Random All-Star Game notes and more:
■ Aroldis Chapman struck out the American League side in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park. Chapman threw 14 pitches. Twelve were timed at 100 or more miles per hour. He hit 103.
■ The Mets' Jacob deGrom was nearly as impressive. He needed just 10 pitches to fan the AL side in the sixth inning.
■ One of the better All-Star Game moments came when the fans booed Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. The fans booed all of the Cardinals. But Molina got the biggest kick out of it.
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Said Molina afterward, "When you spend 12 years coming to Cincinnati and you beat them so many times, they're going to boo you."
■ When entering the American League clubhouse, I was asked to wait just a second. One of the coaches was having his picture taken with Erin Andrews.
■ The new timed format for the Home Run Derby on Monday night was a big hit. Who says a clock has no place in baseball?
■ By the way, the team with the home-field advantage has won 23 of the past 29 World Series.
■ According to Reds statistician Joel Luckhaupt, the last Red to get a hit in the All-Star Game was Scott Rolen. That was in 2010.
■ According to FanGraphs, going by the season stats to date, the Reds have a 1.2 percent chance of reaching the playoffs.
■ Was a little surprised that Reds Manager Bryan Price got such a loud ovation when he was introduced Tuesday. Reds fans apparently aren't blaming Price for the poor showing in the first half.
They're blaming General Manager Walt Jocketty.
■ When Commissioner Rob Manfred met Pete Rose for the first time Tuesday he said, "I've never talked so much about a man I've never met."
■ It keeps happening. Memphis placed ridiculous restrictions on Austin Nichols' request to transfer. Nichols got a lawyer. Memphis backed down.
Why don't schools see how petty they look when issuing such restrictions?
■ Nick Saban appeared to do a fair amount of whining at SEC Football Media Days on Wednesday.
■ Michigan's new contract with Nike is worth $169 million, which includes $80.2 million in apparel. That's the richest apparel deal in all of college sports.
I would expect Michigan to raise ticket prices soon.
■ It seems like every football program in the SEC wants to re-establish the running game.
■ Kudos to South Florida basketball coach Orlando Antigua, who picked up a commitment from Andres Feliz, the leading scorer in the U19 World Championships.
■ In case you missed it, Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., son of former University of Kentucky guard James Blackmon, underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss the rest of summer workouts.
■ Enjoyed talking to former NBA star Jeff Mullins at the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame inductions on Saturday.
Mullins played his high school basketball at Lafayette and his college ball at Duke before playing for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA.
Mullins splits his time between North Carolina and Vero Beach, Fla., where he plays tennis with his old friend Cliff Hagan, the former UK star and athletics director. After all these years, Mullins says Hagan still hates to lose.
■ Whenever an Internet post or tweet includes the phrase "this is the most hilarious/precious/ interesting/ridiculous/etc. thing you'll see all day" I can guarantee you I won't be seeing it because I won't be clicking on it.