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Former Reds catcher Yasmani Grandal knocks in eight runs leading Dodgers to 14-4 romp over the Brewers

Yasmani Grandal had a career-night against the Brewers (2015 photo by Spanneraol via wikipedia commons)

Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal had a career-high eight runs on two home runs and reaching base six times in leading LA over the hapless Milwaukee Brewers 14-4 at Miller Park on Thursday.

The Cuban-born Grandal, a switch-hitter, knocked in two runs in the sixth inning. He belted a three-run homer in the eighth and another three-run blast in the ninth inning.

On December 18, 2014, he was traded to the Dodgers in the Matt Kemp trade with the San Diego Padres.

Reds put Chapman on DL with shoulder issues; Smith recalled from Bats


Aroldis Chapman (file photo)

Reds lefty phenom Aroldis Chapman has had an up-and-down season in 2011.

He started off fast, but in the past two weeks, he has been walking batters and not getting them out.

His totals include 20 walks and 15 strikeouts in 13 innings and 6.92 ERA in 16 games.

On Monday, the team put the 23-year-old Cuban on the 15-day disabled list with a diagnosis with left shoulder inflammation.

Right-handed reliever Jordan Smith was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take his place on the active roster.

Chapman will not throw for a week and then will resume when his shoulder feels better, according to Reds head trainer Paul Lessard.

The telling story came on Sunday when the Reds were winning 9-2 when Chapman entered the game. He ended walking four of the five batters he faced, which allowed the Cardinals to get to 9-7 but eventually lost. Chapman threw 23 pitches and only five were strikes and he retired just one hitter.


Info courtesy of  the Cincinnati Reds


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: HAPPY NEW YEAR! JANUARY 1, 2011: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

(By Birdie courtesy of


Saturday, January 1, is the first day of the year. there are 364 days left in the year.


* On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states were free.

* In 1861, Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez recaptured Mexico City, ending the Reform War.

* In 1890, the first Tournament of Roses took place in Pasadena California.

* In 1882, the Ellis Island Immigrant Station in New York formally opened.

* In 1953, country singer Hank Williams, Sr., was discovered dead in the back seat of his car during a stop in Oak Hill, West Virginia, while he was being driven to a concert date in Canton, Ohio.

* In 1959, Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries overthrow Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, who fled to the Dominican Republic.

* In 1984, the breakup of AT&T took place as the telecommuincations giant was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under an antitrust agreement.

* In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect.



61 STEVE RIPLEY, country singer.

53 GRANDMASTER FLASH, hip-hop musician.

53 REN WOODS, actress from Roots.

42 VERNE TROYER, actor from the Austin Powers movies.

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Reds Update: Chapman gets first ML win vs. Milwaukee (Wednesday)

Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman earned his first major-league win on Wednesday night when his Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 6-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers that moved their NL Central Division lead to eight games over the slumping and fading-fast St. Louis Cardinals.

Of course, Chapman dazzled the crowd with a 103 mph fastball, which is his fastest so far.

The Reds will now head on a road trip to St. Louis for a weekend series where there is no pressure on them to win but the Cardinals have to win to survive. The Cardinals have lost 13 of 16 games.

Ryan Hanigan (MLB)

Aroldis Chapman (MLB)

The Reds were trailing 1-o when Chapman entered the game in the seventh inning and mowed down the Brewers 1-2-3. The tall, lanky lefty has pitched in two games, faced six batters, striking out three, thrown 19 pitches and has thrown 10 pitches that have been in the 100-plus mph range.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Reds send 11 batters to the plate and scored 6 runs. Ryan Hanigan had the key blow, a pinch-hit, three-run homer off former Red Todd Coffey (2-3) and Cincinnati had itself a sweep.

The Reds now have hit 10 pinch-hit homers, tops in baseball.

The Reds had Thursday off as a travel day to go to St. Louis.

compiled from staff & Cincinnati Reds news

The moment all Reds fans have been waiting for: Aroldis Chapman will be called up Tuesday

Cincinnati Reds prospect, lefty Aroldis Chapman, who along with Washington’s Stephen Strasburg, have been the talk of Major and Minor League baseball all season long.

Chapman has been dazzling Triple-A International League batters all season while pitching for Louisville. But now, the Cincinnati Reds feel its time to bring him to the majors and it’ll happen Tuesday (Today).

Aroldis Chapman getting the big league call-up (WAXX TV photo)

The move will automatically make Chapman eligible for postseason play. Traditionally, players must be on a team’s 25-man active roster by August 31 to be eligible for the playoffs, which is the main reason Cincinnati is planning to also activate veteran right-hander Aaron Harang on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Chapman, is 9-6 in 2010 with eight saves and a 3.57 ERA in 39 games, including 13 starts. He has piled up 125 strikeouts with 52 walks in 95 2/3 innings and opponents are batting only .218 against the Cuban lefty.

compiled from staff & Cincinnati Reds news

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