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Ohioan Hot Takes: Crisp back in Cleveland? Reds, Tribe scout Tebow; another Cuban defector signed by Cincinnati

A few Ohioan Hot Takes on recent developments and what to watch for today: Indians reportedly close to trading for Coco Crisp * The Cleveland Indians are expected to acquire today Coco Crisp from Oakland A’s in a move that provides Cleveland some needed outfield depth ahead of the playoffs. The deal has been widely


Buckeyes football program “disagrees” with Gibson suspension, expects WR back next year

Ohio State Buckeyes Head Coach Urban Meyer expects his recently suspended standout wide receiver to return to the football next fall. The Buckeyes coach said Tuesday during a conference call he has “zero indication” that Torrance Gibson will leave Ohio State before next fall, adding “his focus is to be the best possible Buckeye he


Despite first-place record, Indians near the bottom in attendance

Poor attendance sabotaged the lede. I wanted to begin last week’s column on the Cincinnati Reds by spotlighting the club’s post-All-Star break improvement, and something about our true character, and the things we do when no one’s looking. Before I could even type out the punchline – how the Reds roster must be chock full

Brandon Phillips bats during a game against Pittsburgh in 2015.

There’s always next year: A case for the 2017 Cincinnati Reds

Like mad scientists blending hazardous chemicals, the mix concocted by this Reds brain trust was a combustible blend that very nearly exploded in historic fashion, but appears now to be a super juice that has Joey Votto batting nearly .450 since the All-Star break, Brandon Phillips poised to post his best offensive numbers in about five years and a pitching staff that now at least on borders on respectable.

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