In Los Angeles

After a four-game sabbatical, I am back among the working scribes at Chavez Ravine. Today might win my first annual contest of oddest rental car of 2011. Although not requested, I was given a large black Lincoln Town Car. One parking garage place asked me if I was there to pick up someone like I was a limo driver.

So if you need a ride to the airport, I will charge a flat rate.

Reds lineup vs. Dodgers

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Heisey 7
Cairo 5
Hanigan 2
Janish 6
Arroyo 1

*Reds hitters have not had a home run in a season-high five games. The last time they were six games without a homer was Sept. 4-9, 2001.

 *The latest NL All-Star ballot results are out.

*It was announced today that Paul McCartney will be in concert at GABP on Aug. 4

***UPDATE — Scott Rolen is out of the lineup with a sore left foot. Rolen fouled a ball off of that foot in the 2nd inning of Sunday’s game vs. the Giants. Dusty Baker would have played him tonight had Rolen been good to go.


“I’m not dead and it’s not broken,” Rolen said. “But it happened in the second inning yesterday and I had to stand out on it for three hours. I’ll be pretty hobbling on it.”


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