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MLB Report: Reds and Indians lose; Injury updates on Cabrera and Sizemore

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jason Heyward is the new star of the Atlanta Braves and he’s only 20 years old.

After the Braves blew a four-run lead, Heyward hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning to give Atlanta a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Jason Heyward (mlb)

Heyward has another double earlier in the game and also hit his first major league triple. The rookie helped the Braves get to the .500 mark and end the Reds four-game winning streak.

Martin Prado singled with two outs in the ninth off Nick Masset (3-2) and scored on Heyward’s double to right field.

Chris Heisey (mlb)

The Reds who lead the the NL with 13 comeback wins, scored three runs in the eighth and tied it in the ninth on pinch-hitter Chris Heisey’s leadoff homer against Billy Wagner (4-0). Wagner suffered his second blown save in six chances but struck out Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce with runners on first and second to end the ninth.

Yuniesky Betancourt hit a three-run double off Cleveland’s closer in Kansas City’s five-run ninth-inning as the Royals rallied to beat Cleveland Indians 8-4 on Wednesday night.

Wood (0-2) tossed his glove into the stands as he  walked off the field to a round of boos, after allowing four hits and five runs while getting only one out in 30 pitches.

Kerry Wood (mlb)

Wood opened the season on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his upper back and was activated May 7. In the second year of a $20.5 million contract he signed as a free agent in December 2008, the right-hander has an 18.90 ERA  in 3 1/3 innings over five games.

Indians Manager Manny acta has seen his best players come up injured in the past few days. Starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has had to undergo surgery on a broken left arm, put Gold Glove centerfielder Grady Sizemore on the disabled list with a deep bruise in his left knee.

GAME NOTES
* Kansas City’s Jason Kendall and Cleveland’s Lou Marson became the first catchers on both teams to get a stolen base in the same game since San Diego’s Nick Hundley and Russell Martin of the Los Angeles Dodgers did it May 2, 2009.

Tampa Bay Rays 6 Cleveland Indians 2; Price is 6-1 for Rays

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Tampa Bay Rays for the second time in three years, has Major League Baseball’s best record.

Now, their next challenge will come from the boys from the Bronx, the New York Yankees.

The American League East leaders will begin a two-game series Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, putting their 28-11 record on the line.

The Yankees are MLB’s second best team, and the defending world champions won two of three games the opening week of the season at Tampa’s Tropicana Field.

David Price Tampa Bay (mlb

Tuesday night, Evan Longoria drove in three runs and David Price became the American League’s first six-game  winner with a 6-2 victory over the Cleveland.

Price (6-1) won his fourth straight decision, lowering his ERA to 1.81 and improving to 9-1 over his last 12 starts dating to 2009.

The 24-year-old left hander, the first pick in the 2007 draft, held the Indians to an unearned run and four hits before turning the game over to the bullpen with a 5-1 lead.

GAME NOTES

* Cleveland shortstop Jason Donald went 2 for 3 with a walk and scored a run in his major league debut.

* David Price of the Rays improved to 11-3 at Tropicana and is 5-5 on the Road.

*  The Rays went 4-1 on their five-game homestand.

* Cleveland was 4-4 with series wins over Kansas City and Baltimore on an eight-game  trip.T

Reds rally past Brewers and Hoffman; assured of 1st place for 4th straight day

compiled from staff and wire reports

I was listening to the Reds and Brewers game on Tuesday and I could hear the excitement in Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley’s voice when it became apparent that Trevor Hoffman, the all-time saves leader was entering into the game. They knew in their minds and hearts that the 2010 edition of this once invincible closer was not going to keep a ‘hot’ Reds team from rallying to win the game.

The both realized that Hoffman probably doesn’t want to retire but he has obviously stayed in the game two years too long. They were saying that it is sad to see a first-ballot hall of fame relief pitcher hurting his stats just to see if he add more saves to his resume. Instead, he is piling up loss after loss after loss or blowing save after save with a ballclub, the Milwaukee Brewers, who aren’t very good at all. The latter is probably his biggest problem other than getting people out. The Brewers can’t close out games even when Hoffman isn’t on the mound.

Scott Rolen Reds (Toronto photo)

Milwaukee has lost eight in a row, its worst slump since 2006, because of its bullpen problems overall. Hoffman came into the game with a 4-2 lead and failed to retire any of the five batters he faced, walking off the field with a question-mark expression after Joey Votto singled off the right field wall on his 14th pitch of the ninth inning.

The 42-year-old closer has blown half of his save opportunities. He has a record 596 saves, but his trademark pitches of a fastball and change-up aren’t fooling the hitters as they once did.

Hoffman has given up 19 earned runs and 21 hits in only 13 innings this season. With his next appearance, Hoffman will become the 14th pitcher in major league history to make 1,000. Maybe that’s what he’s waiting to achieve or the 600th save?

The Reds in winning the game, won for the 10th time in their last at bat and had their 13th come-from-behind win, both categories leads the Major League Baseball.

In the magical ninth inning, Paul Janish led off with a line single to center off Hoffman. Scott Rolen, getting a rare day of rest, followed with his second career pinch-hit homer to tie the game at 4-4. Rookie Chris Heisey doubled to left center and used his speedy legs to barely beating the throw, and Brandon Phillips walked. Votto hit a deep single off the right field wall and the Reds had their ninth win in 10 games and are 17-5 since the April 24 blow-up that Dusty Baker had after a disapppointing and lackluster game against San Diego. The team has been rolling since then.

Indians lose in the 11th on a game-winning bunt by Tampa Bay

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Tampa Bay Rays showed the Cleveland Indians the difference between a contending team and a rebuilding team. Winning teams seem to get the breaks in close games on plays at the bases, ball and strike calls.

Case in point, John Jaso had a controversial infield single with one-out in the 11th that the umpire said he beat out, but the replays showed otherwise. Indians manager Manny Acta told umpire Jerry Layne at first base that Jaso was out. Layne said the runner beat the throw.

Jason Bartlett (mlb)

Jaso went to third on Gabe Kapler’s hit-and-run single to right.

Jason Bartlett laid down a sacrifice bunt to drive in the winning run in the 11th as the Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 Monday night.

Bartlett placed the bunt to the first base side of the mound that pitcher Jamey Wright fielded and was forced to make a desperation toss from his glove hand towards the plate that went over Mike Redmond’s head.

Andy Sonnanstine (1-0), the sixth Tampa Bay reliever, struck out two during a perfect 11th, helping the Rays improve to a major league-best 27-11 this season.

Trevor Crowe, filling in for injured center fielder Grady Sizemore, put the Indians up 3-2 with an RBI single during the sixth. The Rays pulled even at 3 on Hank Blalock’s two-out, run-scoring single off reliever Chris Perez in the eighth.

First-place Reds beat slumping Milwaukee Brewers, 6-3

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jonny Gomes is one of many heroes for the Reds who has come up big in 2010. Monday night he made sure the Reds did not have just a one-day sniff of first place.

Gomes capped a five-run rally in the seventh inning by blasting a three-run homer, and the Reds earned themselves a second straight day in first place by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3.

Gomes’ homer off of former Red Todd Coffey (1-1) sent the Reds to their eighth victory in nine games, a hot streak that moved them into the top spot in the National League Central, a place they haven’t been this deep into a season since 2006.

Johnny Cueto (mlb)

Johnny Cueto (3-1) fanned seven and gave up seven hits in seven innings, including Corey Hart’s solo homer.

The slumping Brewers lost their season-high seventh straight, one that followed a familiar pattern, the bullpen gave the game away.

Milwaukee is a horrifying 4-4 at home, the worst start in club history. They lost to the Philadelphia Phillies  4-2 in the Sunday night Baseball Game on ESPN, competing an 0-6 homestand. They made the short flight to Cincinnati, landed at 3:00 a.m. and got very little sleep before taking on a hot Reds team.

Reds batting practice (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* 2B Brandon Phillips error ended the Reds’ streak of 11 without an error, their best stretch since 1997.

* Last night’s game last 3 hours, 2 minutes. Milwaukee leads the majors with 27 games taking 3 hours of more.

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