Looking back . . .
A good homestand: The Reds lost Sunday, 6-2, as former University of Cincinnati star Ian Happ homered twice for the Cubs in Great American Ball Park. The weekend was no disaster, however, as the Reds took two of three games from the defending World Series champions on the heels of doing the same to the NL Central-leading Brewers. Both teams have handled Cincinnati recently.
Cozart lands donkey, will ride with Votto in All-Star Game: Cincinnati’s shortstop came off the disabled list Friday, had two hits, got rest Saturday, and on Sunday evening was named the National League’s All-Star Game starter as the leading vote getter at his position. That means that Votto, whom NL All-Star manager Joe Maddon picked as a reserve, owes him a donkey. "I'm going to have to give [the donkey guy] a ring," Votto joked. "He doesn't have a phone. He only uses a pager. He's kind of in that black-market business. He'll see it's time to bring that donkey to Cincinnati."
Looking ahead . . .
Rolling in the second half: The Dayton Dragons have taken the first three games of their four-game series against the Ft. Wayne TinCaps. They’ll go for the sweep Monday at Fifth Third Field.
Roster moves: The Reds hit the road Sunday night for four games in Colorado and three in Arizona before a four-day break for the All-Star Game, which will be July 11 in Marlins Park. They loaded up their bullpen, sending out rookie starter Jackson Stephens and calling up reliever Asher Wojciechowski from Triple-A Louisville.
Carmelo to Cavs?: Amid a flurry of activity in the NBA over the weekend as free agency got under way and stunning trades sent (or will send) Chris Paul from the Clippers to the Rockets and Paul George from the Pacers to the Thunder, there appears a possibility that disenchanted New York Knick Carmelo Anthony could end up in Ohio, per a Monday morning report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.