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Reds acquire backup SS Valdez in trade with Phillies


The Cincinnati Reds have always known that Wilson Valdez is a smooth-fielding shortstop but they also found out that he could pitch a little bit as well.

On May 25, 2011 at Philadelphia, the Reds lost 5-4 in 19 innings to the Phillies, Valdez was moved from second base to the pitcher’s mound by his manager Charlie Manuel. He went on to pitch a one-walk, scoreless 19th inning to get the win. Before that outing, he had never pitched in a professional game.

The win by Valdez was the first for a position player in the Major Leagues since Colorado Rockies catcher Brent Mayne beat the Atlanta Braves on August 22, 2000. The last player to start a game in the field and earn a win was Babe Ruth for the New York Yankees on October 1, 1921.

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The Reds now have the 33-year-old Valdez on their side.

On Wednesday, he was acquired in a trade by Cincinnati with the Phillies getting lefty reliever Jeremy Horst.

Valdez has played in 342 career games in the big leagues with the White Sox, Seattle, San Diego, the Dodgers and Phillies and has played 190 at shortstop and has a .980 fielding percentage.

The past two seasons with Philadelphia, the Dominican Republic native batted .249 with one homer and 30 RBI’s and has the nack for coming up with clutch hits in his career.

The Reds outrighted Horst off of their roster on December 5, had a 2.93 ERA in 12 major league games in several stints with the team in 2011.



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NLCS GAME 4: Giants move closer to World Series with 6-5 win over Phillies

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With a sore left wrist, Juan Uribe hit a game-ending sacrifice fly off reliever Roy Oswalt with one out in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants moved to within one win of the 2010 World Series by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Wednesday night in the National League championship series.

The Giants leads  3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

By using Oswalt to begin the ninth inning, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel kept to his word that Game 4 was the team’s biggest of the season. Oswalt is a starter who beat the Giants in Game 2. He has pitch in relief before, but not on a regular basis.

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Major-league saves leader Brian Wilson pitched a perfect ninth to get the win.

The two-time defending National League champion Phillies, with the best record in the majors this season, are on the brink of elimination and can’t lose anymore games in the series.

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2010 MLB ALL-STAR GAME: National League 2 American League 1

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The American League All-Stars have dominated baseball’s mid-summer classic since 1996, putting together a 12-0-1 record the past 13 years.

Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said all along that he was going to play to win the 2010 game and end the drought. His substitute players led the team to victory.

Atlanta catcher Brian McCann, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning, hit a three-run double off Chicago’s Matt Thornton with¬† two out in the seventh inning for a 3-1 win at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.

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The win gives the National League home field advantage in the World Series for the first time since 2003.

Phil Hughes, one of eight Yankees on the American League team, started the seventh inning and ended up the loser.

Cincinnati Reds 3b Scott Rolen and St. Louis’ Matt Halliday hit consecutive one-out singles to put runners on first and third. Thornton came on in relief of Hughes and got Arizona D-Backs outfielder Chris Young to pop up. But, Thornton loaded the bases by walking crosstown rival Marlon Byrd of the Cubs.

McCann, playing in his fifth All-Star Game, fouled off some pitches and took a few close ones before hitting a fastball for a double to right, clearing the bases.

Washington’s Matt Capps, who recorded one out in the sixth inning, was the winning pitcher. McCann was named the game’s MVP.

Dodgers’ right-handed closer Jonathan Broxton worked the ninth for the save. He was helped out of a jam by a very strong throw from right-fielder Marlon Byrd to force Boston’s David Ortiz at second base on a looping liner by John Buck of Toronto for the second out.

Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez (NL) against Rays’ David Price (AL) in All-Star Game

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Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies will oppose Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price in the All-Star Game, Tuesday night in Anaheim, California.

The National League will try to end a 13-year drought in baseball’s Midsummer Classic. Jimenez has a 2.20 ERA in 18 starts and 127 innings for the surging Rockies.

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Price is 12-4 with a 2.42 ERA.

Philadelphia Phillies power-hitter Ryan Howard will be the National League’s designated hitter and bat cleanup for his manager, Charlie Manuel.

Votto leads Reds past Mets, 8-6; also winning Fans voting for final All-Star player

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Joey Votto wasn’t chosen for the NL All-Star Squad by Philadelphia Manager Charlie Manuel, but it hasn’t stopped him from going about his job of leading the Cincinnati Reds to their first division title since 1995.

In the Reds 8-6 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field, Votto clubbed two long homers in a ballpark that doesn’t give up many because of its spaciousness. He went 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and knocked in 2.

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The Reds as a team are doing well. They’ve won five of six and 11 of 14. They are 12 games over .500 for the first time all year. With their win on Monday night, the Reds are now two games up on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central Division. St. Louis was idle last night.

The game also had Reds rookie left-hander Travis Wood pitching with three days rest because Aaron Harang couldn’t go because of an issue with his back.

Wood, staked to a 7-1 lead, gutted it out for 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits. He walked two and struck out five, throwing 98 pitches. He left the game after laboring through the fifth inning.

The key to the game came in the top of the fifth inning for the Reds. With the bases loaded and nobody out, and the count 2-2 on Scott Rolen, he took off for first base thinking the ball hit him. Home plate umpire Jerry Meals ruled it a foul tip into the catcher’s glove, strike three. But Reds manager Dusty Baker and Scott Rolen argued and asked Meals to get help from the other umpires.

The umpires after a brief summit, changed the call with Rolen going to first base and Brandon Phillips scoring, making it 2-1 Reds. Mets manager Jerry Manuel came out to argue and was quickly tossed from the game.

That was a key and huge play, because Drew Stubbs lined a hit to left to score two runs, 4-1. Corky Miller followed up with a two-run double to right-field, 6-1 and pitcher Travis Wood tripled to make it 7-1.

After the Mets staged a brief rally to cut it to 7-6, the Reds upped the lead to 8-6 as Joey Votto hit a solo homer in the sixth inning, his 21st of the season which leads the National League.