Game 149: Reds at Cardinals

Bourgeois 8
Suarez 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Duvall 7
Cabrera 2
Lamb 1

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Game 145: Reds at Giants

First pitch at 10:15 p.m. ET

Bourgeois 8
Bruce 9
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Frazier 5
Cabrera 2
Suarez 6
Schumaker 7
Lorenzen 1

The Reds have also announced a revamping of the rotation. Keyvius Sampson and Raisel Iglesias are currently out, and likely Michael Lorezen as well after tonight.

Wed at SF: RHP Michael Lorenzen (4-8, 5.45)
Thursday: Off day
Fri at Mil: LHP Brandon Finnegan (0-0, 0.00)
Sat at Mil: RHP Josh Smith (0-2, 7.36)
Sun at Mil: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (9-10, 3.67)
Mon at StL: LHP John Lamb (1-3, 5.35) vs TBA
Tue at StL: TBA
Wed at StL: TBA
UPDATE: Manager Bryan Price said that Iglesias has shoulder fatigue and the team is still deciding its options. Sampson had to leave for a couple of days to deal with a personal issue. He could make one of the starts that is currently TBA.

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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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