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Reds announce ‘A Night of their Own’ for Women, May 30 at GABP



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All proceeds benefit the Reds Community Fund
1:42 PM EDT

The sixth annual St. Elizabeth Healthcare A Night of Their Own will be held Thursday, May 30 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Great American Ball Park.

This exclusive event gives women ages 21 and over the opportunity to play like the pros on the field and learn all aspects of the game from Reds coaches, broadcasters and front office executives.

All participants will be treated to a buffet dinner with beverages in the FOX Sports Club to start the evening and “late night bites” as the event wraps up.

The gift bag for 2019 features a Reds clutch purse and Rosie Red necklace.

Former Reds pitcher and current radio broadcaster Danny Graves and WKRC Local 12’s Adam Clements will emcee the on-field events for the evening.

All the proceeds from the event benefit the baseball and softball outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

Event tickets are $125 per person and include:

• On-field experiences including hitting on the field and pitching from the mound

• Ballpark tours with stops in the Reds clubhouse and indoor batting cages

• Buffet dinner and gift bag featuring an exclusive Reds clutch purse and Rosie Red necklace

• Ticket for an upcoming Reds game

• Parking validation for The Banks Garage under the ballpark

Space is limited. Sign up today at or (513) 765-7240. Friends may request to be in the same group for activities upon registration.

_Unique experiences: _

• Throw a pitch from the mound and snag a fly ball in the outfield

• Run the bases and take hits from the field

• Tour the clubhouse and batting cages

Meet and greets:

• Learn from the Reds coaching staff including new manager David Bell

• Tips from Reds broadcasters including Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman

• Hear from President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams and General Manager Nick Krall

Event schedule:

• 4:45-5:30 p.m.: Registration and check-in

• 5:30-6:20 p.m.: Dinner, cocktails and welcome

• 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Ballpark tours, on-field events and Q&A sessions

A special thanks to the event sponsors and partners: St. Elizabeth Healthcare, HP Enterprises, Skyline Chili, iHeart Media, Prestige AV & Creative Services, Amelia Florist Wine & Gift Shop, Servatii Pastry Shop and Graeter’s.

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Reds Highlights for current homestand, now through May 19: Cubs and Dodgers visit






Thursday, May 16, 2019 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 6:40 p.m. (Gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

• Honorary Bat Girl: Laura Fay of Cincinnati will be recognized during pregame ceremonies as the 2019 Honorary Bat Girl for the Reds. Since 2006, MLB and all 30 clubs have raised awareness and funds to fight breast cancer through the “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” and Honorary Bat Girl initiatives. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, the first 8,000 fans will receive pink wristbands.

Friday, May 17, 2019 – Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:10 p.m. (Gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

• Fireworks Friday: Rozzi’s fireworks show set to a “Country Mix” soundtrack by DJ ETrayn will begin approximately 15 minutes after the game ends.

• Pregame Ceremony & First Pitch: Pregame ceremonies will honor winners and participants of the 21st annual Flying Pig Marathon. Men’s winner Jack Randall and women’s winner Anne Flower will throw out ceremonial first pitches.

• Military Appreciation Caps: Players and coaches will wear camouflage-designed caps as well as optional camo-themed socks on Friday and Saturday, in honor of Armed Forces Day. The right side of the caps feature a five-starred emblem to represent the five branches of the U.S. military. An MLB jersey patch featuring the Stars and Stripes-silhouetted batter will be placed on the left chest.

• Nathan’s Famous Eating Contest: A sanctioned Nathan’s Famous all-beef frank eating contest is scheduled to take place immediately following the game (and before the fireworks) near the third base dugout. The top male and top female finishers from this qualifier will be invited to compete in the finals on July 4 at the original Nathan’s Famous Restaurant on Coney Island in New York.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. (Gates open at 2:40 p.m.)

• Ernie Lombardi bobblehead: As part of the 150th Anniversary celebration, the first 20,000 fans will receive an Ernie Lombardi bobblehead. First in a series of six bobbleheads featuring Reds legends who are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

• Military Appreciation Day: Today is Armed Forces Day and the first Reds Military Appreciation Day of the season. Many of today’s pregame ceremonies will honor the men and women of the U.S. military. Players and coaches will wear camouflage-designed caps. Special ticket offers are available for military members in advance of game day only at

• Reds Wives Fundraiser: The Reds Wives will be selling “mystery bags” featuring autographed baseballs from a table inside the main ballpark entrance beginning when gates open. Each baseball is $40 and features a signature from a Reds player (40-man roster) or manager David Bell.

• XU vs. UC baseball postgame: Xavier University baseball will host the University of Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park for a regular-season NCAA game approximately 20-30 minutes following the Reds vs. Dodgers game. Fans attending the Reds vs. Dodgers game can stay to see the Musketeers face the Bearcats. For those interested in attending only the XU vs. UC game, the main ballpark gates will stay open following the Reds vs. Dodgers game.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 – Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:10 p.m. (Gates open at 11:40 a.m.)

• Kids Joey Votto Arm Sleeve: As part of PLAY BALL Weekend and family day at the ballpark, Joey Votto arm sleeve to kids 14 and younger.

• 1912 Throwback Uniforms: All Reds players and on-field personnel will wear throwback uniforms from 1912. The Reds wore this style during their first season playing at Redland Field, the predecessor to Crosley Field. Details at on all the throwback uniforms at

• Brunch with Browning in The Handlebar: Fans can dine and watch the game in The Handlebar for just a $65 upgrade, which includes a buffet meal. Plus, meet “Mr. Perfect” Tom Browning from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand:

• Thirsty Thursday – May 16: For all Thursday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $30 package that includes a Field Box ticket and a $10 concession credit valid for food and beverages. Available only at

• The Corral Ticket Package – May 17: For Friday Reds home games, fans can purchase a package that includes a ticket in “The Corral” (sections 138 and 139) and an exclusive Yasiel Puig T-shirt. Available only at

• Bike Night Ticket Package – May 18: Special ticket package that includes an exclusive Bike Night T-shirt. Must purchase your game ticket through this offer to receive the T-shirt. Available only at

• Family Sunday – May 19: For every Sunday home game, families can get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of a full-price ticket: (Available in advance of game day, some restrictions apply)

• PEANUTS™ Ticket Package – May 19: Special ticket package that includes an exclusive Woodstock bobblehead. Must purchase game ticket through this offer to receive the bobblehead:

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore

• Pat Moran collectible bobblehead: The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum continues its collectible bobblehead series in 2019 with a new lineup of Reds legends. Starting in May is Pat Moran, the manager of the 1919 World Series champion Reds. Bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame (or Great American Ball Park tour) on Saturdays and Sundays in May, while supplies last. There is a limit of one bobblehead per visitor per day.

• Hall of Fame & SkyStar Combo: The Reds Hall of Fame and the SkyStar Wheel at the Banks are teaming up for a special ticket offer in May. For one low price of $20, take a ride on the SkyStar Wheel and visit the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. The combo ticket also includes a bobblehead from the Hall’s Wheel of Fame. Details at

• Veterans and Kids Free: Thanks to the Sargent Family Foundation, all veterans and active military personnel receive free admission to the recently-renovated Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. Additionally, Kids Explore Free (ages 12 and under receive free admission) thanks to the H.C.S. Foundation. Details at

Reds Events in the Community

• 10th annual PNC/Reds E-Waste Recycling Drive presented by Cohen, May 16-18: Fans are encouraged to visit three convenient locations with electronic waste items for recycling:

- Thursday, May 16, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: PNC Bank/Kroger – Northgate Square: 9650 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45251

_- Friday, May 17, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: PNC Bank – Deerfield Township: 5283 Bowen Drive, Mason, OH 45040 _

_- Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Kroger – Oakley Station: 4613 Marburg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209 _

Accepted e-waste items include personal computers, cell phones, cords, monitors, televisions, small home appliances and most other electronics. The full list of acceptable electronics is listed at The first 500 cars at each event will receive two free tickets to a select 2019 regular season Reds game.

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Reds name Cincinnati native Laura Fay as 2019 Honorary Bat Girl



To be honored on May 16 at GABP


Major League Baseball has announced the 2019 Honorary Bat Girls for each MLB Club in support of the annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is traditionally commemorated each Mother’s Day.

Clubs had the opportunity to hand-select their respective honorees, each of whom demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the battle against breast cancer.

The Honorary Bat Girl for the Cincinnati Reds is Laura Fay from Cincinnati. Laura will be recognized and honored during pregame ceremonies on Thursday, May 16 before the Reds vs. Chicago Cubs game, 6:40 p.m.

“The Reds are honored to have Laura Fay represent our Club on behalf of all the communities throughout Reds Country,” said Phil Castellini, Reds President & COO. “Laura and John’s story mirrors thousands of other families who are courageously pushing through difficult disease and we join MLB in doing what we can to help.”

Laura’s story

Laura Fay has battled her cancer the past several of years with amazing courage. She is a positive role model for so many including others with cancer. She takes it in stride and lives each day to the fullest. She has been a big part of local fundraisers and along with her husband John, who was a candidate for the American Cancer Society’s ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign, they have collectively raised more than $37,000 in three years to fight breast cancer. Laura’s positivity has been an inspiration for all.

For the first time since the Honorary Bat Girl program’s inception in 2009, MLB has partnered with CrowdRise to host a fundraising contest for each of the Honorary Bat Girls to raise money to benefit Stand up to Cancer (SU2C) and Susan G. Komen. The winner of the contest will receive a trip to the 2019 World Series. MLB will donate all funds from the contest to SU2C and Komen.

As has been tradition since 2006, players will continue to swing pink bats and sport pink wristbands through the “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is intended to raise awareness and, through donations and auction proceeds, funds to fight breast cancer. In recognition of this effort on Mother’s Day, players also will wear specially designed New Era caps highlighted by a pink crown and team color brim, while Club uniforms will feature the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, adorned with the symbolic pink ribbon, on the left chest. A matching pair of pink socks made by Stance is optional for every player. MLB players will continue to have the opportunity to use pink bats during Mother’s Day games. Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will donate proceeds from the sale of their pink bats, which will also be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, to Komen and SU2C. In addition to the pink bats on Mother’s Day, the following game equipment can be used for breast cancer awareness: compression sleeves, batting gloves, footwear, wrist/elbow/leg guards, and catcher’s equipment. The pink ribbon will also appear on the bases at each ballpark and the official dugout lineup cards. MLB will donate 100% of its royalties from sales of licensed apparel with the MLB pink ribbon logo to Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen.

About Honorary Bat Girl Program & “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer”

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research. For more information, please visit

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NHL Morning Skate for Monday, May 13, 2019: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition



Krug and Bruins defense spark offense to lead Boston to 2-0 series lead; Charlestown, Mass. native Grzelcyk records first multi-goal game; Sharks, Blues set for Game 2 at SAP Center


May 13, 2019





Torey Krug and the Bruins defense led the offense as Boston secured its fifth consecutive playoff win and a 2-0 lead in the Conference Finals.


* With his mother Kathleen in attendance, Charlestown, Mass., native Matt Grzelcyk netted his first career multi-goal game (regular season and playoffs).


* Since the conference format was adopted during the 1981-82 season, teams that take a 2-0 lead in the Conference Finals own a series record of 30-2 (93.8%).



Bruins defensemen Matt Grzelcyk (2-0—2), Torey Krug (0-3—3) and Connor Clifton (1-0—1) combined for three goals and six points as Boston took a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final. The Bruins earned their fifth consecutive playoff win, their longest win streak in a postseason since an equal run during the 2013 postseason.

* With chants of “We Want the Cup” echoing through TD Garden, the Bruins won the first two games in a best-of-seven series for the 32nd time in franchise history – winning 24 of the previous 31 series (77.4%). Since the conference format was adopted during the 1981-82 season, teams that take a 2-0 lead in the Conference Finals own a series record of 30-2 (93.8%).

* A Charlestown, Mass., native and former Boston University captain, Grzelcyk netted his first career multi-goal game in either the regular season or playoffs (155 GP). Grzelcyk achieved the feat in front of his mom, Kathleen, who was watching from the stands at TD Garden – where his father, John, has worked as a member of the changeover crew for 52 years dating back to the franchise’s time at Boston Garden.


* Grzelcyk became just the sixth different Bruins defenseman in the last 35 years to score multiple goals in a playoff game. A member of the 2015 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, two-time Hockey East All-Star and NCAA East All-American, Grzelcyk also led defensemen in points at the 2014 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, pacing a group that included Carolina’s Jaccob Slavin (his teammate at the time).

* Sunday marked the 14th time in Bruins franchise history in which defensemen accumulated at least six points in a playoff game and first since Game 2 of 2013 Conference Semifinals against the Rangers.


* Krug, who accounted for two of those six points against New York in 2013, registered three assists in a playoff contest for the second time in his career (also Game 2 of 2018 First Round). He became the fifth defenseman in franchise history with multiple such outings.

* Clifton, a fifth-round pick by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2013 NHL Draft, netted his first career goal (regular-season or playoffs: 29 GP). A four-year alumnus of Quinnipiac University, Clifton became Boston’s 19th different goal scorer of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, matching the franchise mark for most in a single playoff (also 19 in 1988).


Did You Know? The Flyers featured an NHL-best 21 different goal scorers in 1987 en route to earning a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

After finishing the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs tied for the team lead in goalsJake DeBrusk (22 years, 207 days) has found the score sheet in five of his last six contests (2-3—5). The Bruins’ first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft is one of 32 different players age 22 or younger to score in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most in a single postseason since 1992 (36).

The Hurricanes find themselves in familiar territory after heading home in a 2-0 deficit.

* Carolina, winners of each of their five games at PNC Arena in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, overcame a two-game deficit in the First Round against Washington. Only the 2011 Bruins (CQF and SCF) and 2009 Penguins (CSF and SCF) have overcome a 2-0 deficit to win multiple series in a playoff year – both en route to capturing the Stanley Cup.

* Additionally, the Hurricanes are the 31st team in NHL history, and the fourth in the last 10 years, to have had each of their first three playoff series begin with either team taking a 2-0 lead. The others: 2013 Kings (CQF: W, CSF: W and CF: L), 2012 Kings (CQF: W, CSF: W and CF: W) and 2009 Penguins (CQF: W, CSF: W and CF: W).




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Facts and Figures: Logan Couture closing in on Sharks playoff record for goals

Pete DeBoer excels for Sharks adjusting to opponents in playoffs

Jordan Binnington inspires confidence in Blues for Game 2 against Sharks



After combining for nine goals in Game 1, the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues will renew acquaintances again tonight at SAP Center. San Jose owns a 7-2 record on home ice this postseason, one shy of matching a franchise record for home wins in a playoff year.


* The Blues aim to tie the series at one game apiece – something they’ve done 13 times after losing the opener in a best-of-seven – before returning to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4.


* The Sharks, meanwhile, eye a 2-0 series lead for the 12th time in franchise history, owning a 9-2 series record in the previous 11 instances. They have won their last three such series – 2016 First Round and Second Round – but their two series losses in that scenario came when they had home-ice advantage (2014 R1 and 2006 CSF).

Timo Meier is one of five Sharks players among the top eight in playoff scoring this year, notching three points in Game 1 to boost his totals to 5-8—13 in 15 games. Selected ninth overall in the 2015 NHL Draft – a year that saw Connor McDavid picked at No. 1 – Meier shares the lead among his draft class with 18 career playoff points (7-11—18 in 30 GP); Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen has 6-12—18 (18 GP).


* Ryan O’Reilly scored in Game 1, led all Blues forwards in time on ice (19:43) and went 15-for-32 in the faceoff circle (46.9%). O’Reilly has built a reputation as a faceoff specialist, with his 47.7% success rate during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs ranking fifth among remaining players (min. 175 faceoffs). San Jose’s Tomas Hertl (55.7%) is one of the players ahead of him; the two went head-to-head 22 times in Game 1, with Hertl holding a 12-10 edge.