Joey Votto, connecting on a home run in the fourth, ran his hitting streak to 12 games.
CINCINNATI — Ryan Hanigan was surprised he even got the chance. The Cubs decided to pitch to the Reds catcher with two outs, two on and the pitcher up next. Hanigan hit a three-run homer that put Cincinnati ahead to stay, and the Reds beat the Cubs 7-4 last night for their fourth straight win.
BOSTON (AP) — Cleveland starter Justin Masterson said he felt something was slightly off as he prepared to face the Boston Red Sox. It turned out to be his slider, and not by just a little. Mike Carp hit a three-run homer in the third and the Red Sox added two more runs against Cleveland’s ace in an 8-1 victory over the Indians on Friday night.
The walk is as unsightly a statistic on a pitcher’s resume as the blooming dandelion to a ballpark groundskeeper. Clippers starter Trevor Bauer had command issues again last night at Huntington Park. This time he couldn’t find the right pitch at the right time to limit the damage in an 8-4 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs.
MINNEAPOLIS — What looked like anybody’s game turned ugly in a hurry for the Ohio State baseball team. Nursing a one-run lead in the middle innings, the Buckeyes committed a key error that opened the floodgates and has Ohio State with its back against the wall in the Big Ten tournament.
MIAMI — David West’s right hand helped the Indiana Pacers grab home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference finals.
China’s Guan Tianlang, 14, will be the youngest to play in the Memorial.
The top six golfers in the world ranking, led by defending Memorial Tournament champion Tiger Woods, are in the field for the 38th Memorial released yesterday by the PGA Tour.
CINCINNATI — A 7-2 trip left the Reds with the third-best record in baseball through Wednesday, and the players’ reward was a day off yesterday before a three-game series beginning tonight against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park.
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Former Ohio State wide receiver Ray Small, who spent almost his entire Buckeye career (2006-2009) in Jim Tressel’s doghouse and even suspended a couple of time for repeatedly violating team rules, recently recorded a cell-phone video apology. In the two-part video, Small repeatedly apologizes to friends, family, former teammates and coaches, and Buckeye Nation. Click on the headline to see for yourself.