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Game 144: Reds at Giants

First pitch at 10:15 p.m. ET

Bourgeois 8
Bruce 9
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Frazier 5
De Jesus Jr. 6
Duvall 7
Barnhart 2
Lamb 1

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Baker part of playoff TV

Former Reds manager Dusty Baker will be seen during the postseason this year. It was announced Tuesday that Baker has joined the TBS studio show. He previous worked at ESPN for the 2007 season before he joined the Reds.

When I saw Baker last month in San Diego, he looked very good and healthy. I’m wondering if getting back into TV again could help keep his name in circulation for future managerial jobs.

Here is more from the TBS press release:

Dusty Baker, a three-time National League Manager of the Year, has joined Turner Sports as a studio analyst for MLB on TBS coverage leading up to and throughout the 2015 MLB Postseason. Baker, 17th on baseball’s all-time managerial wins list, will team with 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Pedro Martinez and nine-time MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield as studio analysts and host Casey Stern for pre- and post-game shows during TBS’ exclusive 2015 National League postseason coverage. The studio team will also offer pre-game coverage for the final two Sunday MLB on TBS regular season telecasts (Sept. 27 and Oct. 4). 


“Dusty has one of the great minds in the history of the game and, with more than 40 years in professional baseball, he has the ability to articulate his wealth of experience into deep analysis and compelling stories. We are thrilled to have him join our TBS studio team for the MLB Postseason,” said Craig Barry, senior vice president of production and executive creative director, Turner Sports. “His perspectives as a highly-regarded manager, combined with Pedro’s Hall of Fame credentials on the mound and Sheffield’s excellence at the plate, will create a dynamic trio that we feel will really resonate with our viewers.”


“I’m really looking forward to joining the Turner Sports team alongside Pedro and ‘Sheff’,” said Dusty Baker. “I’ve always respected and admired them from the other side of the field and I’m excited to now join them as teammates. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”


During a 20-year managerial career, Baker led the Cincinnati Reds (2008-13), Chicago Cubs (2003-06) and San Francisco Giants (1993-2002) to a total of seven playoff appearances. As manager of the San Francisco Giants, he was a three-time NL Manager of the Year (1993, 1997 and 2000) and guided the team to the NL pennant in 2002. 


Baker also had a 19-year playing career – with the Oakland Athletics (1985-86), San Francisco Giants (1984), Los Angeles Dodgers (1976-83) and Atlanta Braves (1968-75) – and won a World Series championship as a member of the Dodgers in 1981. He was a two-time MLB All-Star, won two Silver Slugger Awards, along with a Gold Glove Award during his playing career. He most recently served as a studio analyst for ESPN in 2007.

Monday news and notes from SF

The Reds have not gotten any word, as of Monday, about when Joey Votto’s two-game suspension appeal might be completed.

“I don’t believe it’s going to happen any time during the road trip, but that’s about what I know,” Reds manager Bryan Price said on Monday. “I don’t even know for sure if that’s the case. Initially in Cincinnati during the aftermath, there was an inability to have the get-together and meeting of the minds and whatever it is they have to do to pass judgment until we get deeper into the month of September.”

Injured catcher Brayan Pena has been making progress from the strained right hamstring he suffered on Wednesday, but the club is taking it slow in bringing him back as a precaution. Pena, who has been running and hitting without issue, remains day-to-day.

“It’s such a demanding position behind the plate, not just the squatting, but having to burst from that position – to make a throw, block a ball, to backup a throw at first base,” Price said. “Until I know he can do those types of activities, I don’t see him catching. Now, he could get the green light tomorrow.”

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Game 143: Reds at Giants

First pitch at 10:15 p.m. ET

Hamilton 8
Bruce 9
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Frazier 5
Boesch 7
Suarez 6
Cabrera 2
Sampson 1

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Phillips, Bruce get days off

The Reds’ Sunday lineup was a little different as both 2B Brandon Phillips and RF Jay Bruce were given days off from starting vs. the Cardinals.

“We’ve got a day off coming up [Thursday on the road] and had those back-to-back days off but it was followed by a doubleheader,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. I’ve really leaned on [Phillips], Joey and Frazier and Jay quite a bit so it’s when I can find a spot. I’m sure Frazier will get another day off and most likely, Joey. It’s trying to pick spots. No injuries. Just a good day off for those two.”

Phillips went 0-for-4 in Saturday’s full game, but has had a really nice second half. Since returning from missing a couple of starts with a right biceps tendon injury on Aug. 22, he is 28-for-86 (.326) with three homers and 16 RBIs in 21 games.

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Game 142: Cardinals at Reds 


Game 141: Cardinals at Reds


Game 140: Cardinals at Reds


Game 139: Cardinals at Reds


Hamilton back in lineup

Billy Hamilton was back in the Reds lineup on Wednesday, but instead of batting ninth — he was back at the top of the order. Much of that was because he could bat right-handed (his stronger side) vs. Pirates lefty J.A. Happ.

“He got in time yesterday to hit in the last group of BP after traveling from Pensacola, so we planned on giving him a scheduled day off after those three days in Pensacola and we anticipate him being in there regularly here through the rest of the year,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Hamilton was out on the disabled list on Aug. 19, one day after he sprained his right shoulder trying to make a diving catch vs. the Royals. He went 3-for-11 with three walks and a steal during a three-game rehab assignment at Double-A Pensacola. Most importantly, the shoulder passed every test.

“There wasn’t a play where I threw anybody out but I just tried to throw it hard anyway to see how my shoulder felt,” Hamilton said. “I had four at-bats each game, five in one. So I swung a lot and I tested my shoulder in the outfield when I threw a couple of balls in real hard. It felt really, really good. I’m just glad to be back.”

Hamilton liked the atmosphere in Pensacola, which clinched a spot in the Southern League playoffs.

“It was real fun,” he said. “Those guys, I’ve played with a few of them and been around most of them in spring training. It’s always good to see those guys and get back down there. It just feels good to be like in a playoff thing, whether it’s the big leagues or whatever you’re doing. I see those guys get all into it and be all about winning. It’s a good thing to be down there and knowing it’s getting closer to me playing is a good thing. I played there in 2012, and it was kind of fun to see those guys that were there – the staff and people who run it.”

Other items:

*Kristopher Negron is out for the season for a torn labrum and fractured scapula in his left shoulder after his diving catch on Tuesday. Read about it here:

*Raisel Iglesias has a few more starts left before he will hit his innings limits, said Price. However, Michael Lorenzen could only have one or two starts remaining. Lorenzen has 143 2/3 innings combined with the Reds and Louisville. His limit is between 150-155 innings.

“He’s getting there,” Price said. “You know, when I say these things, I’m trying to be as direct as possible with you guys, but you also understand that under the circumstances we’re in that if I need another start from one of these guys, a bonus start or whatever, that I would do that. I don’t feel like these guys are five or seven innings from hurting themselves, we’re just trying to follow some protocols we have in place. We may have to work around those limits to a certain degree, but nothing of a significant number.”


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