CINCINNATI -- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen's second-inning double on Friday proved to be a historically significant hit. Not only was it his 500th career double, tying him for 52nd all time, it made him a baseball rarity.Rolen joined Hall of Famer George Brett and the Braves' Chipper Jones, a likely Hall of Famer, as the only third basemen in Major League history to collect at least 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,200 RBIs. A total of 29 players have ever hit all of those milestones. "The doubles number, 500, I'm not statistically savvy enough to have a rightful understanding of it," Rolen said prior to a 4-1 loss on Saturday. "To say that it's just George Brett, Chipper and myself is interesting. That's interests me and I got 'Whoa, OK.' That makes it a more recognizable idea to me. That's decent company right there. I pinch myself when I hear 'history of baseball.'"
Renteria gets start against familiar foe
CINCINNATI -- Rookie shortstop Zack Cozart has collected hits in all five of his games for the Reds, including three hits and his first RBI in Friday's win over the Cardinals.But there was no temptation to ride that hot streak into Saturday. Reds manager Dusty Baker started veteran Edgar Renteria against St. Louis and ace Chris Carpenter. Renteria doubled and singled against Carpenter, making him 5-for-22 (.227) in career meetings with his former teammate. "I try to match up guys that have a good chance," Baker said prior to the game. "Against Carpenter, if you've never faced him, this guy can carve you up. Edgar knows him. Cozart will be in there tomorrow. I told them that yesterday." Renteria has struggled most of the season, finishing the night batting .231 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 51 games.
Heisey on torrid pace in limited action
CINCINNATI -- With outfielder Chris Heisey batting leadoff this season, the Reds are 9-4. Heisey also has three leadoff home runs, including one off Jake Westbrook in Friday's win over the Cardinals. During a 4-1 loss on Saturday, Drew Stubbs was back playing center field and leading off while Heisey played left field and batted seventh."Today, I have him down because I need somebody behind Scotty [Rolen]," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Heisey prior to the game. "That's why I have Stubbs leading off. We need some RBIs down, guys with the capability of driving in some runs." With 12 home runs, including two on Friday, Heisey began Saturday averaging a homer per 14.3 at-bats. If he qualified, he would be second in the National League behind Lance Berkman's homer in every 11.3 at-bats. But Baker does not believe in making those types of projections. "That's dangerous to do," Baker said. "You start averaging, like if Oscar Gamble or Mike Lum and different guys like that, if they played every day, they'd have 50 home runs and 172 RBIs. It doesn't work like that. Heisey is playing more and more, but there are some things he still has to adjust to. I know what they are. Most people don't. Today is a real test because now you've got a guy [Chris Carpenter] throwing balls mostly outside and mostly breaking balls."
Phillips' celebration OK with Cardinals
CINCINNATI -- Whether it was via Twitter, telephone or television, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had plenty of reminders after Friday night's game about his thrilling walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth that beat the Cardinals."All I could see was just myself on SportsCenter, acting foolish," Phillips said before the Reds' 4-1 loss on Saturday. "I was clowning. It was a good reason to really clown like that. I still think about it, but it's in the past, and we have to get more wins." Phillips boisterously jumped up and down after his drive cleared the left-field fence and even did a spin in excitement as he approached first base. In a heated rivalry like the Reds and Cardinals have, such celebration could make an intentional plunking possible the next game, especially with edgy Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter pitching. However, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa took no offense at the celebration and didn't feel it was excessive. If the Cardinals felt ill will toward Phillips, with whom they have had past run-ins, they did not show it on Saturday as Phillips' four at-bats passed without incident. "That's such a commonplace, it's a release of pressure," La Russa said. "Everybody's enjoying the moment. ... It's just a really happy time. You'd have to do something really extravagant to cross the line." Phillips said he contemplated circling the bases while holding his bat like Pedro Cerrano from the movie "Major League." Who knows if that would have crossed the line? "I've seen a couple of worst antics against us," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "To me, there is a point of too much. You've already accomplished the goal of beating the opposition. Once you beat them, you don't rub it in. You just try to do it again."
Lefty-hander Matt Maloney, on the 60-day disabled list with a broken rib, was scheduled to make a rehab appearance with the Arizona League Reds in Goodyear on Saturday night. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Friday's 6-5 Reds win over the Cardinals was the Majors' third game of the season that began with a leadoff home run (Heisey) and ended with a walk-off homer (Phillips). The other teams to do it were the Nationals (June 16, also vs. St. Louis) and the Angels (7/8 vs. Seattle).