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Michael Lorenzen pitched six effective innings to pick up his first major league win as the Reds defeated the Pirates 7-1 on Tuesday.

Lorenzen allowed his only run in the second inning, when Starling Marte belted a solo home run to right field. Other than that, he kept the Pirates' bats silent, giving up only three hits and three walks while striking out four. Despite the strong outing, we're not recommending Lorenzen for fantasy purposes until he proves he can consistently deliver strong results. He'll try to do just that when he returns to the mound to face the White Sox in Chicago on Sunday.
May 5 - 10:25 PM

Todd Frazier hit is National League-leading ninth home run on Tuesday as the Reds earned a win over the Pirates.

Frazier belted a solo home run to the opposite field off of Jeff Locke in the first inning to start the scoring. He finished 2-for-5 on the night. He has started to find his power strike as he has homered in four out of his last six ballgames. Along with his NL-best nine homers, he's batting .224/.313/.541 with 18 RBI and three stolen bases.
May 5 - 10:17 PM

Marlon Byrd helped the Reds defeat the Pirates on Tuesday, doubling and homering to knock in four runs.

Byrd pushed the Reds' lead to 4-1 in the third inning with a two-run home run off of Jeff Locke. He provided insurance in the ninth inning with a two-run double, making it a 7-1 ballgame. Byrd got off to an abysmal start, carrying a .441 OPS as recently as April 29, but has started to pick things up lately. He's now batting .193/.226/.364 with four home runs and 13 RBI.
May 5 - 10:15 PM

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Devin Mesoraco still hasn't tried squatting and is trying to avoid surgery for his left hip impingement.

Mesoraco hasn't started a game since April 11 due to the hip impingement, yet the Reds have opted against placing him on the disabled list. He will be able to DH during the Reds' upcoming weekend series against the White Sox, so a decision on a potential surgery will presumably be held off until then. Mesoraco would be out for four months if he does ultimately have to go under the knife.
May 5 - 4:22 PM

Zack Cozart (wrist) is available off the bench for Tuesday night's game against the Pirates.

Cozart bruised his right index finger on a grounder Sunday, but it's a hit by pitch on his left wrist that's keeping him out of action Tuesday. He might be able to return Wednesday. Kristopher Negron is at shortstop versus the Bucs.
May 5 - 4:18 PM

Reds pitching prospect Josh Smith earned eight strikeouts Sunday in a win for Double-A Pensacola.

Smith allowed six hits over seven shutout innings. The 27-year-old was called up to the majors in April but never saw the field. Sunday was easily his best outing of the year, having given up 13 runs in his previous three appearances. He'll spend most of the year swinging back and forth between Triple-A and Double-A, though he could find his way to the majors again when the rosters expand in September.
Source: MILB.com
May 4 - 3:24 PM

Reds released RHP Chris Carpenter.

Carpenter had allowed 12 runs on 18 hits in 6 2/3 innings this season with Louisville. The 29-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched in a major league game since the 2012 campaign and he spent all of 2014 in Japan. He might not have much of a future in MLB-affiliated ball.
May 4 - 10:27 AM

Devin Mesoraco (hip) was retired as a pinch-hitter in the Reds' loss to the Braves on Sunday.

Mesoraco hasn't started a game since April 11 due to a left hip impingement, but the Reds have refused to place him on the disabled list and are instead using him as a bench bat. He is 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in that role since April 12. It's a very odd situation, though Mesoraco can at least draw some starts at DH next weekend when the Reds visit the White Sox in Chicago. It's not clear when he might be able to return to catcher.
May 4 - 9:44 AM

Johnny Cueto fell to 2-3 on the season after yielding five runs in six innings to the Braves on Sunday.

The Braves jumped on Cueto early, scoring three times: once on a Freddie Freeman double and twice on a Kelly Johnson home run. Jonny Gomes swatted a solo home run in the third, and Cameron Maybin tacked on the Braves' fifth run with a single in the sixth. Cueto, overall, gave up nine hits and a walk while striking out only two. The right-hander has otherwise been terrific this season and still carries a 2.72 ERA with a 0.86 WHIP and a 40/6 K/BB ratio in 43 innings. He will try to redeem himself when he travels to Chicago to take on the White Sox in his next outing.
May 3 - 4:19 PM

X-rays on Zack Cozart's right index finger came back negative.

He's left with merely a bruise after hurting the finger while attempting to field a ground ball on Sunday. Consider Cozart day-to-day.
May 3 - 3:49 PM

Zack Cozart exited Sunday's game versus the Braves with a finger injury.

Cozart was hurt while attempting to field a ground ball. Replays showed that he appeared to be bleeding and may have cracked a fingernail. The Reds should provide an update on his status shortly.
May 3 - 2:57 PM

Marlon Byrd is absent from the Reds' lineup Sunday.

It looks like he's just getting a breather. Skip Schumaker is in left field Sunday in Byrd's place.
May 3 - 9:55 AM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

It appears to just be a day of rest. Brennan Boesch is handling center field Sunday in Hamilton's place.
May 3 - 9:53 AM

Zach Cozart homered and singled twice against the Braves on Saturday, finishing 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Cozart hit the two-run homer in the ninth inning, providing a little cushion for the Reds in what had been a three-run game. Coming off a .221/.268/.300 season, Cozart's offensive numbers to start the 2015 season are surprising, to say the least. He's slashing .308/.340/.538, with five home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs scored over 91 at-bats. Enjoy the offensive spoils while they last.
May 3 - 12:00 AM

Jason Marquis earned his third win of the season on Saturday, as he held the Braves to three runs (two earned) over 6 1/3 innings.

Outside of a two-run homer by Cameron Maybin in the fourth and an RBI double by Andrelton Simmons in the seventh, Marquis managed to keep the Braves off the scoreboard. He allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two during his time on the mound. Marquis now sports a 4.91 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, with a 28/9 K/BB ratio across 29 1/3 innings. The numbers aren't spectacular, but Marquis has pitched decently over his last two starts. He'll try to keep up his winning ways in a road start against the White Sox.
May 2 - 11:38 PM


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