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Saturday

Reds lineup vs. Giants

Stubbs 8
Renteria 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Cairo 5
Bruce 9
Heisey 7
Hanigan 2
Leake 1

In light of his bullpen being spent and coming off of Friday’s 13-inning win over the Giants, Reds manager Dusty Baker did not hide what he’s hoping for tonight out of Mike Leake.

“A complete game would be wonderful,” Baker said.

It’s unlikely that Aroldis Chapman or Jose Arredondo are available tonight.

“That was a gutsy performance from those guys,” Baker said. “I really don’t know if we have any of those guys tonight. Chapman, he wasn’t even supposed to pitch. Arredondo wasn’t supposed to pitch. But they were fresher than Ondrusek and Sam LeCure.”

Closer Francisco Cordero is available to pitch tonight if needed.

“I had Coco slated to go two innings yesterday, which I try not to do too often,” Baker said. “He said he feels pretty good today. He came out of it pretty good, considering (he threw) two innings. What 30 pitches? That’s one inning sometimes.”

Reds won’t overpay in trades

The non-waivers Trade Deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Sunday and the Reds and general manager Walt Jocketty have not gotten into the serious stages of talks about any potential deals as of yet.

“I wouldn’t say nothing is going on. We’re talking a lot but nothing is even close,” Jocketty said on Tuesday afternoon.

Rockies ace starter Ubaldo Jimenez has been a frequent subject in rumors and connected to the Reds. Word in the industry is that if anyone has the wealth of prospects and the potential to deal them – it’s Cincinnati.

The demands in return on any Jimenez deal are believed to be extremely high and Colorado is hoping that a team will blink and give in. Right now, the Rockies won’t take less than everything they ask. According to the Denver Post, the team asked the Reds for top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco and Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman.

UPDATE – MLB.com also hearing that Rockies desire LHP Travis Wood, RHP Homer Bailey and either Mesoraco OR Chapman. Yonder Alonso was also discussed within Colorado but that was before Alonso got promoted upon Jonny Gomes being traded.

If that’s what it takes to get Jimenez, don’t expect the Reds to be a team that blinks.  According to a baseball source, Cincinnati has no plans to blow other teams away with its proposals. If there is a fair deal that can help the club, they would discuss it. The Reds aren’t going to overpay in a trade, however.

There have also been reports that the Reds might be interested in dealing starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, who is currently at Triple-A Louisville. A source says the Reds are not making him available but there are clubs that believe they can get him on the cheap because he has been struggling.

Jocketty would not address any rumors about Volquez.

“I’m not going to talk about individual players,” he said.

Stubbs HR wins game, series

The quest for consecutive victories is over as Drew Stubbs delivered in the bottom of the ninth with leadoff, first-pitch, walkoff homer for a 4-3 Reds victory over the Braves.

Don’t look now, but the Reds are three games back from a three-way for first place in the NL Central.  St. Louis and Milwaukee both lost today and it was the Pirates that beat the Cardinals.

“We’re right where we need to be,” Stubbs said. “It’s going to be a dogfight to the end of this thing. I don’t think any team is going to run away with it.”

It’s been 31 games since the Reds won back-to-back games…June 13-15 was the last winning upon a sweep of the Dodgers.
 

Notes:

*I thought starter Dontrelle Willis pitched very well despite the no-decision. He worked into the seventh inning and had only 79 pitches after six. What killed him was the wild pitch to Julio Lugo that put a runner into scoring position before the game-tying single.

*Willis suffered a split fingernail on his index finger after striking out Martin Prado in the third. The bullpen stirred as he was looked over by the trainer and pitching coach Bryan Price but Willis was able to continue for his second quality start in three games with the Reds. He has a 3.71 ERA.

*Like Stubbs, who went to the opposite field to end the game, Brandon Phillips did likewise to get the Reds on the scoreboard in the first inning. It was Phillips’ 10th homer of the season and the first since his own walkoff shot on July 15 vs. STL.

*Stubbs now has two career walkoff homers….the last coming 8/29/09 vs. SF not long after he was first called up.

*Aroldis Chapman: 9 pitches, 8 strikes and 5 outs. His one-pitch double play on Jason Heyward saved the Reds to end the seventh. Chapman returned with a perfect eighth.

*To end the top of the second, 3B Miguel Cairo made a very nice pick on a hot grounder by Alex Gonzalez, and then turned a 5-4-3 double play. Cairo then came up in the bottom of the second and smashed a 421-foot homer to left field for a 3-0 win.

*Jonny Gomes struck out in the eighth as a pinch-hitter. He is 0-for-15 as a PH this season with 10 strikeouts.

*The Reds ended a seven-game Sunday Night Baseball losing streak, including 0-3 this season. The last Sunday night win was 8/13/00 vs. the Cubs.

Quotes:

“Stubbs is playing on both sides of the ball. It looks like he’s feeling it and getting better. He’s always been a second half player. Perhaps down the stretch here, he can play like we’ve seen.” — Dusty Baker

“I went up there just looking for a good fastball to hit over the plate. He gave it to me and I was able to put a good swing on it. The rest is history.” — Drew Stubbs

“Teddy Power is a guru. Bryan Price, this off-season, I worked a lot with him. I definitely owe a lot to a lot of people that gave me a chance in going out there, having fun and working hard. This is not for me. This is for the guys that still believe in me – not only friends and family but those guys who love the game and to teach the game. I will definitely continue to work my heart out for them.” — Dontrelle Willis

“All I can say is OMG. It feels good to finally get back-to-back wins. The way we did it, we’re used to doing that. I heard it was since June. That’s crazy. I’m just glad we got it over with and now we can just keep on going from there.” — Brandon Phillips

Chapman activated

Hello from Baltimore…

The Reds, not surprisingly, activated LHP Aroldis Chapman from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. LHP Jeremy Horst was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Actually, the move was made last night because Horst pitched an inning for Louisville.

Chapman was on the DL since May 16 because of left shoulder inflammation, but has actually been healthy for a while. He had nine rehab outings for Louisville and Double-A Carolina. Most of the games pitched down below were erratic. But the last two were each a perfect inning at very end of the 30 days, which apparently was enough to convince the front office that Chapman had solved his command issues.

I’ll be curious to see if Chapman’s role will be the same as it was before he left…and how often he’ll be available to use out of the bullpen.

More later  from Camden Yards….

 

New leadoff guy…

Reds lineup vs. Yankees

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

*Obviously, an interesting shake up at the top of the order with Drew Stubbs moving down.

*When he first checked the lineup, Lewis looked for his name further down in the order and didn’t see it.

“I looked at the lineup and thought I guess I’m not playing today,” Lewis said. “I looked at the BP groups and I was in the second group [with starters]. I had to look at the lineup again and it was a bit of a shock to me. Leading off?”

*Baker planned of using Stubbs in the leadoff spot for Game 2, but indicated he might bat Stubbs down in the order when the Interleague games move to the AL cities.

“Just relieve a little pressure for him. Freddy has been swinging the bat well,” Baker said. “When you’re scuffling in the leadoff spot, those ABs add up rather quickly – especially if you’re not walking much. It’s a temporary thing.”

*On Tuesday in his rehab assignment for Triple-A Louisville, Homer Bailey pitched six innings and allowed three runs and eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts. He threw 103 pitches, 71 strikes.

*Aroldis Chapman followed Bailey with one perfect inning and one strikeout. Of his 13 pitches, there were seven strikes.

**UPDATE — Baker said that Chapman would not be activated today. There is a good chance that Sam LeCure will be activated at some point today.

*FS Ohio is broadcasting both games today and tonight.

Happy Father’s Day

To all the Dads out there…Happy Father’s Day. Hope you get a nice day with your kids if you can be with them today.

Reds lineup vs. Blue Jays

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Lewis 7
Renteria 6
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

*Last night at Double-A Carolina, Aroldis Chapman worked two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Of his 21 pitches, 14 were strikes. The Reds have a decision to make soon since Chapman’s 30-day rehab assignment is just about up.

*Joey Votto didn’t reach base in either of his last two games, his longest such streak since he failed to reach safely over 3 games on 8/30 vs LAD and 8/31 vs Pit (DH), 2009.

Bautista, Blue Jays here

Reds lineup vs. Blue Jays

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

As Dusty Baker said on Wednesday, we have to see what the West Coast trip means in these games coming up. If the Reds can keep some momentum from the 5-2 trip, all is well. The last thing they need is to lay an egg this weekend vs. Toronto.

I will be very curious to see how Major League home run leader Jose Bautista handles his bat  in GABP. With the warm weather and the small confines, there could be a few souvenirs this weekend if he’s not pitched carefully.

Rehab assignment updates:

*RHP Homer Bailey (right shoulder) pitched last night for Triple-A Louisville vs. Toledo, his second start. He allowed three runsand 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings with no walks and two strikeouts. There was one homer. He threw 83 pitches/55 strikes

*LHP Aroldis Chapman (left shoulder) pitched Wednesday for Double-A Carolina. His line for a one-inning start in the Mudcats’ 7-0 loss at Jackson was 1 ip, 0h, 0r, 1 bb, 2k, 28 pitches, 18 strikes.

*RHP Sam LeCure (right forearm) is scheduled to pitch again Saturday vs Toledo.

Bailey to rehab assignment

Homer Bailey (right shoulder) will depart tomorrow for a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville. Bailey will meet the team in Syracuse and is slated to start on Saturday vs Lehigh Valley. He is expected to make at least two starts before being activated.

Reds lineup vs Cubs

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Lewis 7
Hanigan 2
Janish 6
Arroyo 1

*LHP Aroldis Chapman threw 24 pitches, 12 strikes in two-thirds of an inning and gave up three runs, three hits and one walk with no strikeouts for Double-A Carolina. Chapman is expected to make four appearances for Carolina.

*RHP Jared Burton’s three-week old throwing program took another step when he threw in the bullpen for the first time on Tuesday. Burton, recovering from right shoulder surgery, said he was throwing at around 55-60 percent. After a another more bullpen session on Friday, Burton will head to Goodyear and throw live BP.

*SS Edgar Renteria (back) hit, ran and threw on Tuesday and is doing better. He is on track to get into some games in San Francisco.

*3B Scott Rolen is still out what’s now being called a viral infection in his throat rather than strep throat.

*And finally, RHP Edinson Volquez was a man of his word. Volquez produced a plastic shopping bag that was full of his shorn dreadlocks and hair. Check it out:

Volquez returns

Reds lineup vs. Cubs

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Gomes 7
Cairo 5
Hernandez 2
Janish 6
Volquez 1

*According to the Twitter feed of Double-A Carolina, LHP Aroldis Chapman has been sent there to resume his Minor League rehab assignment. Chapman had three appearances for Triple-A Louisville, but none since May 29.

*How good of an outing does Edinson Volquez need to put your mind at ease, and the Reds for that matter? Obviously a smooth top of the first would be a nice beginning.

*A roster move to make room for Volquez has yet to be revealed.

*Against Cubs starter, LHP Doug Davis, Brandon Phillips is 9-for-21 (.429) with two doubles and one RBI.

*More to come…

Chapman to DL

The Reds announced Monday that Aroldis Chapman went on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Jordan Smith was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

Obviously, Chapman has been wild with nine earned runs and 12 walks over his last four appearances — including his four walks over five batters in the ninth during  the 9-7 win over STL Sunday. The 23-year-old has 20 walks and 15 strikeouts over 13 innings and has a 6.92 ERA over 16 games.

Reds lineup vs. Cubs

Stubbs 8
Renteria 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Hanigan 2
Bailey 1

More notes

 *The Reds are 23-17 entering tonight’s game. You know what their record was at this point in 2010? It was 23-17.

*In the last 11 games, the Reds rotation is 7-0 with a 2.00 ERA.

*Over his last 5 games on rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville, 3B Juan Francisco (strained left calf) is 8-for-26 (.308) with one home run and seven RBIs.

*The Reds are the only team in the Majors that have 11 players with at least 10 RBIs this season.

*Members of the Class A Dayton Dragons roster and coaching staff will be at the game today as guests of the Reds.

*Interesting news out of Los Angeles. Former Reds COO John Allen was named by MLB today to assist Tom Schieffer, recently appointed monitor of the Dodgers, in the oversight of the business, finances and day-to-day operations of the Dodgers. Allen was COO of the Reds from 1999-2007.

*For those who have been wondering and asking, Joey Votto’s “This is SportsCenter” commerical for ESPN will debut next Monday, May 23. The Reds next appear on Sunday Night Baseball for that network on May 29.

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