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Posts Tagged ‘Homer Bailey.’

Reds decide to keep Chapman’s 100-plus mph fastball in the closer’s role; starting rotation is set

Aroldis Chapman (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have decided to keep their fireballer closer Aroldis Chapman in that role for the 2013 season.

There had been speculation with Chapman starting this spring, that he was going to be moved into the rotation.

Chapman has said all along that he would prefer to close games.

The Reds have a solid rotation in Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. That quintet started every game but one during the 2012 season, the best in Major League Baseball.

Cueto will start the Opening Day Game on April 1 against the Los Angeles Angels at Great American Ball Park.

Reds sign Mike Leake to one-year deal; will compete with Chapman for rotation

Mike Leake (photo by dbking, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a one-year contract for $3.06 million with young right-hander Mike Leake.

The 25-year-old California native will be competing in the upcoming Spring Training camp for a spot in the starting rotation.

Leake will make an additional $25,000 if he reaches 180 innings pitched.

The Arizona State product made $507,500 in 2012, when he went 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA in 30 starts, a career-high.

Since his MLB debut in April of 2010, Leake has a record of 28-22, with a 4.23 ERA and 325 strikeouts.

Leake asked for $3.5 million and the Reds offered $2.650,000 in arbitration.

Reds players still offering arbitration include Mat Latos, Homer Bailey and Shin-Soo Choo.

 

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, MLB & Cincinnati Reds

Reds talking new contract with Broxton as closer; move would allow Chapman to start

 

Jonathan Broxton (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

There are rumors out of Cincinnati that the Reds have had substantial contract talks about retaining reliever Jonathan Broxton with a multiyear deal.

If the Reds can sign him, they’ll be able to move Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation with Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey.

The Reds acquired Broxton from the Kansas City Royals in the July trading deadline. He was 3-3 with a 2.82 ERA and saved four games in six opportunities for the NL Central Division Championship team.

Broxton is also talking to other teams to find a good fit, but he is giving the Reds the first opportunity to sign him.

Reds turn on power to help Bailey win for first time vs. Brewers, 3-1

 

Coming into Friday’s matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey had his ups-and-downs over the years and was 0-5 in 10 career games.

Homer Bailey

But that all changed as the tall Texan upped his record to 9-6 overall and has won four straight starts for the first time in his career.

Scott Rolen

Bailey tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts in hurling eight innings to beat the Brewers for the first time, 3-1 allowing Cincinnati to hold onto first-place in the National League Central Division.

Zack Cozart

The Reds moved to 13 games over .500 for the first time in 2012 as they won for the ninth time in 11 games and rode the home run bats of Zack Cozart, Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen.

With Cozart’s homer, that means there have been 73 consecutive games with a home run at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. It is the longest streak since Coors Field in Denver had 80 in a row from 2002 and 2003.

The Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada falls to 0-4 after pitching seven innings, giving up seven hits and allowing the three homers.

Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman earned his 16th save in 20 chances. He hit 100 mph twice in 13 pitches and struck out two batters.

Jay Bruce

 

Photos courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

 

POSTGAME NOTES: Detroit Tigers 7 Cincinnati Reds 6; Reds blew 6-2 lead

POSTGAME CINCINNATI REDS DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

50,743 Homer Bailey Reds starting pitcher

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

TIGERS GAME NOTES:

* Are 4-2 in interleague games this season and are 145-126 all-time in interleague play. Are 11-11 in 1-run games.

* Pitchers allowed 3 home runs as a team, tying a season high of having done so 5 times.

* Prince Fielder is hitting .341 (46-for-135, 10 doubles, 1 triple, 7 homers, 28 rbi’s) over his past 35 games.

* Hernan Perez collected his 1st major league hit Sunday night in the 9th inning.

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

REDS GAME NOTES:

* Sunday’s loss ties for the Reds biggest blown lead in a loss this year. They led 6-2, lost 7-6. They also blew a 4-run lead on May 17 at the New York Mets, led 4-0 and lost 9-4.

* They are 8-17 all-time on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Are 3-3 in interleague play in 2012 and 100-126 all-time vs. the American League. Are 11-10 in 1-run games.

* Homer Bailey pitched his 9th quality start of the season in 12 appearances.

* Todd Frazier’s 4 RBI’s are a career high. The previous high was 3. 3 of his 4 hits in the series, at the time, either tied the game or broke a tie giving the Reds the lead.

* Joey Votto’s career-high 15-game hitting streak (29-for-53,¬† .547 average, 9 doubles, 3 home runs, 10 RBI’s) was snapped. That was the longest hit streak by a Reds hitter since Brandon Phillips had a 15-gamer¬† from May 28-June 12 in 2010.

 

THE ATTENDANCE FOR THE 3-GAME SERIES WAS 115,062.

 

GAME COVERAGE AUDIO USED UNDER TERMS & CONDITIONS OF www.MLB.com & www.cincinnatireds.com

Stuart Mason assisted with the article

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