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Heather Mitts
AJ Allmendinger, Nascar Driver
Luke Kennard, Franklin HS, named to USA Basketball U18 National Team


MLB: This is outstanding
History made and Vin Scully was behind the mic.
Scully's call of all 27 outs in Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter Wednesday night.

How do you not love this?

Miklasz: Matheney should have made light of Lucroy video.

Nick wins this award AND is getting married Saturday!


#Reds Social Night
Join us Friday, June 20 for what may just be our biggest #RedsSocial Night yet! For only $32, get a great seat for Reds vs. Blue Jays in our special #RedsSocial section near the Reds Connect Zone, postgame fireworks show and an exclusive @DatDudeBP shirt! Meet up with other Reds fans on social media and celebrate the Reds own human highlight reel and twitter superstar. More info HERE

Who are these guys?
The roll continues. The Reds pounced the Pirates 11-4 and moved to the .500 mark for the first time since April 24 (11-11). HERE are notes, stats and video highlights of the game. Alfredo Simon becomes the NL's first 10-game winner.

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 18: Alfredo Simon #31 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 18, 2014 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Just weird
From Steven Sharp
The Reds had a rather dubious active streak as it related to calendar date June 18th.  From 2000 to 2013, the Reds had played on June 18th in each of those fourteen seasons (no off-days and no doubleheaders). In that stretch of fourteen June 18th games, the Reds managed to lose all of them. @Kev1kevinmann (on Twitter) pointed that out to me yesterday before the Reds game.  I doublechecked, and he was correct.
One thing that I noticed is that as much of a statistical oddity as losing fourteen straight times on one calendar date seems to be, is that fourteen different Reds pitchers took the loss in those games.  No Reds pitcher "double-dipped" on June 18th losses during that fourteen-season stretch.
Reds pitchers who took the loss in Reds games played on calendar date June 18th (2000 to 2013):
Rob Bell (2000)
Brian Reith (2001)
Chris Reitsma (2002)
Jimmy Haynes (2003)
Mike Matthews (2004)
Eric Milton (2005)
Aaron Harang (2006)
Kyle Lohse (2007)
Bronson Arroyo (2008)
Matt Maloney (2009)
Johnny Cueto (2010)
Edinson Vólquez (2011)
Sam LeCure (2012)
Mat Latos (2013)
Prior to the Reds win last night (June 18, 2014), when Alfredo Simon picked up the win, the last time that the Reds won on calendar date June 18th was in 1999, when Steve Avery picked up the win versus the Brewers in a game played at Cinergy Field.  Greg Vaughn hit a red-seat home run for the Reds in that June 18, 1999 game.

Which Reds player makes this list?

Who is the best all-around player in MLB?
Wall Street Journal
It's a debate waged each year, especially as baseball fans fill out their All-Star ballot: Who is the best all-around player?
The Count took a look at three categories (batting, base running, defense).

Chapman's cruel experiment
The changeup, now, is just part of his arsenal, and it hovers around 90 miles per hour. Which means Aroldis Chapman, an all-time dominant reliever, has increased his repertoire by 50%. And so far this season, he’s struck out 54% of the batters he’s faced.

Cool story

The Joey Votto legend grows
Toronto Sun
After the game Votto approached Siddiq, who he knew from his summer nights at Connorvale, and asked “how am I doing? Anything I can improve on?”
Siddiq replied: “Joey you just lost three balls ... two on the roof, you went 4-for-5 with a double and three homers.”
Votto insisted asking for pointers: “what can I do to get better?”
“I figured I’d throw him a bone and told him I thought that on one pitch he was getting out on his front foot ... just a little,” said Siddiq.
And that was the end of that or so the coach thought.............

 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

UC basketball
Bearcats will travel to the Bahamas

This date 1986:
Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose, less than 48 hours after being drafted 2nd overall by the Boston Celtics.

Former UC Bearcat Tony Campana delivers the winner last night


CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08: Marvin Jones #82 of the Cincinnati Bengals hauls in the touchdown pass in front of Vontae Davis #23 of the Indianapolis Colts during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Colts 42-28. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Making the leap: #17 Marvin Jones 
Jones is a joy to watch. (It was hard to narrow down the highlights for this article.) I expected to see a pure vertical receiver when firing up NFL Game Rewind, but Jones was a complete player with few holes. He never gives up on a pass, no matter how wayward the throw from Andy Dalton He can make sensational diving catches, and grab passes in traffic. He is a natural, fluid runner after the catch or when he's given the ball on a handoff.

Xavier: Brad Redford raps?
Check it out, the former Musketeer not only runs shooting camps, but he raps.
Liste HERE. (Warning: some profanity)

ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Brad Redford #12 of the Xavier Muskateers drives against the Creighton Bluejays during the Old Spice Classic at Disney's Milk House on November 27, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. Xavier defeated Creighton 80-67. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)