Cincinnati Reds defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3

It often is said that baseball is a game of adjustments, and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum said it's time for shortstop Alcides Escobar to make one.

Or perhaps two.

"He's got a winter project," Sveum said. "He got by for a while, but his mechanics won't hold up to big-league pitching on a consistent basis."

Manager Ken Macha gave Escobar the night off Tuesday amid a horrid slump in which he was 0 for 14 and 3 for 38 (.079). For September, he was batting .138 with ...

After the Cincinnati Reds finish celebrating the NL Central crown they should claim in the next few days, perhaps they will send a case of champagne to the Milwaukee Brewers as a thank-you for their assistance.

Though they made it interesting in the end, the Brewers continued to get the worst of it against the Reds on Tuesday night, bowing, 4-3, at Miller Park.

It was the Brewers' ninth loss in 10 meetings with the Reds this season. Not coincidentally, that eight-gam...