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Reds bring back Tomko; given a chance to make team

 

Brett Tomko (file photo)

The MLB team that helped launch Brett Tomko’s career, the Cincinnati Reds, have signed him to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Tomko has had an eventful 14-year career pitching for 10 teams; San Diego three times, Oakland, the Yankees, St. Louis, San Francisco, the Dodgers and Kansas City.

His record is 100-102 with 4.65 ERA and has 1,195 strikeouts.

The 38-year-old Tomko, who’ll be 39 on April 7, was Cincinnati’s second-round pick in the June 1995 draft. He was elevated to the majors in 1997 and spent three seasons with the Reds.

He will always be remembered for being a part of the four-player package the Reds shipped to Seattle to bring home Ken Griffey Jr. on February 10, 2000.

Tomko was 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in eight games with Texas in 2011.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

 

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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 MLBpressbox.com)

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

 

Indians sign Ray to minor-league deal

 

Chris Ray with Orioles in 2006 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Cleveland Indians continue to add pitching depth at the Triple-A level.

On Thursday, the team signed free-agent reliever Chris Ray to a minor-league contract.

Ray spent the 2011 season with the Seattle Mariners, going 3-2 with a 4.68 ERA in 29 games. He did not pitch after July 30, when he was put on the disabled list and released on August 15.

The right-hander has been invited to Spring Training with the Indians.

The 30-year-old Ray, has a lifetime record of 18-19 with a 4.10 ERA, 51 saves in 283 major-league games with Baltimore, Texas, the Giants and Seattle since the 2005 season.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians news

Indians sign Seddon to minor-league contract

 

Chris Seddon (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Cleveland Indians have added another player to their Spring Training invitees list.

The Tribe has signed lefty Chris Seddon to a minor-league contract with a training camp invitation.

The 28-year-old is one of eight players signed to minor-league deals and invited to camp.

Seddon has pitched for Florida and Seattle in the majors.

In 2011, Seddon pitched for Triple-A Tacoma, the Seattle Mariners top farm club and went 9-7 with a 6.27 ERA. He made 28 appearances and 25 starts.

 

compiled from Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV news

Bengals lose to Baltimore; make AFC playoffs as sixth seed with Clements as key figure

 

Nate Clements Bengals in 2011 (photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

Eventhough the Cincinnati Bengals lost their final game to the Baltimore Ravens, the team still will be amongst the top 6 in the AFC Playoffs next weekend as the sixth seed.

The Bengals received help on Sunday when the Jets, Raiders and Broncos all lost but they earned the wildcard spot in a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Tennessee Titans, the only other AFC team with that same record of 9-7. The Bengals beat the Titans at Tennessee in November, 24-17. That’s why every game in the NFL is important.

They’ll be traveling to Houston to play the 10-6 Texans who they lost two three weeks ago in the final seconds.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who is from the Houston area, is 3-0 in Reliant Stadium home of the Texans. He played there during his college career at TCU.

Cincinnati defied all the odds playing with a rookie QB and won 9 games even after trading away veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders.

One of the reasons the Bengals made the playoffs was the play of former Ohio State defensive back Nate Clements, who they signed in the off-season to release Johnathan Joseph who bolted for Houston after the team had a losing season in 2010.

The 32-year-old native of the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, had never made the playoffs as his career has taken him to Buffalo and San Francisco after being drafted in the first round at #21 by the Bills in 2001.

Clements felt the Bengals, even being a young team had a chance at the playoffs and he was right.

The 2011 free agent signee who has been a standout player in the Cincinnati secondary this season, missed only one game with a hamstring injury he suffered in practice on December 1.

After sitting out the December 4 Pittsburgh game, he has been back at the Left cornerback spot the past three games against Houston, St. Louis and Arizona.

Clements was not fully healed for the December 11 game vs. the Texans, and he had just one tackle in very limited action. But returned to his big-play capabilities on December 18 at St. Louis, and also on December 24 vs. Arizona.

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Clements has made big plays all season:

* On October 16 against Indianapolis, he blocked a 52-yard FG attempt by Adam Vinatieri with 5;43 to play. Also in the opening quarter of the game, he forced a fumble by Colts TE Dallas Clark.

* On October 30 at Seattle, Clements stopped a two-point try by stripping the ball from WR Ben Obomanu in the end zone.

* On November 6 at Tennessee with under four minutes to play, and the Bengals up 21-17, Clements separated TE Jared Cook from the ball and recovered it at the Titans 20. From there, the Bengals scored a field goal for the final margin of 24-17.

* On November 27 vs. Cleveland, with the score 20-20, Clements ripped the ball away from WR Greg Little for an incompletion which would’ve given the Browns a first down. It forced the Browns to kick a 55-yard field goal which missed and the Bengals started their game-winning drive on their 45-yard line.

* On December 18 at St. Louis, Clements was responsible for making four, huge third down plays that caused the Rams to punt on three of them and kick a field goal on another.

* On December 24, against Arizona, his second-quarter interception against John Skelton set up the Bengals TD drive for a 17-0 lead.

With Right cornerback Leon Hall going down with an injury a few games ago, the free agent signing of Clements has been huge for Cincinnati’s defense.

 

 

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