SUNDAY’S #REDS LINEUP

8-2-15

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a free Billy Hamilton poster, courtesy of Biz/Oxydol.

Today we have our annual postgame Faith Concert, presented by Prasco. The concert, featuring Grammy award winning Christian rock band Third Day, will begin approximately 25 minutes after the conclusion of today’s game. Lead singer Mac Powell will offer up one of our ceremonial first pitches prior to the game.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by the St. Cecilia Children’s Choir as they lead us in the singing of God Bless America from the rightfield porch area of the ballpark.

SATURDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; HOW YOU CAN WIN A PRIZE FROM BOR HQ

8-1-15

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From my pal @Bongreatness...

The first 25,000 fans in the ballpark today will receive a Devin Mesoraco bobblehead, courtesy of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Holders and 5:40PM for the general public, however those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code if the crowd size outside the gates dictates it so.

Tonight is the inaugural St. Elizabeth Healthcare Northern Kentucky Night at Great American Ball Park. Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be University of Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari.

During pregame ceremonies we will salute the MSA sport “Coaches of the Year” for high school baseball in Reds Country. Tonight’s honorees include Josh Patrick (Fairborn High School), Mark Pelfrey (Springboro High School), Triffon Callos (Summit Country Day), Mark Day (Hughes High School) and Shawn Sowders (Harrison High School).

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For those of you who follow Better Off Red on Twitter (@Jamieblog), you’re probably aware that I’ve been giving out some cool prizes during the current homestand.  Well, I’d like to keep that going – but it’s up to you.

Tonight, I’ve got a Better Off Red t-shirt, a mystery Reds bobblehead and an All-Star Game media guide ready to ship out to one random follower who hangs out with me on Twitter during this evening’s Reds/Pirates game.

But there’s a catch.  The only way I can give out the stuff I mentioned above is if we can come together as one and get RON ROBINSON trending on Twitter (at the very least, trending in Cincinnati).  If that happens, I’ll package up the prizes and select one random winner.  Cool? Do it for Ron (aka “The True Creature”)

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#REDS LINEUP & TRANSACTION

7-31-15

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 9th Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by PNC Bank. The postgame fireworks show will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and feature Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a “Wedding Celebration” soundtrack. Prior to the start of the fireworks show we will welcome local strongman Sean McCarthy who will attempt to break the world record for a washing machine toss. Sean was previously scheduled to attempt this record-breaker at the July 17th game but was rescheduled due to inclement weather that evening.

During pregame ceremonies today we will host our third annual “I Do’s on the Diamond”, presented by datenightcincinnati.com. We will have 11 couples saying their vows and tying the knot during tonight’s ceremony.

SATURDAY: #REDS WIVES MYSTERY BALL FUNDRAISER

If you are attending the Reds vs. Pirates game on Saturday, August 1 (7:10pm) you’ll have the opportunity to purchase autographed baseballs from the Reds Wives Mystery Ball fundraiser.
Baseballs from the 40 man roster as well as others are included. A list of players included will be available at the fundraiser.

The Reds Wives will be selling baseballs for $40 (cash only) inside the reentry gate at Great American Ball Park starting when gates open at 5:40pm until they are gone (or the end of the game). Fans must have a ticket to the game to purchase baseballs.

All proceeds will go toward the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation whose mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. CCFA sponsors basic and clinic research and offers a wide range of educational programs and support services.

#REDS MOVE LEAKE IN A LATE NIGHT DEAL WITH GIANTS

REDS TRADE MIKE LEAKE TO GIANTS
Acquire Louisville Native IF Adam Duvall & SF’s Top Prospect

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the acquisitions of IF Adam Duvall and RHP Keury Mella from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for RHP Mike Leake.

Duvall, 26, was selected by San Francisco in the 11th round of the June 2010 first-year player draft. He grew up in Louisville, where he attended Butler High School, and then played at Western Kentucky University, Chipola Junior College in Florida and the University of Louisville.

This season, Duvall hit .279 with 25 doubles, 26 HR and 79 RBI in 99 appearances for Class AAA Sacramento. Entering Thursday’s games, he led the Pacific Coast League in home runs and total bases (218) while ranking among the league leaders in RBI (2nd) and extra-base hits (53, 2nd). Duvall was PCL Player of the Week in April and a mid-season PCL All-Star.

In his minor league career, Duvall was a mid-season all-star twice, player of the week twice, Milb.com organizational All-Star 3 times and post-season All-Star 3 times. In his Major League debut on June 26 of last season, he homered off Leake for his first career hit.

Mella, 21, was signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent in September 2011. In his 4-season professional career, in 57 career minor league starts and 1 relief appearance he is 15-12 with a 3.01 ERA and 282 strikeouts in 272.1 innings.

In 16 starts this season at high Class A San Jose, Mella went 5-3 and ranks fourth in the California League with a 3.31 ERA. He was a Cal League mid-season All-Star, was selected to play in this summer’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Great American Ball Park and currently is ranked by MLB.com’s MLB Pipeline as the top prospect in the Giants’ organization.

Leake, 27, this season for the Reds posted a 9-5 record and 3.56 ERA in 21 starts.

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS • JULY 30-AUGUST 6 • #REDS VS. PIRATES & CARDINALS

Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m. (Thirsty Thursday)
Big Blue Night: Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns will throw ceremonial first pitches. Both Cauley-Stein (Sacramento Kings) and Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) were drafted in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft.

Friday, July 31, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday, Wedding Crashers Ticket Package)
Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show with a “Wedding Reception” soundtrack, presented by PNC Bank.
I Do’s On the Diamond: Pre-registered couples will say their vows on the field in the third annual I Do’s On the Diamond. (Ceremony will start at 6:35 p.m.)
Reds Dog Days of Summer Calendar: Free 2015-16 calendar featuring players, broadcasters and fans with their pets to the first 20,000 fans, presented by Iams and Kroger.
Club Red Friday Night Party: Club Red members and their friends are invited to a party in the Kroger Fan Zone during the third through sixth innings. Parties are presented by Coca-Cola and feature entertainment by Kiss 107, raffle prizes and more. Club Red is for fans ages 13-17.
World Record Attempt: Following tonight’s game and prior to the fireworks, local strongman Sean McCarthy will attempt to break the world record for the Farthest Washing Machine Throw – Individual. The current record is 13 ft. 2 in., set by Jonathan Macfarlane in Auckland, New Zealand on August 23, 2009. (Rescheduled from July 17 due to rain)

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m. (Super Saturday)
Devin Mesoraco Bobblehead: As part of Super Saturdays, free bobblehead of the Reds catcher to the first 25,000 fans, presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare.
“Coach Cal” First Pitch: University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Reds Wives Fundraiser: The Reds Wives will be hosting a “Mystery Ball” fundraiser inside the re-entry gate at Great American Ball Park. For a $40 donation, fans will receive a ball signed by a Reds player.

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Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday)
Kids Poster: Kids 14 and younger will receive a free Billy Hamilton poster, presented by Biz and Oxydol.
Third Day Post-game Concert: Grammy Award-winning band Third Day will play a free post-game Faith Concert, presented by Prasco.

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Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star T-Shirt Tuesday, Military Appreciation)
Military Appreciation Game: Today is the 225th birthday of the U. S. Coast Guard and the sixth Reds Military Appreciation Game of the season, presented by Disabled American Veterans and RetireMEDiQ. Many of tonight’s pregame and in-game activities will honor the men and women of the five U.S. military branches: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Reds Community Fund & FOX Sports Ohio Telethon: Support the Reds Community Fund during the annual telethon with FOX Sports Ohio. Fans from all around the country will be able to purchase MVP bags containing exclusive Reds merchandise for a donation of $100: reds.com/telethon.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. (Student Discount Day)
Bengals & Reds Kickoff: Commemorative posters featuring Reds and Bengals players will be revealed during pregame ceremonies. The two Cincinnati teams are partnering to celebrate the start of Bengals training camp at Paul Brown Stadium, which kicked off July 31.
Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award: Members of the Lakota West girls basketball team will be the recipients of a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award during pregame ceremonies. The team claimed its first state championship in March by defeating Toledo Notre Dame Academy 44-38 in the Ohio High School Division I title game.
Bone Marrow Donor Pregame Ceremony: Chris Herrell (Reds season ticket sales manager) and a bone marrow donor from Germany will be honored during pregame ceremonies. Chris was the recipient of a bone marrow transplant in 2013 and will be meeting his donor for the first time. Fans are encouraged to join the donor registry at a drive with Delete Blood Cancer on Friday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club at GABP.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 12:35 p.m. (Business Day Special, Senior Citizen Special)
Ultimate Sports Doubleheader: Following today’s game, Reds fans are encouraged to visit Bengals Training Camp on the practice fields just west of Paul Brown Stadium. The public practice starts at 3pm and offers access to the team not available during the regular season.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand: reds.com/tickets
• Thirsty Thursdays: For select Thursday Reds home games (including July 30) fans can purchase a $30 package that includes a Field Box ticket and a $10 concession credit valid for food and beverages. Available only at reds.com/Thursday.
• Wedding Crashers: For July 31, fans can purchase a $25 package that includes a View Level ticket, a $10 concession credit valid for food and beverages and a custom Reds koozie. Also, a DJ will be in the Kroger Fan Zone before the game to play wedding-themed music. Available only at reds.com/Reception.
• Family Sundays: For every Sunday home game this season, families can take advantage of two exclusive offers, presented by Klosterman Bakery:
– Get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of one full-price ticket
– Receive a FREE Kroger Meal Deal that includes a drink, hot dog, chips and a snack with your ticket
Sunday games also include giveaways for kids, face painters, live mascot races and more: reds.com/Family.
• All-Star T-Shirt Tuesdays: For all Tuesday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $25 package that includes a Terrace Line ticket and an exclusive All-Star-themed T-shirt featuring a Reds player, presented by Rice Krispies Treats. The August T-shirt features Devin Mesoraco: reds.com/Tuesdays.
• Military Appreciation Days: For select games (including Aug. 4), pregame ceremonies will honor military groups and fans can purchase a ticket package that includes Reds-branded aviator sunglasses. Presented by Disabled American Veterans and RetireMEDiQ. Available only at reds.com/Military.
• Student Discount Days: Students of all ages can enjoy discount tickets to all Wednesday home games this season, courtesy of First Student: reds.com/Students.
• Business Day Specials: For all 12:35 p.m. weekday Paycor Business Day Special games, get a View Level seat loaded with $10 in concession credits for just $20: reds.com/SkipWork.
• Senior Citizen Specials: For select games (including Aug. 6) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Some restrictions apply. Presented by Tri-State Centers For Sight: reds.com/Seniors.

Reds Player Appearances
• Reds Day at Kings Island – Aug 3: Join some of your favorite Reds for a fun day at Kings Island on Monday, Aug. 3 with two different Q&A sessions. Scheduled to appear at the 12 p.m. Q&A Session: Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco. Scheduled to appear at the 2 p.m. Q&A Session: Billy Hamilton, Brayan Peña and Eugenio Suarez. Plus, Reds mascots will be on hand to greet fans, give out prizes and more. (Players and schedule subject to change. Regular Kings Island admission required.)

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Paul O’Neill Bobblehead: The 2015 Reds Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP concludes in August with Paul O’Neill. The fifth and final bobblehead of the series is free with regular-price admission to the Reds HOF & Museum on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in August, while supplies last.
• Life Enriching Communities Senior Days: Senior citizens ages 60 and over will be admitted free of charge to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on select Mondays this season including Aug. 3, courtesy of Life Enriching Communities.

Reds Community Fund
• Redlegs Run – Aug. 8: It’s not too late to register for the Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run on Saturday, Aug. 8. Fans can choose from the 5K, 10K, One Mile Family Run and Gapper’s Kids Fun Run. Register online at reds.com/run through Aug. 3 for discounted entry fees.
• Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash – Sept. 5: Register today for the inaugural Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Super Bowl in Erlanger, KY. Join Brandon and his Reds teammates for an exciting evening of food, fun and bowling all while raising money for the Reds Community Fund: reds.com/bowling.

THURSDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; BIG BLUE NIGHT AT GABP

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From my pal @Bongreatness...

As part of Big Blue Night at Great American Ball Park, former University of Kentucky basketball stars Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns will offer up simultaneous ceremonial first pitches. Both Cauley-Stein (Sacramento Kings) and Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) were recently drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft.

During pregame ceremonies we will recognize the Reds Way Employee of the Month for July, Tori Miles. Tori is a Delaware North Company staff member who is currently assigned to duties in The Handlebar.

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Happy birthday to the late great Joe Nuxhall, who would’ve been 87 today.

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From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau
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According to STATS

Tonight’s Pirates starter A.J. Burnett owns a 1.78 ERA this season against NL Central opponents; a mark good for the NL’s third-lowest ERA against pitchers’ own division (min. 5 starts).   Who has the lowest? That would be the Reds’ Anthony DeSclafani, owner of a 1.43 ERA this season against the NL Central.

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PETE ROSE BOBBLEHEAD ANNOUNCED FOR SEPTEMBER 12

All fans guaranteed giveaway at Reds vs. Cardinals game (1:05 p.m.)

CINCINNATI (July 28, 2015) — Baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose will be the third and final player featured in the Cincinnati Reds “Stars of the Queen City” bobblehead series for 2015.

This first-time-ever gate giveaway of a Pete Rose bobblehead will be given to ALL FANS in attendance at the Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals game on Saturday, September 12 at 1:05 p.m..

The giveaway celebrates the 30th anniversary of Rose’s record-breaking hit no. 4,192 on Sept. 11, 1985.

The Pete Rose bobblehead is presented by Queen City Sausage, as part of Super Saturdays at Great American Ball Park.

Fans have many options to purchase tickets for the Sept. 12 game:
• Online: reds.com
• Phone: 513-381-REDS or 877-647-REDS (7337)
• In person: Great American Ball Park ticket windows and select Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets.

Rose joins Johnny Bench (May 16) and Barry Larkin (June 6) as the three “Stars of the Queen City” bobbleheads in the 2015 collectible series.

Rose made 13 All-Star Game appearances in a Reds uniform (17 total) while Bench appeared in 14 All-Star Games (the most in Reds history) and Larkin made 12 appearances in the Midsummer Classic.

Fans may visit the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum to see the Stars of the Queen City exhibit featuring period artifacts representing each of the 100 different players in Reds history that have been selected to represent Cincinnati at the MLB All-Star Game.

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BRANDON PHILLIPS BOWLING BASH: SEPTEMBER 5

Register today for the inaugural Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Super Bowl in Erlanger, KY.

Join Brandon and his Reds teammates for an exciting evening of food, fun and bowling all while raising money for the Reds Community Fund.

The doors will open at 5:45 p.m. for VIP check-in and reception. Bowling will begin at 6:30 p.m. for all participants.

All registrants will enjoy 2 1/2 hours of unlimited bowling, a group photo with Brandon and a Reds gift bag that includes a commemorative bowling t-shirt (custom bowling shirt for VIPs), Brandon Phillips bobblehead, custom bowling pin and an autographed baseball from a Reds player.

VIP registrants get to bowl with a current Reds player or coach and VIP Full Lane registrants will have access to a reception hosted by Brandon.

Gather your friends, co-workers and fellow Reds fans for an evening you do not want to miss.

Here are some ways to get involved and show your support:
– Individual bowler registration: $150
– VIP bowler registration: $400
– Full Lane registration: $750 (group of 5 bowlers)
– VIP Full Lane registration: $2,000 (group of 5 bowlers)
– Spectator: $75

Full details and registrations for the event are available at reds.com/bowling or by calling (513) 765-7240.

Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015
5:45 to 9 p.m.
Super Bowl Erlanger
510 Commonwealth Ave.
Erlanger, KY 41018

Contact:
Sara Ingram
Program and Events Coordinator, Reds Community Fund
singram@reds.com
(513) 765-7240
http://www.reds.com/bowling

SO, WHO DID WE GET?

It’s great to be back in BOR HQ after a nice, long, relaxing 4-day weekend.

Obviously the big news while I was away was the trade the Reds made with the Royals, sending Johnny Cueto to Kansas City for left-handed pitchers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

Curious about the guys the Reds acquired?  MLB.com’s Jim Callis has a pretty good write-up on the three lefty prospects HERE.

For additional information, in the form of moving pictures, check out the videos below.

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