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Morning Sports Report – 5/23/2104

The St. Louis Cardinals are making their second trip to Great American Ball Park tonight, where they took two of three games in the season-opening series. St. Louis is 4-2 against the Reds this season after taking two of three at home back in early April. All told, they’ve won nine of their last 10 series against Cincinnati. Both teams are chasing the first-place Brewers, but with the Cardinals having finished either first or second in the National League Central in each of the last five seasons, the Reds know they’ll have to beat the Cards for a shot at the division crown.

Manager Bryan Price will field a slightly different team than what the Cardinals last saw. On Wednesday, the Reds activated Jay Bruce from the disabled list but placed Joey Votto on the DL. Bruce, who wasn’t in Wednesday’s starting lineup, had surgery earlier this month to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and hasn’t played since May 4. Votto, meanwhile, hit the shelf due to a strained left quadriceps. The injury kept Votto out of the lineup the previous five games, so the move is retroactive to May 16th. Homer Bailey will take the hill for the Reds in tonight’s opener. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 5.44 ERA in nine starts this season. The game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pre game set for 6:40 and the first pitch at 7:10.

The Alexander versus Wheelersburg DIII district championship game resumes tonight, after inclement weather suspended play on Wednesday. The two teams will meet back up at Paint Stadium in Chillicothe at 7:00 p.m. The Spartans are leading 2-1 in the bottom half of the third inning thanks to a 2-run double by Blake Lindner. The Alexander softball team will also be in Chillicothe Friday after their district semi-final game was postponed on Wednesday. The No. 2 seed Lady Spartans will take on third seeded South Point at Unioto High School at 6 o’clock.

Alabama star quarterback A.J. McCarron signed Thursday with the Cincinnati Bengals. A fifth-round selection, McCarron led the Crimson Tide to two national championships, setting several school passing records. But his arm strength was questioned by many pro teams, and he slid to 164th overall in the draft. McCarron will be a backup to four-year veteran Andy Dalton, who has gotten Cincinnati to the playoffs in each of his three pro seasons. But the Bengals are 0-3 in postseason games with Dalton.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced yesterday that a modified running clock will be used during the second half of football games that have a score differential of 30 points or more. The OHSAA said in a statement that its board of directors adopted the change after more than a year of consultation with the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association.

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This article was posted on Thursday, 22 May 2014 at 4:03 PM.
Last edited/updated on May 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM.
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