Seeking an extra bat for the bench, the Reds called up infielder Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday and optioned lefty starter Tony Cingrani to Louisville.
Rookie left-hander Tony Cingrani was mostly impressive during his callup to the Majors. However, Cingrani was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday as the Reds prepare to bring ace Johnny Cueto back from the disabled list on Monday.
When the Reds and Phillies take the field for the rubber match on Sunday, Dusty Baker will seek his first series win on the road against the Phillies in his time as the Reds' manager. He'll start Homer Bailey against undefeated rookie Jonathan Pettibone.
Bronson Arroyo and the Reds got past their bad track record in Philadelphia. Ryan Hanigan kicked more dirt over the struggles he endured the first month of his season. And Joey Votto continued to refute any suggestions his power might still be sapped from last season's knee surgery. Add it all up, and the Reds had a decisive 10-0 win over the Phillies.
Despite Joey Votto's tying homer, the Reds fell to the Phillies, 5-3, on Friday. Jay Bruce had homered earlier in an effort to back Tony Cingrani in what might be Cingrani's last Major League start for a while.
The Reds listed Mike Leake as their probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Mets, which seems to end any remaining speculation about his status on the roster.
All systems are a go for Reds ace Johnny Cueto to return to the rotation from the disabled list Monday. Cueto on Wednesday was named the starter for the series opener against the Mets.
Away games have been anything but kind to Reds third baseman Todd Frazier. At home this season, Frazier is batting .293 with all six of his home runs. On the road, he entered Friday batting .131.
National League RBI leader Brandon Phillips drove in two key runs Thursday night to help the Reds win their sixth straight and complete a series sweep of the Marlins.
Joe Morgan is widely regarded as one of the game's greatest second basemen, but Brandon Phillips is gaining on the Hall of Famer in the Reds' record books.
Aroldis Chapman closed out the Marlins on Wednesday night, but the hard-throwing lefty had to work hard to get the final three outs.
Reds manager Dusty Baker addressed several different topics before Thursday's series finale against the Marlins.
Shin-Soo Choo's second multi-homer game of the season helped power the Reds to their fifth straight win and a series victory over the Marlins. Choo went 4-for-5 with two home runs to push the Reds past the Marlins, 4-0, before 14,866 at Marlins Park on Wednesday night.
Johnny Cueto, who has been on the disabled list since April 15 with a strained right lat, will be back in the Reds' rotation on Monday night, when he faces the Mets in New York. Cueto's coming off a strong rehab start with Class A Dayton on Tuesday night in which he allowed just three hits over five scoreless innings.
Injuries have created opportunities in the Reds' outfield this season. Manager Dusty Baker has been plugging a hole in left field since Ryan Ludwick tore cartilage in his right shoulder while sliding headfirst into third base during Cincinnati's season opener.
One night after giving Jay Bruce a day off, Reds manager Dusty Baker chose to rest three other regulars. Shortstop Zack Cozart, third baseman Todd Frazier and catcher Ryan Hanigan were all out of Wednesday's starting lineup.
Xavier Paul's bases-clearing double capped a five-run second inning that gave Homer Bailey all the support he would need, as the Reds beat the Marlins, 6-2, before 14,694 at Marlins Park on Tuesday night.
The Reds sport one of the best records in the National League, but their struggles away from Great American Ball Park could be a concern as they opened a nine-game road trip Tuesday night.
The Reds hoped to have injured outfielder Chris Heisey back in the big leagues in a few days, but those plans may have changed.
Pitching in Miami is special for Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. The Cuban defector enjoys playing in front of crowds filled with his fellow Cubans, and the lefty will have the opportunity to do that over the next three days.
Belonging and getting to stay in the Majors could be different things in this case. Whether or not Tony Cingrani gets to remain looms as a very large question for the Reds.
Honorary Bat Girl Josie Shuler is nothing if not stubborn. Twice, the 55-year-old Fairfield Township resident has been told by doctors that she only had months to live. Twice, she told them that idea didn't fly with her.
Donald Lutz came through with his first home run in the Majors while Bronson Arroyo had a strong afternoon for a 5-1 Reds win over the Brewers. Cincinnati swept the three-game series and has won seven of its last nine games.
Sunday marked the eighth straight Mother's Day when members of the Reds and the rest of Major League Baseball wore pink equipment and took to the plate with pink bats. Among the players to rock pink equipment were Brandon Phillips and Xavier Paul, who used a pink bat to knock a solo homer in the Reds 5-1 victory.
In nine straight before Sunday, Reds starters did not turn in a quality performance, but the team was 6-3 in those games. On Sunday, Bronson Arroyo notched the club's first quality start since April 30.
Scoring five runs in the second inning and seven more in the third, the Reds beat up the Brewers on Saturday with a 13-7 win at Great American Ball Park.
During the Winter Meetings, an online auction was held featuring various items, including the opportunity for a lesson from Reds pitching coach Bryan Price. Kirk Putt's 13-year-old son, Max, grew up an avid Reds fan, so Putt jumped at the opportunity.
Although Reds reliever Sam Lecure is a grown man with a burly mustache and beard, it's not hard for his mother Ann -- like most parents -- to be transported back while watching her son on the mound pitching.
Ryan Hanigan wasted no time Friday testing the strained left oblique that played a major part in his stint on the 15-day disabled list that began April 21, making an impressive catch behind the plate for the first out of the game.
When Donald Lutz arrived in the big leagues at the end of April to replace the injured Chris Heisey, Reds manager Dusty Baker was "disappointed" the 24-year-old outfielder hadn't shown more with Double-A Pensacola. Since then, Lutz has done his best to make up for any Minor League struggles.