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Isringhausen close to signing

*The Reds are going to sign free agent reliever Jason Isringhausen to a minor league deal soon after they watched him throw in the bullpen on Tuesday.

“I think we’ll get it done in the next day or so,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said on Wednesday.

Isringhausen still has to complete his physical before signing. He’ll likely go to

*When Micah Owings pitched on Tuesday and allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning in the sixth, it was his first action in 16 days. Owings was sent to Triple-A Louisville so he can start and get some more innings.

“It’s not his fault or anybody’s fault,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Our starters have been going so deep. There wasn’t really a need the last two weeks for a long man. And you have to hold him back for those close games and extra innings. There’s a handful of those or more.

“I remember Bob Quinn told me years ago that pitchers rust out before they wear out. That’s a prime example of that.”

*It looks like Ramon Hernandez will come off the DL tomorrow. The plan is to have him play first base so Joey Votto can get a rest. Ryan Hanigan will catch the series opener Friday at Houston and Hernandez is slated to catch on Saturday.

*Homer Bailey threw between 45-50 pitches over three innings during a simulated game Wednesday. Jocketty, Baker and pitching coach Bryan Price were watching. Paul Janish, Corky Miller and Laynce Nix were the hitters.

“It went pretty good,” Bailey said. “My curveball, split and fastball were pretty good. The slider was a little off. It’s kind of always the last one to come for me.”

*If Bailey still feels OK Thursday, the plan is for him to start a rehab assignment on Monday when he starts for Class A Dayton.

*Aaron Harang (back spasms) went to the chriropractor today for another adjustment and said “today is a really good day.” He’s been doing rehab and treatment and walking on a treadmill. He tried throwing a bullpen session during the All-Star break but shut it down because he didn’t feel right. There is no ETA on when he’ll resume throwing or return to the club.

*There is nothing new with Scott Rolen. The club is trying to wait out his sore right hamstring as long as possible.

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Pitcher is TBA for now.

Tuesday lineup vs. Mets

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Gomes 7
Stubbs 8
Miller 2
Pitcher TBA 1

*LHP Matt Maloney is here from AAA Louisville and ready to go just in case. I guess they’ll have to see how Aaron Harang is feeling before making a decision.

*I’ve made a decision about one thing — it’s really, really hot. The temperature as I write is 101 degrees. In a congested city full of giant concrete buildings, it’s an oven. Thankfully, the press box is air conditioned.

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Postgame extra: Offense humming

Some notes out of the 10-3 Reds win over the Indians that has them on a four-game win streak:

*Jay Bruce is some kind of nice tear these days — 9-for-12 in his last four games. Bruce had two doubles, a walk, a sac fly and three runs scored. His average is up to .287.

*Orlando Cabrera was 2-for-5, which snapped his 0-for-19 skid.

*Drew Stubbs ended his 0-for-14 with a two-run homer to right field in the second inning and was 2-for-4, four RBI night. His long ball was responsible for the go-ahead runs. The four RBIs tied a career high which he set in April.

*Scott Rolen hit homer No. 16, giving him the team lead. He led off with sixth by clocking a 1-0 pitch deep to left field.

*The last few games since the Seattle debacle, the Reds have been spreading the offense around pretty well. Four players had two hits and every starting position player except for Joey Votto had at least one hit. In these last four games, the lineup has produced 23 runs.

*Aaron Harang walked five but had an otherwise decent outing. He allowed three runs and eight hits over seven innings. At 6-7, his win total is equal to what he had in both 2008 and 2009.

*And the Cardinals lost in Kansas City, which means the Reds are back in first place, a half-game up. 

Quotes —

*Dusty Baker was asked if the signing of Gary Matthews Jr. to a minor league contract would push Stubbs to better performance.

“Not really, it probably just gives us some insurance in the minor leagues,” Baker said. “I don’t think Stubbs has to worry too much about that. He’s been working hard. He’s been up and down, mostly up, the last few weeks. The thing about him is no matter what he’s hitting, he seems to drive in runs. We need that down in the seventh spot because you’re going to come up, especially with the guys we have in Gomes and Votto and Bruce getting on base – you need some RBIs down there. It’s a very important part of your lineup.”

“The season is just a course of ups and downs. You try to ride the ups as long as you can and minimize the low points. Any time that you can get a little something going you just try to keep up with it and string it out as long as possible.” — Drew Stubbs

“When you get out there and guys put some runs on the board for you early, it always makes it easier to go out there and try to pitch and not have to worry too much about making maybe one or two mistakes.” — Aaron Harang.

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PGX: Winless in Seattle

Tough weekend, eh?

*One run scored all weekend (one over last 30 innings, since Thursday)

*0-for-6, 8 LOB Sunday, 1-for-12, 18 LOB for weekend.

*Not a shocker that Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez were indomitable, but Ryan Rowland-Smith? He came in 0-6 with a 6.63 ERA.

*Rowland-Smith had five walks allowed. The Reds could not capitalize.

*The Mariners are the last-place team in the AL West at 28-41.

“It was a nightmare weekend for us scoring runs. We couldn’t buy a run,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

*On the bright side, Aaron Harang had a very nice afternoon on the mound.
(6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER,  1 BB, 4 K — 110 pitches/68 strikes).

Quotes –

“No offense to him but he was the best out of the three that we had a chance to capitalize on. But we didn’t. He made pitches when he needed to.” — Jay Bruce on Ryan-Rowland Smith
 
“It was a tough series to swallow. We have to look forward to going down to Oakland and turning things around.” — Aaron Harang

“It shows kind of how we depend on the long ball too. We didn’t hit a home run here. It’s a major part of our offense. We had some opportunities and we didn’t put the ball in play a couple of times.” — Dusty Baker

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Postgame, not much extra

It’s already nearing 2 a.m. ET and there really isn’t a whole of good or not-so-good to breakdown from a 12-0 beat down of the Reds by the Dodgers.

Here are some quotes:

“The main thing is we just have to forget this game. We need a good pitched game tomorrow, definitely. We used Micah for a lot of pitches from the bullpen tonight and used Daniel for a lot of pitches. Hopefully we can jump on Kershaw tomorrow.” — Dusty Baker

“I didn’t feel like I could get into a rhythm. I’d get two strikes on them and I couldn’t find that pitch to put them away. When you throw a lot of pitches in the first inning, it’s going to wear on you, especially when it’s as warm and muggy as it was.” — Aaron Harang

Harang threw 42 pitches and faced eight hitters during a three-run Dodgers first inning.

It was another bad night for the bullpen but Jordan Smith made his MLB debut in the ninth inning and did his part by not making the bad game any worse. Smith pitched a scoreless inning with only a two-out double allowed.

“He threw strikes and had good velocity and movement,” Baker said. “That’s what we remember of him from spring training. Hopefully, he can help us.”

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PGX: Harang, Rolen, Cabrera – all big

Look who is back to a .500 record. Why it’s Aaron Harang.

Although overshadowed by stellar performances Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo during the hot streak of the rotation, Harang has started to put together a decent stretch.

Wednesday’s 6-3 victory made Harang 5-2 with a 3.93 ERA over his last nine starts. He was 0-3, 8.31 through the first four starts of the season.

“It was definitely tough early in the season to get that far behind and climb back,” Harang said.

Harang’s only runs in seven innings came on Buster Posey’s two-run homer in the second inning. He allowed five hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

The good —

*The SF seventh inning. Harang got into a two-out bases loaded jam but got Freddy Sanchez to fly out to end the inning. Nice backup from right fielder Jay Bruce, who made a long running catch towards the gap to save three runs.

*Orlando Cabrera busted out of a 0-for-12 skid with a 4-for-5, three double game and scored the Reds first three runs.

*Scott Rolen had anothe huge night with a 3-for-3 game and he also drove in Cabrera twice with two-out RBI doubles. Rolen has five straight games with extra base hit and a nine-game hitting streak. (14-for-41, .441 during streak)

“It’s the blind squirrel theory,” Rolen said self-depricating of his success. “I’m certainly not going to overanalyze that one. I will keep looking left and hitting right.”

More quotes –

“Nobody is worried about Orlando Cabrera. He came in and had a good night. He’s a good professional and he had a great night.” — Scott Rolen

“The best thing is guys like Rolen driving guys home with two outs. That’s just big time right there.” — Orlando Cabrera

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Postgame extra: Reds 7-5 win

The good —

*Drew Stubbs went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the five-run sixth and a RBI double in the second. As is often the case, Stubbs was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He just missed going 4-for-4 when Iwamura stopped his rocket on the ground for a 463 GIDP.

*Stubbs’ average jumped 15 points from .203 to .218 and he’s batting .415 (17-for-41) since moving from leadoff to the seventh spot.

“I don’t do anything different than I do hitting first, ninth or whatever,” Stubbs said. “I felt good. I got some good pitches to hit up there. I put some good swings on them.”

*Lots of runs scored with two outs.

*After a Hanigan 643 GIDP with bases loaded, no outs, Reds kept rally going with four more runs. Aaron Harang’s lined RBI single was well done for a guy not known for hitting.

*Harang trucked around and scored standing up from first base when Orlando Cabrera followed in fourth with double through the left field gap.

“I was praying I could make it home at that point,” Harang said. “We don’t get to run the bases that often and Berry felt like I had a good shot at scoring and tried to make it home without falling on my face.”

*Arthur Rhodes made his 800th career appearance and worked another scoreless inning with one hit. Rhodes has not allowed a run in 18-straight appearances.

*Cool effort by the Reds and GABP to recreate some of the 1935 feel to mark the 75th anniversary of the first night game. Although I missed the video screen, the organ music was a great change of pace. It made me dislike a couple of the regular sound elements even more like a certain Black Eyed Peas song and the oft-used “Everybody clap your hands.”

The not so good —

*The Reds hit into five double plays in the game — including four on the ground.

*The B.E.P. music returned after a very nice seventh inning video montage that marked the return of modern ballpark displays.

The odd —

Enerio Del Rosario’s MLB debut line is this: 0 IP, 1 K. His lone batter, Andrew McCutchen, struck out but reached on a Ryan Hanigan passed ball.

Quote —

“The main thing is we got him runs and he scored a run and drove in a run. He won and we won. That’s the big deal. The line doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win.” — Dusty Baker on Harang, who gave up five runs (four earned) and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.

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Postgame extra: rotation better

Dusty Baker probably put it best about the last six games.

“It was a good trip with the potential to be a great trip,” Baker said after his Reds got blanked by Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals, 6-0.

Had the Reds won today and gone home with a 5-1 record it would have been a good slingshot into the next series vs. the hot Mets.The most important thing to come out of the trip was the rotation got right again. Of the six games, there were five quality starts. The starters went 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA.

With three runs and seven hits allowed over six innings (zero walks, six Ks) Aaron Harang had two-straight quality starts on the trip, which is big considering where he started the season. But he had zero wiggle room against a superb Chris Carpenter.

It gets even more daunting when you see these numbers: Carpenter is 9-3 with a 2.02 ERA in 15 career starts vs. the Reds. He’s won seven-straight decisions since June 6, 2006.

Harang said Carpenter’s success did not intimidate him.

“I’m not facing my hitters. I just have to go out and worry about my game plan and what I’m going to do with their hitters,” said Harang, who is 0-2 vs. Carpenter this season. “If I can be out there and just outpitch him and let our guys get to him first.”

More Harang: “We came out on top this trip. It’s a bummer to go home with the last two games being tough losses. The guys have an upbeat attitude. We’ll just go home and get things turned around.”

How do you feel about the trip that was?

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Postgame extra, Harang solid

Aaron Harang could smile for the first time in a while after a start. He will have a ‘W’ next to his name after a 6-2 win over the Astros. It was his first win since Aug. 9, 2009. Coming in, he had lost 13 of his last 14 decisions.

“The biggest thing is you’ve got to ask yourself what you think was going wrong and work from that,” Harang said. “There’s probably a lot of different things you could look back and attribute to the way I was pitching. But overall the No. 1 reason getting ahead and challenging guys.”

It was a good night for the Reds because:

*Aaron Harang threw strikes and was aggressive. Lots of fastballs. In his six innings, he allowed two earned runs and eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts. 115 pitches. The big AB was in the 3rd when he struck out Lance Berkman with two outs and runners on the corners. The AB started with a 3-0 count.

“After that he went on cruise control and it was tough to get anything done,” Berkman said.

*Ryan Hanigan had a career high three RBIs, bringing his total to 10 for the season. He had 11 RBIs over 90 games in 2009.

*Jay Bruce seems to be coming around at the plate. After having three hits Sunday, he reached base four times Tuesday by going 2-for-4 with two singles, two walks and two runs scored.

*Nick Masset notched a nice 1-2-3 eighth inning for himself, with two strikeouts. Two appearances ago, he had a four-hit, four-run disaster vs. the Dodgers on April 20.

*K corner: Harang passed Paul Derringer for sixth on the Reds’ all-time list in strikeouts.

The not so good:

*Brandon Phillips reached with a leadoff walk in the third and got picked off first base as he was standing up with his hands on his hips. He wasn’t close to beating pitcher Bud Norris’ throw back to the bag.

*The top three of the order, including Phillips as part of the new-look lineup, was 1-for-12. Joey Votto singled in the top of the ninth.

Seen at the park: George H.W. Bush, the 41st President and a season ticket holder here, left during the sixth inning and got a standing ovation around home plate. Also — actress Melissa Gilbert, formerly of “Little House on the Prairie” was here, somewhere. She was in the seats for an interview with Fox Sports Houston.

Quotes:

“The biggest thing is you’ve got to ask yourself what you think was going wrong and work from that. There’s probably a lot of different things you could look back and attribute to the way I was pitching. But overall the No. 1 reason getting ahead and challenging guys.” — Aaron Harang

“When he’s on his game, he’s tough. Tonight he was.” — Jay Bruce about Harang

“Berkman is tough. He can hit. He hasn’t found his stroke yet. Hopefully we get out of town before he finds it.” — Dusty Baker on Lance Berkman’s third-inning AB. Berkman was 1-for-4 with a bloop double in the sixth.

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Ondrusek down, Fisher up

It seemed like only a matter of time some help for the bullpen was summoned.

The Reds optioned rookie reliever Logan Ondrusek to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.  Carlos Fisher was recalled from Louisville to take his place.

Ondrusek made the team out of Spring Training with 10 scoreless innings, but had some rough outings once the regular season started. In nine appearances, he had an 11.25 ERA with 12 hits and five walks over eight innings.

Fisher has worked eight scoreless innings for Louisville with only one hit allowed among the 24 batters he’s faced. He’s walked one and struck out eight.

Reds lineup:

Dickerson 7
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Hanigan 2
Leake 1

*Dusty Baker wasn’t too chatty when the topic of Aaron Harang came up. From the sound of it, it doesn’t appear that Harang will be moved out of the rotation.

“I can’t tell you before I talk to him,” Baker said. “Plus, we’re talking about it but this guy is getting paid handsomely to be a starter. At this point, who do you have to take his place? And we need him to win. It’s four starts. If it was 14 starts, it’d be a different thing.”

*Drew Stubbs was moved down to seventh. Stubbs is in a 0-for19 funk with 10 Ks.

“It takes a little pressure off of him. Plus when you’re struggling and you’re leading off, you’re prone for 0-for-5 in a minute. They add up quickly because you come up more than anybody in the game.”

*A Stubbs, Dickerson, Bruce outfield should cover lots and lots of ground, right?

“When we’re not playing as well as we should, you have to go with your best defensive team out there, especially with a guy like Leake that throws strikes,” Baker said. “They’re going to put it into play.”

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