She came down from Cincinnati, it took her three days on a train

I’m not even much of a Jimmy Buffet fan. I just don’t know any other Cincinnati lyrics off the top of my head.

Anyway, greetings from the Queen City. Having covered the Reds for MLB.com in 2005 (and a fine, fine team it was), I always enjoy the trip back to Great American Ball Park to see some old buddies. And it’s always nice to catch up with Ken Griffey Jr., who, rather quietly, is sitting at 597 career homers. I think the Reds might actually trade him to the Mariners while he’s rounding third after belting No. 600. But that’s merely speculation on my part.

As reported yesterday, Jason Tyner was DFA’d to make room for Jeremy Sowers, who gets the spot start tonight. Expect another move before Saturday’s game. The Indians won’t have any use for Sowers after tonight, and with two more NL games on their plate, I expect them to promote a position player. Mike Aubrey and Josh Barfield strike me as the top candidates. I guess we’ll know when we know (and not a minute sooner).

On to the lineups. Travis Hafner is absent for the Indians. Will be interesting to see if Pronk gets a start at first base at all this weekend. Keeping him in there during Interleague used to be a given, but Ryan Garko’s been swinging well of late.

INDIANS (22-19): CF Grady Sizemore, SS Jhonny Peralta, LF David Dellucci, C Victor Martinez, RF Ben Francisco (fresh off a strong appearance on “The Jungle” with Jim Rome), 1B Ryan Garko, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B Casey Blake, LHP Jeremy Sowers.

REDS (18-23): CF Ryan Freel, SS Jerry Hairston Jr., RF Ken Griffey Jr., 2B Brandon Phillips, 1B Joey Votto, 3B Edwin Encarnacion, LF Adam Dunn, C Paul Bako, RHP Johnny Cueto.

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…

  • The Indians’ rotation has gone 50 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run. According to Elias, that’s the longest-ever stretch by Indians starters since the AL began computing earned runs back in 1913.
  • Great stat just passed along by PR legend Rob Butcher. According to Elias, if Edinson Volquez (6-1, 1.12 ERA) and Cliff Lee (6-0, 0.67) remain their respective leagues’ ERA leaders heading into their matchup Sunday, it will be just the third time in Interleague that such a matchup has occurred. The others were in 1998, when the Mets’ Al Leiter (1.60) faced the Yankees’ Hideki Irabu (2.19) and 2002, when Boston’s Derek Lowe (1.89) faced the Braves’ Tom Glavine (1.53). Pretty cool.
  • Indians starters have allowed just 38 earned runs in thier last 180 2/3 innings over hte last 25 games. That’s good for an ERA of 1.89.
  • Some strong pitching down on the farm, as well. RHP Adam Miller gave up just two runs on two hits over six innings in the first game of Buffalo’s doubleheader yesterday. His ERA is 2.28 in five starts. Down in Akron, LHP Dave Huff recorded a three-hit, seven-inning, complete-game shutout in Altoona. He is now 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA in eight games.
  • Also on the farm, OF Trevor Crowe has been activated off the DL in Akron. He had been out with a lower back problem.
  • Tonight’s game is on WMMS 100.7 FM in the Cleveland area, because of the conflict with the Cavaliers on WTAM. Here’s hoping for a Game 7.

~AC

Oh, and in case you care about such things, the former “Showdown of Ohio” is now known as the “Ohio Cup.” It’s sponsored by the Ohio Lottery. The winner gets a trophy. So… now you know. 

7 Comments

I don’t know if you are aware, but back in the day (probably ending right around the time Interleague play was introduced) the Indians and Reds would meet to play a game in Cooper Stadium in Columbus, a day or two before the season began, and it was referred to as the “Ohio Cup”. Hopefully if the Indians do in-deed move their triple-A farm team to Columbus next year, they can bring that back. It is really nice for Columbus residents to be able to see their favorite teams in their own backyard, if only for one time a year.

Enjoy the Great American Ballpark. I am told it’s a marked improvment from Riverfront, which was an average American ballpark

I thought the Ohio Cup was between Rio Grande and OU in college hoops.

You’re thinking of the Geno Ford Memorial Cup, given to the winner of OU-Shawnee State.

Can somebody recall the Ohio Cup that used to be played two days before the season started and it was a thriller back then. Whatever happened I can’t tell, but looks like the introduction of the Interleague plays was the official executioner for the Ohio Cup.- Jordan

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