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Baseball's Ryan Freel had brain disease at suicide, report says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Former pro baseball player Ryan Freel had degenerative brain disease at the time of his suicide last year, his family said in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Ex-Reds player Ryan Freel dead in suicide

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel has been found dead in his Jacksonville, Fla., home in an apparent suicide, police say.

Reds get Hernandez for Freel

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Cincinnati got catcher Ramon Hernandez from Baltimore Tuesday by trading utility player Ryan Freel and two minor leaguers.

MLB: N.Y. Mets 12, Cincinnati 6

NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- Carlos Beltran's two hits and five RBI keyed the New York Mets' 12-6 rout of Cincinnati in the opener of a day/night double-header.

MLB: St. Louis 5, Cincinnati 2

ST. LOUIS, April 30 (UPI) -- Led by Rick Ankiel's three hits and two RBI Wednesday, St. Louis downed Cincinnati 5-2.

MLB: San Francisco 3, Cincinnati 1

SAN FRANCISCO, April 26 (UPI) -- Jonathan Sanchez produced his second consecutive strong start Friday in lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 3-1 victory over Cincinnati.

MLB: Cincinnati 9, Chi. Cubs 2

CHICAGO, April 17 (UPI) -- Joey Votto drove in five runs Thursday when the Cincinnati Reds blasted the Chicago Cubs 9-2.

MLB: Cincinnati 12, Milwaukee 4

MILWAUKEE, April 10 (UPI) -- Corey Patterson hit his fourth homer this season and doubled twice in a 14-hit attack Wednesday that boosted Cincinnati to a 12-4 blasting of Milwaukee.

Reds send Coffey down to minors

CINCINNATI, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Reds sent relief pitcher Todd Coffey to the minors Thursday to make room for a “pesky little hitter,” Jason Ellison.

Freel undergoes right-knee surgery

CINCINNATI, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Freel Wednesday had successful surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 6, Cincinnati 0

CINCINNATI, July 29 (UPI) -- Carlos Zambrano became the majors' first 14-game winner Sunday, combining with two relievers on a three-hitter in the Chicago Cubs' 6-0 win over Cincinnati.

MLB: Cincinnati 7, Milwaukee 3

CINCINNATI, July 25 (UPI) -- Jeff Keppinger hit a three-run double in a four-run first inning Wednesday, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3.

MLB: Cincinnati 7, Florida 5

MIAMI, July 19 (UPI) -- Ryan Freel hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning Thursday night to help the Cincinnati Reds rally past Florida, 7-5.

MLB: Cincinnati 8, N.Y. Mets 4

NEW YORK, July 13 (UPI) -- Brandon Phillips drove in a career-high six runs Friday night to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets, 8-4.
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Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Ryan Freel dives for a ball off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals David Eckstein in the first inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 7, 2006. Freel was unable to make the catch resulting in a single for Eckstein. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Ryan Paul Freel (born March 8, 1976 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a Major League Baseball utility player for the Chicago Cubs. Freel plays second base, third base, and all three outfield positions.

Freel attended Tallahassee Community College and was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1994 amateur entry draft, but did not sign. A year later, he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 1995 amateur draft. Freel played 6 seasons in the Toronto minor league system before making his Major League debut on April 4, 2001. He only played in 9 games for the Blue Jays in his rookie year, hitting .273 with 0 home runs, 3 RBI and 2 stolen bases. After the season was over, Freel was granted free agency and signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Freel played the entire 2002 season in the minor leagues with the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Devil Rays. He hit .261 with 8 home runs, 48 RBI, and 37 steals. On November 18, 2002, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent.

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