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Friday News

Posted by Matt on July 13, 2007

Just a quick update this morning as the second half of the MLB season gets rolling…

– Cincinnati Reds’ rookie pitcher, Homer Bailey, did not fare so well last night in Triple-A Louisville. Bailey went only 3 and 1/3-innings while giving up 4-earned runs on 6-hits and 2-walks while striking out 2.

My Take: This is not a good sign for Homer as he is eligible to return to the Reds on July 18, 2007. I understand that he was merely sent down to be able to stay on the same pitching schedule but the Reds will need to fill his starter’s role before he is eligible to return and with it seeming like the Reds staff was never really sold on Bailey from the beginning, he may be forced in to an extended stay in Louisville.

– Speaking of not faring so well, the Cincinnati Reds lost their first game after returning from the All Star break to the New York Mets by a score of 3-2. This team continues to frustrate and were unable to maintain the momentum gained before the break and were unable to get off on the right foot.

My Take: Frankly, the Reds need a hard lesson in fundamentals. It seemed as if the entire batting order was struggling to get a bunt down in the last couple of games before the All Star break and the Reds were in prime position to tie the game up last night with one out in the top of the 9th-inning before blowing it. Brandon Phillips reached first and immediately stole second, however, on an infield hit by Edwin Encarnacion, Phillips was thrown out trying to go to third on A BALL HIT DIRECTLY AT THE SHORTSTOP. Brandon should’ve never been running on that play and it spelled the beginning of the end for the Redlegs as Alex Gonzalez recorded the last out of the game in the following at bat.

Other quick hits…

  • Budweiser will NOT follow Dale Earnhardt, Junior to Hendrick Motorsports, however, this doesn’t seem to be a solid move for Budweiser in my eyes
  • Derek Fisher will return to the Los Angeles Lakers following personal issues during the NBA Playoffs
  • Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban has reportedly applied to purchase the Chicago Cubs…between Cuban and Piniella, that would be quite the tantrum duo..

Lots more to come, as always, and the main goal for today is to get a grasp on the Adam Dunn situation in Cincinnati and post the terms and allow “The Nasty Boys” to debate in the thread regarding what the Reds should do with Dunn. It should be fun so check back later…

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