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No games had been easy for the Cincinnati Reds this year, especially against the Cardinals. All five games with St. Louis had been decided by 2 runs or less until Wednesday’s series finale at Busch Stadium. Catcher Devin Mesoraco hit a 2-run homerun in the 4th inning to help lead the Reds to a 4-0 win and avoid being swept. Billy Hamilton scored a run for Cincinnati in the 5th on a sacrifice fly by Jay Bruce, and then again in the 9th on an RBI single by Brandon Phillips. Hamilton went 3-for-4 at the plate, stole two bases and scored twice. Mesoroco was 2-for-4 with one homerun and 2 RBI’s. Reds starter Mike Leake was impressive tossing 8 shutout innings, while striking out three and walking only one. Cincinnati is off tonight but will return to Great American Ballpark for a weekend series versus the Tampa Bay Rays. Friday’s game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame set for 6:40 and the first pitch at 7:10. [more...]

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The Major League season is certainly a marathon, but the Reds are barely away from the starting line and have already seen their share of empty rallies and lost opportunity. Pushing runs in during clutch time has already eluded the Reds early and often and Tuesday night’s loss to the Cardinals was no different. St. Louis scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, 2 more in the 6th and 1 in the 7th to beat Cincinnati 7-5 and take a 2-0 lead in the series. The Reds got on the board early scoring 3 runs in the first inning off a Jay Bruce triple to deep center and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Ludwick. The Reds added a run in the 2nd on an RBI single by Billy Hamilton, and another in the 5th, but were shutout for the remainder of the game. Devin Mesoraco, who was activated from the disabled list on Monday, went 2-for-3 and scored a run. Reds starter Homer Bailey lasted just 5 innings and gave up 4 earned runs on 9 hits. [more...]

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The Cincinnati Reds lost to NL Central rival St. Louis for the 3rd time in 4 games since the season began. Michael Wacha outdid Tony Cingrani in a rematch of young power arms and the Cardinals got a three-run double from Yadier Molina in the first inning, beating the Reds 5-3 on Monday. St. Louis bunched three hits and a walk over the first five hitters to take the early lead against Cingrani, who allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings last week in Cincinnati. The Reds scored once in the top of the 5th off a Roger Bernadina double to deep center, and two more in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to top the Cards on their opening day at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Cincinnati will look to rebound from the loss tomorrow night and will send Homer Bailey to the mound. The game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pre game set for 7:45 and the first pitch at 8:15. [more...]

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First year manager Bryan Brice and the Cincinnati Reds are off to somewhat of a rocky start. After dropping 2-out-of-3 games in New York over the weekend, the Reds have now lost back-to-back series to begin the 2014 season. Alfredo Simon pitched seven impressive innings yesterday however in his first start in more than two years, helping Cincinnati beat the New York Mets 2-1 to salvage a win in the three-game series. Joey Votto had a sacrifice fly and Ryan Ludwick a tiebreaking single off Jonathon Niese, which allowed Chris Heisey to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 6th inning. Simon gave up just 4 hits, 1 earned run and struck out 6. Many Parra pitched the 8th and 9th to pick up his first ever save. Cincinnati will look to build off Sunday’s win as they travel to St. Louis this afternoon to take on the Cardinals. The game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame set for 3:45 and the first pitch at 4:15. [more...]

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After watching his team endure an injury-riddled spring training, and then be shutout by the Cardinals on opening day, first year manager Bryan Price was finally able to celebrate after the Reds earned a 1-0 victory over St. Louis late last night. Cincinnati had gone 17 straight innings without scoring a run to start the season before Chris Heisey hit a bases loaded RBI single in the bottom of the 9th to win the game. Reds starter Tony Cingrani was impressive retiring the first nine batters he faced and threw 7 shutout innings while striking out 9 and walking 2. The game was delayed almost 3 hours due to rain, but it didn’t take long for fans at Great American Ballpark to stand up and cheer. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, All-star first baseman Joey Votto launched a double to right center field for his 1000th career hit. The Reds offense, however, continued to sputter and had only collected 3 hits heading into the last inning. Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier led off the 9th with back-to-back singles, which set up Heisey’s game winning hit with one out off reliever Carlos Martinez. [more...]

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The Columbus Blue Jackets were not able to pick up a win last night, but they did earn a valuable point in their quest to make the playoffs for just the 2nd time in franchise history. Colorado scored twice; including a power-play goal at 4:27 of overtime and the Avalanche beat the Jackets 3-2 at Nationwide Arena. Columbus, which is hanging on to the second wild-card spot and eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, will travel to Philadelphia Thursday to take on the Flyers. The game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pre game at 6:45 and the drop of the puck at 7:00. [more...]

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After a brutal winter of artic blasts and blustery snowstorms, baseball finally got things heated up Monday with its first full slate of games this season. The bats in Cincinnati however remained cold as the Reds were shutout 1-0 by the Cardinals at Great American Ballpark. It was the first time since 1953 Cincinnati failed to score on opening day, ending the second-longest streak of scoring at least one run in season openers in major league history. Cardinal’s starter Adam Wainwright, who won 19 games last year and finished 2nd in the NL Cy-young voting, gave up 3 hits and struck out 9 in 7 innings of work. The Reds threatened in the 8th with runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out, but back-to-back groundouts by Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick – and a strikeout by Todd Frazier – ended the inning. [more...]

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A number of opening day ceremonies will take place across stadiums and ball parks this afternoon as the 2014 major league baseball season gets underway. The quest for a National League Central title begins for the Reds at 4:10pm in Cincinnati when they welcome rival St. Louis to Great American Ball Park. Because of a rash of Spring Training injuries, the Reds aren’t going to have their intended 25-man roster line up on the field opposite of the Cardinals. They will open the season with eight players on the disabled list, including starter Matt Latos, closer Aroldis Chapman and catcher Devin Mesoraco. Veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto will make his 3rd consecutive Opening Day start for the Reds. St. Louis will counter with Adam Wainwright, who won 19 games and finished second in the NL Cy Young voting last season. Today’s game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pre game at 3:40 and the first pitch at 4:10. [more...]

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The No. 11 seed Dayton Flyers are still wearing the glass slipper after upsetting Stanford Thursday night 82-72 to keep their Cinderella story alive in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Jordan Sibert led the Flyers with a team high 18 points and into the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984. They will take on the overall No. 1 seed Florida Gators, who beat UCLA 79-68, tomorrow in the South Regional Final in Memphis. No. 2 seed Wisconsin advanced to the Elite Eight after beating Baylor 69-52. The Badgers will square off against top seeded Arizona in the West Regional Final Saturday in Anaheim. The Wildcats knocked off San Diego State 70-64 Thursday in the round of 16. [more...]

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The Ohio men’s basketball team finally had their season come to an end Wednesday at the Convo after falling to VMI 92-90 in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Senior guard Nick Kellogg knocked down six 3-pointers and poured in a career-high 30 points in his final game as a Bobcat. Junior forward Maurice Ndour hit 12-of-13 field goal attempts, scored 26 points and pulled down a team high seven rebounds. Ohio used a hot start from Ndour to jump out to a 17-point lead with just over seven minutes left in the first half. The junior post player totaled 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting while the `Cats’ defense limited the Keydets to just 32.4% from the field to take a 46-39 lead into the break. But VMI started the second half with a 20-to-13 run, en route to outscoring Ohio 53-44 over the final 20 minutes to earn the 2-point victory. [more...]

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