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Lopez is the latest player designated for assignment by slumping Indians


The Cleveland Indians, in the midst of a 10-game losing streak, have given Derek Lowe and Johnny Damon some company on the”designated for assignment” list. Today, the team announced that they designated infielder Jose Lopez for assignment. The move allows room for right-hander Frank Herrmann who has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus. Herrmann is needed due to an over-used bullpen.

Jose Lopez (courtesy of Columbus Clippers)

Lopez appeared in 66 games for the Indians this year, playing third base and seeing some time at first and second. The 28-year-old posted a .249 batting average in 224 plate appearances. He earns $800K this year after signing a minor league deal with Cleveland last December.


Info compiled from MLB, Radio & TV news

Phillips’ appeal for inside-the-park homer denied by MLB


Brandon Phillips, the Cincinnati Reds talented second baseman felt that he had an inside-the-park homer on Monday night in his team’s 10-9 loss at Cleveland. He felt so strongly, he appealed to MLB.

However, the opinion that counts the most, Major League Baseball, says no!

Brandon Phillips (2011 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Phillips’ and his agent’s appeal to Major League Baseball for a scoring change was denied on Wednesday. MLB allows appeals of scoring changes, but a player has to do it through his agent.

In the fifth inning of Monday’s 10-9 loss to the Indians, Phillips lined a ball down the left-field line that was misplayed by Johnny Damon and led to Phillips scoring on the play.

The official scorer ruled the play an RBI double for Phillips, with an error on Damon. Phillips and the Reds felt he should have been credited with an inside-the-park home run.

Phillips is not mad, he said “losing the game is more important to him.”


Info compiled from Radio & TV news

Reds’ Phillips appealing MLB for inside-the-park homer; was ruled a double & two-base error


Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has never hit an inside-the-park home run in his professional career, but he hopes a scoring decision from Monday night will be changed to give him his first. The last time he hit an inside-the-park home run was back in Little League.

Brandon Phillips (

During the fifth inning of Cincinnati’s 10-9 loss to the Cleveland Indians, with Joey Votto on second base, Phillips lined a ball down the left-field line. Left fielder Johnny Damon gave chase but stumbled into the wall as the ball rolled past him before he could get to the wall. Damon never touched the ball.  That helped Phillips to run around the bases and score with a headfirst slide just ahead of a throw to catcher Carlos Santana at the plate.

The play was ruled by the official scorer as an RBI double and an error on Damon. Phillips and his agent are appealing to have the decision reviewed by Major League Baseball. MLB does not allow a player to appeal the official scorer, but with their agent, they can appeal any scoring decision.

Phillips recalls a similar play last year in a game against the Chicago Cubs when Tony Campana was credited with an inside-the-park home run against the Reds in August,  when his ball bounced off the Wrigley Field wall and got past left fielder Yonder Alonso the same as it had against Damon on Monday night.

Phillips felt that Damon could’ve waited for the ball to come to him, but didn’t thus the ball got past him.


Info compiled from Radio, TV & Cincinnati Redsnews


Reds nip Rays 4-3; win series, ends road trip at 3-3

Ryan Hanigan (file photo)

The Cincinnati Reds took a road trip to Baltimore and Tampa Bay and ended a respectable 3-3.

You would expect them to handle Baltimore and struggle with Tampa Bay, right!

Wrong! It was the complete opposite. The Reds scored plenty of runs in Baltimore, but bullpen problems caused them to lose two of three. Against pitching-rich Tampa Bay, they beat Jeremy Hellickson and James Shields and held their own against David Price to win two of three.

Catcher Ryan Hanigan supplied the power to win the game 4-3 over the Rays. With Joey Votto and Scott Rolen aboard and two outs, Hanigan, who had missed three games with a strained muscle in his back, lined a ball into the left field seats for his third homer of the year, to make it 3-0 Reds and made a loser of James Shields (8-5).

Edinson Volquez, coming off two terrible starts, was the opposite on Wednesday, going 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out seven.

Rays outfielder/designated hitter Johnny Damon singled in the sixth inning for his 2,654th hit, tying him with Ted Williams on the all-time list.

Even with the Reds playing at a snail’s pace, they’re only 2.5 behind Milwaukee and 1.5 behind St. Louis in the National League Central Division race.


compiled from staff & Cincinnati Reds news


Rays’ Damon joins famous group of players with double


Johnny Damon (file photo)

Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon with his 500th career double on Saturday, has joined an elite group of players

With that first inning two-bagger against Florida, Damon became the 11th player all-time in MLB history to have 500 doubles, 100 triples, 200 homers and 2,500 hits.

He joins a group of Hall of Famers: George Brett, Robin Yount, Al Simmons, Lou Gehrig, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Paul Molitor and Willie Mays.


compiled from Tampa Bay Rays, Radio & TV news

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