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Do you STILL live in Central Ohio? Do you STILL like to drink beer on any given week night?

Do you like to meet real live Central Ohioans from the internet like Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin and James 'Buster' Douglas? If you're going to be in (or near) Central Ohio on 'Leap Day'...

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So long, former Reds, it's been good to know ya... Best of luck. Well, maybe not BEST of luck...

I was browsing and searching for any news or speculation about why Ryan Ludwick has not yet been officially added to the Reds' roster when I found this article at FoxSportsOhio.com. The article...

Asking Just the Right Question at Just the Right Time: A Red Reporter Apprenticeship

Saturday morning, the middle child (Tommy, 5) and I ate some toast and eggs, dropped some cake balls off at the church's bake sale and braved the little blast of wet snow to head north to Polaris...

Former Reds beat writer Tim Brown (now with Yahoo!) has a nice column about Hall of Famer Barry Larkin

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"...When I considered the era he played in, who he was, the numbers he amassed at shortstop, the way he played the position, and the number of seasons he did all that, he got my vote. The game needs more like him. They won’t all be icons. They won’t all be Hall of Famers. But Larkin is, and the Hall – and Cincinnati – is fortunate to have him..."
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SIS: WTF? The NBA?!? On RR?!? Yep. Lakers-Blazers Game Thread. Tip at 10:30 on TNT.

So, I had no idea until a few weeks ago that Bill Walton was a literary figure in any way. Seems that in 1979 David Halberstam stashed his Pulitzer in his...

CookieDaBookie Says Reds Re-Sign CoCo for Two Years. Thoughts, RRs?

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Rob Neyer hints that Francisco Cordero could eventually retire as the game's alltime greatest closer but then also says that he 'll probably instead get bumped to a set-up role (even though Neyer believes CoCo is capable of pitching more like his near-stud former self???) and make $6M in 2011. Neyer's 'Contract Prediction' stops short of even speculating as to what team will pay him said $6M. One of the commenters (commentators?) says he'd not be surprised to see Bob and Walt give him $15M to presumably close games as the two-year Votto Window closes. Whaddya'll think?

Merry Christmas. I don't want to fight.

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Merry Christmas. I don't want to fight.

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FanGraph's Game 2 Preview is Chapmaniacal!: Don't Let Arroyo Face Utley Twice

                                                           FanGraph's Game 2 Preview is something worth checking out and discussing.  They (and Slyde) called for Dusty to go to the bullpen early...

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THURSDAY NIGHT: Braves-Giants / 30 Rock-Office / Scrabbles-Vegas

                                        Charlie Scrabbles and I are meeting up this evening to watch the Braves @ Giants game.  We're also meeting up so he can give me $100 for something he's been...

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Off-Night: A Serious Issue to Be Discussed Seriously: Ben Stiller Movies

    No Red Reporter ever asked but I've made it known here that I think 'Zoolander' is a fanfriggintastic wack-nut comedy.  Completely overlooked and underrated.  More people should see it because...

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Reds-Cubs Tickets: Free to a Good Home

                              Hey, I have a litter of four tickets for Saturday night's game that need a good home.  Do you love the Reds?  Do you need something to do Saturday night?  If you...

From Bob Hunter's 'Rumblings': The Reds and Indians drew the smallest crowds in Arizona's spring...

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From Bob Hunter's 'Rumblings': The Reds and Indians drew the smallest crowds in Arizona's spring Cactus League. Cincinnati averaged 4,170 in 16 games in its first year in Goodyear, while the Indians drew an average of 4,374 to the same complex in their second season there. The Chicago Cubs (10,892) and San Francisco Giants (10,388) led the league in average attendance. While officials for both clubs found excuses for their woeful figures - a Tribe official noted there are eight other teams in Maricopa County competing for the same entertainment dollars - spring training attendance in Arizona was up overall by nearly 5 percent over last year. Ohio's teams should get used to the competition. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies plan to move from Tucson to the Phoenix area next year. Maricopa County is a rocky place where the Reds' seed could find no purchase.

From America's Finest News Source: SEATTLE—Baseball fans across the nation admitted Monday that t...

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From America's Finest News Source: SEATTLE—Baseball fans across the nation admitted Monday that the sight of Ken Griffey Jr. in a backwards baseball cap—an iconic image that once filled fans with joy and promise and a feeling that maybe, just maybe, eternal youth was possible—now makes them feel completely and utterly depressed.... ...Fans say the sight of Griffey in a backwards hat was most uplifting in the early to mid-1990s, before his move to Cincinnati. Their joy at seeing his face beneath the bill-less cap reportedly peaked during the 1993 Home Run Derby when Griffey, hat turned round on his head, became the first player to hit the warehouse beyond the right field fence at Camden Yards. However, during Griffey's injury-plagued seasons from 2000 to 2007, the sight of the backwards hat caused feelings of frustration, anger, and hopelessness, and eventually became associated in their minds with countless utterances of the phrase, "Get up, you're fine. Please get up. Oh, God."... ..."You know what? I saw a recent picture of him with his hat backwards, and if you looked at it from the right angle, you could believe he had just one chin, and the gray hairs in his goatee were actually nothing more than the spring sunlight shining through," said Michael Dorenzo, who, despite being from New York, is a hardcore Seattle Mariners fan because of Griffey. "He was 'The Kid' again." "Jesus Christ," he continued, suddenly growing morose. "Who am I kidding? I guess we all have to die some day."

Yo, the Pirates are good. Well, good enough to make the Dodgers wish they'd opened the season in...

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Yo, the Pirates are good. Well, good enough to make the Dodgers wish they'd opened the season in LA against the Padres or something. They won 11-5 on Monday and then in Game Two, Ronny Cedeno (batting ninth as their pitcher will hit eighth this season) slapped a walk-off single over a drawn-in defense in the tenth. They're 2-0. They didn't have funny-ha-ha blanket-robes or dumbass tuxedoes for their Opening Night (they just sold tickets for a Buc and drew 30,000+) but they do have much love for their young stud in centerfield: McCutchen gives the Pirates a much-needed dynamic, one that combines confidence with speed, power and a flair for the dramatic we haven't seen here since Barry Bonds left for the San Francisco Giants after the 1992 season. Now, before you start shaking your head that I'm heaping unrealistic expectations on McCutchen by comparing him to baseball's best player of the 1990s and a future Hall of Famer*, consider these numbers: " Bonds played in 113 games, batted leadoff and hit .223 with 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 72 runs scored and 36 stolen bases as a rookie in 1986. " McCutchen played in 108 games, batted leadoff and hit .286 with 12 home runs, 54 RBI, 74 runs scored and 22 stolen bases as a rookie last year. "I'm going to go off that year," he said, "and see if I can do better." Doin' better. The Pirates. Yep.

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Reds Have New Plans for Top Cuban Prospect

Did I get ya?                                             From Rotoworld.com: Reds prospect Yonder Alonso will primarily play left field for Double-A Carolina this season. Interesting. With Joey...

Slate.com reviews the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars: ..We began with the NFL's Chad...

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Slate.com reviews the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars: ..We began with the NFL's Chad Ochocinco, whose appeal to the libido was hardly limited to when his shirt was open. (Part of the show's suspense concerns if and when we'll glimpse the men's navels and the women's coin slots.) Trying to seduce both the camera and his partner (in that order), Ochocinco relied on a Jamie Foxx-style ironic-but-not slow-jam technique. His trick was to tease his own preening—comically puckering his lips at his own reflection, for instance. He was spoofing himself as a pretty boy while accentuating his prettiness. And yet, on the dance floor, Ochocinco, despite his hip-switching moves, shared little chemistry with his partner, whose name is Cheryl. It was not precisely erotic when he pressed his face into her sternum. This anti-eroticism didn't quite matter to Bruno Tonioli, one of the show's judges, a spicy little fellow given to ribald humor. There must a specific term for Bruno's go-to rhetorical move, which is maybe a cousin of paralipis. Five or six times per episode, he serves up a double entendre or potentially saucy comment, and then, having incited in-studio titters, declares something like: No, no, no, that's not what I meant, you naughty, naughty things. Bruno told Ochocinco that he had "a huge, huge, huge … talent yet untapped." Ochocinco played along: "I still got a long way to go. She's gotta keep on drillin' me hard," leaving us with a vision of Cheryl and Ochocinco attempting maneuvers including the sesenta y nueve... Click the link above for more descriptive awesomeness: Shannon Doherty, Erin Andrews and yup, Pam Anderson.

I've played fantasy baseball for many years. (My first team's rotation featured rookies Jason Bere...

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I've played fantasy baseball for many years. (My first team's rotation featured rookies Jason Bere and Aaron Sele. Jay Buhner and Mo Vaughn anchored my lineup.) But I haven't played it well since 2003 or 2004. My excuse? Kids. No, it's not that I fill my rosters with unproven youngsters. It's that my wife and I have too many. Too many to allow me the time necessary to have success in a competitive fantasy baseball league. I've thought about hanging up my fantasy spikes but I really like playing it -not to win necessarily- but really just to keep an eye on good and great players from around baseball. Players like Adrian Gonzalez or Josh Johnson who of course come up on the each team's schedule sporadically throughout the summer but then seemingly disappear. I like knowing about those guys and I like being able to talk to other baseball fans about those guys. So I play fantasy baseball. And I'm gonna continue to play. ...As long as at least two or three of you folks wanna join the rest of us in my new league: S(a.N.D)B.O.K.X. Fantasy Baseball. The SAND is the tautologically redundant part of the acronym: Simple (and Not Difficult) The BOKX explains just how simple (and not difficult) this league's scoring system will be: Based Only on Ks (strikeouts) and Xs (extra base hits). * * * This league's scoring system has two only statistics: strikeouts and extra-base hits.* * * Hopefully, this keeps things simple (and not difficult) and will thus require only a few minutes each week to seek out good hitters and good pitchers to replace not-quite-as-good pitchers and not-quite-as-good hitters. (And hopefully, I'll have Ryan Howard on my team.) We'll probably use only players from the National League and unless things change for some reason, it'll be a points league. It's gonna be on Yahoo! so it'll be free and unless things change for some reason, we'll just be playing for bragging rights (and something to do). I've had some help from Red Reporter's sabermetric higher-ups and I think I know how to weight things so that the NL's good, better and best strikeout pitchers are going to be worth roughly what the NL's good, better and best sluggers will be worth on draft day. But I've never seen or heard of a league like this so I don't know quite what to expect and if anybody can think of any reason that this format might go beyond just being quirky and we'll like end up ripping a hole in the space/time continuum, help us out, eh? So, if you wanna play and/or if you have any questions, let me know below. We had the draft set for Wednesday, March 31st at 8:30pm EST. But I'm almost certain that we're going to change that date. I think we'll need to settle on a date and a time and I think we'll need to do it sooner rather than later so as soon as we can get our ninth and tenth owners we'll restart that conversation. I'm gonna go ahead and post an email address so that if there are any lurkers who wanna play they don't necessarily have to create an SBNation account in order to do so. Just let me know what you're thinking: SANDBOKX.at.Gmail

Perhaps THE SIMPLEST FANTASY LEAGUE in the history of the sport!

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I've played fantasy baseball for many years. (My first team's rotation featured rookies Jason Bere and Aaron Sele. Jay Buhner and Mo Vaughn anchored my lineup.) But I haven't played it well since 2003 or 2004. My excuse? Kids. No, it's not that I fill my rosters with unproven youngsters. It's that my wife and I have too many. Too many to allow me the time necessary to have success in a competitive fantasy baseball league. I've thought about hanging up my fantasy spikes but I really like playing it -not to win necessarily- but really just to keep an eye on good and great players from around baseball. Players like Adrian Gonzalez or Josh Johnson who of course come up on the each team's schedule sporadically throughout the summer but then seemingly disappear. I like knowing about those guys and I like being able to talk to other baseball fans about those guys. So I play fantasy baseball. And I'm gonna continue to play. ...As long as at least two or three of you folks wanna join the rest of us in my new league: S(a.N.D)B.O.K.X. Fantasy Baseball. The SAND is the tautologically redundant part of the acronym: Simple (and Not Difficult) The BOKX explains just how simple (and not difficult) this league's scoring system will be: Based Only on Ks (strikeouts) and Xs (extra base hits). * * * This league's scoring system has two only statistics: strikeouts and extra-base hits.* * * Hopefully, this keeps things simple (and not difficult) and will thus require only a few minutes each week to seek out good hitters and good pitchers to replace not-quite-as-good pitchers and not-quite-as-good hitters. (And hopefully, I'll have Ryan Howard on my team.) We'll probably use only players from the National League and unless things change for some reason, it'll be a points league. It's gonna be on Yahoo! so it'll be free and unless things change for some reason, we'll just be playing for bragging rights (and something to do). I've had some help from Red Reporter's sabermetric higher-ups and I think I know how to weight things so that the NL's good, better and best strikeout pitchers are going to be worth roughly what the NL's good, better and best sluggers will be worth on draft day. But I've never seen or heard of a league like this so I don't know quite what to expect and if anybody can think of any reason that this format might go beyond just being quirky and we'll like end up ripping a hole in the space/time continuum, help us out, eh? So, if you wanna play and/or if you have any questions, let me know below. We had the draft set for Wednesday, March 31st at 8:30pm EST. But I'm almost certain that we're going to change that date. I think we'll need to settle on a date and a time and I think we'll need to do it sooner rather than later so as soon as we can get our ninth and tenth owners we'll restart that conversation. I'm gonna go ahead and post an email address so that if there are any lurkers who wanna play they don't necessarily have to create an SBNation account in order to do so. Just let me know what you're thinking: SANDBOKX.at.Gmail

CHAPMANIA!

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Mark Sheldon and MLB.com give us lots of Chapman-related video (Chapman pitching, Arroyo on Chapman, Chapman on Chapman, etc..) and a good article with quotes from Chapman, Chapman's catcher and Chapman's manager. Also... Up-to-date Reds' Spring Training stats on MLB.com: Pitchers Hitters (Drew Stubbs has one hit and six strikeouts.)

"No Jackets Required" The suits from the Cubs front offices (the big ones.. the ones with...

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"No Jackets Required" The suits from the Cubs front offices (the big ones.. the ones with windows!) step out for a visit to an Illinois mom's basement. Congrats to Bleed Cubbie Blue (and SBNation) for one helluva get.

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Hal: Brandon Phillips bowls between his legs ...Red Reporter reacts.

                                        Hall of Famer and recently retired journalist Hal McCoy was the first to get the scoop on our Gold Gloved cleanup hitter's activity outside of baseball: P...

Perhaps THE SIMPLEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE in the history of the sport

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FULL DISCLOSURE: This open invitation to my league was originally posted as a FanShot at Red Reporter. This Brew Crew Ball FanShot does have the blessing of a Brew Crew Ball moderator. Thanks for taking the time to read and consider. I've played fantasy baseball for many years. (My first team's rotation featured rookies Jason Bere and Aaron Sele. Jay Buhner and Mo Vaughn anchored my lineup.) But I haven't played it well since 2003 or 2004. My excuse? Kids. No, it's not that I fill my rosters with unproven youngsters. It's that my wife and I have too many. Too many to allow me the time necessary to have success in a competitive fantasy baseball league. I've thought about hanging up my fantasy spikes but I really like playing it -not to win necessarily- but really just to keep an eye on good and great players from around baseball. Players like Adrian Gonzalez or Josh Johnson who of course come up on the Reds' schedule sporadically throughout the summer but then seemingly disappear. I like knowing about those guys and I like being able to talk to other baseball fans about those guys. So I play fantasy baseball. And I'm gonna continue to play. ...As long as at least six or seven of you folks wanna play in my new league: S(a.N.D)B.O.K.X. Fantasy Baseball. The SAND is the tautologically redundant part of the acronym: Simple (And Not Difficult) The BOKX explains just how simple (and not difficult) this league's scoring system will be: Based Only on Ks (strikeouts) and Xs (extra base hits). * * * This league's scoring system has two only statistics: strikeouts and extra-base hits.* * * Hopefully, this keeps things simple (and not difficult) and will thus require only a few minutes each week to seek out good hitters and good pitchers to replace not-quite-as-good pitchers and not-quite-as-good hitters. (And hopefully, I'll have Joey Votto on my team.) We'll probably use only players from the National League and unless things change for some reason, it'll be a points league. It's gonna be on Yahoo! so it'll be free and unless things change for some reason, we'll just be playing for bragging rights (and something to do). I've had some help from Red Reporter's sabermetric higher-ups and I think I know how to weight things so that the NL's good, better and best strikeout pitchers are going to be worth roughly what the NL's good, better and best sluggers will be worth on draft day. But I've never seen or heard of a league like this so I don't know quite what to expect and if anybody can think of any reason that this format might go beyond just being quirky and we'll like end up ripping a hole in the space/time continuum, help us out, eh? So, if you wanna play and/or if you have any questions, let me know below. I have the draft set for Wednesday, March 31st at 8:30pm EST. This might change but I think we'll need to settle on a date and a time and I think we'll need to do it sooner rather than later. I'm gonna go ahead and post an email address so that if there are any lurkers who wanna play they don't necessarily have to create an SBNation account in order to do so. Just let me know what you're thinking: SANDBOKX.at.Gmail NOTE: We've got four or five owners ready to go. We're hoping to get at least nine or ten total.. Thanks again.
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Perhaps THE SIMPLEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE in the history of the sport.

                             I've played fantasy baseball for many years. (My first team's rotation featured rookies Jason Bere and Aaron Sele. Jay Buhner and Mo Vaughn anchored my lineup.) But I...

Perhaps THE SIMPLEST FANTASY LEAGUE in the history of the sport!

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I've played fantasy baseball for many years. (My first team's rotation featured rookies Jason Bere and Aaron Sele. Jay Buhner and Mo Vaughn anchored my lineup.) But I haven't played it well since 2003 or 2004. My excuse? Kids. No, it's not that I fill my rosters with unproven youngsters. It's that my wife and I have too many. Too many to allow me the time necessary to have success in a competitive fantasy baseball league. I've thought about hanging up my fantasy spikes but I really like playing it -not to win necessarily- but really just to keep an eye on good and great players from around baseball. Players like Adrian Gonzalez or Josh Johnson who of course come up on the Reds' schedule sporadically throughout the summer but then seemingly disappear. I like knowing about those guys and I like being able to talk to other baseball fans about those guys. So I play fantasy baseball. And I'm gonna continue to play. ...As long as at least six or seven of you folks wanna play in my new league: S(a.N.D)B.O.K.X. Fantasy Baseball. The SAND is the tautologically redundant part of the acronym: Simple (and Not Difficult) The BOKX explains just how simple (and not difficult) this league's scoring system will be: Based Only on Ks (strikeouts) and Xs (extra base hits). * * * This league's scoring system has two only statistics: strikeouts and extra-base hits.* * * Hopefully, this keeps things simple (and not difficult) and will thus require only a few minutes each week to seek out good hitters and good pitchers to replace not-quite-as-good pitchers and not-quite-as-good hitters. (And hopefully, I'll have Joey Votto on my team.) We'll probably use only players from the National League and unless things change for some reason, it'll be a points league. It's gonna be on Yahoo! so it'll be free and unless things change for some reason, we'll just be playing for bragging rights (and something to do). I've had some help from Red Reporter's sabermetric higher-ups and I think I know how to weight things so that the NL's good, better and best strikeout pitchers are going to be worth roughly what the NL's good, better and best sluggers will be worth on draft day. But I've never seen or heard of a league like this so I don't know quite what to expect and if anybody can think of any reason that this format might go beyond just being quirky and we'll like end up ripping a hole in the space/time continuum, help us out, eh? So, if you wanna play and/or if you have any questions, let me know below. I have the draft set for Wednesday, March 31st at 8:30pm EST. This might change but I think we'll need to settle on a date and a time and I think we'll need to do it sooner rather than later. I'm gonna go ahead and post an email address so that if there are any lurkers who wanna play they don't necessarily have to create an SBNation account in order to do so. Just let me know what you're thinking: SANDBOKX.at.Gmail

What would George Grande think? FOX DOMINATES INDECENCY COMPLAINTS By Eriq Gardner LOS ANGELES...

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What would George Grande think? FOX DOMINATES INDECENCY COMPLAINTS By Eriq Gardner LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Members of the "tea party" don't like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow's use of the word "teabagging." According to FCC records obtained and analyzed by SNL Kagan, viewers have filed 1,239 indecency complaints connected to the ambiguous phrase. The only thing more controversial was a rant delivered by CNN's Jack Cafferty against China on an April 2008 edition of "The Situation Room." Of course, NBC and CNN don't even come close to the amount of ire directed at a March 2009 episode of Fox's "Family Guy" in which a baby drank horse semen with his breakfast cereal. That episode generated 188,368 complaints. Thanks in large part to "Family Guy" and some of its live sports programing, Fox leads all broadcast networks in getting under the skins of Americans. Almost 50% of the top 50 broadcast TV indecency complaints filed at the FCC were directed at Fox. Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter

MOM'S BASEMENT LEFT EMPTY AS STARRY-EYED BLOGGER TRIES TO WIN REAL BASEBALL TEAM'S CUTE LITTLE...

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MOM'S BASEMENT LEFT EMPTY AS STARRY-EYED BLOGGER TRIES TO WIN REAL BASEBALL TEAM'S CUTE LITTLE CONTEST That's just my attempt at an acerbic Onion-esque headline. I actually think the contest is pr'cool and the big fella did a nice job writin' it up. Kudos to the O's marketing department!
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REPORT !!!

    (Yeah, yeah.. this shoulda been a FanShot.) Sooooo... our Reds' pitchers and catchers have reported.  So far so good, I guess.  Today they'll get busy doing other stuff.  Hope that works out...

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May 8, 1976

                                                                                                            via farm2.static.flickr.com   I've been watching the most recent Reds...

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"You could dislocate a tail."

via www.chicagotribune.com   From the Chicago Sun-Times: Add another yarn to Wrigley Field lore. Let it be known henceforth as the "cat-tail-grabbing...

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RR Outing: Lullvile Bats in the 614 Monday Night

via www.dispatch.com     Tickets to the Clippers' new Huntington Park went on sale this morning and it appeared that the opening homestand might be...

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