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Where will the Reds (MLB) finish in this dynasty this year?  

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This is set in the year 2005 (since I'm not good enough with modding yet to switch the year), but I am using the Reds' 2007 roster, as of Dec. 2007 (roster includes Jeff Conine). I am not going to post descriptions and pictures for every game, but I will give updates for player transactions and some games, and post some game pictures. Comments are welcome, but please no profanity.

By the way, here are the rosters I am starting out with:


C: David Ross

C/DH: Javier Valentin

C: Chad Moeller

1B: Scott Hatteberg

1B/OF: Jeff Conine

2B: Brandon Phillips

3B: Edwin Encarnacion

SS: Alex Gonzalez

SS: Juan Castro

IF/OF: Ryan Freel

OF: Adam Dunn

OF: Ken Griffey Jr.

OF: Josh Hamilton

SP: Aaron Harang

SP: Bronson Arroyo

SP: Eric "Home Run" Milton

SP: Kyle Lohse

SP: Elizardo Ramirez

RP: Gary Majewski

RP: Rheal Cormier

RP: Mike Stanton

RP: Ryan Franklin

RP: Todd Coffey

RP: David Weathers

CP: Eddie Guardado


C: Ryan Jorgensen

C: Dane Sardinha

1B: Jesse Gutierrez

IF: Brendan Harris

IF: William Bergolla

2B: Matt Kata

3B: Earl Snyder

SS: Ray Olmedo

OF: Chris Denorfia

OF: Brandon Watson

OF: Norris Hopper

OF: Andy Abad

OF: Marland Williams

SP: Chris Michalak

SP: Sunny Kim

SP: Brandon Claussen

SP: Joe Mays

SP: Jason Johnson

RP: Matt Belisle

RP: Kent Mercker

RP: Tim Bausher

RP: Brian Shackelford

RP: Phil Dumatrait

RP: Bill Bray

CP: Jake Robbins

AA and A rosters will be posted later today.

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C: Miguel Perez

C: Ryan Hanigan

1B: Joey Votto

1B: Eric Crozier

2B: Luis Bolivar

3B: Gary Patchett

SS: Aaron Herr

IF: Jose Colina

IF: Anderson Machado

OF: DeWayne Wise

OF: Chris Dickerson

OF: Eric Nease

OF: Noochie Varner

SP: Homer Bailey

SP: Steve Kelly

SP: Josh Hall

SP: Mike Gosling

SP: Jeff Bruksch

RP: Jason Standridge

RP: Brad Salmon

RP: Carlos Guevara

RP: Jon Coutlangus

RP: Calvin Medlock

CP: David Shafer


C: John Purdom

C: Craig Tatum

1B: Tonys Gutierrez

2B: Drew Anderson

3B: Jeremiah Piepkorn

SS: Hector Tiburcio

IF: Trevor Lawhorn

IF: Adam Rosales

IF/OF: Jay Garthwaite

OF: Drew Stubbs

OF: Jay Bruce

OF: Cody Strait

SP: Brendan Dalton

SP: Jim Paduch

SP: Sam LeCure

SP: Tyler Pelland

SP: Travis Wood

RP: Philippe Valiquete

RP: Abe Woody

RP: James Avery

RP: Chad Bentz

RP: Ed Valdez

RP: Joel Barreto

RP: Daryl Thompson

CP: Camilo Vazquez

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Aaron Harang throws the first pitch of the season.


David Ross drives in Brandon Phillips with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th.

Opening Day: Reds vs. Mets

Aaron Harang pitched 10 scoreless innings of 2-hit baseball, also collecting 2 hits at the plate, and striking out 11. Mike Stanton got the win with one scoreless inning. David Ross drove in Brandon Phillips in the bottom of the 11th for a 1-0 Reds win, hitting a double off Mets closer Billy Wagner.

The Reds got a total of 15 hits, but could not score until the 11th inning.

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Remainder of Mets series:

Reds win Game 2 by a score of 7-0. Bronson Arroyo pitched a 5-hit shutout for the win, as the Reds lit up Mets starter Pedro Martinez, then proceeded to punish the New York bullpen as well.

Mets win Game 3 by a score of 6-3. Orlando Hernandez pitched well for New York, as Eric Milton was very shaky. Milton gave up 6 runs, all earned, on 8 hits in 6 innings. The Reds tried to mount a comeback, but it was too little, too late.

Reds now stand at 2-1, heading to Houston.

(I'll add pictures later if I can figure out how...if someone knows, please tell me. The image button only lets me add htmls...it wouldn't let me post a bitmap)

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Reds go into Houston for their first road trip of the season:

The first game started out ugly, as Kyle Lohse gave up a grand slam to Lance Berkman in the first inning. It only got worse, as Houston cruised to an 8-1 win on a brilliant game by Andy Pettite (3 hits, no runs)

The Reds won the second game 8-7. The Reds and Astros each scored 3 runs in the 1st inning. The Reds jumped out to a 7-3 lead, knocking Astros starter Brandon Backe out of the game. Elizardo Ramirez hung around an inning too long, coughing up the lead in the 7th, allowing Houston to tie the game 7-7. Mike Stanton got the final out with the go-ahead run on third. In the top of the 9th, Adam Dunn hit a solo homer. Weathers worked the 8th for the win, and Eddie Guardado got his first save in the 9th inning, in his first appearance of the season.

The rubber game went to Houston, by a score of 2-1. Aaron Harang pitched well again, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs, which came on a 2-run homer by Jason Lane. The Reds, unfortunately, could not touch Taylor Buchholz, who worked 8 innings, and Brad Lidge shut them down for a save in the 9th.

The Reds now head to St. Louis with a 3-3 record. The Cards are currently 2-3.

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In St. Louis:


Javier Valentin doubles off Jason Isringhausen to snap a 0-0 tie.

Reds (3-3) at Cardinals (2-3)

It was a classic pitcher's duel between Bronson Arroyo and Chris Carpenter. Both pitched 8 scoreless innings, and then were lifted for pinch-hitters. In the top of the 9th, Javier Valentin drove in Adam Dunn to snap the scoreless tie, off Cards closer Jason Isringhausen. Alex Gonzalez added an insurance run with a sac fly. In the bottom of the 9th, Eddie Guardado allowed two one-run hits, and then got Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds out for the save.

Reds (4-3) at Cardinals (2-4)

Eric Milton had another poor outing, giving up a 3-run homer to Yadier Molina in the 2nd inning and allowing baserunners every inning, as he gave up a total of 8 runs--all earned--on 8 hits in 6 innings. The Reds could not touch Mark Mulder, as the Cards cruised to a 9-0 win on Mulder's 5-hit shutout.

The Reds now are 4-4 as they go home to face the Astros, Cubs and Pirates. They also placed Eric Milton's name on the trading block. They are not willing to eat his large salary, but also are not satisfied with his 0-2 record and 11.46 ERA after only 2 starts.

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Astros (6-2) at Reds (4-4)

Kyle Lohse pitched well for the Reds, for 6 innings. In the 7th, his final inning, he gave up his 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the 8th, the Astros brought in Fernando Nieve to relieve starter Wandy Rodriguez. Brandon Phillips hit a 2-run homer off Nieve. Todd Coffey, who got the win after working the 8th, stayed in for the 9th inning and finished off the Reds' 4-2 win.

Astros (6-3) at Reds (5-4)

Elizardo Ramirez started off shaky, but settled down after allowing 4 early runs (3 earned). The Reds were trailing Houston and Taylor Buchholz in the 6th, when they explosed for 3 runs, including a 2-run double by Chad Moeller to knock Buchholz out of the game. That was all they needed, as Gary Majewski worked 2 scoreless innings, and Eddie Guardado got a save--a shaky one, as he gave up one run and had the tying run on 3rd and the go-ahead run of 1st. The Reds won 5-4.

Astros (6-4) at Reds (6-4)

With Cincinnati going for the sweep, it's Aaron Harang vs. perrenial Reds killer Roy Oswalt. Oswalt did it again, giving up 9 hits but allowing only allowing one earned run, and that came in the 8th, long after Akinori Iwamura's 2nd inning 3-run homer off Harang. Harang pitched very well besides that one inning, but took the loss. Brad Lidge got a shaky save in the 9th, and Houston won 3-1.


Akinori Iwamura of the Astros hits an early 3-run homer off Aaron Harang

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Cubs (6-6) at Reds (6-5)

Bronson Arroyo did not pitch badly, but was outdueled by Wade Miller, and left with a sprained PCL trailing 4-2. The Cubs, behind Miller and closer Ryan Dempster, won the game 6-4. After the game, Arroyo was placed on the 15-day DL. Manager Jerry Narron announced that Arroyo's spot in the rotation will be taken by long reliever Ryan Franklin, a former starter. Matt Belisle was called up from AAA Louisville to take Arroyo's roster spot. Belisle will work out of the bullpen in Franklin's place.

Cubs (7-6) at Reds (6-6)

With Eric Milton badly needing not only a win, but a solid start, the runs came for him as the Reds scored 5 in the 1st, capped by a 3-run homer by David Ross off Cubs starter Glendon Rusch. Milton gave up a few runs later in the game, and departed in the 6th with the bases loaded, 1 out and a 5-3 Reds lead. Gary Majewski promptly walked in a run, allowed a single, and allowed a sac fly, giving the Cubs a 6-5 lead. Matt Belisle came in to get the final out. Todd Coffey allowed 5 runs in the 7th to put the game out of reach. Stifled by the Cubs bullpen, the Reds lost 11-5, with the loss going to Milton, who was responsible for the runners that Majewski allowed in. Charged with 6 earned runs, Milton's ERA now hovers at 11.03.

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Pirates (4-10) at Reds (6-7)

Brandon Phillips broke up Paul Maholm's no-hit bid in the 5th inning. Kyle Lohse was also shutting down the Pirates. The Reds got a couple of runs in the 6th, started by a single by Chad Moeller, who was pinch-hitting for Lohse. Mike Stanton and Matt Belisle each worked a scoreless inning, and Eddie Guardado got the save, despite giving up a run and having two on with no one out. Reds win 2-1.

Pirates (4-11) at Reds (7-7)

Elizardo Ramirez was unstable, but so were the Pirates, as the Reds homered twice to tie the score. However, Ramirez let the Pirates ahead both times, and the Bucs got to reliever Rheal Cormier in the 8th to go ahead for good. Pirates win 8-6.

Next up is a road trip to Florida, Chicago and Milwaukee.

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Reds (7-8) at Marlins (7-9)

Aaron Harang faced off againt Florida's Anibal Sanchez. Both pitchers pitched fairly well, until Sanchez allowed the Reds to double their lead in the 6th--from 3-1 to 6-1. Adam Dunn added another run by driving in Juan Castro, making it 7-1 Reds. Florida got a couple more runs, but the Reds won 7-3. Mike Stanton worked the last three innings--all scoreless--for a save.


With the bases loaded and one out, Marlins right fielder Jeremy Hermida throws out Reds pitcher Aaron Harang at the plate to deny the Reds a run.


On the next play, Juan Castro cleared the bases with a double.

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Reds (8-8) at Marlins (7-10)

Ryan Franklin did well in his first start of the season, facing off against Josh Johnson. The Reds got a lot of baserunners but could only score two of them, and entered the 9th inning trailing 3-2. Jeff Conine, pinch-hitting for reliever David Weathers, burned his former team by driving in the tying and go-ahead runs. Eddie Guardado worked the 9th for a save, and the Reds won 4-3.


Jeff Conine drives in the tying and go-ahead runs off Marlins reliever Taylor Tankersley in the 9th.

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Reds (9-8) at Marlins (7-11)

The Reds completed the sweep by kicking the Marlins' butts. Eric Milton had his first quality start of the season, throwing a complete game. He gave up 9 hits and only 2 runs (both runs came in the 9th inning). Florida starter Scott Olsen did not pitch that badly, but as soon as he departed, the Reds absolutely assaulted the Florida bullpen. The final score was 12-2 Reds.

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Reds (10-8) at Cubs (10-9)

Kyle Lohse squared off against Cubs rookie Rich Hill. The Reds once again had trouble getting runs off a young pitcher who gave up several hits. The Reds trailed 2-1 in the 7th, when Lohse kept the inning alive with a double. Ryan Freel proceeded to hit a homer to put the Reds up 3-2. In the top of the 9th, Adam Dunn put the game in the bag by hitting a grand slam off Cubs reliever Randy Wells. Matt Belisle, who had entered the game with a one-run lead in the 8th, stayed around to bat and worked the bottom of the 9th to get a save and preserve an 8-1 Reds win.

Reds (11-8) at Cubs (10-10)

In an early 2-0 hole, Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano was chased from the game by a solo homer by Edwin Encarnacion in the 6th. Adam Dunn greeted reliever Randy Wells with a homer to make it 4-0. The Reds tacked on two more runs to make it 6-0, and added one later for a final score of 7-2. Elizardo Ramirez pitched well for the Reds, as did Todd Coffey in relief.

Reds (12-8) at Cubs (10-11)

Aaron Harang was ineffective, disappearing after 5 innings in a 5-0 hole. Mark Prior, meanwhile, was nearly untouchable for the Cubs. He entered the 9th inning with a 5-0 shutout going. Prior got two quick outs, and then the Reds opened the floodgates. Prior couldn't get the last out, and Kerry Wood came in to save the game. He ended up giving up six runs--all with two outs--and the Reds took a 6-5 lead in the 9th inning. Eddie Guardado set the Cubs down in the 9th inning for a heartbreaking 6-5 Reds win, and a sweep of the series. With this win, the Reds improved to 13-8 and took over first place in the NL Central.


Jeff Conine, pinch-hitting for Gary Majewski, drives in the tying run in the 9th inning off Kerry Wood.


Alex Gonzalez scores the go-ahead run on a Ryan Freel single in the 9th inning.

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Reds (13-8) at Brewers (11-10)

Ryan Franklin and Doug Davis wound up locked in a pitcher's duel. The Reds got a run off Davis in the 6th, but Franklin gave it right back, then departed for a pinch-hitter. In extra innings, the Reds took a 2-1 lead, and then handed the ball to closer Eddie Guardado, who gave the run back. In the 12th inning, Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy hit a walk-off single off Matt Belisle to end the Reds' winning streak with a 3-2 Milwaukee win.

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Reds (13-9) at Brewers (12-10)

Eric Milton was not great--he gave up 4 runs--but he still showed signs of improvement from his horrendous start. Unfortunately for Milton, Chris Capuano gave up only half as many runs. He escaped several jams, as Milwaukee cruised to a 5-2 win.


Chris Capuano got out of several jams to keep Milwaukee on top.

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The Reds did a lot better than most people thought. After hovering around .500 nearly all month, they broke out with a 6-game winning streak at the end of the month, sweeping the Marlins and Cubs in consecutive series. The ended the month on a lower note, though, as they enter the month of May facing a sweep by the rival Brewers.



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Reds (13-10) at Brewers (13-10)

Facing a sweep for only the second time this season, Cincinnati responded. They scored early and often off Dave Bush, giving Kyle Lohse a quick 3-1 lead. The lead was 6-1 by the time Bush departed. Lohse went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs, and David Weathers threw two scoreless innings in relief for the win to deny Milwaukee a sweep and keep the Reds in second place.

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Cardinals (14-9) at Reds (14-10)

The Reds came home to face the Cardinals. Elizardo Ramirez did not have his best stuff, as Albert Pujols and the Cardinals manhandled him, sending him to the showers in the 5th inning down 7-0. Ken Griffey Jr. made it 7-3 with a homer in the bottom of the 6th. They tacked on two more in the 8th, but it wasn't enough. The Reds lost the game 7-5, although they threatened in the 9th. With Ken Griffey Jr. representing the winning run, former Red Juan Encarnacion made a diving catch of Griffey's line drive--a potential game-tying hit--to preserve the 7-5 win for St. Louis.


Albert Pujols had his way with Elizardo Ramirez, delivering two key hits in three at-bats against him.


Juan Encarnacion makes a game-ending, probably game-saving, catch of Ken Griffey Jr's line drive.

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Cardinals (15-9) at Reds (14-11)

The Cards couldn't hold a 4-2 lead, as the Reds rallied in the 8th. They couldn't score again, and the game went into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, the Reds loaded the bases with no one out and Adam Dunn at the plate. Adam Dunn hit a grounder and the Cards got a force out at home, but Brandon Phillips drove the next pitch from Jason Isringhausen into the outfield for a walk-off win. Reds win 5-4.


Alex Gonzalez ties the game in the 8th inning off Brad Thompson.


Brandon Phillips wins the game in the 11th inning off Cards closer Jason Isringhausen

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