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Stop by Saturday
I'll be at the Golf Exchange from 10am-noon this Saturday.
Need a Father's Day gift? New new clubs, custom fitting, golf accessories? Stop by! 
Golf Exchange (Near Jungle Jim’s)
4450 Eastgate Blvd. (513-947-3100)



US Open
Follow Mariemont High School's Will Grimmer and Moeller graduate Andrew Dorn at Pinehurst today. Leaderboard. 



Notes from Thursday's 4-1 win over the Dodgers.

Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch: Mood improves “Things are starting to turn,” Price said.

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 12: Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates with Skip Schumaker #25 after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Great American Ball Park on June 12, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ready for a showdown series? Ready for what is ahead?
Reds 31-34, 8 games back of Brewers, 3 out of Wild Card
Brewers 40-27 
The Reds play 16 of their next 19 on the road.
*Next up: 3 at Milwaukee, 3 at Pittsburgh, 3 at home Toronto.
Then 10 game road trip: 3 Chicago, 4 SF, 3 SD.
Then 10 game homestand to All-Star break: 3 Milwaukee, 4 Chicago, 3 Pittsburgh.

The breakdown
Record: 31-34
12 players on DL a total of 13 times
14 1-run losses
11-17 vs .500+ teams.
Home: 17-17  Road: 14-17
Longest win streak: 4
Longest losing streak: 4
Most games over .500: Have not been over .500
Best record: 1-1, 11-11
Have scored 2 runs or fewer 21 times
Have been shutout 7 times
Largest deficit in standings: 8

Tonight: Homer Bailey vs Matt Garza
Bailey vs Brewers
Career: 2-3 4.93 in 7 starts
Miller Park: 4-7 5.21 in 17 starts
Ryan Braun: 9 for 25 (.360), HR, 6 RBI
Rickie Weeks: 14 for 27 (.419), 2 HR, 8 RBI

(Getty Images)

Latos returns
Mat Latos is expected to be activated from the DL and make his 2014 season debut on Saturday. Latos has not pitched in a ML game since September 25 of last year vs Mets.
Latos was 14-7 3.16 in 32 starts last year, and 28-11 3.32 in 65 starts in a Reds uniform. The Reds are 43-22 when Latos starts.
On Saturday, it will be 261 days since Latos last pitched in a ML games.
Latos timeline
September 2013:
Experienced soreness in right elbow, could not make Wild Card start vs Pirates.
October 2013:
Underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.
February 2014:
Slips on mound on first day of Spring Training. Underwent knee surgery to repair tear in meniscus of his left knee.
April 3: Rehab start for Doule-A Pensacola.
April 8: Scratched from rehab start for Louisville.
April 11: Experiences soreness in elbow during bullpen session at GABP and is shutdown.
May 25: Rehab start. Pitches 4 innings/49 pitches for Louisville.
May 30: Rehab start. Pitches 4.2 innings/81 pitches for Louisville.
June 4: Rehab start. Pitches 5 innings/67 pitches for Louisville. Leaves game with a cramp in his calf.
June 6: Latos miffed after being told he must make another rehab start, to get to 90-100 pitches.
June 9: Rehab start. Throws 82 pitches during rain-shortened rehab start at Louisville. Throws 18 more pitches under the stands to get to goal of 100 pitches.

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Mat Latos #55 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the first inning of the game against the New York Mets at Great American Ball Park on September 25, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Reds week with Hoxworth

CINCINNATI – (June 11, 2014) Step up to the plate…and donate!  The Cincinnati Reds have teamed up with Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati to show their hometown support by hosting Reds Week, June 16 thru June 21.
Monday, June 16 thru Saturday, June 21, all donors who donate at any of Hoxworth’s eight Neighborhood Donor Centers, will receive a FREE limited-edition Cincinnati Reds jersey (while supplies last).
The 8th Annual Reds Blood Drive will be held Thursday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Great American Ball Park in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club. All donors will receive a FREE limited-edition Cincinnati Reds jersey and two FREE tickets to a future Reds game. Operations note: All our Neighborhood Donor Centers will be closed on Thursday, June 19 because of the Reds drive. More info HERE


CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 3: Darqueze Dennard #21 of the Cincinnati Bengals in action during an organized team activity (OTA) workout at Paul Brown Stadium on June 3, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Bengals sign first round pick
The Bengals signed CB Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State, their first-round selection (24th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft.
All eight Bengals selections in the draft are now signed.
“Of course it’s great to have all this done well before we come back for training camp,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “As for Darqueze, he’s been everything we hoped he would be to this point. He’s a great talent. He played in a big-time pressure defense at Michigan State and he’s not afraid to be out there (in coverage) by himself. And as we knew he would, he conducts himself every day as a mature pro who wants to get better every day.”
Dennard was a USA Today first-team All-American last season for a 13-1 team that was unbeaten in the Big Ten and ranked No. 3 nationally after a Rose Bowl win over Stanford. He helped lead the Spartan defense to No. 1 national rankings in fewest yards allowed per game (248.2) and lowest third-down conversion percentage (27.7).
Also last season, Dennard was the winner of the Thorpe Award, given annually to college football’s top defensive back.
Asked whether Dennard is considered a possible first-year starter, defensive backs coach Vance Joseph said:
“Starting a rookie at corner, it depends on the person. Darqueze is a very mature person. He’s an achiever also. From high school to college, he’s been a winner. His personality, his skill set, I would feel fine starting him. But he’s got to earn it. We’ve got Leon Hall here. We’ve got Terence Newman. We’ve got Adam Jones. We’ve got Dre Kirkpatrick. He’s got to earn it.”