Reds.com.

**UPDATE** Here is a snippet from my story:

“I know it’s a good trade but I’m very sad,” Cueto said with Reds catcher Brayan Pena translating. “I’m very thankful to my teammates, my fans and my coaching staff. It’s a very emotional time for me. But I understand it’s part of the game. I’m just excited about my next step.”

With the Reds entering the day with a 43-52 record and way back in the National League Central and Wild Card races, the team has been looking to move pricey veteran players. Cueto, who will be a free agent after the season, is the first to go as the rebuilding process officially is underway.

“Obviously, this is a tough trade,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “Johnny has been part of the organization for a long time. We have great affection for him as pitcher and person. So it was difficult.

“We’re in a situation where this is the best thing for our franchise now. We got three left-handed pitchers — three quality left-handed pitchers — who we think very highly of. It was tough for Kansas City to give up all three.”

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Game 96: Reds at Rockies

First pitch at 4:10 p.m. MT

Phillips 4
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Byrd 7
Suarez 6
Barnhart 2
Lorenzen 1
Hamilton 8

Game 95: Reds at Rockies

Phillips 4
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Pena 2
Byrd 7
Suarez 6
Cueto 1
Hamilton 8

Game 94: Reds at Rockies

Phillips 4,
Votto 3,
Frazier 5
Bruce 9,
Byrd 7,
De Jesus 6,
Barnhart 2,
DeSclafani 1
Hamilton 8

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Frazier ranks in jersey sales

Perhaps because strong season, or his thrilling Home Run Derby victory in the All-Star festivities at GABP, Todd Frazier is ranked among players for top jersey sales. The Reds 3B came in at No. 15, in his first time on the list.

The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLB.com/shop, the official online shop of Major League Baseball, between Opening Day 2015 and the 2015 All-Star Game.

Here is the top 20:

1. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants2. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

3. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

4. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

5. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

6. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants

7. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

8. Matt Harvey, New York Mets

9. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

10. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

11. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

12. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

13. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

14. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

15. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds

16. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

17. David Wright, New York Mets

18. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

19. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

20. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers

Votto in a groove at plate

Joey Votto had a productive, but not overly blazing first half. He went through a funk in June and picked it up again in July before the All-Star break. Coming out of the break, Votto has been scorching the ball.

Including a 3-for-4 game with a home run in Wednesday’s 9-1 win in Game 1 of the doubleheader vs. the Cubs, Votto is 12-for-24 (.500) with two homers in the second half.

“Even his outs right now are hard line drives all over the field,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.

What’s been helping Votto lately?

“I’ve been working with [hitting coach] Don Long to make some adjustments to what was a flawed swing,” Votto said. “I’m still kind of working through it. I feel like I’m headed in the right direction. There are some subtle adjustments to make.”

How were the flaws found?

“The ball speaks for you,” Votto replied. “The way the ball comes off the bat, timing with the pitchers, the way you feel at the plate. That does plenty for you. Then after that, you go to the video or have discussions with the right people and work from there.

“The best thing you can do is stay on it at all times. You want to be comfortable and natural in the box. But at the same time, we play over six months. All of us have aches and pains or changes in our bodies or all of a sudden, something creeps in and a month later, you realize it became something you never wanted it to be. That’s the advantage of our era now. We get to watch video. We get to chat about it and see it from a bunch of different directions and make the adjustments and hopefully produce a consistent swing.”

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