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“D-Train” Dontrelle Willis signs contract with Reds

Dontrelle Willis (file photo)

Dontrelle Willis’ latest comeback will be the Cincinnati Reds. He has agreed to a minor league contract.

Willis was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2003, helping the Florida Marlins win the World Series that same year.

However, the 28-year-old has struggled the last few years, going 13-24 with a 5.81 ERA since the start of the 2007 season.

Willis went 1-6 in 2008 and 2009 combined for Detroit.

Detroit then traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks where he went 1-1 with a 6.85 ERA, had 27 walks in 22 1/3 innings. He was then designated for assignment.

The San Francisco Giants signed him to a minor league deal in July, but he became a free agent after the World Series ended.

compiled from Cincinnati Reds news

Arizona Diamondbacks select Kevin Towers as permanent GM

The Arizona Diamondbacks, one of Major League Baseball’s worst teams, has called upon a former rival general manager to change the franchise’s fortunes on the field.

Managing partner Ken Kendrick and team president Derrick Hall have selected former San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers as the permanent GM. The team turned down Towers five years ago and couldn’t do it again.

Jerry DiPoto, player personnel director for the D-Backs had been the interim general manager and had done a good job. It is unclear if he’ll stay to work with Kevin Towers or not.

New D-Backs GM Kevin Towers (MLB & Padres photo)

Towers has his work cut out. Will he keep on Kirk Gibson, who has been the interim manager since July 2 when A.J. Hinch was fired. He’ll have to fix the bullpen, find a closer and find a way to cut down strikeouts at the plate.

Arizona does have some decent young starting pitching and power hitters. But still, they’ve been in last place the past two years.

Towers was known in San Diego as agreat talent evaluator especially with pitchers as he was able to obtain Heath Bell, Luke Gregerson, Mat Latos and Jake Peavy for the Padres.

A former pitcher himself in San Diego’s minor league system, Towers was the builder of  a Padres franchise that won four division titles and reached the 1998 World Series during his 14 years as general manager, the longest tenure in team history.

This season, Towers was the assistant to New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

compiled from staff, radio, TV & Arizona Diamondbacks news

Edinson Volquez solid in start vs. Arizona; Reds lose 3-1

Eventhough Edinson Volquez was the losing pitcher Thursday afternoon to the Arizona Diamondbacks, he made another solid start.

Volquez stated his case for a playoff start. The right-handed fireballer pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out seven. All of the scoring against him came in the fifth inning.

Volquez returned to the Reds after Tommy John surgery on July 17. He had four good starts and four bad starts.

Edinson Volquez (MLB)

Then the Reds sent him to Single-A Dayton for two starts in August to improve his mechanics.

Since that time, Volquez has thrown 13 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits.

The Reds could not hit one of the National League’s worst pitchers, Rodrigo Lopez, who was 5-14 coming into the game and an ERA of 5.14.

compiled from staff and Cincinnati Reds news

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Columbus Clippers & Dayton Dragons

COLUMBUS CLIPPERS AT TOLEDO MUD HENS

Scott Sizemore’s two-out infield single in the bottom of the 12th inning Wednesday night gave the Toledo Mud Hens a 5-4 win over the Clippers at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo.

With runners on first and second, Sizemore hit a ball past the pitcher’s mound towards center field. Shortstop Josh Rodriguez of the Clippers made a diving stop, but his throw pulled first baseman Jordan Brown off the bag.

Scott Sizemore Toledo (MiLB)

Justin Henry rounded third on the throw by Rodriguez to first base and then kept on running toward’s home plate. Clippers catcher Luke Carlin couldn’t handle the throw from Jordan Brown.

Columbus has now lost seven of eight and remains a game and a half behind the Louisville Bats in the IL West Division.

DAYTON DRAGONS AT SOUTH BEND SILVER HAWKS

Victor Estevez reached base four times, drove in three runs in leading the South Bend Silver Hawks to a 7-4 win Wednesday night over the Dayton Dragons in Midwest League action. The loss snaps the four-game winning streak by the Dragons.

The South Bend Silver Hawks are the low Single-A Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Adam Worthington South Bend (MiLB)

Victor Estevez South Bend (MiLB)

The winning pitcher for South Bend was Adam Worthington. He worked 6 2/3 innings, gave up 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and struck out 3. He evens his record at 5-5.

Daniel Corcino was the losing Dayton Dragons hurler. He is now 1-1 on the season. His pitching totals included 4 1/3 innings pitched, allowed 8 hits, 5 earned runs, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.

There were 897 fans in attendance in South Bend, Indiana.

info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers & Dayton Dragons

Reds rally from 7-3 deficit; score 8 runs in last two innings to defeat Arizona, 11-7

A seldom-used sqeeze bunt, a 40-year-old and a rookie game the Cincinnati Reds an 11-7 win over the rebuilding Arizona Diamondbacks.

The win by the Reds moved them to a three-game lead over the slumping St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The Brewers defeated the Cardinals 3-2 in Busch Stadium.

Jim Edmonds (MLB)

Manager Dusty Baker called the squeeze play in the ninth-inning with 40-year-old Jim Edmonds on third base. Edmonds hustled all the way home as pinch-hitter Chris Heisey perfectly executed the bunt that scored the go-ahead run. Heisey’s bunt was so perfect that he beat it out for an infield single. That play helped Cincinnati rally from a four-run deficit on Wednesday night.

The Reds trailing 7-3 in the top of the eighth inning, scored four runs in the eighth and ninth innings before the smallest crowd in Arizona history, 15,509.

Arizona’s bullpen was the team’s Achilles’ heel in the back-and-forth game that also saw some bad defense. Reliever Sam Demel allowed four runs in the top of the eighth on four straight hits. Aaron Heilman, the losing pitcher came on to relieve Demel and gave up an RBI double in the eighth before allowing the winning run in the ninth and three more to score after that.

The win was the Reds 35th come-from-behind win of 2010. Arthur Rhodes (4-3) pitched a scoreless eighth to get the win.

Chris Heisey (MLB)

The D-Backs rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the fifth off Reds starter Edinson Volquez. The right-hander was making his seventh start since returning from Tommy John surgery July 17 and struggled with his control throughout the game.

Volquez allowed a two-run homer by Chris Young to put Arizona up 5-3. Reds reliever Jordan Smith gave up a two-run homer to Adam LaRoche to make it 7-3 latter in the game.

compiled from staff and wire reports

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