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With loss of Rhodes, Reds say lefty Chapman will stay in bullpen

Aroldis Chapman (WAXXTV.com photo)

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The Cincinnati Reds bullpen is still strong from the right-hand side. But the left-hand side took a hit when All-Star Arthur Rhodes left to go pitch for the Texas Rangers.

But the Reds still have Aroldis Chapman, Bill Bray, Daniel Ray Herrera and Matt Maloney.

There are some that feel that Chapman should be in the starting rotation. But earlier this week, Reds GM Walt Jocketty plan to keep Chapman in the bullpen, according to the Reds’ website.

The Reds lost Arthur Rhodes to the Texas Rangers. So it seems only logical that the team’s top southpaw reliever would be Chapman.

The Reds have so much pitching depth for the first time in years, that it would serve itself better to keep Chapman in the bullpen for the late innings with his 100+ mph fastball, slider and curve against the lefty hitters.

compiled from staff & Cincinnati Reds news

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Reds beat Cubs; Indians lose to Royals

Staff writer Dan Hock also contributed to this story

CHICAGO CUBS AT CINCINNATI REDS

When the Reds were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this month, most of the so-called baseball experts were saying that the Reds were done for good. At the time, the Cardinals took over the NL Central Division lead by a 1/2 game.

Since that sweep at Great American Ball Park, the Reds have won 11 of 15, including a 6-3 record on a recent trip out west to Arizona, Los Angeles and San Francisco. They have taken control of the division and now leads by 5 games. They’ll go St. Louis for the last three games in the season series next weekend.

Jay Bruce (MLB)

Francisco Cordero (MLB)

In Cincinnati’s most recent game on Sunday, Kosuke Fukudome’s homer tied the game for Chicago in the top of the eighth inning at 5-5. But he quickly went from temporary hero to permanent goat in the bottom of the eighth inning as his throw went into a dugout booth that completed the Reds’ season-long dominance over the Cubs at 13 wins and 4 losses.

The Reds beat the Cubs on Sunday at Great American Ball Park, 7-5.

Cincinnati with the win now has a five-game lead in the NL Central, their biggest lead since the 2002 season, due to the fact that the St. Louis Cardinals lost to Washington 4-2 Sunday evening.

Fukudome’s two-run homer off of Arthur Rhodes tied the game at 5-5. But his throw from right field took a bad hop and went into a photographer’s booth behind third base, letting the go-ahead run to score off losing pitcher Sean Marshall, who is 6-5.

Rookie reliever Logan Ondrusek, now 4-0 is the winner. He stopped a Cubs’ potential big rally in the eighth inning. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 35th save in 41 chances, including 11 in a row.

Jay Bruce was another star of the game, banging out his fourth homer of the series, a solo shot off Cubs rookie starter Casey Coleman, who pitched six innings, giving up eight hits and he was constantly under pressure as the Reds made him throw strikes.

The Reds matched their season high at 20 games over .500 (75-55). They haven’t been 21 games above since 1999, the last time they were a playoff contending team. If you recall, Cincinnati lost a one-game playoff to the New York Mets for the National League wild card berth in 1999.

GAME NOTES

* A statue of Cubs Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams will be unveiled Wednesday September 7th before the Cubs-Houston Astros game at Wrigley Field. The statue’s location will be on the corner of Addison and Sheffield Avenues.

* The Chicago Cubs used six rookie pitchers in an August 18th, 5-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. According to Major League Baseball, it is the first time this has been done in a game before September callups dating back to 1957, when  Major League Baseball first defined a rookie.

The six rookie pitchers are: starting pitcher Casey Coleman, who took the loss; James Russell, Thomas Diamond, Justin Berg, Marcus Mateo and Andrew Cashner.

* Lefthanded reliever James Russell of the Cubs is the son of former major league pitcher Jeff Russell.

Jeff Russell pitched for the Cincinnati Reds in his major league career in addition to the Texas Rangers.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS AT CLEVELAND INDIANS

Kila Ka’aihue knocked in the go-ahead double in the seventh inning to help Bruce Chen and the Kansas City Royals to a 6-2 Sunday win over the Cleveland Indians.

The 33-year-old left-handed Chen, with his 1oth major league team since 1998, allowed two runs and six hits in six innings on the mound. He’s now 9-7 on the season.

The Royals avoided a three-game sweep and pulled two games ahead of the last-place Indians in the AL Central. Kansas City is 5-17 on the road since July 8.

Ned Yost Royals manager (MLB)

Bruce Chen (MLB)

Mike Aviles blooped a one-out single off Fausto Carmona (11-13) and scored on Ka’aihue’s drive into the left-center gap to put the Royals ahead 3-2.

Closer Joakim Soria struck out the side in the ninth in a non-save situation. The right-hander has been the Royals clear-cut MVP  this season with 36 saves in 38 chances and converting on a team-record 28 straight. They pitched him on Sunday, because he had not pitched since Wednesday.

Royals manager Ned Yost got his 500th career win in the majors. The Royals are 43-52 since Yost replaced Trey Hillman on May 14. Yost’s forte’ is that he has a way of working and communicating with young talent and teams, which the Royals are.

The losing pitcher was Fausto Carmona, the Indians All-Star pitcher. He gave up three runs and six hits over 6-2-3 innings. The right-hander is 0-5 since beating Boston five starts ago on August 2.

GAME NOTES

* 91-year-old Bob Feller, the Indians pitching great watched the game from his regular seat in the press box. The third-oldest living Hall of Famer had missed five games while getting treatment for leukemia.

complied from staff, wire & baseball news

Reds snap Dodger Stadium skid at 12 games with 3-1 win (Friday)

The Reds rolled into Los Angeles after sweeping a 3-game series in Arizona with optimism. Some wondered why, because they hadn’t won a game at Dodger Stadium in 12 previous games dating back to July 28, 2005.

But that all ended on Friday night as the Reds won 3-1 over the Dodgers, their season-high seventh win in a row.

The Reds received a nice performance from Homer Bailey who pitched two solid games during the seven-game suspension of Johnny Cueto.

Homer Bailey showing he is a capable starter (megasportsnews.com)

Bailey, who moves to 3-2 on the season, allowed a run and four hits, struck out six and walked two in his second outing since coming off the disabled list. Last Sunday, he threw six innings of three-hit ball in a 2-0 win over Florida after being out of action almost three months for inflammation in his shoulder.

Arthur Rhodes pitched a perfect eighth and Francisco Cordero a scoreless ninth for his 33rd save in 39 attempts.

The win, coupled with St. Louis losing at home to San Francisco, moved the Reds division lead to 4 1/2 games. That is the largest margin since May 18, 2002, when they held a five-game lead before finishing in third place. The Reds are seeking their first division title since 1995, when they swept Los Angeles in the first round of the postseason.

Cincinnati (71-51) has won eight straight on the road and is a season-high 20 games over .500.

compiled from staff and wire reports

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

MLB ROUNDUP: Reds beat Florida and tie Cardinals; Indians lose to Seattle

FLORIDA AT CINCINNATI

After getting hammered by St. Louis on Monday night, Reds rookie right-hander Mike Leake (8-4) got back on the winning track by beating the Florida Marlins, 5-4.

The Reds also went to 2-0 under bench coach Chris Speier, who was the acting manager due to major league baseball’s two-game suspension of manager Dusty Baker for the altercation with St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa on Tuesday night.

Mike Leake (MLB)

Mike Leake’ s control wasn’t great allowing three walks, six hits, three runs had six strikeouts in six innings. He also gave up two homers to Dan Uggla and Wes Helms, but he helped himself with an RBI and he got help from Drew Stubbs hitting his 15th homer for the eventual game-deciding run in helping the Reds move into a first place tie in the NL Central with St. Louis who lost to the Chicago Cubs.

The Reds bullpen was shaky but held onto the lead. Arthur Rhodes allowed two batters to reach base in the seventh before Nick Masset came on to pitch two shutout innings. Reds closer Francisco Cordero earned his 31st save but not before needing a double-play and a pop-up to escape a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam.

SEATTLE AT CLEVELAND

The Cleveland Indians made to crucial errors, both by Andy Marte at third base in a 9-3 loss to Seattle.

Losing pitcher Mitch Talbot, now 8-10, making his first start since coming off the disabled list, opened the fifth by giving up a first-pitch home run to former Indian Russell Branyan, who with his 15th homer put the Mariners up 3-2.

Jason Vargas (MLB)

Another former Indian Josh Bard blasted a grand slam homer also in the fifth inning to blow the game open.

Seattle lefty Jason Vargas was the winning pitcher, he’s now 9-5.

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