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Cueto, Baker suspended

Here is the most recent version of the story about Johnny Cueto being suspended for seven games (essentially one start) and Dusty Baker and Tony LaRussa getting two games each after Tuesday’s brouhaha. Fines were handed out to several players, including Brandon Phillips.

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100812&content_id=13372456&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

I just got off of the phone with Dusty Baker and asked what he thought about the ruling.

“What can you do? When the judge rules, the judge rules,” Baker said. “We’ll try to appeal That’s what people usually do.”

While Cueto can appeal his suspension, the managers can not and will start serving on Friday. Baker will have to watch the games from either the GMs box or go home. He can be in the clubhouse and on the field pre-game for batting practice, etc.

“You can appeal almost anything. That’s not the most diplomatic system,” Baker said of his having no appeal process as a manager.

Cueto is slated to pitch on Sunday, but with an appeal, he can keep pitching while the appeal process is ongoing.

In my opinion, Cueto was fortunate he didn’t get more games. I know he was pinned back by the backstop, but the kicking of guys with spikes on was a big deal. Someone could argue that he shouldn’t have been smack dab in the middle of the skirmish in the first place.

I’m very surprised that sterner discipline wasn’t given to Molina and Carpenter. Molina was mostly responsible for the first part of the benches-clearing scuffle and Carpenter certainly played a part in part two.

Baker was also stunned more didn’t happen to Carpenter, especially.

“I don’t know what the umpire report says. Something must have been left out,” Baker said.  “A few statements caused the escalation.”

One of those statements was visible on camera from Carpenter, who turned and barked something at Baker. 

Baker tried to plead his case to Bob Watson and Frank Robinson of MLB, but to no avail. He talked to both this morning, but the decisions had already been made. He wants to put everything that happened this week in the past.

“The whole thing was wrong,” Baker said. “What Brandon said shouldn’t have been said. What happened in the game shouldn’t have happened. It shouldn’t have escalated to that point. You don’t want it to happen again. It doesn’t help baseball. It doesn’t help the integrity of the game and it doesn’t help anything.”

 

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Edmonds trade: They said it

Here are some quotes from inside the Reds clubhouse:

“It’s been a quick six or seven hours to go from kind of the bottom of the standings to the top in a hurry. And show up here playing the Cardinals, it’s going to be a little nuts. I’m looking forward to the challenge. The respect I have for the guys on this team after playing against them for so many years, it seems like a good group of guys that are very talented. It’s nice to be on this side for once.” — Jim Edmonds

“We thought Edmonds would add a veteran, playoff experienced guy who’s had a pretty good year with Milwaukee. He’s actually a guy I thought about signing over the winter and we didn’t. I kind of regretted the fact that we didn’t. I think he’s going to help us a number of different ways.” — Reds GM Walt Jocketty

“Anytime you add Jim Edmonds to the mix, he’s been helping teams for what, 15 years? It’s obvious he’s still able to help us. I’m excited to have him here for what he’s done and how he goes about his business. He’s an unbelievable outfielder. In his prime, he was one of the best outfielders in the game. I think he will help us tremendously. He’s a veteran guy that knows what’s going on. He’s been in this situation before. He knows how to handle it. You can always use more of that.” — Jay Bruce

“I think it will be good for Stubby and his career and Heisey and his career. The guy can still play like we just saw in Milwaukee.” — Jonny Gomes

“Any time you can add a guy that’s been in a World Series or the playoffs and has 15 years in the big leagues with such a great career like Edmonds, of course it will be a help.” — Orlando Cabrera

And from the St. Louis side:

“We had heard about it. I think Jim told a couple of our guys that it was going to happen. He’ll help them. When [Rolen] is healthy, he’s proven what kind of player he is. Jim is in a different part of his career. But like I said, I think he’ll help them.” — Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa 
    

*Another nugget about Edmonds. He is a .274 hitter in 118 career games against Cincinnati with 32 homers and 85 RBIs.

*One NL scout expressed surprise that the Cardinals did not try to block the Reds by putting a waiver claim on Edmonds.

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Postgame extra: Best game?

Rare is the time you hear things like “playoff atmosphere” in June but Dusty Baker went there after a hard-fought 9-8 Reds win over the Cardinals.

“That was probably the best game of the year, especially since we came out on top,” Baker said. “Boy, that was as close to a playoff atmosphere as our young team has probably have been in. it’s just a sample of what exciting baseball is all about.”

The question of the night –

Do you agree with Baker? Was that the best game for the Reds this year?

The good —

*Joey Votto. The dude is out for six games with a stiff neck and returns by going 4-for-5 with a homer, a triple and two singles.

“I’m just trying to keep up with Miguel Cairo,” Votto joked.

*Scott Rolen’s two-homer night gives him 13 for the season. He had 11 in both 2008 and 2009.

*In the first inning on Albert Pujols’ single to left field, Jonny Gomes nailed Felipe Lopez at the plate with a great throw as Lopez tried scoring from second base.

*Drew Stubbs saved some runs from scoring when he sprinted a long way to catch Lopez’s drive to the center field wall.

*Arthur Rhodes got into quite a fix in the seventh with a leadoff walk and a single and bases loaded with two outs. But he got out of it and extended his streak to 21-straight scoreless appearances (19 2/3 innings)

The not so good –

*It wasn’t a smooth night for Johnny Cueto, who gave up eight earned runs and a career-high tying 10 hits over five-plus innings with one walk and no strikeouts. He let all four batters he faced in the sixth reach base. They all scored.

Cueto is probably entitled to an off night…he was 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in his previous six starts. His unbeaten streak remained after the lineup picked him up in the seventh.

“He was out of his rhythm and didn’t have his good location,” Baker said.

Quotes

“There was definitely more intensity. Maybe that’s just me coming back after not playing for six games. It definitely felt a little different. Both managers were making decisions obviously, to get the wins. But it felt like we were trying to beat each other. We weren’t trying to save it for later on.” — Joey Votto

“Tomorrow, we’ve got a chance to win a series. That’s important. It’s a series. It’s not the battle of first place in June. We’ve got a chance to win a series. That’s why we’re here in the position we’re in playing good baseball and tied for first place. It’s because we played well and won series. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, you win series and play good baseball, you’ll find yourself in good position.” — Scott Rolen

And check out this take about Rolen from Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa. Rolen, of course, once played for St. Louis.

“He’s healthy and we have seen that. He’s an outstanding player when he’s healthy. He’s playing outstanding for them. Probably their manager’s getting more out of him than I did. I know people are going to speculate that and it’s probably true. I’m sure it’s true. When he’s healthy — and he’s healthy – he’s an outstanding player.”

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Bullpen help, Votto back

The Reds have bullpen reinforcements for Tuesday’s game vs. STL.

RHP Mike Lincoln went to the disabled list with a straight right latissimus dorsi muscle (on his side). RHP Carlos Fisher was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Both guys got pummeled yesterday and Lincoln allowed 12 runs over his last 7 2/3 innings. 

Recalled from Louisville were relievers Enerio Del Rosario and Logan Ondrusek

1B Joey Votto is back in the Reds lineup as well…

Cabrera 6
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Gomes 7
Stubbs 8
Hernandez 2
Cueto 1

*Dusty Baker said that Lincoln had been dealing with this injury for a while.

“He doesn’t complain, alibi or cry about anything,” Baker said. “Last year, he had that neck problem. He had been on the DL so much in his career, that’s the last thing he wanted to do. When he gets healthy, he still has good stuff.”

*Ondrusek had eight of his last 10 outings at Louisville be scoreless but was roughed up for four runs in the two other games. He believed he made some adjustments to be back better this time.

“It’s just making sure I’m locating the fastball early, and getting ahead,” Ondrusek said. That’s the  big thing where I got hurt here. I was falling behind and having to throw more over the plate. Guys just started crushing me.”

*It was asked why Jared Burton wasn’t considered for the call-up. Burton had four-straight scoreless outings for Louisville…but had only had five outings since coming off the DL.

“Burt is throwing the ball but they thought he needed some more time,” Baker said. He hasn’t been back that long. It might have been Burt if he was pitching more. He has to get his endurance up. They say he’s looking pretty close to where he was last year. We want him all the way back.”

*Homer Bailey threw from 120 feet today. He is scheduled to have a bullpen session on Thursday. He hoped to return to start when he is eligible to come off the DL June 8.

*Sam LeCure was amped for his start on Wednesday, his second in the big leagues. He grew up a couple hours away in a small town near Jefferson City, MO. He already has 20 tickets set aside for family, and expected more people to attend.

“I even thought to myself after the first one, I might even be a little more nervous for the second one,” LeCure said. Growing up in this area – not that I was necessarily a Cardinals fan – it was always a dream to play in this stadium.”

*Here’s some interesting info — Baker’s teams are 88-90 all time vs. Tony LaRussa, entering today.

SF vs STL, 34-32
Cubs vs STL, 37-34
CIN vs STL, 17-24

Overall, 88-90

*In the 2002 NLCS, the Giants defeated the Cardinals, 4-1, which pushes Baker ahead 92-91.

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