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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 announce roster moves involving Dennick, Smith & Villarreal

(courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Reds have made some roster moves involving their bullpen in the past few days.

On Monday, they recalled right-hander Josh Smith.

Smith, who did not get into a game after he was called up, was not on the 40-man roster prior to the promotion. By rule, the club could not have called up a player on the 40-man roster without a disabled list move until 10 days into the season, which was Wednesday, April 14. Smith, a starting pitcher was on hand to pitch in long relief if he was needed.

On Wednesday,  right-handed reliever Pedro Villarreal was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. Smith was optioned back to AAA to make room on the roster.

In another move, lefty reliever Ryan Dennick was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers. Dennick, who had an 11.57 ERA in eight games for Cincinnati last season, was designated for assignment Monday. The Reds had 10 days to trade, release or if he passed through waivers, be sent back to the minors.

Villarreal pitched in 12 games for the Reds last season with solid results. Eventhough he had a 4.30 ERA, all 11 of his inherited baserunners were stranded.

Trying to win a bullpen spot in Spring Training, Villarreal ran into some tough luck. He posted a 13.00 ERA in eight appearances, with 13 runs and 17 hits allowed, including three homers.

Five MLB teams in running for services of Cuban Alexander Guerrero

(By OCAL, courtesy Clker.com)

There are reports on the radio and in other media reports that Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero has interest in him from five Major League Baseball teams.

The teams are the Dodgers, Twins, Red Sox and Braves.

The fifth team could be the Cincinnati Reds due to the fact that they signed closer Aroldis Chapman, another Cuban defector. Guerrero is likely to sign where he is comfortable.

The 26-year-old is said to be after a five-to-seven-year deal for his services.

Guerrero defected earlier this year and currently is working out in the Dominican Republic.

In order for him to gain entrance to the United States, Guerrero will have to be unblocked by the Office of Foreign Assests Control and then he can sign with any MLB team.

B.J. Upton chooses Atlanta over Philadelphia

 

The Atlanta Braves have landed one of the top free agents of the 2012 off-season.

On Wednesday, they reached an agreement with former Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton to a fiver-year, $75.25 million contract.

Upton, who’s brother Justin plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was the second overall pick in the 2002 draft. He made his debut with the Rays at age 19 and spent six full seasons with the team.

B.J. Upton (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

B.J. and Justin are the only two brothers in MLB history to be selected in the number one and two slot of the draft (in separate years). The Upton brothers are also the first brothers to make it into the 20-20 club (both have hit 20 home runs and have 20 stolen bases in a season).

The 28-year-old Upton, replaces Michael Bourn, another free agent. He gives the Braves with top-line defense and a much-needed right-handed bat in a lefty dominated lineup.

He batted .246 with a career-low .298 on-base percentage in 2012, but clubbed 28 home runs with 78 RBI’s and 31 stolen bases in 37 attempts.

Upton chose the Braves over NL East rival Philadelphia, whose needed a CF to replace Shane Victorino to the Dodgers last season. Victorino is also a free-agent this off-season.

Brooklyn Nets beat NY Knicks in overtime, 96-89

 

The Brooklyn Nets, formerly of New Jersey, pulled out an overtime thriller in their new-look rivalry opener with the New York Knicks who are from Manhattan, 96-89.

The win allowed the city rivals to tie for first place.

The game was originally scheduled to be played November 1, but was postponed in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

(courtesy of Brooklyn Nets via wikipedia commons)

Wearing uniform #42 that Jackie Robinson made famous in Brooklyn for the Dodgers, Jerry Stackhouse scored the tie-breaking three-point goal with 3:31 left in overtime to help the Nets clinch the game.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

The Knicks only had two players in double figures scoring, Carmelo Anthony with 35 points, 13 rebounds and Tyson Chandler with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

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