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Reds bring up 1B Soto, option LHP Cingrani to AAA Louisville

The Cincinnati Reds, always looking for a chance to give their top minor league prospects a chance to get some experience, called up infielder Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday and optioned lefty starter Tony Cingrani to the Bats.

Soto had a chance to play Saturday afternoon in the Reds’ 10-0 win over the Phillies on national television.

Neftali Soto (courtesy

This will be the first big league promotion for the 24-year-old Soto, a third-round Draft pick in 2007 and according to, the Reds’ 14th-best prospect.

In 33 games for Louisville, Soto is batting .269 with three home runs and 16 RBIs.

The 23-year-old lefty pitched well for the Reds. In six starts for Cincinnati, Cingrani was 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA, nine walks and 41 strikeouts.



Jim Thome happy to be in Baltimore; joins his 8th MLB team

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Jim Thome has always been one of baseball’s “Mr. Nice Guy” with the media.

He has always been coveted by several teams, Cleveland twice, Philadelphia twice, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins.

He has now joined his eighth MLB team, the Baltimore Orioles, who are one of the surprise teams in baseball this year with a record of 42-36, .538 winning percentage, 6 GB the NY Yankees in the AL East.

Thome arrived in Baltimore on Sunday in exchange for two minor leagues from the Philadelphia Phillies.

He is 41 years old now and is expected to make a good team, better.

Thome is back in the American League with his 609 career homers and he can play DH on a regular basis without having to play the field.

On Sunday, against his former team, the Cleveland Indians, he received standing ovations eventhough he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a 6-2 loss.


Info compiled from MLB, Baltimore Orioles news

Votto goes 4-for-4, but Reds’ 6-game win streak stopped by Rockies, 6-3


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The Cincinnati Reds were looking to their ace Johnny Cueto to keep their win going to number-7 in a row, but it was not to be on Friday night as the Reds fell in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Cueto lasted only 4 2/3 innings and tied a season high with five earned runs allowed. The 11 hits allowed, including five for extra bases, were also a season high.

It was only the second time in 10 starts this season that Cueto gave up more than three earned runs. But it was the second time it’s happened over his last three starts. Cueto,  is now 5-2 as and saw his ERA jumped up by just over half a run, from 1.97 to 2.53.

The Reds kept their half-game lead over the second-place Cardinals in the National League Central. St. Louis lost in extra innings to the Phillies.

The Rockies’ have a 17-27 overall record, but they’ve been able to beat  the Reds in recent years. Cincinnati has dropped 24 of the last 29 games to Colorado since 2007.


Info compiled from MLB, Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Bad shoulder lands Reds’ Rolen on disabled list; surprised Costanzo recalled from AAA


Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen production has been painful this season and now he’s on the disabled list with an ailing shoulder which has been the cause of his slow bat.

In 29 games this season, Rolen is batting .174 with two home runs, 11 RBIs and a .238 on-base percentage. During Spring Training, Rolen looked healthy and played very well, as he batted .356, but he has not been able to carry that performance into the regular season games.

Scott Rolen at 3B ( photo)

On Saturday, Rolen was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. The club purchased the contract of third baseman Mike Costanzo from Triple-A Louisville to join the 25-man roster.

Team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek examined Rolen on Saturday evening. The left shoulder is the one that needed surgery multiple times over the years, including last season, when the 37-year-old missed most of the second half.

Rolen is in the final year of a contract that is paying him $6.5 million this season.

Mike Costanzo (courtesy of

Costanzo has been very busy early in 2012 having played in a combined 34 games with Louisville and Double-A Pensacola. The 28-year-old has batted .303 with six homers and 24 RBIs. When he appears for the Reds, it will be his big league debut. He was a second-round Draft pick of the Phillies in 2005, and joined Reds in 2010 after playing independent ball for Camden in the Atlantic League.



Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news


Reds acquire backup SS Valdez in trade with Phillies


The Cincinnati Reds have always known that Wilson Valdez is a smooth-fielding shortstop but they also found out that he could pitch a little bit as well.

On May 25, 2011 at Philadelphia, the Reds lost 5-4 in 19 innings to the Phillies, Valdez was moved from second base to the pitcher’s mound by his manager Charlie Manuel. He went on to pitch a one-walk, scoreless 19th inning to get the win. Before that outing, he had never pitched in a professional game.

The win by Valdez was the first for a position player in the Major Leagues since Colorado Rockies catcher Brent Mayne beat the Atlanta Braves on August 22, 2000. The last player to start a game in the field and earn a win was Babe Ruth for the New York Yankees on October 1, 1921.

Wilson Valdez (courtesy of

The Reds now have the 33-year-old Valdez on their side.

On Wednesday, he was acquired in a trade by Cincinnati with the Phillies getting lefty reliever Jeremy Horst.

Valdez has played in 342 career games in the big leagues with the White Sox, Seattle, San Diego, the Dodgers and Phillies and has played 190 at shortstop and has a .980 fielding percentage.

The past two seasons with Philadelphia, the Dominican Republic native batted .249 with one homer and 30 RBI’s and has the nack for coming up with clutch hits in his career.

The Reds outrighted Horst off of their roster on December 5, had a 2.93 ERA in 12 major league games in several stints with the team in 2011.



Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Radio & TV news


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