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No shock, Bailey likes Texas

 Notes from the Reds’ 5-1 win over the Astros on Tuesday.

*Homer Bailey had a very strong performance. 8 ip, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 WP. 99 pitches/66 strikes and 20 of 30 first-pitch strikes. He owns 0.60 ERA in two starts at Minute Maid Park this season and a 0.86 in three starts against the Astros.

*Bailey drawing a one-out walk from Wandy Rodriguez in the fifth inning proved big. After a Drew Stubbs walk, Edgar Renteria hit a 1-0 pitch for a grand slam.

*It was Renteria’s ninth career grand slam and his first since 8/30/09 vs. COL. The last Reds grand slam came via Miguel Cairo against the Cubs on June 7, 2011.

*Aroldis Chapman worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth with two strikeouts. He has a 9 2/3 innings hitless streak and has retired 28 of his last 29 batters faced.

Quotes:

“I get to see my family and I don’t get to see them much. My grandmother was at the game, cousins, aunts, uncles and everybody else. It’s just the comforts of being back home.” — Homer Bailey on pitching in Houston, about 100 miles from his hometown of LaGrange, Texas. He left tickets for about 30 people.

“[Rodriguez] had us eating out of his hand until that five-run inning. One of the key at-bats in that inning was Homer. He worked him, fouled off some pitches and stayed off some other pitches that allowed us to get into that bases loaded situation with one out, which has been eluding us big time.” — Dusty Baker

“It’s a tough situation where we’ve got to throw a fastball right there. We fell behind, and he put a good swing on it.” — Astros catcher Carlos Corporan on Renteria’s grand slam.

Cordero overlooked?

The other day on the radio with Marty Brennaman, I predicted the Reds would have three representatives and I was right on the count but missed on one guy. Instead of saying Jay Bruce, I felt like closer Francisco Cordero could go.

Yeah, it was a long shot because Cordero is nowhere close to the lead in saves. Today, he notched his 17th that is good for 11th in the NL. Brian Wilson has 24 saves while Heath Bell and Joel Hanrahan each have 23 and all three are going to Phoenix for the All-Star game.

Among closers, Cordero came into today with a league-best 0.85 WHIP (walks-hits per 9 innings). His ERA after Sunday is 1.49 and trails only Hanrahan. He also has 11 walks with 26 strikeouts over 36 1/3 innings

Cordero, a three-time All-Star, felt overlooked this year.

“To tell you the truth, it’s fairly disappointing,” Cordero said. “I know I don’t have a lot of saves. But overall, I have pretty good numbers. Last year, I understood I didn’t make it. I was leading the league with 24 saves last year and I didn’t make it because I had a high ERA. Now because I don’t have enough saves, I’m not on it. I’m disappointed. I’ll just do my job and continue to do what I’m doing, getting people out and trying to make the playoffs.”

“I thought I was going to make it but that’s how it is sometimes. Sometimes stuff like that happens. You have to be able to put it behind and continue to do what you’re doing. I’m happy for the three guys that made it. They deserve to be there too.”

Notes from the Reds’ 7-5 win over the Indians:

*Edgar Renteria notched the first home run this season for a Reds shortstop  with his fifth-inning solo shot to the first row of right field seats. It was also the 900th career RBI for Renteria.

*Fred Lewis was 2-for-5 and is batting .424 (14-for-33) with seven RBIs in his last 13 games.

*Mike Leake (6 ip, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. 93 pitches/62 strikes) had retired 11 in a row until he issued walks in top 6th that would later score. Dusty Baker believed the heat and running the bases in the bottom of the fifth affected Leake in his final inning. Overall I felt it was a very good effort for Leake.

*The Reds finished the Ohio Cup series 1-5 vs. the Indians and 6-12 in Interleague Play. It’s all NL baseball from here and it starts with a huge road trip to St. Louis and Milwaukee. See you Monday from Busch Stadium.

Bailey to rehab assignment

Homer Bailey (right shoulder) will depart tomorrow for a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville. Bailey will meet the team in Syracuse and is slated to start on Saturday vs Lehigh Valley. He is expected to make at least two starts before being activated.

Reds lineup vs Cubs

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

*LHP Aroldis Chapman threw 24 pitches, 12 strikes in two-thirds of an inning and gave up three runs, three hits and one walk with no strikeouts for Double-A Carolina. Chapman is expected to make four appearances for Carolina.

*RHP Jared Burton’s three-week old throwing program took another step when he threw in the bullpen for the first time on Tuesday. Burton, recovering from right shoulder surgery, said he was throwing at around 55-60 percent. After a another more bullpen session on Friday, Burton will head to Goodyear and throw live BP.

*SS Edgar Renteria (back) hit, ran and threw on Tuesday and is doing better. He is on track to get into some games in San Francisco.

*3B Scott Rolen is still out what’s now being called a viral infection in his throat rather than strep throat.

*And finally, RHP Edinson Volquez was a man of his word. Volquez produced a plastic shopping bag that was full of his shorn dreadlocks and hair. Check it out:

Rolen not in the lineup

Reds lineup vs. the Brewers

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

*Scott Rolen is in a 4-for-27 clip (.148) since May 25 and 9-for-50 (.180) since May 18. No word until we get to the clubhouse on if there’s a specific reason for the rest tonight.

**UPDATE: Talked to Rolen and this was a planned off day. Dusty Baker told him last night.

“He gave me the day off so we could put two full ones in a row – today and tomorrow,” Rolen said. “It doesn’t have to be a day game after a night game.”

Asked how he’s feeling at the plate lately as he’s struggled, Rolen know it isn’t how he wants to be.

“I’m kind of searching a little bit, obviously,” Rolen said. “I’m trying to figure it out, a never ending batting. I wish it were coming a little easier than it is right now.”

*More on Rolen later on MLB.com/Reds.com

*Edgar Renteria gets another start. He is 4-for-10 (.400) lifetime with a homer vs. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum.

*Renteria also has six errors for the season. Paul Janish has four errors at shortstop and one at third base. Renteria’s E6 between the legs set an ominous tone in the four-run Milwaukee third inning last night. The stunner was that ball went between the wickets on Janish too in the ninth.

Bruce batting 4th

Reds lineup vs. Brewers

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Renteria 6
Hernandez 2
Reineke 1

*Some fans had been asking since last night and you get your wish. Jay Bruce is batting cleanup behind Joey Votto. In the short term, it should help both hitters get better pitches, and perhaps help the Reds score more runs. In the long term, it could help teams with lefty situational relievers get to face both batters without a manager making the extra pitching change.

*Against Brewers RHP Zach Greinke, Votto is 2-for-4 with two home runs. Jonny Gomes is 3-for-9 with two homers. Edgar Renteria is 6-for-19 (.316). Bruce is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

*UPDATE — And this just came down from MLB, Bruce was named NL Player of the Week. A portion of the press release is below:

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period of May 23-29, 2011. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network. The Reds slugger led the Majors with 13 RBI and 25 total bases, and was tied for first with four home runs last week while hitting .353 (12-for-34) in seven games. His 12 hits ranked second among National Leaguers while his .735 slugging percentage was fifth and his six runs scored were sixth-best. The 24-year-old Texan had four multi-hit games on the week, including two three-hit performances.

**To make room for the call-up of starting RHP Chad Reineke, the Reds designated LHP Tom Cochran for assignment.

Saturday in Cleveland

Reds lineup vs. Indians

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

Bailey 1

*The Reds could use some offense from their shortstops. Paul Janish sits today as he is in a 1-for-22 skid over his last six games. And Edgar Renteria is riding a 2-for-29 slump.

*The Reds will be trying to avoid a season-high four-game losing streak, which happened April 17-20

*Today’s game is a sellout, partly because of the Reds but Shin-Soo Choo jersey night probably has a lot to do with it.

Renteria not at 3B

Reds lineup vs. Astros

Stubbs 8
Renteria 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Gomes 7
Heisey 9
Hernandez 2
Janish 5
Leake 1

**
*It looks like Dusty Baker changed his mind about using Edgar Renteria at 3B. He said after yesterday’s game that was part of his plans for today.

*The tarp is currently on the field. I’ve heard rain is in the forecast all day, but I do not know if a window might exist to squeeze this game in. Stay tuned.

Janish starts at 3B

Reds lineup vs. Brewers
Stubbs 8
Bruce 9
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Renteria 6
Hermida 7
Hernandez 2
Janish 5
Leake 1

*Interesting lineup tonight. Dusty Baker indicated he was looking at possibly pairing Janish and Renteria on the left side of the infield. Miguel Cairo has done a good job filling in for Scott Rolen, but at 36, he’ll need breaks to stay fresh if he wants to stay productive.

*It’s also a good chance for Renteria to snap out of his funk. Although batting .360, he’s 2-for-13 over his last five games. Both hits were singles.

*Hermida is also searching for first hit as a Red. He is 0-for-9, mostly as a pinch-hitter. This is his second start.

Sunday afternoon items

The Reds have won four of their last five games now after a convincing 10-1 win over the Cubs on Sunday. Although it was a split-squad roster for Chicago, several of their regulars made the trip over to Goodyear — including Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro, who played the entire game.

There was plenty to like today if you are a Reds fan. Some of the highlights:

*Johnny Cueto pitched three scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and one strikeout.

*Edgar Renteria had two hits and scored two runs but also did well defensively at second base. He made a nice pick to his left on Carlos Pena’s second-inning groundout.

*Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect fourth inning with two Ks.

*Zack Cozart led off the fifth inning as a pinch-hitter and smacked a homer to left field — his first of spring.

*From two outs in the second inning until the start of the eighth, Reds pitchers retired 16 batters in a row. The Cubs were held to just two hits.

“It was solid all around,” manager Dusty Baker said. “No errors again and good pitching. We had a couple of hits and a couple of walks and some timely hitting.”

Other notes and items:

*My main story of the day will be on Cueto. With a new four-year, $27 million contract, he will have to both stay hungry but not put too much pressure on himself to live up to what he signed for.

“I feel like I’m the same guy,” Cueto said. “I just worry about throwing the ball and doing my job. My mental approach is like I’m looking for a big contract. I’m thinking like I’ve gotten nothing yet. That’s how I feel like.”

*RHP Matt Klinker will start the ‘B’ game that’s been scheduled against the Indians on Tuesday. Klinker is the West Chester native and Lakota West graduate and is going through his first big league camp.

“It’d be an honor to be in a big league camp anywhere, but with my hometown team, it’s just icing on the cake,” Klinker said.

*Baker was asked about all of the prospects the team has and the situation where the organization could have an elite prospect at nearly every position in Triple-A Louisville.

“It’s been like that the last couple of years,” Baker said. “It’s more so this year because it backs up every year. It’s like backing up a dam. You’re going to have more water if you get a rainy season two years in a row or three years in a row. This is what it’s like when you’ve got talent and a good team at the big leagues. It stacks up. Sooner or later, you can’t keep everybody. Eventually you can make trades for what you really need, or want.”

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Renteria at 2B

Reds vs Cubs(ss), 3:05 p.m. ET. Radio on WLW

Renteria 4
Janish 6
Lewis 7
Francisco 5
Alonso 3
Heisey 9
Hernandez 2
Sappelt 8
Mesoraco DH

Cueto 1

Cordero, Burton, Thompson, Gil, Fisher and Klinker are among those available in the bullpen.

*This will be Renteria’s first start of spring at second base — he did enter yesterday’s game there later during substitutions. He’s been taking groundballs there. But at least during the regular season over 15 years, Renteria has never played a game anywhere but shortstop (save for one inning at first base).

“As long as Brandon is healthy, whoever plays behind Brandon isn’t going to play a lot,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “But what happens if something happens to Brandon? You never know. I’d rather try to prepare now. Renteria will play some at shortstop too. How much he plays depends on how Janish does too.”

Baker said that Renteria would “probably not” get any time at third base.

“I’ve got Francisco, Frazier, Valaika and Cairo,” he noted. “Plus I talked to Edgar. He doesn’t feel real comfortable playing third base. That’s a whole lot closer. As you get older, closeness and reactions don’t match, especially if you’ve never been there. Cairo has been there a lot in his career.”
 

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