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Altuve booed, nicked by pitch in spring debut for Astros

Feb. 25, 2020 3:06 AM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him. “He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker...

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has a message on his hat in honor of Tony Fernandez, who died recently, during baseball spring training Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Votto energized by Reds additions to move past worst season

Feb. 20, 2020 2:37 PM EST

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Votto has no desire to rehash what he considers his worst season, which was also the sixth year in a row the Cincinnati Reds missed the playoffs with a losing record. As for the moves the Reds made during the offseason, those energized the former NL MVP now going into his 14th...

Cincinnati Reds baseball player Luis Castillo (58) works out during the teams' first spring training practice, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Reds' Luis Castillo aims for Cy Young after breakout season

Feb. 19, 2020 2:45 PM EST

GOODYEAR, Ariz (AP) — Luis Castillo accomplished two of his goals last year: He was the Reds' opening day starter and made the All-Star team. He's aiming higher in 2020. With an upgraded offense behind him, Cincinnati's best starter thinks he's capable of winning the Cy Young Award. “I try to set...

Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell talks during the teams' first spring training baseball workout, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Wade Miley brings new direction to the Reds' rotation

Feb. 15, 2020 4:55 PM EST

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Reds went in a slightly different direction when they signed left-hander Wade Miley in the offseason, departing from their preference for developing or trading to acquire starting pitching. Instead, they chose to spend a considerable amount of money on a free agent. Miley got a...

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama smiles during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Cincinnati. Outfielder Shogo Akiyama agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, the only major league team that hasn't had a player born in Japan. The 31-year-old center fielder was a five-time All-Star during his nine seasons with the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Shogo Akiyama begins transition to major leagues with Reds

Feb. 13, 2020 6:08 PM EST

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Shogo Akiyama got into the batter's box and took his first swing with the Cincinnati Reds at spring training. He barely made contact. “I was very embarrassed,” Akiyama said through translator Luke Shinoda. “I'm looking forward to tomorrow now." He'll get plenty...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich rounds third after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Dario Agrazal during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh. The Milwaukee Brewers have a lot of work to do in spring training. Having Christian Yelich sure helps. Yelich was working on a strong case for his second straight NL MVP award last year when he broke his right kneecap in September, sidelining the All-Star slugger for the rest of the season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

New-look Brewers going for 3rd straight playoff appearance

Feb. 7, 2020 1:32 PM EST

The Milwaukee Brewers have a lot of work to do in spring training. Namely, some introductions might be in order. Seven players who appeared in Milwaukee's dramatic loss in the NL wild card game at Washington are gone, including catcher Yasmani Grandal and third baseman Mike Moustakas. Avisaíl García,...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich rounds third after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Dario Agrazal during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh. The Milwaukee Brewers have a lot of work to do in spring training. Having Christian Yelich sure helps. Yelich was working on a strong case for his second straight NL MVP award last year when he broke his right kneecap in September, sidelining the All-Star slugger for the rest of the season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

NL Central teams at the start of spring training

Feb. 7, 2020 12:39 PM EST

A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ St. Louis Cardinals Manager: Mike Shildt (third season). 2019: 91-71, first place, lost to Nationals in...

Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos waits for interviews to begin during a news conference announcing his signing with the baseball club, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Cincinnati. Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal with the Reds. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

$165 million later, Reds see themselves as a contender

Feb. 7, 2020 12:13 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Manager David Bell hears the buzz around town. Reds fans who haven't had much to cheer for six years are ruminating not only about a return to winning, but a spot in the 2020 postseason. A $165 million spending spree changed everything. Cincinnati was one of the biggest players in the...

Reds complete 1-year, $1,825,000 deal with Pedro Strop

Feb. 6, 2020 6:20 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds completed a one-year, $1,825,000 deal with right-hander Pedro Strop on Wednesday, their first move to upgrade the bullpen in an offseason focused on offense. Strop, 34, can earn an additional $1,675,000 in performance bonuses that could raise his pay to $3.5 million. He was part...

Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos waits for interviews during a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Cincinnati. Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal with the baseball club. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Reds' Castellanos returns to ballpark where he's comfortable

Jan. 29, 2020 3:42 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Castellanos has 17 career at-bats in Great American Ball Park. Six times, he reached base on a hit. Three times, he touched them all after putting the ball in those oh-so-close outfield seats. It's a small sample size, but it makes the Cincinnati Reds' new outfielder eager to find...