CHICAGO -- Three Reds fans are among the 90 finalists for Major League Baseball and People Magazine's "Tribute for Heroes" campaign, whose winners will be recognized on FOX before this year's All-Star Game on July 16.
Joseph Carroll (Blue Ash, Ohio), Eloy Campos (Cincinnati) and Benjamin Conger (Nederland, Texas) are the three Reds representatives in the campaign that honors veterans and military service members.
Fans can vote now for the winners at TributeForHeroes.com through June 30. Thirty winners -- one from each team -- will be recognized before this year's Midsummer Classic at Citi Field. A "Tribute for Heroes" winner will also be featured in the July 22 issue of "People," which hits newsstands on July 12.
The 90 finalists include veterans of World War II and the war in Afghanistan, 14 currently serving, 143 total awards (including one Medal of Honor and 17 Purple Hearts) and one Paralympic gold medalist.
The campaign supports Welcome Back Veterans, an MLB initiative that addresses the needs of returning veterans and their families after they return from service. Through the program, MLB has committed more than $23 million for grants to hospitals and clinics that provide treatment.
Rodriguez optioned to make room for Cingrani
CHICAGO -- With the recall of left-hander Tony Cingrani from Triple-A Louisville in order to start Tuesday's game, the Reds optioned infielder Henry Rodriguez to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Cingrani is making his first appearance in the big leagues since May 17. Rodriguez has appeared in just two games for the Reds this season, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout in two plate appearances.
"When [Rodriguez] got called up, it was a temporary move in the first place," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He'll be back, because he's getting there in Triple-A and he can hit. Like I told him, it's gonna work and he has a good attitude."
The 23-year-old infielder has appeared in 14 Major League games over the last two seasons. In 57 games with Louisville this year, Rodriguez has hit .279 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 26 RBIs.
Phillips joins elite Reds company after Monday's game
CHICAGO -- In his eighth season with the Reds, Brandon Phillips has matched Hall of Famer and former Reds second baseman Joe Morgan for the most home runs and RBIs at that position in franchise history. It took Morgan eight years in Cincinnati to set the standard, as well.
"It just means I've been over here too long for me to do that," Phillips joked. "Joe Morgan, he's the best second baseman to play this game. For me to be in same category as him is an honor. I feel like I'm nowhere even close to Joe Morgan."
With his six-RBI night on Monday -- matching a career-high that he has set three other times, most recently on May 5, 2009 -- Phillips tied Morgan in home runs (152) and passed him to take over the top spot in RBIs (615). Morgan drove in 612 as a Reds second baseman.
"I know Joe played some of his career elsewhere, but to be the top anything in any place -- and I think [Phillips has] done it really with nobody noticing it," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "What's so amazing is he's batting all over the lineup -- some leadoff, some fourth, some second. Joe batted mostly third here, so I figure Brandon lost a bunch of RBIs batting leadoff. I think it's a wonderful accomplishment."
Morgan was an All-Star in each of his eight seasons with the Reds, and won both of his Most Valuable Player Awards in Cincinnati. He played 1,495 of his 2,649 games elsewhere, including 10 years in Houston.
Phillips' first four seasons came in Cleveland, where he totaled just 38 RBIs in 135 games. He was traded away for Jeff Stevens in April 2006.
"It feels good to have the stint I've been able to have here," Phillips said. "If it wasn't for Cincinnati, I'd probably be at home. Especially getting let go by another team, and just coming here and taking advantage of it and getting a second chance."