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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, May 22, 2008

Lineup v. Padres, notes

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Ryan Freel cf
Paul Janish ss
Ken Griffey Jr. rf
Brandon Phillips 2b
Adam Dunn lf
Edwin Encarnacion 3b
Joey Votto 1b
Paul Bako c
Aaron Harang p
vs. LH Randy Wolf

--Dusty Baker said Ryan Freel will likely start the next two games as well with lefties throwing for the Padres. "Corey (Patterson) has good numbers against some of those lefties," Baker said. "But he's just not hitting or getting on base."

--Jerry Hairston Jr. is available. He had been sick for a for a few days before last night's game. He said he felt better during batting practice, but he got sick just before the game. He left the game after hitting in the first. "During that at-bat I felt like I was in outer space," he said. "I never been disoriented like that." He used to think the same thing was everyone else: "How does an athlete get dyhydrated? With all the Gatorade and stuff around."

Hairston brother, Scott, is a member of the Padres. It's first time they'll play against each other since 2004. The Hairston's family has the most players to make the majors: Sammy, his sons Jerry Sr. and Johnny and Jerry's sons Jerry Jr. and Scott.

His grandfather, who passed away in 1997, played mostly in the Negro Leagues and was the first African-American player with the White Sox. "He used tell all those stories about the Negro Leagues -- Jackie (Robinson), Cool Papa Bell, Double Duty Radcliffe. Double Duty was a good friend of the family."


at 9:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot Sam Hairston, Jerry Sr.'s father.

at 9:34 PM Blogger redsfaninchitown said...

Hey Dusty, Patterson "is just not hitting or getting on base?" Tell o' "Master of the Obvious," when did you figure this out? Did it take reading all these posts, listening to Marty and Thom, getting the toothpick stuck in the roof of your mouth or Walt Jocketty telling you he's struggling and play the best players? When do we say the same about Jr. and move him down in the line-up? When you get your gig back at ESPN and say "when I managed the Reds Jr. really struggled, I see why they moved him."

I live in Chicago and I thought that all the complaining about you was the fickle fandom up here, I'm beginning to see they were right. Stop doing what's right for your popularity with certain players and do what's right for the team or get out of the way. The definition of success isn't making everyone happy, but the definition of failure is.

at 9:57 PM Blogger Peter said...

Cmon Freel. Gimmie another solid outing to prove you deserve CF everday (at least until Jay gets here)

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