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October 23, 2013

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The 12U Rockets will play a team from Cincinnati, Ohio Nov. 16 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion.

Reds going with Price as next manager

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds stayed in-house for their next manager, giving pitching coach Bryan Price a three-year deal Tuesday.

The job carries enormous expectations for the 51-year-old Price, who has been one of the most successful pitching coaches in the majors but has never managed at any level. He and Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman were two in-house candidates considered for the job.

Dusty Baker led the Reds to three 90-win seasons and three playoff appearances in the last four years, but Cincinnati got knocked out in the first round of the postseason each time.

The Reds fired Baker with a year left on his two-year contract after a final-week fade that included an implosion by the pitching staff. Cincinnati lost its last six games, including a 6-2 defeat at PNC Park in the wild-card playoff against the Pirates. General manager Walt Jocketty said the closing slump was a major factor in the decision to change managers.

Baker led the Reds to their best stretch of success since Sparky Anderson managed the Big Red Machine to World Series titles in the 1970s. Price will be expected to keep Cincinnati winning deep into the playoffs in 2014 with the core of the team under contract.

Like Baker, he has an even-keel personality. Unlike Baker, he comes to the job with no previous managing experience.

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