Cincinnati Reds

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  • Reds activate LH Manny Parra off disabled list (The Associated Press)

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds activated left-handed reliever Manny Parra off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday before the first game of a series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Cardinals-Reds Preview (The Associated Press)

    After showing signs of an offensive breakout in their most recent series, the St. Louis Cardinals get another shot at a pitcher who played a part in the team's previous slump. The Cardinals begin a six-game road trip Tuesday night with a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds, with Anthony DeSclafani taking mound looking to duplicate last week's gem against the Cardinals. St. Louis (67-38) mustered seven runs over a five-game stretch that culminated in back-to-back home shutouts by the Reds, the second of which was a 1-0 loss Wednesday in which DeSclafani yielded three hits and three walks over seven innings.

  • Animosity between Pirates and Reds reaches boiling point as benches clear (Big League Stew)

    It was less than two years ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds faced off in the NL wild-card game. Pittsburgh won that game and is still a contender in the National League while Cincinnati has taken a step back since then and is trying to rebuild. Even though they're trending in opposite directions, there continues to be animosity between the two NL Central rivals. In 52 games since 2013, #Reds and #Pirates have hit each other a combined 62 times. 34 Reds hit, 28 Pirates. — C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) August 2, 2015 A day after Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd felt that he was drilled deliberately by Pirates right-hander Joe Blanton, the beef hit a boiling point Sunday at Great American Ballpark. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] With Pittsburgh leading 3-0 in the top of the eighth inning, Reds reliever Pedro Villareal hit Pirates star center fielder Andrew McCutchen with a fastball square in the back. Pirates reliever Tony Watson then hit Brandon Phillips with a fastball in the bottom of the eighth and that caused the benches to clear. After a few minutes of mostly yelling but also some pushing and shoving. Byrd and Joey Votto were ejected on the Reds' side and Pirates infielder Sean Rodriguez got the boot too. It seemed like that was going to be the end of it, but a cutter got away from Pirates closer Mark Melancon in the ninth and hit Tucker Barnhart. Melancon was immediately tossed and so was manager Clint Hurdle after he came out to argue the decision. The Pirates held on for a 3-0 win to improve to 61-43, the second best record in the NL next to St. Louis. That's exactly what McCutchen is taking from Sunday's emotional contest. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] #Pirates McCutchen on beanballs: 'I don't know what it is. We're too busy winning.' — C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) August 2, 2015 Until Cincinnati turns it around on the field, Pittsburgh will be able to hold that fact over the Reds, regardless of how tense things get during a given game. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Israel Fehr is a writer for Big League Stew  on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at israelfehr@yahoo.ca or follow him on Twitter. Follow @israelfehr

  • 10 Degrees: The Mets are on fire and trying to validate themselves, like so many others (Yahoo Sports)

    In this week's 10 Degrees, Jeff Passan sorts through the trade deadline rubble to see which teams are ready to make a push.

  • Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's MLB games (Reuters)

    Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Mets 5, Nationals 2 Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda all belted homers in a five-run, five-pitch sequence in the second inning as New York rolled past Washington 5-2 on Sunday. By completing a three-game sweep in front of an electrified crowd of 35,374 at Citi Field, the Mets moved into a virtual tie for first place with the Nationals in the National League East.

News from Reds.com

  • Reds' veterans to help guide 5 rookie pitchers

    Five rookie pitchers in one rotation -- it's certainly rare, but that is reality for the Reds moving forward.

  • Sampson notches solid first career start

    Right-hander Keyvius Sampson started off sharp on Sunday by retiring the first seven batters he faced, but things got rocky from there as the Pirates spoiled his first career start with a 3-0 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

  • Benches empty after Phillips gets hit by Watson

    Tempers are never far below the surface when the Pirates, the Reds and the National League Central rivals' mutual philosophies of pitching inside clash. Those emotions boiled above the surface in the eighth inning of Sunday's game with the Reds.

  • DeSclafani hopes to repeat performance against Cards

    The Cardinals and Reds open a three-game series at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday with a rematch of last week's pitchers' duel between John Lackey and Anthony DeSclafani in which DeSclafani's Reds took a 1-0 win thanks to a second-inning Jay Bruce home run.

  • Reds can't back Sampson in series finale

    Joey Votto and Billy Hamilton were missing from the Reds' lineup. Pirates starter Charlie Morton certainly didn't miss the rested Cincinnati stars, hurling five-hit shutout ball for seven innings Sunday in a 3-0 win at Great American Ball Park that salvaged a split of the four-game series.