9/11 vs. PIT

Reds lineup vs. Pirates

Phillips 4
Stubbs 8
Votto 3
Ludwick 7
Bruce 9
Rolen 5
Navarro 2
Valdez 6
Leake 1

*Dusty Baker told his players they didn’t have to arrive until 4:30 p.m and held up posting a lineup until checking on how guys felt. Last night, he indicated there was a good chance Joey Votto would be rested after he played all 14 innings — a rather big test for his left knee. But Votto is in there.

“He came in smiling and says he feels great,” Baker said.

*Aroldis Chapman is not available tonight. That his velocity seemed rather low, after working on two days rest, is definitely a red flag. Look for Jonathan Broxton to get closing duties in the interim, but Baker noted others would be in te mix like Hoover and Arredondo. The club certainly can’t afford to get too risky with Chapman’s arm the way he’s pitched this season.

“It will at least be a couple of days,” Baker said of Chapman. “If not, it wouldn’t be a rest. We need him for the next six weeks, hopefully.”

*The eight scoreless innings from the Reds bullpen was their best outing for the team’s relievers since they threw 11 scoreless innings during a 4-2 win in 12 innings against the Cardinals on Sept. 5, 2003.

*MLB will announce the 2013 tentative schedules for all 30 clubs on Wednesday afternoon.


Hey Mark, did you hear me selling BP for MVP a few minutes ago on MLB Radio? I could tell they didn’t even want Brandon in the conversation, but they had to admit that he could be the Reds MVP, which is what I was looking for.

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