Reds lead early, fall flat in extras vs. Nationals

Reds lead early, fall flat in extras vs. Nationals

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals had spoiled chances to score all night and were hitless in their first eight at-bats with a runner in scoring position as their offense leaned heavily on the solo home run. But with two on and two outs in the 10th inning, Bryce Harper strolled to the plate and what remained of the crowd of 36,347 fans at Nationals Park rose to its feet.

Harper delivered again in the clutch, lining a walk-off single to the warning track in right field off Raisel Iglesias to give the Nationals a 6-5 victory over the Reds on Friday night.

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Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington who covered the Reds on Friday.

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Prospect Castillo shows stuff in MLB debut

Right-hander allows 2 ER on 5 hits, with 5 walks, 5 strikeouts during 5-IP no-decision

Prospect Castillo shows stuff in MLB debut

Luis Castillo was the 11th different starter this season for a Reds rotation that has the highest ERA in the Majors with the least amount of innings pitched. But with his skipping a level for his callup from Double-A Pensacola on Friday, Castillo wasn't expected to be a savior in his big league debut against the Nationals.

All Castillo had to do was show the stuff that made the Reds want to trade for the prospect over the winter. In that regard, the right-hander delivered. On the other hand, it was an uneven first outing.

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Castillo called up; Garrett sent to Triple-A

Castillo called up; Garrett sent to Triple-A

WASHINGTON -- When watching Luis Castillo throw with Double-A Pensacola this season, Reds manager Bryan Price has been impressed with the right-hander's ability to mix his changeup and fastball. Price said Castillo doesn't need to rely on his fastball for strikes the way some pitchers do since he can throw his changeup for strikes just as effectively.

That skill was one of the reasons the Reds called up Castillo to make his Major League debut against the Nationals on Friday night. The Reds made room for Castillo by sending Amir Garrett to Triple-A Louisville.

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Votto reportedly open to joining Derby

Reds first baseman would consider taking part in event if asked

Votto reportedly open to joining Derby

Maybe the 2017 T-Mobile Home Run Derby will be the one that finally features Joey Votto.

A four-time All-Star, Votto has never participated in a Derby. But the Reds' first baseman said he'd be open to taking part this year if asked, according to Cincinnati.com, although only if he made the All-Star team. This year's Home Run Derby takes place in Miami on July 10, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Bailey to complete comeback against Nats

Bailey to complete comeback against Nats

When the Reds and Nationals return Saturday for the second game of their series, it will also mark the long-awaited comeback of pitcher Homer Bailey for Cincinnati. Bailey will be making his 2017 debut and will be opposed by Washington's Joe Ross.

Bailey has been limited to eight starts since August 2014 because of three right elbow surgeries. The most recent one came in February, an arthroscopic procedure to remove bone chips. He will be welcomed to a struggling rotation that has already used 11 different starters this season.

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Inbox: Can the Reds depend on Bailey?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers questions from fans

Inbox: Can the Reds depend on Bailey?

What can the Reds expect from Homer Bailey?
-- Charlie on Facebook live

It's a good question. Bailey will be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday to make his season debut vs. the Nationals. He's a bit of an X-factor, because it's hard to place high expectations on someone who has had three elbow surgeries and only eight starts since August 2014. The last surgery was Feb. 18 to remove bone chips. But based on his rehab assignment numbers, they should expect some length and dependability. The rotation has averaged 4.93 innings per start this season. If Bailey can just go six or seven innings and keep the team in the game, the lineup should be able to do its part.

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Top prospect Senzel promoted to Double-A

RHP Mahle, No. 8 prospect, heads to Triple-A

Top prospect Senzel promoted to Double-A

Several promotions of Reds prospects were completed on Thursday, with the most notable being third baseman Nick Senzel moving up to Double-A Pensacola.

Senzel, the No. 1 prospect in the organization according to MLBPipeline.com, batted .305/.371/.476 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 62 games for Class A Advanced Daytona. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft will turn 22 years old on June 29.

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Schebler hits 20th homer in loss to Rays

Schebler hits 20th homer in loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Offense continues to fuel the Rays' fortunes. Wednesday afternoon, a four-run sixth provided the separation needed to lead to an 8-3 win over the Reds at Tropicana Field.

The Rays (39-36) claimed the series with the win, sending the Reds (30-41) to their 11th loss in their last 12 games. The Rays have won seven straight rubber match games, improving to 8-1-3 over their last 12 series.

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Innings start to mount for Reds' bullpen

Short outings by starters puts pressure on relievers

Innings start to mount for Reds' bullpen

ST. PETERSBURG -- For the first 2 1/2 months of the season, Reds manager Bryan Price seemed to make all of the right bullpen moves as his rotation struggled to go deep into games. In turn, relievers were able to do everything that was asked of them.

But as the innings mount for relievers, perhaps the bullpen has reached the fraying point. In an 8-3 loss for the Reds to the Rays on Wednesday, relievers Austin Brice, Wandy Peralta and Drew Storen gave up five runs over the sixth and seventh innings.

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Hamilton rundown ends in a rare putout

Speedy outfielder doesn't go down easily

Hamilton rundown ends in a rare putout

ST. PETERSBURG -- Because of his speed, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton can even make rundowns more interesting. Even though the Rays got their man caught between third base and home, they needed five men to do it because Hamilton was quick on his feet.

It made for the rare 6-5-2-4-5-7 putout in the Reds' 8-3 loss to the Rays.

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9th-inning rally halted by Colome, Rays

9th-inning rally halted by Colome, Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Dickerson's bat just keeps stating his case to become the American League's DH at this year's All-Star Game in Miami.

Tuesday night, Dickerson -- currently ranked third in the voting for the designated-hitter spot, helped fuel the Rays' offense with an RBI single and his 16th home run of the season. Alex Cobb pitched in with seven innings, holding the Reds to two runs en route to a 6-5 win at Tropicana Field.

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Back in win column, Reds chasing siren's song

Back in win column, Reds chasing siren's song

ST. PETERSBURG -- From behind the closed doors of the Reds' clubhouse after victories, a loud siren can be heard blaring as part of the players' celebration. For the previous nine games Cincinnati played, that siren stayed silent.

Monday's 7-3 win over the Rays ended the team's longest losing streak of 2017 at nine games. And while there will be more wins to come, few may feel as satisfying as this one was, especially since it required a quick late-innings response after a 3-1 lead was blown in the seventh inning.

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Reds snap slump with late offense vs. Rays

Reds snap slump with late offense vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Reds snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over the Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Joey Votto's RBI single and Jesse Winker's two-run single fueled a three-run eighth that proved to be the difference for the Reds.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Cozart, Arroyo to DL; Reds recall Winker

Cozart, Arroyo to DL; Reds recall Winker

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Reds made a flurry of roster moves on Monday, placing shortstop Zack Cozart and pitcher Bronson Arroyo on the 10-day disabled list. Outfielder Jesse Winker was recalled from Triple-A Louisville, and reliever Ariel Hernandez was recalled from Double-A Pensacola.

Cozart has been bothered by a strained right quadriceps for several weeks, but exacerbated the soreness trying to leg out a grounder to shortstop in the ninth inning Saturday against the Dodgers.

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Reds sign Downs, quintet of other Draft picks

Reds sign Downs, quintet of other Draft picks

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Reds signed several of their 2017 MLB Draft picks on Monday night, including No. 32 overall selection Jeter Downs, second-round pick Stuart Fairchild and third-round selection Jacob Heatherly.

Also signed were lefty pitcher Packy Naughton (ninth round) and right-handed pitchers Ryan Nutof (16th round) and Anderson DeLeon (24th round).

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Cozart holds shortstop lead in All-Star votes

Making case to be first NL starter for Reds since 2013

Cozart holds shortstop lead in All-Star votes

ST. PETERSBURG -- On the same Monday it was learned he would need to be placed on the 10-day disabled list for a right quadriceps strain, the Reds' Zack Cozart also received the good news that he remained the leader in votes among National League shortstops on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

For the second week in a row, Cozart led Kyle Seager of the Dodgers. Cozart has 1,465,327 votes over Seager's 1,143,767 votes. Addison Russell of the Cubs is third with 967,495 votes; Trea Turner of the Nationals is fourth with 652,507 votes and Chris Owings of the D-backs was fifth with 541,960 votes.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Castillo makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Castillo makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (June 12-18) is headlined by Triple-A Albuquerque's Ryan McMahon, who led all Minor Leaguers in OPS (1.883), hits (16) and total bases (35) while also tying for the lead in home runs (five) and RBIs (14).

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'Checkmate' arm may end Arroyo's comeback

'Checkmate' arm may end Arroyo's comeback

CINCINNATI -- Bronson Arroyo's shoulder has been barking loudly lately. The Reds starter is listening and acknowledged he might be done pitching.

Arroyo lasted a season-low three innings, allowing five earned runs and seven hits Sunday during the Reds' 8-7 loss to the Dodgers. Through 14 starts, Arroyo is 3-6 with a 7.35 ERA that ranks worst in the Majors among 83 qualified starting pitchers.

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Trio of HRs not enough as Reds fall short

Trio of HRs not enough as Reds fall short

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers and Reds seem to be going in opposite directions after another Los Angeles victory on Sunday. With the 8-7 win, the Dodgers swept Cincinnati for the second time in a week. This marks the ninth loss in a row for the Reds, tying the longest losing streak by a Major League team this season, while Los Angeles has won nine of its last 10.

Facing an 8-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Reds showed their first signs of life all series. After Tucker Barnhart and Patrick Kivlehan reached base to open the inning, Scooter Gennett came through two batters later with a three-run home run to right field to make it 8-5.

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Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati who covered the Reds on Sunday.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Reds make flurry of moves, seek 5th starter

Reds make flurry of moves, seek 5th starter

CINCINNATI -- There's an opening in the Reds' rotation, at least for the time being.

In a string of roster moves made Sunday morning, Cincinnati activated catcher Stuart Turner from the 10-day disabled list, recalled right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla, optioned reliever Jake Buchanan to Triple-A Louisville and designated for assignment pitcher Asher Wojciechowski.

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Castillo flirts with no-no for Pensacola

Castillo flirts with no-no for Pensacola

Double-A Binghamton received big contributions from a pair of Mets' prospects as the Rumble Ponies topped Reading 6-2 on Sunday.

David Thompson, the Mets' No. 23 prospect, hit a pair of homers, while Chris Flexen (Mets' No. 24) gave up one run over seven innings and matched his season high with eight strikeouts.

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Rose immortalized in Crosley Terrace statue

Hit king's iconic headfirst slide depicted in bronze outside Great American Ball Park

Rose immortalized in Crosley Terrace statue

CINCINNATI -- For all the attention that has been heaped on Pete Rose in the past year -- at his Reds Hall of Fame induction and number retirement ceremonies last season, and the unveiling and dedication of his new bronze statue on Saturday -- the all-time hit king never wavers from his insistence to bring his former teammates into every conversation.

Rose still has plenty of bravado and bluster -- and as he will attest, he's displayed plenty of it over the past five-plus decades -- but rarely is there a moment when he is reflecting on his career that he doesn't somehow relate it to how his Big Red Machine mates contributed.

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Storen's dad immersed him with Reds early on

Righty's father Mark was longtime area sports broadcaster

Storen's dad immersed him with Reds early on

CINCINNATI -- By the time Drew Storen made his Major League debut on May 17, 2010, with the Washington Nationals, he was well ready. This was a moment more than a decade in the making.

Storen, now a reliever for the Reds, had gotten the professional experience long before then. His father, Mark, was a broadcaster at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, and on days when he was scheduled to cover the Indianapolis Indians -- then the Reds' Triple-A affiliate -- he would bring Drew along and let him soak it all in.

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Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Joey Votto got fooled on a Hyun-Jin Ryu curveball and then did something so weird

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Joey Votto got fooled on a Hyun-Jin Ryu curveball and then did something so weird

During the Dodgers' 10-2 win over the Reds on Saturday, Joey Votto was typical Joey Votto -- tallying three hits in five at-bats. He now has a .415 OBP and 1.014 OPS this season.

But the best Joey Votto highlight of the day may have happened in the first inning when he was fooled on a nasty Hyun-Jin Ryu curveball that rolled in for a strike. He bailed out of the way and then, inexplicably, did this.

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Reds can't capitalize on scoring chances in loss

Reds can't capitalize on scoring chances in loss

CINCINNATI -- In five road starts entering Saturday, Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu was winless this season. Ryu found the perfect team to remedy that problem in the Reds. A 10-2 Dodgers victory at Great American Ball Park gave Cincinnati its season-high eighth straight loss. The Reds are also a big league-worst 3-14 vs. left-handed starters in 2017.

Bolstering Ryu was a five-run top of the third inning and an afternoon that included four Dodgers home runs. It was a 1-1 game in the third inning when Chris Taylor hit a two-run double to the left-field wall against Reds starter Asher Wojciechowski before homers followed from Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Reds' starting pitching stumbles during skid

Reds' starting pitching stumbles during skid

CINCINNATI -- The Reds are in the midst of an eight-game skid, and the issue plaguing them most over this recent stretch is one that's been ubiquitous all season: poor starting pitching.

Before Saturday's game between Cincinnati and the Dodgers, Reds starters ranked last in the Major Leagues in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, home runs allowed and opponent slugging percentage and OPS. They also ranked in the bottom three in batting average allowed and strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LaValley named MVP of FSL All-Star Game

LaValley named MVP of FSL All-Star Game

Bobby Bradley's season got off to a rough start as he went hitless in seven of his first 10 days and batted just .176 over the month of April.

However, Bradley picked it up by hitting .271 in May, and after another strong performance on Saturday, the Indians' No. 4 prospect is batting .309 in June and .250 for the season.

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