Reds win in dramatic fashion

The Cincinnati Reds have certainly opened the season with all the drama baseball fans could want.  In the three game stand against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Reds Joey Votto’s two-run single lifted the Reds past the Phillies for a 6-2 win.  Last night, the Reds Scott Schebler delivered a bases loaded walk off double lifting the Reds to a 3-2 win and a 2-0 record to open the season.

“We really didn’t get things going until the eighth inning in the opener and the ninth inning tonight,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “But, I think the guys feel like we have that ability. It’s not going to be like this all year. I think we have a really nice offensive ballclub, but in the games like this, I don’t think anyone in our lineup feels that we’re going to be behind, even with the tough setup guys coming in and closers, that we can’t still beat them. It’s a good sign. It’s a great way to start the season.”

The rubber game with the Phillies begins at 11:40 this afternoon and a new series with the Pirates begins tomorrow.   Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets for all Reds games are still available so get out and cheer on your Cincinnati Reds!

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Byrd happy to be flying with the Reds

The trade that sent Marlon Byrd from the Phillies to the Reds could be viewed by the outside world as a step into the nether regions of the NL Central.  Don’t expect that to come from the mouth of Byrd himself.

“I’m coming to a team that’s ready to win and I get to hit in THIS lineup,” said the 37-year-old 14-year veteran. “And I love it in the NL Central, a great division. And the Reds have amazing fans. There are positives all around,” Byrd told Fox Sports.

“We have two through seven capable of hitting 30 home runs, each guy,” he said. ” (Brandon) Phillips has done it, (Joey) Votto has done it, Jay Bruce has done it, Todd Frazier was at 29 last year, I’ve hit 25, (Devin) Mesoraco got 25 last year.”

Spring Training opens March 3rd where they will be taking on the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Arizona.

“It’s not tough to be a leader when you are a veteran guy and you’ve been around,” Byrd said. “First you want to come in and fit in and be a piece of the puzzle.”

Let the pieces fall where they may, but you have to get your tickets now to see it all take place!

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Votto placed on DL

First Baseman Joey Votto was placed on the disabled list for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon due to a leg injury.  Votto was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 16th.

“We don’t want to give Joey a week off and then have Joey slightly improved from when we left him,” Price said after Wednesday’s 2-1 win. “We may not be able to get him to 100 percent during the year, but 90 percent would be a lot better than 50 percent.”

The reinstated Outfielder Jay Bruce off the 15-day disabled list after a surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

The Red begin a 3-game home stand against the St. Louis Cardinals beginning today.  Plenty of great seats and cheap tickets are still available.

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Reds looking to return to MLB Playoffs

After falling to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in last seasons NLDS, the Reds are the favorites to come out of the NL Central. With the return of 2010 MVP 1B Joey Votto and the addition of Shin-Soo Choo to the top of the lineup should help their offense.

Manager Dusty Baker has no shortage of talented  young players to choose from but  ultimately the decision on who goes and who stays lays with upper management.

“I want the best players,”  Baker recently said, “but upstairs has to decide who you take off and do you lose somebody if you take them off the roster.”

“Upstairs” is the front office.

The Reds take on the Chicago White Sox tonight so be sure to get out and support your Reds!

 

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