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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’ Votto wins MLB Network’s Face of Baseball title

Joey Votto (photo by Geoff Livingston, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto had star written all over him when he arrived in the Queen City in 2007.

The 29-year-old Canadian has lived up to the hype, with career totals of .316 batting average, 133 home runs, 822 hits, 457 RBI’s, a 3-time All-Star, NL MVP, NL Hank Aaron Award winner.

He is very popular with fans throughout baseball.

Recently, the MLB Network had a voting for the Face of Baseball title.

In the semifinals, Votto beat out another popular player, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. In the finals, Votto got past Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, by gaining 67 percent of the votes.


Info compiled from MLB Network, Radio & TV news

Dodgers reward Kemp with 8-year contract


Matt Kemp at bat August 2008 (photo by pvsbond via wikipedia commons)

Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp and the team agreed on a $160 million, eight-year contract.

The agreement is the richest in club history, eclipsing pitcher Kevin Brown’s $105 million, seven-year deal before the 1999 season.

Kemp, who is in contention to be the 2011 MVP, led the National League in homers (39) and RBI’s (126) this past season. He hit .324 with 40 stolen bases.

The 27-year-old Kemp has has had several honors come his way in 2011: NL All-Star, NL Home run champion, Gold Glove Award, Silver Slugger Award, Hank Aaron Award, Baseball America Player of the Year and the 30-30 Club for 30 steals and 30 homers.


Info from staff, MLB & Los Angeles Dodgers news

Votto leads Reds past Dodgers; Arroyo gets 100th career win; West coast road trip at 5-1 heading to SF

All-Star first baseman Joey Votto blasted a tie-breaking home run in the 6th inning and added a two-run single in the ninth for the National League Central Division Central Division leaders in a 5-2 win over the LA Dodgers Sunday afternoon in the City of the Lost Angels.

Bronson Arroyo (MLB)

Cincinnati took two of three in the series and maintained their 3 1/2 game advantage over the second-place St. Louis Cardinals. With Sunday’s win, Bronson Arroyo gained his 100th career win.

Reds Joey Votto leads NL in batting average at .323 ( file)

Votto snapped a 2-all tie when he drove a Clayton Kershaw 1-and-1 pitch into the left-field pavilion for his first home run in 38 at-bats since August 8 against the Cubs.

Arroyo, clearly the staff ace for Cincinnati at 14-7, allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking none. The threw 103 pitches in 93-degree heat. At one point of the game, Arroyo struck out the heart of the Dodgers lineup: Andre Eithier, Matt Kemp, James Loney and Casey Blake. The 6’5 right-hander had been 0-3 lifetime at Chavez Ravine aka Dodger Stadium.

The Reds bullpen closed the door with closer Francisco Cordero pitching a perfect ninth for his 34th save in 40 tries.

compiled from staff and wire reports

Cueto gives up 4 homers in 8-5 loss to Los Angeles (Saturday)

The Cincinnati Reds had hoped that Johnny Cueto would come back from his seven-game suspension fresh with renewed vigor. Instead, he was rusty and gave up four homers in a losing effort.

Andre Eithier, Jay Gibbons, Matt Kemp and Ryan Theriot all reached the outfield bleacher seats at Dodger Stadium, as LA snapped the Reds’ seven-game winning streak with an 8-5 victory Saturday night.

Chad Billingsley (MLB)

Andre Eithier (MLB)

Chad Billingsley (10-7) gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings and struck out seven.

Pitching on an unheard of 10 days rest, Cueto’s rustiness was noticeable from the beginning of the game. This was his first start since an 11-3 loss to St. Louis on which he received a suspension for kicking several Cardinals players during a bench-clearing melee, while he was being pinned up against the home plate screen. Cueto (11-4) only lasted three innings, giving up five runs and five hits.

compiled from staff and wire reports

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