Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday's mixed bag of Reds news and notes

In case you missed it, the Reds put on an offensive show in the ninth inning yesterday. Cincinnati knocked around Cardinals closer Mitchell Boggs en route to plating a whopping nine runs in the ninth inning. The barrage of runs helped propel the Reds to a decisive 13-4 victory in front of a somber Busch Stadium crowd in St. Louis' home opener.

Jay Bruce smacked four hits (all singles), and Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Chris Heisey, and Shin-Soo Choo each had multi-hit games, as well. Mat Latos started the game and posted a decent outing (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER), but received a no decision. Sam LeCure pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth to notch his first win of the season.

The two foes square off again Tuesday night beginning at 8:05 p.m. Until then, a mixed bag of Reds news and notes...

+ At 5-2, the Reds hold a two game lead over the second-place Cardinals in the division standings.

+ Brandon Phillips has been showered with boos by Cards fans ever since he called the rivals "whiney little bi***es" in 2010. Apparently, Phillips loves it, says he feeds off it, and claims Cards fans "dream about him at night" because they despise him so much.

+ Dusty Baker's crew has won five of six since suffering an Opening Day loss. Additionally, both defeats this season have come in extra innings.
+ Choo made a couple of costly fielding miscues on Monday, but the good he provided on offense fair outweighed the bad, writes one CBS Sports columnist.

+ The Reds reportedly signed veteran reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract over the weekend. He spent time with the Dodgers, Cubs, and Nationals in 2012.

+ The Angels still owe Albert Pujols a boatload of money over the next decade. However, Pujols recently said that he may not play out the length of his contract, which would forfeit some of the money he is slated to make. Details from the Los Angeles Times.

+ Jamie Moyer, aka the ageless one, is not ready to enter retirment just yet. At age 50, the southpaw is still mulling a return to the professional ranks.

+ New Indians skipper Terry Francona got lost (three times) on his way to Progressive Field despite living just two blocks away from the stadium. To be fair, it was Francona's first home game in Cleveland. Luckily, some locals finally pointed him in the right direction.

+ On a non-baseball note, the men's college basketball season came to an end Monday night as the top-seeded Louisville Cardinals edged out the fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines, 82-76, in a riveting NCAA National Championship game. Louisville has a chance to win another national title Tuesday night when their women's team take on the powerful Connecticut Huskies. Ironically, only one school has ever won both men's and women's national championships in the same season: Connecticut (2004). To say I'm proud to be an alumnus of the University of Louisville is a vast understatement at the moment.

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