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3:05, ESPN 1530
6:05, Inside Pitch, 700 WLW
Mark Sheldon,, on Homer, Votto and last night 
Will McEnaney, former Big Red Machine deliver, 3:45. Signing at Reds HOF today/Saturday.
Rocky Boiman, Bengals
Reds: What do you want from Votto? 
Bengals: How do you remember Carson?


Friday topic: 
Most polarizing Cincinnati sports figures all-time.
Polarize:  [poh-luh-rahyz], verb
To divide into sharply opposing factions or groups.
To cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions.  
Which Cincinnati sports figures have divided the fan base and the conversation in support of/criticism of?



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Votto talks
Reds 1B Joey Votto addressed criticism of his injury and rehab in the clubhouse Wednesday afternoon. Thanks Mo Egger for the audio.

"Let's make it clear here. I think there's been a real gray area. This is something hanging over me in the general population. The fans think it's a toughness, or a playing through pain sort of thing. I've been injured, and I've played injured, and I went on the DL because I'm injured, and I'm trying to be un-injured now."

"So, the second I'm capable of playing and no longer injured, I will be back on the field. In the meantime, you can assume I'm injured. So, I shouldn't get some sort of different treatment. I've noticed some comments, here and there, that this is a general perception of something I elected to do. I didn't elect to be injured."

The Reds recalled from Louisville LHP David Holmberg (#36); selected from Louisville the contract of RHP Pedro Villarreal (#62); optioned to Louisville RHP Carlos Contreras andRHP J.J. Hoover.

Well done
Urban Youth Academy provides baseball, more
John Erardi, Enquirer 
Daron Bowling, a left-handed youth quarterback and aspiring basketball star, was 10 when he 'was "introduced" to baseball by accident.
"My cousin, who's my age, played baseball and he encouraged me to try it," said Bowling, a future three-sport star at Hughes High School, and now a sophomore engineering student at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Last night

Final: Braves 8 Reds 0  Boxscore
*6 straight losses, 9 of 10 and 11 of 13
*Reds now 61-67...their lead over the last place Cubs is 5.5 games.
*David Holmberg lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing 5 H, 6 R, 4 BB, throwing 86 pitches/47 strikes.
*Skip Schumaker pitched the 9th inning: 1 BB, 17 pitches/6 strikes, topping out at 90 mph.
*The bullpen had to cover another 5.1 innings. They better get some innings out of Mat Latos tonight.


From Jeff:
David Holmberg's ML starts:
9 Innings, 18 Hits, 14 Runs, 10 Walks, 3 K's,  228 Pitches.

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 21: David Holmberg #36 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after being taken out of the game in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park on August 21, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)


Bengals training camp preview
Andy Benoit, MMQB 
Same team, just different play-callers. More important than how the coaching transitions go is how the young core players—Dalton, Green, Bernard, Eifert, Zeitler, Burfict, Hunt, Iloka, Dennard—progress. The ceiling on the first guy listed here is something this team will have to overcome.

Dehner Jr.: Bengals, Carson meet again 

Cardinals benefit from Carson move 
“It was hard,” said current Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker, who was Palmer’s Cincinnati teammate. “When you have been around a guy, a constant professional who doesn’t complain about much, when you get to a boiling point of a man, it just sucks because we knew in that locker room the type of person and player Carson is, and to see how disappointed he was not to be able to … not change anything, but to get what he wanted, so to say.”

CINCINNATI - JANUARY 8: Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals is hit in the knee by Kimo von Oelhoffen #67 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on the first drive of the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 8, 2006 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


One word
SEC football coaches were asked to describe their teams in one work.
What word would you use to describe the Reds ____________?

Mo'ne Davis leads ESPN to highest ratings for any baseball game since 2007

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