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As of Friday, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier had the best betting odds at the online gaming website Bovada to win the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

Longtime Cincinnati sports writer John Erardi agrees the Reds player has an excellent chance of winning with his brother pitching and his second place finish last year. Erardi predicts the toughest round will be the first one when he competes against Prince Fielder.

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Breweries around the country are outdoing one another when it comes to going green.  No longer is giving spent grain to farmers the sole solution.   Companies are now looking at the entire sustainable picture, investing in expensive energy systems and changing ingredients.

WBUR details a few examples in "Survival of the Greenest Beer?"

  So who would have guessed it?

Somebody among the small army of Republican presidential candidates was going to be the first to go on the air with a TV ad buy in New Hampshire, the state with the first-in-the-nation primary.

Not many people thought it would be Ohio’s own John Kasich.

But indeed it was.

Some Columbus mounted patrol officers are coming to Cincinnati to help with security during All-Star Game events.  

The Cincinnati Police Department said they will be on patrol Saturday and Tuesday.  

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Tens of thousands of visitors will be in Cincinnati for All-Star Game activities starting Friday.  Along with having fun, they'll be creating trash, but plans are in the works to recycle as much as possible.

FanFest Extends Celebration Beyond Ball Park

Jul 9, 2015
Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Starting Friday, Duke Energy Convention Center will house a homage to baseball's past and present.  FanFest is a five-day baseball convention and a big part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Weekend.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Some Cincinnati police officers will be working a lot this weekend and early next week as part of the All-Star festivities.  

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is planning to speak at the twice-daily roll calls for officers at the beginning of their shifts.  

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The final piece of this summer's Smale Riverfront Park construction is now open. Cincinnati Parks cut the ribbon Thursday on the Castellini Esplanade and the Portland Loo. The two sit just east of Paul Brown Stadium where Bob Castellini began his produce business.

Karen Kasler/Ohio Public Radio

Now that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has announced he will officially launch his presidential campaign in a few weeks, there may be new attention on another Republican statewide officeholder.

Cincinnati Reds

Once every generation or so, Major League Baseball chooses Cincinnati to host its All-Star Game, the “mid-summer classic” that brings together the best players in one ball park.

When the first pitch is thrown Tuesday night from the Great American Ball Park mound by the National League starter, it will be the fifth time Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since it began at Chicago’s Comiskey Park in 1933 and the first in the ball park that has been the Cincinnati Reds’ home since 2003.

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