8/17 vs. CHC
Reds lineup vs. Cubs
*The Reds formally announce what seemed likely all week. RHP Todd Redmond will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start Game 2 of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader vs. the Cubs. No one will have to come off of the roster to make room for Redmond since new rules this season allow a 26th man to be added for rescheduled games that are part of doubleheaders. Redmond, who has been called up to the Majors three previous times this season without seeing action, will be making his big league debut.
*On the field before the game OF Chris Heisey will get the annual Heart and Hustle Award, presented to person who demonstrates a passion for and best embodies values of the game. George Foster will be doing the presentation Past winners from the Reds include Miguel Cairo, Jonny Gomes, Adam Rosales, Jerry Hairston Jr., Ryan Freel and Adam Dunn.
*As the country ramps up for the start of the college football and NFL seasons, Reds manager Dusty Baker isn’t ready. He hopes football doesn’t become a distraction, inside or outside of his clubhouse.
“I love football but you have to guard against guys getting into football instead of staying into baseball,” Baker said on Thursday. “Every year at this time, it’s the same thing. You have to turn TVs off at certain times. You want to keep winning so people come see us and not go to football games.
“The epitome of a great season for me is it’s near eight games when I’ve seen my first football game. It means you’ve been busy. You know what I mean?”