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Reds win behind Votto, Phillips, Tim Adleman

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CINCINNATI — The Reds have started piling up home runs during this homestand, and they continued the trend on Friday with a 5-1 victory over the Brewers. Using early home runs by Joey Votto Jerseys and Brandon Phillips Jerseys, Cincinnati gained its first three-game winning streak since the first three games of the season.

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Facing starter Tyler Cravy Jerseys, who filled in for Milwaukee while Wily Peralta was on paternity leave, Votto gave the Reds a 1-0 with a two-homer in the bottom of the first inning cheap jerseys. The shot on a 2-2 pitch to center field gave Votto his fourth homer of the season. Adam Duvall Jerseys hit an RBI double through the gap to the wall in left-center field in the second inning. With one out in the third inning, Phillips connected on a 1-2 pitch for a three-run homer to left field and a 5-0 lead.

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Cincinnati’s streak of quality starts ended at five, but Tim Adleman gave his club a solid five-inning performance in his second big league game. Aldeman gave up one earned run and four hits with three walks and four strikeouts but threw 101 pitches wholesale mlb jerseys. Alex Presley’s leadoff homer to right field on a 1-0 pitch in the fifth was the lone run notched against the right-hander. It was up to the bullpen to notch the final 12 outs, and Caleb Cotham, Blake Wood and Tony Cingrani Jerseys combined to not allow a run. It finally snapped the Reds bullpen’s MLB record streak of 23 games with at least one run allowed.

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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Dat Dude goes deep again: With his third inning three-run shot, Phillips has a homer in each of his last three games for the first time since June 13-15, 2012. The three RBIs also gave him 800 RBIs as a member of the Reds. His homer on Friday left the bat at 104 mph and traveled 380 feet, according to Statcast™.

Lacking quality: It’s tough to lay much blame on Cravy, who made just one Triple-A start before a surprise call-up to pitch in Peralta’s place, but his brief outing perpetuated the Brewers’ starting pitching problems. Milwaukee’s starters have a 6.34 ERA after 29 games, which would cheap jerseys for sale tie the 1939 St. Louis Browns for second-worst in Major League history. The 1996 Tigers own the worst starters’ ERA of all time, at 6.64.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza get calls to Hall

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Since there are all sorts of good words that rhyme with “Hall,” it’s not uncommon to hear some clever quippy phrases this time of year as elite ballplayers wait to hear if they’re headed to Cooperstown.

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“[Insert legendary player’s name here] gets the call to the Hall,” is an inevitable headline, somewhere. That phrase becomes quite literal when a player is elected to the Hall of Fame, as Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were this year — Griffey breaking the record for highest percentage of votes at 99.3. He gets a call — an actual phone call — which, over time, has become as much of the viewer experience as listening to Hall president Jeff Idelson as he reveals the electees.


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The call comes from Jack O’Connell, a longtime member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. O’Connell has the yearly privilege of informing players that they have been bestowed the highest honor of their profession — election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Thanks to the way things are done in modern times, those phone calls are now brought to our televisions and smart phones within minutes of the actual call being made.

Candidates are asked to stay by their phones in the event they’re elected. For Griffey, of course, the call didn’t come as any big shock. It’s unlikely he was pacing his kitchen wondering if he made it. The only mystery that remained was whether he’d be the first unanimous selection (he wasn’t, falling three votes short of perfection, but nonetheless surpassing Tom Seaver’s record of 98.84 percent).

2016 Hall of Fame results 440 votes were cast, 330 needed for election

Votes Player Percentage

437 Ken Griffey Jr. 99.3%

365 Mike Piazza 83.0%

315 Jeff Bagwell 71.6%

307 Tim Raines 69.8%

296 Trevor Hoffman 67.3%

230 Curt Schilling 52.3%

199 Roger Clemens 45.2%

195 Barry Bonds 44.3%

191 Edgar Martinez 43.4%

189 Mike Mussina 43.0%

180 Alan Trammell 40.9%

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92 Fred McGriff 20.9%

73 Jeff Kent 16.6%

68 Larry Walker 15.5%

54 Mark McGwire 12.3%

51 Gary Sheffield 11.6%

46 Billy Wagner 10.5%

31 Sammy Sosa 7.0% Players who missed the 5 percent threshold and are no longer on the ballot: Jim Edmonds (2.5%), Nomar Garciaparra (1.8%), Mike Sweeney (0.7%), David Eckstein (0.5%), Jason Kendall (0.5%), Garret Anderson (0.2%), Brad Ausmus (0.0%), Luis Castillo (0.0%), Troy Glaus (0.0%), Mark Grudzielanek (0.0%), Mike Hampton (0.0%), Mike Lowell (0.0%) and Randy Winn (0.0%).

Still, intrigue aside, the phone call exchange always has a certain charm.

Griffey, standing in what looked like his kitchen, looked down at his iPhone as he heard the familiar ring tone jingle.

“Can I seahawks jerseys cheap speak with Ken Griffey, please?” O’Connell asked.

Once Griffey had established O’Connell had called the right number, O’Connell passed along the big news.

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“I’m calling to tell you that the writers have elected you to the National Baseball Hall of Fame,” O’Connell said.

“Thank you,” Griffey responded. “Thank you.”

O’Connell then told Griffey that he had made history, earning the highest vote total ever. Applause (presumably from Griffey’s family) broke out in the background, and Griffey allowed a small smile and said, “OK. Now, I’m a little nervous.”

Griffey will forever be linked with Piazza, and that alone comes along with coincidences. One random happenstance is that they were both were born in Pennsylvania. But, more significantly, they have made history together — Griffey as the only No. 1 overall Draft pick to be elected to the Hall, and Piazza, as the lowest Draft pick to ever gain election.

Griffey was the No. 1 overall choice in 1987, going to the Mariners in a selection that surprised no one. Piazza was the 1,390th choice in all of baseball a year later, going to the Dodgers in the 62nd round, more as a favor to Piazza’s dad (who was friends with manager Tommy Lasorda) than anything related to his ability. Piazza gets the call to the Hall Mike Piazza receives the nod to CooperstownMike Piazza receives the phone call from Jack O’Connell of the BBWAA giving him the nod to the Hall of Fame

Regardless, both are headed to the same place in July — Cooperstown.

“It’s a great honor,” Piazza said when he received the call that he had been elected. “Something I always loved about this game is the history and you guys just do an amazing job up there of just reminiscing and recalling the memories of players and the history of this game.”

Both soon-to-be inductees have always had a place in baseball’s history. In July, it’ll just feel a little more official.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. Share This Email Print + Hide Comments

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Cardinals rally in Michael Wacha’s first start


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Anthony Garcia hit a go-ahead two-run homer, while Randal Grichuk, Matt Adams and Aledmys Diaz each doubled for the Cardinals in a 5-3 win over the split-squad Twins on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium.

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Garcia, an outfielder who split time between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis last year, connected on a two-run blast off lefty reliever Logan Darnell Jerseys in the sixth inning. It was the first homer in Grapefruit League play for St. Louis.


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The Cardinals scored a run in the fifth on an RBI single from Diaz, who is one of three internal shortstop candidates, along with Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia, the Cardinals could consider as a replacement for Jhonny Peralta, who sustained a torn left thumb ligament on Saturday. Diaz, who has yet to reach the Majors, went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, including one in St. Louis’ two-run ninth.

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Right-hander Michael Wacha made his first start of the spring for the Cardinals, allowing one cheapjerseys run on two hits over two innings. The lone run he gave up came in the first, when Brian Dozier Jerseys and Eduardo Escobar opened with consecutive singles before Joe Mauer grounded into a run-scoring double play.

Mauer later doubled off right-hander Luke Weaver in the fourth and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Kennys Vargas.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco Jerseys, who is competing for the final spot in Minnesota’s rotation, started for the Twins and tossed three scoreless frames. He allowed three hits, including two doubles, but was helped by two double plays and four strikeouts.

“I was filling up the zone pretty good, but I need to get better command of my fastball,” Nolasco said. “The ball is running a lot this spring, but I need to start it out a little farther away to get used to that.”

Up next for the Cardinals: Right-hander Mike Leake, who signed a five-year deal with the Cardinals in December, will make his organizational debut on Wednesday when the Cardinals take on the Marlins in a 12:05 pm CT game, live on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio. Leake is expected to throw about 40 pitches in the outing. Catcher Yadier Molina, who is recovering from offseason thumb surgery, may draw his first spring start, though he would not take any swings.

Up next for the Twins: Left-hander Tommy Milone Jerseys makes his second start of the spring for the Twins on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. CT against a Phillies split squad at Hammond Stadium. Milone, competing for the final spot in the rotation, gave up one run in two innings his last time out. Closer Glen Perkins Jerseys is also scheduled to see action.

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