Rolen back in the fold

Reds lineup vs. Cardinals

Stubbs 8
Renteria 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Rolen 5
Lewis 7
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

*Obviously, a roster move is pending for the activation of Scott Rolen. No word yet.

*Against Kyle Lohse, Edgar Renteria has the best career numbers at 5-for-12 (.467) with all singlesand one RBI. Fred Lewis is 2-for-3 with two doubles. Joey Votto is 3-for-9 (.333).

*Against Bronson Arroyo lifetime, Lance Berkman is hitting .292 with five homers and 14 RBIs.

*Since Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto came off the DL, the Reds rotation is 5-0 with a 1.71 ERA. That included a 24-inning scoreless streak that was snapped on Wednesday.

*Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa will not be with his club this weekend as he continues to be ill with shingles.

*Three games into his rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville, Juan Francisco is 4-for-15 (.267) with one  double,  two RBIs and  three strikeouts.

*From the Reds: Through 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday 5/25 fans can register at for the opportunity to purchase up to 4 individual tickets to the 6/20-6/22 games vs the Yankees…fans selected will be notified on or about Fri, 5/27 via thee-mail address submitted on the registration form.

*And if you don’t mind some non-Reds news, Hall of Famer and former Twins great Harmon Killebrew announced today he was entering hospice care as he loses his fight against esophageal cancer. I had the prvilege to interview Harmon a few times in person when I covered the Twins and occassionally talked with him on the phone as well for stories. He could not have been more gracious to speak with and there isn’t a nicer gentleman around the game of baseball.


What is going on with Arendando, I know his rehab assignment is done. Will he be activated? Who will be sent down?

Harmon Killibrew was a star when I was a lad, one of the Senators who went with the team to Minnesota just in time to get good. I finally grew up enough to be glad he got his World Series win. Probably would never have happened in D.C. Sorry to hear of his plight.

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