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One thing I like about my job is you never know what’s going to happen when you get to work. Crazy plays — both good and bad — can happen and some are crazier than others. How the Reds wound up on the losing end of a 3-2 walk-off defeat to the Yankees certainly qualified.

Read all about how a Brian McCann pop up behind first base ended up going for the game-ending RBI single on MLB.com/Reds.com. All the quotes are there from Bryan Price, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier.

Here are some extra quotes from both clubhouse:

“We just have to play better. That’s the bottom line. We have to forget about these losses, get it going and play better. There is no other way to think about or figure it out. We have to be better than we have been.” — Bruce

“Any way to lose is tough. You don’t want to be the goat but sometimes it happens. We got into a situation. You’ve got to make the play.” — Frazier

“I think he can be a little more pitch efficient. Sometimes when you have a little bit more room in the zone, you’re obviously are going to be in better counts and have quicker outs. [But] you still have to manage a game with a tighter strike zone. He can live in the strike zone. He’s not a guy that needs an expanded plate or a generous strike zone.” — Price on Cueto, who had 112 pitches over five innings.

“It’s not everyday you see someone throw 102. You just try to put a good at bat together, hopefully put something hard into play and fortunately I fouled some pitches to get a pitch I could hit.” Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 4-for-4. His single off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth set up the winning run.

“I was surprised because it was up and in. It was a bad pitch for me. It would have been ball four but I don’t know how he hit it. I think he just guessed and he’s obviously a good hitter but he guessed on that pitch because that was up and in he just caught barrel and hit it over wall.” — Yankees reliever Dellin Betances on giving up the game-tying homer to Frazier in the eighth inning.

Game 98: Reds at Yankees

Roster move: Skip Schumaker activated from the concussion DL. Neftali Soto was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Hamilton 8
Schumaker 4
Frazier 3
Bruce 9
Ludwick DH
Pena 2
Heisey 7
Cozart 6
Santiago 5
Cueto 1

Jocketty: Reds looking for a bat

We’re in the midst of a “hot stove” like season within a baseball season. Between now and the non-waivers Trade Deadline on July 31, there will be trades around the league(some have already happened), but the rumors about potential trades will far outnumber any actual deals made.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has several of his inner-circle of baseball operations people on the road with him. Jocketty is eyeing some additions.

“I’d like to add a bat,” Jocketty said on Sunday. “We just haven’t found anything that attracts us yet. It may not happen before the 31st.”

A deal of course can still happen after the deadline. Players have to clear waivers though and can be blocked. There haven’t been a ton of activity yet on the Reds front.

“We’ve had a few discussions with clubs but it’s been relatively quiet,” Jocketty said. “It’s a little surprising.”

If the Reds acquire a bat, the preference would be for the player to play multiple positions.

“That would be better because eventually we’re going to get Joey [Votto] and Brandon [Phillips] back so you don’t want to limit yourself if you can,” Jocketty said.

As for one player out there who doesn’t require a trade, recently released Braves 2B Dan Uggla, Jocketty did not rule it out of hand.

“We haven’t discussed it yet,” he said. “I haven’t talked to our scouts who saw him. We’re going to meet tomorrow and go over some stuff.”

I’ll have a little more later on MLB.com/Reds.com.

Back-to-back losses vs. Yankees

The Reds haven’t looked too sharp coming out of the All-Star break and have dropped two in a row to the Yankees. On Saturday, it was a 7-1 loss. Plenty of details to come in the game story on MLB.com/Reds.com.

Here is one unsavory tidbit: The lineup has 14 hits, 23 strikeouts and one walk in the two games.

“That’s not where we want to be. We knew it would be tough. At the same time, if our pitchers keep us in the ballgame like they have, we have a better shot,” Reds third baseman Todd Frazier said.

“We really did struggle to put the ball in play and really just to create anything offensively,” Reds manager Bryan Price said of Saturday’s game vs. Brandon McCarthy. “We fell behind early in that 4-1 deficit and tacked on the three. We just weren’t able to really get ourselves back in the game at any point.”

Other items:

*The Reds have lost five-straight road games and are 3-7 in Interleague Play.

*The Reds dropped their second series in the last 12. The last series loss was the three-game sweep at San Diego June 30-July 2.

*Reds batters have at least one home run in six-straight games (9 total).

Game 97: Reds at Yankees

Hamilton 8
Cozart 6
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Mesoraco 2
Pena 3
Heisey 7
Lutz DH
Negron 4

Simon 1

Schumaker not cleared to play

Reds OF/2B Skip Schumaker thought he’d be back on the field by now vs. the Yankees. Schumaker was eligible for activation from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday, but was not yet cleared to play because he did not pass the required tests.

The concussion symptoms still persist and Schumaker can’t shake them.

“I thought I’d be activated already. It’s so frustrating that I’m not,” Schumaker said on Friday. “I’m hoping every day that [the symptoms] will go away and they haven’t yet. I thought the All-Star break would have been fine and that I’d be back and ready. I did the test [Thursday] before we left and it didn’t go as planned.”

On July 10, Schumaker slammed hard into the right-field wall trying to make a leaping catch vs. the Cubs. He hoped to take another test on Friday evening before the game.

Game 96: Reds at Yankees

Hamilton 8
Cozart 6
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Mesoraco 2
Ludwick DH
Pena 3
Heisey 7
Santiago 4

Leake 1

Post ASG Reds rotation

The list of upcoming probable pitchers from the Reds:

Fri at NYY: RHP Mike Leake (7-7, 3.54) vs RHP David Phelps (3-4, 3.94) 700 wlw/fso, 7:05et

Sat at NYY: RHP Alfredo Simon (12-3, 2.70) vs RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 1.35) 700 wlw/fso, 1:05et

Sun at NYY: RHP Johnny Cueto (10-6, 2.13) vs RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 4.10) 700 wlw/fso, 1:05et

Mon at Mil: RHP Mat Latos (2-1, 2.79) vs RHP Wily Peralta (10-6, 3.72) 700 wlw/fso, 8:10et

Tue at Mil: RHP Homer Bailey (8-5, 4.21) vs RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.40) 700 wlw/fso, 8:10et

Wed at Mil: RHP Mike Leake vs RHP Kyle Lohse (9-4, 3.26, +Friday at Wsh) 700 wlw/fso, 2:10et

Chapman hamstring, Reds in ASG

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman came up limping with a sore right hamstring after he covered first base on a groundout to end the bottom of the eighth inning for the National League in the All-Star Game.

“I’m not 100 percent ready to run full speed,” Chapman said with D-backs catcher Miguel Montero translating. “I kind of hesitated a little bit and I just kind of took it easy to go to first.”

Chapman first injured the hamstring on July 6 in Cincinnati while in the outfield before a game vs. the Brewers. As for his status when the second half begins on Friday vs. the Yankees in New York, Chapman was not concerned.

“I will be fine,” Chapman said. “I’ve been pitching through it for a while. As long as I don’t have to run, it feels good to pitch.”

As for the other Reds in the game, catcher Devin Mesoraco replaced Jonathan Lucroy behind the plate in the fourth and went 0-for-1 with a strikeout. Todd Frazier entered in the bottom of the sixth to replace Aramis Ramirez and drew a four-pitch walk from Fernando Rodney in the top of the eighth.

A Reds All-Star has not notched a hit in the game since 2010, when Scott Rolen hit a seventh-inning single. Cincinnati is 0-for-19 since that hit.

“It was fun. It was cool. It was cool to be in the dugout with all the guys, just hanging out,” Mesoraco said.

“I didn’t know when I was going in. The anticipation was a little crazy for me,” Frazier said. “I got in there. I wanted to face [A's lefty Sean] Doolittle because I faced him in high school. He’s a Jersey guy. I was a little upset they took him out. At the same time, they put Rodney in and four-straight pitches [to walk]. I didn’t even get a swing. I’ll take it. At least I lead the All-Stars in on-base percentage.”

Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon gave up a leadoff single lofted to right field by Derek Jeter but worked a scoreless third inning. Read his story here.

Jeter went 2-for-2 in his final game. Frazier was among the many players who enjoyed the All-Star sendoff the retiring Yankees captain received.

“That was cool. That was awesome,” Frazier said. “I liked the [Bob] Sheppard announcer, ‘Now batting, No. 2…’ I used to mimic him all the time. They did it up right. I was happy for him. He got two hits, unfortunately for the National League. He’s a great athlete. He’s a Hall of Famer. I’m very happy for the sendoff he had.”

All Star Tuesday

Some more pictures from Tuesday in Minneapolis…

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