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Reds hosting Marlins this weekend; Saturday, Sunday highlights

Weekend Series Highlights • July 21-23 • Reds vs. Miami Marlins


Saturday, July 22 – Reds vs. Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m. (Super Saturday, 4 for $48)
• Batting Practice Pullover Giveaway: As part of Super Saturdays, free batting practice replica pullover jacket to the first 20,000 fans, presented by FOX Sports Ohio.
• Reds Country Athletic Achievement Awards: The Minster High School baseball team and Williamsburg High School girls softball team will be honored on the field during pregame ceremonies and receive Reds Country Athletic Achievement Awards. Minster won the 2017 Ohio Division IV state baseball title and Williamsburg won the 2017 Ohio Division IV state softball title.
• Honorary Captain: Rosie Westerbeck of Minister, Ohio will serve as the Honorary Captain of the game. Rosie is the former Miss Ohio’s Outstanding Teen 2014 and founder of the Red Wagon Campaign that benefits Dayton Children’s Hospital and their Children’s Miracle Network.

Sunday, July 23 – Reds vs. Miami Marlins, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday, 4 for $48)
• Devin Mesoraco Fathead® Wall Decal: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Devin Mesoraco Fathead® Wall Decal to kids 14 and younger, presented by Hot Head Burritos.
• Valencia Club de Fútbol: The Reds will be hosting players and coaches from Valencia Club de Fútbol at tonight’s game. FC Cincinnati plays Valencia CF in an international friendly on July 24 at Nippert Stadium. Valencia CF midfielder Daniel Parejo will offer up a ceremonial first pitch. Founded in 1919, Valencia CF is one of the biggest clubs in European football and have won six La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey cups, three UEFA Cups, two European Supercups and one European Cup Winners Cup, as well as participating in two Champions League finals.
• Reds Fantasy Camp Reunion: Approximately 70 attendees from 2017 Reds Fantasy Camp will be introduced during pregame ceremonies.
• PEANUTS Characters: PEANUTS™ characters Charlie Brown™, Snoopy and Peppermint Patty from Kings Island will be at the ballpark to meet and greet with fans.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand
• 4 for $48 Ticket Offer: For the July 21-23 series vs. the Marlins, buy four View Level or two Terrace Line tickets for just $48 and receive a voucher for an Ultimate Wash at Mike’s Carwash ($20 value) with each ticket, presented by Reach Magazine:
• Family Sunday: For every Sunday home game, families can get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of a full-price ticket, presented by Klosterman Bakery: (Some restrictions apply)

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Ron Oester Bobblehead: The Hall of Fame’s 2017 bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, continues in July with Reds Hall of Famer Ron Oester. The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame (or a Scotts Great American Ball Park tour) and will be available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of July, while supplies last.
• Ron Oester and Tom Browning Meet & Greet, July 21: HOF’ers Ron Oester and Tom Browning will participate in a Q&A, sign autographs, and take photos with attendees on Friday, July 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. Ticket packages are $10 for HOF members and $15 for non-members and a limit of two ticket packages per person.

Reds Player Appearances
• Reds Players at Kings Island, July 21: Join some of your favorite Reds for a fun day at Kings Island on Friday, July 21. Scott Schebler, Tucker Barnhart & Eugenio Suárez will participate in a Q&A with fans from 11 a.m. to Noon. Reds mascots will be on hand to greet fans, give out prizes and more. (Schedule subject to change. No autographs. Kings Island admission required.)
• Zack Cozart at Delhi Kroger, July 22: Reds shortstop and 2017 All-Star Zack Cozart will meet with fans and sign autographs at the Delhi Kroger (5080 Delhi Ave, Cincinnati, 45238) on Saturday, July 22 from Noon to 1 p.m.




Ian Kinsler named 2017 Detroit Tigers Heart and Hustle Award winner


Ian Kinsler running bases in 2016 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Colorado Springs, Colo. – The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce Ian Kinsler as the Detroit Tigers 2017 Heart and Hustle Award winner. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

“For the third consecutive year, we are proud to present Ian with this award,” said MLBPAA chief executive officer Dan Foster. “His effort both on and off the field, including his work with The Children’s Center, embodies the spirit of this award.”

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

The final winner will be announced on November 14, 2017 at the 18th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 16,000 children each year at 185 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

For more information regarding the Heart and Hustle Award, please contact Nikki Warner, Director of Communications, by e-mail at or by calling (719) 477-1870, ext. 105.

To learn more about the MLBPAA, please visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@MLBPAA). The official hashtag for this award is #HeartandHustle.

About The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA)

MLBPAA was founded in 1982 with the mission of promoting baseball, raising money for charity and protecting the dignity of the game through its Alumni players. The MLBPAA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado with a membership of 7,800, of which approximately 6,100 are Alumni and active players. MLBPAA’s Legends for Youth clinics impact more than 16,000 children each year, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball. Alumni players find the MLBPAA to be a vital tool to become involved in charity and community philanthropy.




Tigers trade RF J.D. Martinez to D-Backs for three prospects

DETROIT, MI. – The Detroit Tigers announced earlier this week that they have acquired infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder J.D. Martinez.

Lugo, 22, is batting .282 with 21 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 43 RBI, 40 runs and 21 walks in 88 games for double-A Jacksonville this season. He is currently ranked as the Diamondbacks No. 2 overall prospect by Baseball America and fourth overall by Lugo was also tabbed as the best hitter for average in Arizona’s system byBaseball America entering the 2017 season. Last year, he was selected as a California League midseason All-Star and played for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named to the Rising Stars team. Lugo was originally signed by the Toronto Blue Jays out of Bani, Dominican Republic, as an amateur free agent in 2011 before being traded to the D’backs for Cliff Pennington in 2015.

Alcantara entered the 2017 season ranked as the 15th-best prospect in Arizona’s system by and “Best Infield Arm” by Baseball America. A switch-hitter, Alcantara is batting .279 with 15 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 28 RBI, 44 runs, 34 walks and 11 stolen bases for single-A Visalia this year. He was selected as a 2017 midseason California League All-Star for the Rawhide. The 21-year-old was originally signed by Arizona out of Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic, in 2012.

A shortstop for the rookie-level Arizona League Diamondbacks, King is batting .261 with a .333 OBP, two triples, nine RBI, seven runs, three walks and two stolen bases in 13 games this season. Just 18 years old, King was signed by the Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent out of La Romana, Dominican Republic, in October of 2015.

Since 2014, Martinez has batted .300 with a .912 OPS, 111 doubles, nine triples, 99 home runs, 285 RBI and 257 runs in 458 games for the Tigers.




Indians-Blue Jays game on Saturday, July 22 sold out; 4th sellout of season for Tribe

The Cleveland Indians announced that Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays is sold out. It’s the fourth sellout of the year, joining April 11 vs. the White Sox, July 4 vs. the Padres and July 8 vs. the Tigers.

A limited number of tickets remain for Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays, while good seats remain for games next week vs. the Reds (July 24) and Angels (July 25-27):

  • Sunday, July 23
    • KeyBank Kids Fun Day
    • Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s
    • Slider’s Birthday
    • KeyBank Hassle-Free Weekend

Fans are encouraged to buy tickets early and online for the best possible prices and locations. (Standard ticket fees apply.)




Indians place Boone Logan on DL; promote Tyler Olson from Columbus

The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the 2017 Major League roster:

Purchased the contract of LHP TYLER OLSON (#49) from Triple-A Columbus.

Placed LHP BOONE LOGAN on the 10-day Disabled List with a left latissimus dorsi strain, retroactive to July 20.

Olson, 27, has spent the entire season to date with the AAA Columbus Clippers, posting a mark of 2-0 with 2 saves and a 3.32 ERA in 33 relief appearances (40.2IP, 28H, 15ER, 11BB, 52SO, .194 avg, 11.50 SO/9.0IP). For the season he has limited Triple-A left-handed batters to a .132 (9-68) average against and an overall mark of .182 (8-44) average against with runners on base and .080 (2-25) average with runners in scoring position. He has not allowed a run over his 6 July outings (5.0IP, 1H, 5SO). The Spokane, WA native was claimed off waivers by Cleveland last July and appeared in 12 Major League games with Seattle and New York-AL over the 2015-2016 campaigns.

Logan is beginning his seventh career stint on the Major League D.L. and owns a 4.71 ERA over 38 relief appearances (21.0IP, 20H, 11ER, 9BB, 28SO) with Cleveland in 2017. He left Wednesday’s game in San Francisco due to injury. He underwent imaging and an examination yesterday, which confirmed a high grade latissimus strain. He is out indefinitely.




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