From: John Kasupski on

This evening, the reds open a three-game series against the Cubs, who were swept
by the Pirates this week (sound familiar?) and are at 13-16. The lineups follow.

Theriot, 2b
Fukudome, rf
Lee, 1b
Byrd, cf
Ramirez, eb
Soriano, lf
Soto, c
castro, ss
Silva, p

Cabrera, ss
Phillips, 2b
Vooto, 1b
Rolen, 3b
Bruce, rf
Gomes, lf
Stubbs, cf
Hernandez, c
Bailey, p

Silva is hot off his worst outing of the year, giving up five runs on eight
hits, including three homers, in five innings of work against the Diamondbacks
on Saturday. Bailey is coming off a quality start in which he held the Cardinals
to three runs (two earned) in 6-2/3 innings, also on Saturday. This is a rematch
of the Reds-Cubs game on April 9, which the Reds won, 5-4, by torching Cubs
reliever Esmailin Caridad for four runs in the eighth after Silva had held them
to one run and three hits in six innings. Bailey gave up three runsd in five
innings in that game.

Silva is also battling a sore right wrist, and in fact Piniella was originally
going to push his start to tomorrow, but here he is, pitching in his regular
spot in the rotation instead. That probably means the remaining mound matchups
for the series will be Gorzelanny against Harang tomorrow and Dempster vs. Leake
on Sunday.


From: john smith on
I almost thought Stubbs was back at the leadoff spot when I saw Scrubs
atop the lineup, albeit it was the Cubs lineup. Glad to see Scrubs at
the bottom of Red's lineup tonight.