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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lineup, notes

Reds v. Brewers, 1:05

Corey Patterson CF
Jeff Keppinger SS
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Adam Dunn LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Scott Hatteberg 1B
Paul Bako C
Aaron Harang P

--No decision has been made on what to do with the rotation with Monday's off day. "We're wrestling with it," Dusty Baker said.

The Reds would like to keep Harang on his five-day turn. But they may slip Josh Fogg in behind him. Baker doesn't think giving Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez extra rest harms anything.

"There going to make 10 to 12 more starts than they've ever made," he said. "You saw it with (Detroit's Justin) Verlander two years ago. He was out of gas. It's kind of like college players coming out to the NBA."

--Baker thought about giving Encarnacion another day. "Two days is too many this early." he said.


at 12:44 PM Blogger GOREDS! said...

Seems like the reds had success with Kep behind Dunn yesterday. Why not move EE to the 2 hole and kepp to 6? Gives EE an extra look and protects Dunn and eliminates the rally kill with the current lineup.

at 1:16 PM Blogger RickDinChicago said...

No!!! I'm going to Wednesday nights game at Wrigley and I have no desire to watch Fogg pitch!

at 1:21 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Has it become one of the Reds' closely guarded secrets, or is the radar gun in Louisville busted again?
How hard was Bailey throwing the other night?

at 1:37 PM Blogger John Fay said...

It's not on any of the reports I get. I'll see if I can find out.

at 1:46 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

As much potential and tool type ability that Hamilton had last year, the rust would show itself on some misplayed balls.

Patterson is flat out a good center fielder. Great anticipation, runs everything down, maybe his arm is average, but who cares. This guy is a player.

Center field play is better right now than last year with Hamilton. And we know how much we loved Hamilton last year.

Nice Job Dusty and Krivsky.

What happened to the wake up boys?

at 1:53 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Bailey got up to 95.

at 2:06 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

Is Paul Bako an All Star?

This game had seemed to be ground ball to Keppinger, and ground ball to Fielder.

Even Bako's double was at Fielder. The guy is playing superb

at 2:20 PM Blogger Chad said...


With Patterson's contract, do the Reds have an option on him next year, or is he still possibly arbitration eligible?

at 2:39 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

how long do we have to put up with EE?

Oh wait, he may have just won another game for us.

guess that is why this is a team game.

at 2:40 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

reagan..you should read the backround on pattersons effort and attitude in chicago.

patterson was a "flat out" average centerfielder with serious attitude issues

much too early to tell if centerfield is better or worse.

at 3:17 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

Thanks Jack. sounds just like the bio on Phillips in Cleveland.

Must be Krivsky who can see something in these talented guys who other teams were not able to get peak performance out of.

CF PLAY is better, the fielding, not the tasers that Hamilton could fire.

at 3:55 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

ten/ eleven games into a season does not make a season reagan..tell us again how juan castro should be our starting ss

too funny

at 4:31 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Thanks John, 95 is more encouraging than the last report.

at 5:07 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

good to see that Keppinger is doing well Jack. I like him, and he was steady today even in the 0 fer

I never said that Castro should be the starter, I just said that he is a better shortstop.

Gonzales is the starter and it will be fun when our team is healthy to give Dusty more options

at 10:23 PM Blogger Joe said...


When is Ross due to come back? Do you think Valentin go to the DL to make room for Ross? I think they have to ride Bako as long as those 36 year old knees and back will hold up for the sake of the two youngsters in the rotation.

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