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MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

Brandon Drury's 4 RBIs power hot Reds past Pirates

May 14, 2022, 1:57 AM

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Brandon Drury drilled his team-leading seventh homer and drove in four while Mike Moustakas homered twice to power the suddenly hot Cincinnati Reds over the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-2, Friday night.

Cincinnati starter Tyler Mahle (2-4) overcame a leadoff homer to allow only two runs and five hits, striking out a season-high eight and walking one for the Reds, who won a season-best third straight. The Reds have won four of five from the Pirates and six of their last seven games overall.

After opening the season with 31 starts of under six innings for the first time in modern history, Mahle gave the Reds their second straight start of at least six innings.

The Pirates jumped out to an immediate lead over Mahle when Ben Gamel jumped on a 1-1 fastball and drilled it over the 21-foot fence in right for a leadoff homer.

Mahle settled down and retired the next eight batters, before Gamel singled to right with two outs in the third.

After two hitless innings from Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller (0-5), Tyler Naquin opened the third with a sharp line-drive double off the right field wall. Kyle Farmer followed with a run-scoring double to right, tying the game at 1-1. Farmer later scored on a TJ Friedl sacrifice fly to left to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.

Keller was charged with five runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings, striking out two and walking two, taking his fifth loss in seven starts this season. Keller fell to 1-4 lifetime against Cincinnati, with a 7.36 ERA in 10 career starts.

Following Gamel's single in the third, Ke'Bryan Hayes drove him home with the tying run on a double.

The tie game didn't last long as Moustakas drilled his second homer of the season to right, a solo homer putting the Reds ahead, 3-2, in the fourth.

The Reds added to their lead in the fifth against Keller when Drury doubled home Naquin and Friedl for a 5-2 advantage. The hit snapped Drury's 0-for-14 drought since a home run Monday night against Milwaukee.

Drury added a two-run shot to left in the seventh off Heath Hembree, and Moustakas followed one out later with his second of the game. The drive -- estimated at 427 feet to right-center -- gave Cincinnati an 8-2 lead.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

Resurgent Reds pursue another win over Pirates

May 13, 2022, 5:00 AM

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Don't look now, but the Cincinnati Reds apparently have figured out how to win.

You still have to look down the major league standings -- all the way to the bottom -- to find them, but with a 4-0 win Thursday against the Pirates in the opener of a four-game series in Pittsburgh, the Reds have won five of their past seven.

That's quite a feat considering Cincinnati had just three wins overall a week ago, through 25 games.

The Reds are off to the right start if they hope to win their third straight series. They took two of three from the visiting Pirates last weekend and two of three from the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week.

Before that, Cincinnati was 0-7-1 in its first eight series.

The turnaround might be all the more impressive considering the Reds have several players out injured or ill, including infielders Jonathan India and Joey Votto, outfielder Nick Senzel, starter Mike Minor and, most recently, reliever Lucas Sims.

"It's just continuing to take it day by day," Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson, who was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and an RBI single on Thursday, told Bally Sports Cincinnati. "I know health is a big thing. Pieces are starting to fall into our favor, some big at-bats and stuff."

Stephenson is 14-for-33 (.424) with 13 RBIs in 10 games since coming off the injured list.

"He's just showing what a great approach at the plate can do for you," Reds manager David Bell said of Stephenson. "He has it all covered right now."

As the weekend plays out, Cincinnati can also work on an unsightly road mark. The win Thursday ended a 13-game road losing streak, the franchise's longest since a 19-game skid away from home July 5-Aug. 24, 1933.

The Pirates, meanwhile, failed to continue any momentum they might have gathered in winning two of three against the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers between the two series against the Reds.

Pittsburgh managed just four hits on Thursday, all singles that were spread through the game.

"We have to do better with our approach," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. "We've got to figure out a way to get better at-bats."

Pittsburgh was 23-10 at home against Cincinnati the previous four seasons.

Confidence against the Reds might not be dented.

"We're right there," said Pittsburgh's JT Brubaker, who started and took the loss on Thursday. "We're in a good spot. High energy. We're going to come ready to play (Friday)."

Cincinnati right-hander Tyler Mahle (1-4, 6.46 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh right-hander Mitch Keller (0-4, 6.11) in the Friday game.

Mahle didn't get a decision Saturday in a home game against Pittsburgh as the Reds scored a comeback win, but he was fairly sharp over five innings. The only hit he allowed was Michael Perez's two-run homer in the second, and he struck out six.

In 12 career starts against the Pirates, Mahle is 4-4 with a 3.92 ERA.

Keller, coming off a no-decision Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader at Cincinnati, is seeking his first major league win since last Sept. 21.

Overall against Cincinnati, Keller is 1-3 with a 7.09 ERA in nine career starts.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates call up LHP Cam Alldred, option RHP Beau Sulser

May 11, 2022, 4:43 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned right-handed reliever Beau Sulser to Triple-A Indianapolis and selected the contract of left-hander Cam Alldred on Wednesday.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Alldred, catcher Roberto Perez will be transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Sulser, 28, appeared in four games, recording a 3.72 ERA without a decision. He gave up four runs on four hits in four innings Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He walked one and struck out four. He made his major league debut on April 26.

Alldred, 25, is 1-1 with a 1.53 ERA in eight games (one start) at Indianapolis with an 0.849 WHIP. Alldred's first appearance will be his major league debut.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates OF Jake Marisnick (thumb) lands on IL

May 11, 2022, 12:26 AM

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Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jake Marisnick was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday due to a thumb injury.

Pittsburgh recalled right-handed pitcher Max Kranick from Triple-A Indianapolis to fill Marisnick's spot on the active roster.

Marisnick was batting .163 through 22 games in 2022 with just one RBI, two doubles and five runs scored. He has manned left, center and right field for at least four games apiece without committing an error.

Marisnick, 31, is in his first season with the Pirates after spending the first nine years of his MLB career with the Miami Marlins (2013-14), Houston Astros (2014-19), New York Mets (2020), Chicago Cubs (2021) and San Diego Padres (2021).

Kranick is back with the big-league club after serving as Pittsburgh's 27th man for Saturday's doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds. He made his season debut in the second game, pitching two scoreless innings with a hit, two walks and three strikeouts.

Kranick went 2-3 with a 6.28 ERA over nine starts as a rookie for Pittsburgh in 2021.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers

Reds move Mike Moustakas (COVID) to IL, activate Luis Castillo

May 9, 2022, 10:29 PM

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The Cincinnati Reds placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the COVID-related injured list on Monday ahead of their series opener against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers.

Moustakas, 33, had already missed eight games on the IL last month with a right biceps strain. He is batting .238 with one home run and six RBIs in 19 games this season, his third with Cincinnati.

The Reds selected outfielder Ronnie Dawson from Triple-A Louisville as a replacement player. He has appeared in one game for the Reds this season, when he went 0-for-3 as a DH in his team debut Thursday against the Brewers.

Cincinnati also officially reinstated right-hander Luis Castillo from the IL to start Monday's game against Milwaukee. He will make his first start of the season after missing the first month with a right shoulder strain.

Castillo carried a 0.87 ERA in three rehab starts, one with Class-A Dayton and two with Louisville.

The Reds also designated left-hander Phillip Diehl for assignment, while right-hander Buck Farmer cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox

Pirates-Reds postponed; doubleheader set for July 7

May 6, 2022, 11:58 PM

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The Cincinnati Reds' home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed due to inclement weather, the sixth rainout on the Major League Baseball schedule Friday.

The game will be made up as a split doubleheader on July 7. Game 1 will be scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET and Game 2 will be played at 7:10 p.m.

The teams attempted to get the game in, with a previously scheduled doubleheader looming Saturday. The 6:40 p.m. first pitch was delayed before the game was called off at roughly 7 p.m.

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Games in Chicago (Dodgers-Cubs), Cleveland (Blue Jays-Guardians), Baltimore (Royals-Orioles), Philadelphia (Mets-Phillies) and New York (Rangers-Yankees) were also postponed earlier Friday due to inclement weather.

In Saturday's split doubleheader, the Pirates' Mitch Keller (0-4, 5.32 ERA) will face the Reds' Nick Lodolo (1-2, 5.52) in the first game at 12:35 p.m. Game 2 is planned for 6:40 p.m., with Pittsburgh's JT Brubaker (0-2, 6.20) opposing Cincinnati's Connor Overton (0-0, 1.69).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics

Reds claim RHP Robert Dugger off waivers from Rays

May 4, 2022, 7:21 PM

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In need of pitching depth, the Cincinnati Reds claimed right-hander Robert Dugger off waivers Wednesday from the Tampa Bay Rays after he was designated for assignment Monday.

Dugger signed a minor league deal with the Rays during spring training and made his debut with the club Sunday when he gave up three runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in relief against the Minnesota Twins.

The 26-year-old has 24 major league appearances (12 starts) over the past four seasons with the Miami Marlins, Seattle Mariners and Rays. He is 0-6 with a 7.22 ERA.

The Reds have right-hander Luis Castillo and left-handers Mike Minor and Nick Lodolo all on the injured list. Left-hander Reiver Sanmartin was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds

Reds place veteran Joey Votto on COVID-19 list

May 3, 2022, 11:35 PM

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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was scratched from Tuesday's game and placed on the COVID-19 list more than two hours before a road contest against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Reds manager David Bell said Votto displayed symptoms. He said Votto hadn't tested positive for the virus.

"We're precautionary as far as being able to put him on that COVID IL, which is really a day-to-day thing until we know more," Bell told reporters.

Votto, 38, tested positive for COVID-19 in March of 2021.

The six-time All-Star is off to a slow start with the Reds. Votto is batting just .122 with no homers, three RBIs and 29 strikeouts in 74 at-bats.

The 2010 National League MVP has a .300 career average with 331 homers and 1,068 RBIs in 1,922 games over 16 seasons with Cincinnati.

The Reds entered Tuesday's game with a major league-worst 3-19 record.

Cincinnati also activated catcher Tyler Stephenson from the 7-day concussion list, recalled utility man Alejo Lopez from Triple-A Louisville and optioned catcher Mark Kolozsvary to the same affiliate.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Colorado Rockies

Reds' Jonathan India (hamstring) goes back on IL

May 2, 2022, 2:40 AM

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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India landed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday for the second time this season, again due to a strained right hamstring.

The 2021 National League Rookie of the Year was out from April 15 through Monday due to the same ailment.

He hit well since coming off the IL, going 6-for-15 (.400) in four games. However, India's movement was limited.

"He hasn't been able to kind of break through being able to go full speed," Cincinnati manager David Bell said.

India was scratched from the lineup Saturday and didn't get into the game that day, allowing the Reds to backdate the IL move one day. For the season, India is hitting .295 with no homers and three RBIs through 11 games. Last year, he hit .269 with 21 homers, 34 doubles and 69 RBIs in 150 games.

Outfielder Jake Fraley also landed on the IL on Sunday, giving Cincinnati 13 players out due to injuries. The Reds called up outfielder TJ Friedl and infielder Alejo Lopez from Triple-A Louisville to fill the roster vacancies.

After making the moves, the Reds lost 10-1 to the Colorado Rockies in Denver, completing a three-game series sweep. Cincinnati is 3-19, the worst 22-game start in franchise history.

--Field Level Media

Reds activate Mike Moustakas, who has two hits vs. Padres

April 28, 2022, 8:33 PM

The Cincinnati Reds activated third baseman Mike Moustakas from the injured list prior to Thursday's 7-5 home loss to the San Diego Padres.

Moustakas, 33, was on the IL with a right biceps strain. He had last played for the Reds on April 17 before serving as the designated hitter Thursday and going 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and one RBI.

Reds manager David Bell said the club wants to be careful with Moustakas before having him play in the field.

"A pretty significant injury. Based on what it was, he was able to recover really quick," Bell told reporters. "Definitely he's fully 100 percent swinging. Maybe a day or two behind throwing. But he will be fine to play the field at some point in Colorado."

The Reds open a three-game series at Colorado on Friday.

Moustakas is batting .176 with two RBIs in 11 games this season.

Cincinnati also placed rookie left-hander Nick Lodolo on the 10-day IL with a lower back strain. Lodolo, 24, is 1-2 with a 5.52 ERA in three starts this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates SS Kevin Newman (groin) out 3-5 weeks

April 27, 2022, 8:15 PM

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting shortstop Kevin Newman is heading to the injured list and expected to be sidelined 3-to-5 weeks with a groin strain.

Newman aggravated his groin during Tuesday night's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and left the game. Newman was replaced by Diego Castillo, who will also man shortstop in Wednesday night's game.

Newman is batting .250 with four runs scored and eight RBIs in 14 games starts. He's a career .257 hitter with 18 home runs.

The Pirates put outfielder Bryan Reynolds and Cole Tucker on the COVID-19 injured list on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers

Reds activate Jonathan India (hamstring) off 10-day IL

April 26, 2022, 9:33 PM

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The Cincinnati Reds activated second baseman Jonathan India from the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday night's home game against the San Diego Padres.

India has been sidelined since sustaining a right hamstring strain against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 14.

India was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2021 when he batted .269 with 21 homers, 34 doubles and 69 RBIs in 150 games.

The 25-year-old was batting .241 with two RBIs in seven games this season prior to the injury.

Cincinnati also designated utility man JT Riddle for assignment, optioned infielder Alejo Lopez to Triple-A Louisville and added infielder Matt Reynolds to the active roster. Reynolds, 31, was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets on Sunday.

Riddle, 30, was 1-for-4 in two games for the Reds this season. He has a .223 career average with 19 homers and 80 RBIs in 252 games with four teams over the past six seasons.

Lopez, who turns 26 on May 5, was 5-for-19 in seven games for the Reds this season and has a .262 average in 21 overall games with the club. He batted .161 (5-for-31) with three RBIs in nine games for Louisville earlier this season.

Reynolds played in one game for New York this season and has a .212 average with four homers and 19 RBIs in 131 career games with the Mets, Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals over five seasons. Reynolds was 2-for-17 (.118) with one homer and three RBIs in eight games for Triple-A Syracuse earlier this season.

The Reds (3-13) own the worst record in the majors. Cincinnati halted an 11-game slide Sunday with a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Pittsburgh Pirates at Toronto Blue Jays

Pirates place LHP Anthony Banda (illness) on 10-day IL

April 26, 2022, 7:27 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates placed left-hander Anthony Banda on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a viral (non-COVID) illness.

The move is retroactive to Saturday for Banda, 28, who is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five appearances out of the bullpen this season.

Left-hander Sam Howard was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Banda's spot on the 28-man active roster.

Howard, 29, began the season on the 10-day IL with a back strain. He is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 3 2/3 innings at Indianapolis.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Cincinnati Reds

Reds activate OF Tyler Naquin from COVID-19 list

April 23, 2022, 6:17 PM

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The Cincinnati Reds activated outfielder Tyler Naquin from the COVID-19 injured list on Saturday.

The Reds also optioned outfielder TJ Friedl to Triple-A Louisville and placed right-hander Daniel Duarte on the 60-day injured list.

Naquin, 30, is hitting .273 (9-for-33) with one homer, five RBIs and one stolen base in nine games this season. He is in his second season with the Reds after spending his first five campaigns with the Cleveland franchise.

Friedl, 26, is 0-for-7 in three games this season.

Duarte, 25, appeared in three games, allowing three runs in 2 2/3 innings for a 10.13 ERA. He walked three and struck out two.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs

Start time of Pirates-Cubs game pushed back due to weather

April 22, 2022, 4:34 PM

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The start time of Friday's game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and host Chicago Cubs has been shifted to 8:05 p.m. ET due to forecasted inclement weather throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

The Cubs sustained their third straight loss after dropping a 4-3 decision on Thursday in the opener of the four-game series. The victory snapped a three-game skid for the Pirates.

Chicago left-hander Drew Smyly (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is expected to take the mound on Friday against former Cubs southpaw Jose Quintana (0-1, 3.86) of the Pirates.

--Field Level Media