PHILADELPHIA -- If you've found a Major Leaguer that's feeling 100 percent healthy in October, it's a good bet that he hasn't played much during the season.Take a few more health percentage points off if they're 35 and over like Scott Rolen. The Reds third baseman was nagged by injuries toward the end of the regular season. "Nobody is 100 percent," Rolen said on Friday before Game 2 of the National League Division Series vs. the Phillies. "I was struggling down the stretch with neck, back and shoulder stuff. It'll clear up around Christmas. It's not something I'm worried about." Rolen, who batted .285 with 20 home runs, 83 RBIs and a .358 on-base percentage over 133 games in the regular season, had his least productive split in the season's final month -- a .241 average with seven RBIs over 24 games. Rolen had 17 homers in the first half of the season and three in the second half. "Right there towards the end, I was kind of lowering my hands a little more and taking some of the tension off," Rolen said. "As I get into at-bats more, hopefully things take care of themselves." Through two Reds losses in the NLDS, Rolen is 0-for-7 with five strikeouts. Lifetime in the regular season at Citizens Bank Park, Rolen is a .319 hitter with two homers and 17 RBIs. Rolen has been the one Reds player getting the most venom from booing Phillies fans in the NLDS. He played for Philadelphia from 1996-2002 before his trade to the Cardinals. "It's certainly expected, the reception I've gotten," Rolen said. "I don't expect anything different tonight."
Reds waiting to decide Game 4 starter
PHILADELPHIA -- Reds manager Dusty Baker has yet to name a starter for a potential National League Division Series Game 4 vs. the Phillies, which would be played Monday in Cincinnati, if necessary. The leading candidate is rookie lefty Travis Wood, who pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for Edinson Volquez in Game 1."We'll wait to make the decision," Baker said. "We don't know who we'll have to use in the meantime." One thing that was clear -- Wood wasn't available from the bullpen on Friday. Because he's one of the fastest players on the team, he was considered available to pinch-run on Friday.
Baker welcomes off-day after no-hitter
PHILADELPHIA -- Coming off Wednesday's National League Division Series Game 1 no-hitter by Phillies ace Roy Halladay, the conventional thinking would be the Reds wanted to get right back to playing on Thursday.Not Reds manager Dusty Baker, who welcomed Thursday's off-day before resuming with Game 2 on Friday. "It was a little strange," Baker said. "It's like you're starting all over again. Usually you complain about too many off-days, but I think this off-day came on time for us. It's a day removed from the no-hitter. You don't have to hear about it as much. You don't have to see it as much. It'll probably be on the video board. It's over. It's like starting Game 1 all over again."
Manager Dusty Baker's 11-year-old son, Darren, arrived in town from California a couple of hours before Friday's Game 2. As has been the case the past three seasons, Darren Baker had his own No. 12 uniform waiting and was with his father on the field for batting practice. "He's a good-luck charm," said Dusty Baker.A behind-the-scenes presence with the Reds during the National League Division Series has been Hall of Famer and broadcaster Joe Morgan, who is also a special advisor to baseball operations for the club. "He doesn't volunteer a lot of information. If you ask him, you know he knows what he's looking at," Baker said. "He lives and dies every pitch, too. He's no longer just an announcer that doesn't care who wins. He's really for us." With a Bengals-Buccaneers football game at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium and two Disney on Ice shows at U.S. Bank Arena, downtown and riverfront parking will be at a premium before NLDS Game 3 at Great American Ball Park. For parking maps or directions, go to www.reds.com/parking.