The Reds got mangled by the Fish last night, 10-2. You’d like to blame it on the tired bullpen, or the tired offense, but the Marlins’ bullpen and offense should have been just as tired, because, as you may recall, they played those extra-innings games too. Maybe they, in true Florida style, all go to bed immediately after the game.
The Reds travel into Pirate-infested waters hoping Leake won’t sink them. Yar, that sentence be painful to read back over! Mike Leake goes against Zach Duke. Game time 7:10 p.m. at PNC Park.
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Drew Strubbs sat out for the second game in a row. Dusty Baker says he’ll probably be back for the game on Friday. Meanwhile, Laynce Nix suffered from the dreaded “flu-like symptoms” that took out half the team at one point or another last season. Those guys have got to stop sharing toothbrushes.
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The difficulty identifying who’s up to bat or pitching in relief will continue. All of the Reds will wear their number 42 jerseys with no names for a second day in a row because the Pirates had an off-day on Thursday, and didn’t get to participate. Or maybe it’s because they’re TWICE as appreciative of Jackie Robinson.