RIXTON to Perform as Musical Guest

Free Ticketed Concert Takes Place at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday, July 11th
Three Days Before the 86th MLB All-Star Game on FOX

Free Tickets for Fans Available at Beginning June 18th

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-nominated artist ARIANA GRANDE will headline the Budweiser MLB All-Star Concert, part of the Pepsi Music Series, with musical guest, RIXTON, on Saturday, July 11th at Paul Brown Stadium during 2015 MLB All-Star Week. The rain or shine concert will start at 8:00 p.m. ET, with gates opening to the public at 5:00 p.m. ET. A special fireworks show will be conducted immediately following the concert. The 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park airs on FOX with coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. The full Pepsi Music Series lineup, which will feature a range of artists throughout MLB All-Star Week, will be released at a later date.

Fans can obtain either a free General Admission Ticket or free On-Field Standing Room Ticket based on availability at beginning Thursday, June 18th at 9:00 a.m. ET. Free tickets, which may not be sold, must be downloaded, printed and brought to Paul Brown Stadium for entry to the concert. There is a limit of four tickets per individual request.

“The Midsummer Classic is a global stage for baseball’s biggest stars, so it is fitting to be featuring one of music’s most exceptional young talents, Ariana Grande, on the All-Star Concert stage,” said Tony Petitti, Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball. “Alongside our partners Budweiser and Pepsi, we are certain Ariana will give the fans an unforgettable experience.”

“As always, it is a pleasure to be a part of MLB All-Star Week,” said Brian Perkins, VP, Budweiser Marketing. “Major League Baseball has always been a valuable partner of the brand, and they continue to impress with amazing opportunities for Budweiser to activate, not only during All-Star Week festivities, but throughout the baseball season.”

“The intersection of sports and music is built into our history at Pepsi, and we are excited to partner with MLB on an All-Star Week music series,” said Melissa Duhaime, Senior Sports Marketing Manager at Pepsi.

Within less than a year, ARIANA GRANDE captured the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 twice – first with her Republic Records debut Yours Truly and also with its 2014 follow up My Everything. Yours Truly yielded the game-changing pop smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, which went double-platinum, landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and seized #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. Meanwhile, the platinum-selling My Everything garnered a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and spawned the five times-platinum hit “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea. Upon the single’s release ARIANA became “the youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week,” while the song ranked as the 5th “highest digital song debut for a female artist” and 9th highest ever. Moreover, it debuted at No. 1 in 85 countries, topping the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks. During release week, My Everything was No. 1 on Spotify as ARIANA personally rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Artists 100 chart. She also became the first woman in history and the first artist since Michael Jackson to simultaneously have three songs – “Problem,” “Break Free” featuring Zedd, and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J – in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs Chart. “Bang Bang” went platinum and was Grammy-nominated for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.”

In 2013, she was named “Best New Artist” at the American Music Awards. Other accolades followed with ARIANA winning “Favorite Breakout Artist” at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards, the “Young Influencer Award” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the “Radio Disney Chart Topper Award,” “Choice Female Artist” and “Choice Single” “Problem” at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, and more. At the 2014 MTV VMAs, “Problem” was named “Best Pop Video” as well.

British band Rixton’s Me and My Broken Heart EP featuring their multi-platinum hit single of the same title, climbed to No. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart and ranked as one of the most Shazam-ed new tracks in the U.S. with the official video racking up over 61 million views on YouTube/VEVO. Rixton have delivered killer performances on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Voice, Ellen, The TODAY Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and more, in addition to being featured as an MTV 2014 “Artist to Watch” and a VEVO LIFT artist. Rixton’s U.K. single, “We All Want The Same Thing” from their debut album Let The Road is out now via School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope Records. The band recently toured with Ariana Grande and will join Ed Sheeran this month. Hailing from Manchester, Rixton are Jake Roche (vocals/rhythm guitar), Danny Wilkin (bass/keys), Charley Bagnall (lead guitar) and Lewi Morgan (drums).

All concert attendees will be screened at security checkpoints before entering the stadium. No umbrellas, ice chests, frisbees, laser pointers, noisemaking devices, or other specified items are permitted. A full list of prohibited and acceptable items is available at

Media may request a concert-only credential by emailing If approved, media may obtain their credentials at a to be determined location at Paul Brown Stadium beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET on the day of the concert.

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed No. 1 draft pick C Tyler Stephenson (6-4, 220) from Kennesaw Mountain High School in Marietta, Georgia.  He was taken with the 11th pick overall in Monday’s first-year player draft and will be assigned to the rookie Pioneer League’s Billings roster.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Since the Reds 9-game losing streak from May 15-25, the club has played 143.5 innings.  They’ve trailed in just 38.5 of those 143.5 innings and have won 10 of 16 games.


If you’re not following Marty Brennaman on Instagram, this is the kind of stuff you’re missing…



What a fun time last night in Dayton as I was asked to provide color commentary for the Dayton Dragons telecast. Here I am with the great Tom Nichols, who did a tremendous job of putting up with my dumb jokes and nonsensical analysis…


The Dragons lost 5-3 in 6 innings, as the game was called due to rain.


Have you seen the Cincinnati baseball-inspired statues around town, yet?  Each statue is an oversized mustache emblazoned with unique All-Star or Reds-centric imagery and text.  The mustache resembles the handlebar style sported by Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs.  Each statue measures 8 feet wide, 2.5 feet high and weighs approximately 850 pounds.  A total of 20 of the statues will be unveiled around the Queen city.

To complement the statue program, which MLB began ahead of the 2008 All-Star Game, a retail component consists of replica statues modeled after the larger versions that will be placed around the city.  The replicas, which are made by Forever Collectibles and double as business card holders, will be available at and at the Reds Team Shop by Majestic at Great American Ball Park beginning next week.

2015 Statue Locations


That’s all for now. More in a bit.

Expect good news!



#58 Adcock – “Seminole Wind” by John Anderson
#25 Badenhop – “Strangle Hold” by Ted Nugent
#16 Barnhart – “Working Man” by Rush (start at :07)
#27 Boesch – “Fire Squad” by J. Cole
#27 Boesch- “ G.O.M.D.” by J. Cole
#32 Bruce – “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift (start at :03)
#9 Byrd #1- “Work” by Gang Starr
#9 Byrd #2 – “Get Like Me” by David Banner
#54 Chapman – “Wake up” by Rage Against the Machine & “Jingo” by Santana
#52 Cingrani – “The King is Dead” by A Wilhem Scream (Pitching)
#52 Cingrani – “Black Nurse” by Glass Jaw (Hitting)
#2 Cozart – “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” by Robert Randolph
#47 Cueto – “Deja Tu Envidia” by Vakero ft Kunin (pitching)
#47 Cueto – “Como Antes” by El Mayor Clasico ft. Shadow Blow (batting)
#28 DeSclafani – “Moment of Clarity” by Jay-Z (batting)
#28 DeSclafani – “Calling” by Sebastian Ingrosso (start at :13) (pitching)
#15 Dominguez- “So Ambitious” by Jay Z
#70 Diaz – “Mozart LaPara” by Pa’Gozar
#21 Frazier – “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
#6 Hamilton #1 – “Make Sum Shake” by Cool Amerika
#6 Hamilton #2 – “I’m On One” by Drake
#6 Hamilton #3– “Watch Me” by Silento
#60 Hoover – “Awake and Alive” by Skillet (start at :05)
#26 Iglesias – “No Me Olvidare Jamas” by Los Adolecentes
#44 Leake – “Intro” by XX (Pitching)
#44 Leake – “Rooster” by Alice in Chains (Hitting) (start at :27)
#50 Lorenzen – “Awesome God” by R-Swift
#41 Mattheus – “Firework” by Katy Perry
#46 Moscot – “We’ll be Coming Back” by Calvin Harris(start at :32 (pitching)
#46 Moscot – “Wake Me Up” by Avicii (start at :35) (batting)
#45 Marshall – “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin
#39 Mesoraco #1 – “Fishing in the Dark” by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (start at :06)
#39 Mesoraco #2– “Right Where I Need to Be” by Gary Allan (start at beginning)
#17 Negron – “Water Pumpee” by Seeed ft. Anthony B (start at :17)
#43 Parra – “Jump Around” by House of Pain
#29 Pena #1 – “All I do is Win” by DJ Khaled (start at :02)
#29 Pena # 2- “About The Money” by T.I. feat. Young Thug (start 1:14)
#4 Phillips #1 – “Better Have My Money” by Rihanna (start at :05 or :13)
#4 Phillips #2 – “Peaches n Cream” by Snoop Dogg (start at beginning)
#4 Phillips #3 – “Flicka da Wrist” by Chedda da Connect (start at :15)
#4 Phillips #4 – “Flex” by Rich Homie Quan (start at :08)
#4 Phillips #5 – “Check” by Young Thug (start at :13)
#4 Phillips #6 – “TrapQueen” by Fetty Wap (start at :10)
#25 Schumaker – “Put Your Hands” by Busta Rhymes
#62 Villarreal – “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue
#19 Votto – “Blacker the Berry” by Kendrick Lamar


Today the Reds recalled from Class AAA Louisville IF Chris Dominguez (#15) and IF Eugenio Suarez (#7, first name pronounced AY-you-hay-nee-oh), optioned to Louisville RHP Pedro Villarreal and placed on the 15-day disabled list SS Zack Cozart.

In the first inning of yesterday’s game, SS Zack Cozart suffered tears of the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments and the biceps tendon in his right knee…he is expected to have surgery Monday…the rehab will take approximately 9 months.




From my pal @Bongreatness…

Today is the first Reds Rookie Success League Day at the ballpark of the 2015 season. Over 800 participants in the RRSL, a free, coed, character-building summer baseball program, entering its thirteenth summer in Cincinnati and throughout Reds Country this summer, will be in attendance for a pregame parade as well as today’s game. The RRSL has moved its Cincinnati operations to the new P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn this year.





From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the second Kid Glove Game of the 2015 season, proudly presented by Meijer. In its 67th consecutive season the Kid Glove Program has helped raise over 9 million dollars to buy baseball and softball equipment for more than 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Offering up a ceremonial first pitch tonight will be PGA Tour professional Jim Herman. Jim is a graduate of both St. Xavier High School and the University of Cincinnati and is currently ranked 80th in FEDEX Cup standings.

Singing our National Anthem tonight is Sarah Elizabeth Combs, who is currently performing as the title character in the stage show “I Love Lucy Live on Stage”. The show has daily performances at the Aronoff Center through this Sunday.

The Reds are teaming up with Bass Pro Shops to offer a free catch-and-release pond at Great American Ball Park during tonight’s game. Families and kids can experience the excitement of catching a live fish at the Bass Pro Shops catch-and-release pond located in the Kroger Fan Zone.



Reds Select Tyler Stephenson With First Pick Of 2015 Draft
Take High School Catcher 11th Overall

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley last night announced the selection of C Tyler Stephenson (6-4, 220) from Kennesaw Mountain High School in Marietta, GA with the team’s first pick (11th overall) of the 2015 first-year player draft.

Stephenson, 18, was rated by Baseball America and the best catcher in this year’s draft, the 15th-best prospect overall. This spring he hit .415 with 8 HR and 25 RBI for KMHS.

Stephenson is the fifth catcher taken by the Reds in the draft’s first round, joining Dan LaMar (20th pick in 1979), Dan Wilson (7th in 1990), Devin Mesoraco (15th in 2007) and Yasmani Grandal (12th in 2010).

To wrap up the first day of the draft, the Reds selected RHP Antonio Santillan (6-3, 210) from Seguin High School (Arlington, TX) with the team’s second pick (49th overall), followed by senior RHP Tanner Rainey (6-3, 215) from the University of West Alabama (hometown Folsom, LA) in Competitive Balance Round B (71st overall).

Santillan, 18, is a Perfect Game first-team All-America selection and member of the Texas All-Region first team.

Rainey, 22, last season for UWA went 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 9 saves in 26 apps (28ip, 11h, 14bb, 50k).

Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1:00 p.m. today, and Rounds 11-40 will begin at noon Wednesday.







Here’s a great piece by Nick Piecoro on Tyler Stephenson.




From today’s Reds gamenotes…

Tonight’s game is the 1,000th during the regular season at Great American Ball Park…the Redlegs’ all-time regular season record in 999 games here is 529-469-1 with a total paid attendance of 26,986,447 (27,013 avg).




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the first Kid Glove game of the 2015 season, proudly supported by Meijer. In its 67th consecutive season the Kid Glove Program has helped raise over 9 million dollars to buy baseball and softball equipment for more than 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Offering up a ceremonial first pitch tonight on behalf of Franklin (OH) Community Night will be two-time Mr. Ohio High School Basketball Player of the Year & Duke University commit Luke Kennard.


First, here are some must-see videos from Great American Ball Park over the weekend…


Look who was wearing a Reds jersey last night at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati…


Congratulations to A-Dayton’s Tyler Mahle, who today was named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. Mahle, 20, was selected by the Reds in the seventh round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

And speaking of the Draft, it gets underway this afternoon. The Reds will have the 11th pick in the first round. For more on what the Reds are rumored to do in the Draft, Mark Sheldon has it HERE.



Following Johnny Cueto’s stellar outing yesterday vs. the Padres, here’s where he ranks among National League leaders…

  1. WHIP (walks + hits / innings pitched): 0.94, 3rd
  2. Opponents’ on-base pct: .250, 3rd
  3. Opponents’ OPS: .608: 9th
  4. ERA: 2.64, 9th
  5. Strikeouts: 73, 15th (not bad considering he missed 2 starts)


RHP Matt Magill on 5/8 in Cincinnati had successful “Tommy John” surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow (Dr. Timothy Kremchek)…barring complications, he is expected to return in 2016… Magill, acquired in December from the Dodgers in exchange for OF Chris Heisey, went 1-1, 7.90 in 3 starts for Class AAA Louisville.


Congratulations to Fox Sports Ohio for receiving eight Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts Sciences’ Ohio Valley chapter!


I’ll have more in a bit.

Expect good news,



The Reds today promote RHP Nate Adcock (#50), option RHP Jumbo Diaz to AAA-Louisville.  A corresponding 40-man roster move to be announced prior to first pitch.


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