LOS ANGELES -- It's becoming a regular practice after a save for Reds closer Francisco Cordero.Clubhouse manager Rick Stowe retrieves the lineup card and has manager Dusty Baker and teammates sign the card each time Cordero has a milestone save. During Monday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers, Cordero notched career save No. 303, which tied him with Doug Jones for 20th on the all-time list.
He allowed a run on Tuesday but notched save No. 304, tying him for 19th with Jeff Montgomery."It's nice. It's good every time Rick comes to me and says, 'I've got your lineup card,'" Cordero said on Tuesday. "It makes me feel good and proud of myself and the job I've been doing in the big leagues." Cordero is 14-for-16 in save chances this season and owns a 1.67 ERA in 31 games. He retired 21 of 31 first batters faced. Last season, he was a leader among closers in negative categories like blown saves (eight in 48 chances), walks and hits allowed. "This year, I've been throwing more strikes and getting ahead of hitters more than I was last year," Cordero said. "Last year, I walked a lot of guys. It seems like every time you walk a guy, he comes in to score." Cordero frames the scorecards he receives from the club. He got one when he passed Jason Isringhausen for 22nd all time and another one for his 300th career save, which tied him with Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter for 21st on June 1. "I will continue to get more and more," Cordero said. "If I've got no space in my house, my family and friends will find the space for it and do something with them."
Relaxed Janish works his way out of slump
LOS ANGELES -- There was a very long stretch last month in which Reds shortstop Paul Janish could not beg, borrow or steal a hit.Janish has seemingly found his way through the slog. Over his last 13 games entering Tuesday, he was hitting .318 (14-for-44), including five multi-hit games. From May 6-27, Janish was 2-for-46 (.043) and that included separate stretches in which he was 0-for-21 and 0-for-17. "Originally when I got into the funk, I didn't really feel I was swinging the bat too poorly," Janish said. "Then I started to change some stuff around and became pretty result oriented and it kind of snowballed on me. I got into a funk and I found myself kind of lost at the plate for a period of time. Ten or 15 at-bats turned into 40-50." Janish's strong glove kept his name in the lineup, and at the plate, he's been able to raise his overall batting average 30 points the past two weeks, but he's still batting only .233 with 18 RBIs. Neither Janish nor backup shortstop Edgar Renteria has a home run this season. The adjustments have been more mental than physical. Janish, playing regularly for the first time in the Majors this season, let himself relax. "I had put too much pressure on myself," he said. "I finally said, 'We've got nowhere else to go.' I'm finally starting to get some hits again and inch my way back up. Unfortunately, I kind of dug myself a little bit of a hole there. I do feel like I'm coming out of it though."
After he missed Monday's game with a sore left foot that was whacked with a foul ball, third baseman Scott Rolen was back in Tuesday's lineup. Dodgers pitching great Don Newcombe, who turned 85 on Tuesday, was on the field during batting practice. Newcombe chatted with Joey Votto, and Reds manager Dusty Baker introduced him to his 12-year-old son, Darren.