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Game 123: Tigers at Reds

7:10 pm ET makeup game…

  

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Phillips remains day-to-day

Brandon Phillips has been out of the lineup the past two games with inflammation in his right biceps. Phillips was not in there again on Friday vs. Arizona as he remains day-to-day. He’s been unavailable to come off of the bench in the previous games and there was hope before Friday’s game he could be close to returning.

Phillips took batting practice and ground balls.

“He’s had some of the smaller injuries this year with the foot, the hand and the groin,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “With each time, we’ve kind of gotten to the point where he could have a full work day and go out there and take ground balls and hit and feel like he was a lot closer to helping us. Then we could safely assume he could play the next day.

“We weren’t able to have that work day [Thursday], we had some limitations. Today I feel like he’s going to be able to do more and have a better opportunity to assess what he’ll be able to do either tonight off the bench tonight or in the lineup tomorrow if he’s feeling better.”

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Game 120: D-backs at Reds

  

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LeCure pleased with first outing

Overshadowed somewhat in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Royals was the two perfect innings of relief from freshly called up pitcher Sam LeCure. In his 2015 big league debut, LeCure worked two perfect innings in the seventh and eighth with two strikeouts.

It was definitely a meaningful moment for LeCure to succeed the first time out after spending the whole season at Triple-A Louisville trying to get back.

“It wasn’t so much emotion, you always kind of tell yourself, ‘hey, I’m a Major Leaguer. I know my stuff plays there. The game’s the same,'” LeCure said on Thursday. “So you believe it but you still have to prove it to yourself, you know what I mean? It was just real nice to go out there and have that type of outing and just reinforce the fact that it is the same game. My stuff does play here. I can get people out here like I had in the past.

“I didn’t do a whole lot wrong last night but there’s always going to be things you’re working to get better at. I’ll try to get better for the next time they give me a chance. Hopefully, we’re winning the game and we win the game and I can help out.”

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Byrd traded to Giants

The Reds pulled their first waiver trade of the season when Marlon Byrd was sent to the Giants on Thursday for Minor League pitcher Stephen Johnson.

Johnson is a right-handed pitcher at the Double-A level. He was assigned to Double-A Pensacola.

“We see him a relief pitcher. He’s got a big arm,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said.. But this is another case of an opportunity to get one of our veteran players to a contending club and a chance to help get a contending club to the postseason.”

More on MLB.com — read it here: http://atmlb.com/1J86D9L

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Game 119: D-backs at Reds (new)

With Marlon Byrd’s trade, there is an updated lineup.

  

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LeCure, Boesch back with Reds

Among the many roster moves on Wednesday:

Billy Hamilton to the 15-day DL (sprained capsule in right shoulder)
Sam LeCure — contract selected from Triple-A Louisville
Dylan Axelrod — optioned to Louisville
Brennan Boesch — recalled from Louisville
Nate Adcock — transferred to 60-day DL

Here is the story on Hamilton:

http://atmlb.com/1J53xRM

In 41 games this season for Louisville, LeCure was 5-4 with a 5.25 ERA. But he had a 1.93 ERA over his last eight appearances, including a 0.90 ERA over his last six games with one earned run, three hits and no walks over the past 10 innings.

Here are a LeCure quote that did not get into my MLB.com story…

What did it take to get back in the Majors?

“I would say just, just because comfortable with who I am again,” LeCure said. “I’ve never astounded anybody with my stuff, I was just trying to make it better and better and when I realized I didn’t need to, I think was the turning point. That what I do is good enough, it’s what I’ve done here for years. It’s rare you see me throw any ball over 90 [mph] and I was trying to throw them 100 down there. That gets you out of whack mechanically, that gets you out of whack mentally, as far as trying to do something you’re not capable of doing physically and then wondering why mentally. Once I accepted who I was, it made it a lot easier to go about my business and focus on getting people out instead of trying to be something I’m not.”

Boesch batted .331 with four home runs and 28 RBIs for Louisville. He was sent down June 15 after he batted .125 in 32 games earlier this season for the Reds.

“He’s done a nice job down there and was playing regularly and swinging the bat really well,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He can play all three outfield positions and he should be rewarded for going down and playing really well.”

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Game 118: Royals at Reds

  

Lorenzen had CG at Louisville

For a player who was demoted to Triple-A, pitcher Michael Lorenzen did exactly what he needed to do in his first start by having success. Actually, Lorenzen did more than just have success on Sunday for Louisville. He threw the first complete game of his professional career.

Lorenzen went the distance for a four-hit shutout of Norfolk for a 4-0 win. He allowed one walk with one strikeout.

Reds manager Bryan Price was pleased with the reports, because Lorenzen not only threw strikes but also had a good variety of pitches that he commanded well. Before going down, Lorenzen was 0-6 with an 8.49 ERA in eight starts since his last victory on Jume 21, including a 12.57 ERA in five second-half starts.

“Really exactly what he needed, probably, was a mental break and a chance to go and really focus on pitching and not worry about the things that tend to cloud a young player’s head when things aren’t going well,” Price said on Tuesday. “Certainly he had speculation wondering if he would stay in the rotation, if he would stay in the big leagues, what did he need to do to be successful as a big league starting pitcher? I think he just needed to tap the brakes a little bit, get collected and get back to throwing the ball the way he’s capable of throwing it.”

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Game 117: Royals at Reds

  

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