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TeamBoone
09-30-2006, 11:09 AM
Saturday, September 30, 2006


Club wins coin flip with the Astros
BY JOHN FAY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

PITTSBURGH - The Reds won a coin flip Friday to host the Astros Houston in the event the teams tie for National League Central title.

Winning the flip was easy compared to what it would take to force a tie.

The Reds took step one by winning 5-2 over Pittsburgh Friday night.

Here's what has to happen to get the Reds into a playoff:

The Reds have to win the last two games against the Pirates.

The Astros have to lose at least one of two to the Atlanta Braves.

The St. Louis Cardinals have to lose their final two with the Milwaukee Brewers, then lose a makeup game to San Francisco Giants.

If the Reds and the Astros were to meet in a playoff game, it would be Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

If the Reds were to play the Cardinals in the tiebreaker, it would be Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

"All we can do is worry about our game," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "We've got to keep winning."

If the Reds, Astros and Cardinals all end up tied for the Central, the Reds will get to choose between playing one game on the road or two games at home. (They'd play two only if they won the first.)

The Reds get to make the call because they have the best head-to-head record with the other clubs.

HOPPER OUT: Norris Hopper left Friday's game with a slightly strained right hamstring. Hopper had two hits and scored two runs before leaving. His average is up to .359.

AURILIA BACK: Rich Aurilia was back in the starting lineup Friday after sitting out Thursday's game with a sore wrist.

"He says it's OK to play," Narron said.

He was OK. Aurilia went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run.

His average is sitting at .300.

Aurilia started at first base against left-hander Zach Duke. Juan Castro, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI and one spectacular play in the field Thursday, started at shortstop.

Castro was the other hitting star Friday. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI.

CORMIER BACK: Left-hander Rheal Cormier, who was unavailable for the final two games in Florida, was available Friday night.

He had injured a pectoral muscle.

NEW HAT, OLD HAT: A representative of New Era, supplier of Major League Baseball hats, dropped off a couple of dozen home hats the Reds will wear next year. The hats are part of an overall uniform change.

They are all red with a white "C" with thin black trim.

"I like 'em," Narron said.

They are similar to hats the Reds wore in the '70s to early '90s.

The new Reds uniforms will be unveiled at Redsfest.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060930/SPT04/609300367/1071

And an important note:


Contrary to earlier reports, though, the Reds aren't expected to reintroduce dark blue to their color scheme.

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060930/SPT05/609300389/1027

Tom Servo
09-30-2006, 11:15 AM
D'oh, I wish Cormier wasn't available.

goreds2
09-30-2006, 11:46 AM
The Reds should choose to play the ONE game on the road, not the one or two games at home. Unless money is an issue, having the home games would of course generate MONEY. :eek:

TeamBoone
09-30-2006, 12:02 PM
It wasn't a choice.

goreds2
09-30-2006, 12:14 PM
It wasn't a choice.

Are you sure? The article says this:

"If the Reds, Astros and Cardinals all end up tied for the Central, the Reds will get to choose between playing one game on the road or two games at home. (They'd play two only if they won the first.)

The Reds get to make the call because they have the best head-to-head record with the other clubs."

TeamBoone
09-30-2006, 05:55 PM
But the first paragraph says this:


The Reds won a coin flip Friday to host the Astros Houston in the event the teams tie for National League Central title.