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By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Baker expects young club to proceed as usual
PHILADELPHIA -- The Reds have limited resources in terms of playoff experience against the Phillies. Only a handful of players have experienced October baseball, including Scott Rolen, Orlando Cabrera, Bronson Arroyo and Miguel Cairo.Reds manager Dusty Baker wasn't concerned about his younger clubhouse being overwhelmed by the moment of their first postseason action. Baker expected it to be business as usual, as much as possible. "We are so routine oriented that you don't want to take guys out of their routine," Baker said before the Reds' Tuesday workout. "At this point in the season, everybody has their own routine. Some guys play cards. Some guys just chill. Some guys watch Judge Judy, whatever they do. "You don't know how people are going to react. One thing I do urge for them is to be nervous, not scared. That's what Hank Aaron told me years ago. That's probably the best piece of advice I've had in a clutch-type scenario -- anything, any job, any interview, anything." One Reds player that's experienced playoff baseball -- in Philadelphia -- is left fielder Jonny Gomes. In 2008, Gomes was with the Rays when they played the Phillies in the World Series, but he was not on the active roster. "They will let you know they like the Phillies more than the Reds. That creates a little buzz here," Gomes said. "These fans, kind of like our fans now, were really hungry for a championship when we came in here in 2008. They definitely created that 10th man or home-field advantage. We just have to stay within ourselves and try to keep them out of the game. It's not like football where we might go off-sides."
Catcher Miller with Reds in case of injury
PHILADELPHIA -- The Reds will carry two catchers on their 25-man playoff roster in Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan. But veteran catcher Corky Miller is with the club in case there is an injury."But he's not eligible," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "We didn't have to send for him, plus we need help in the bullpen, too." The Reds would be allowed to add someone -- position-for-position -- if a player was injured during the playoffs. Players can also be added or subtracted after each round.
Heisey's family torn between Reds, Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- The family of Reds reserve outfielder Chris Heisey will be awash in the color red during the National League Championship Series -- but will it be for the Reds or Phillies? Heisey is from Mechanicsburg, Pa., which is less than two hours from Philadelphia."It's going to be pretty crazy to be playing the Phillies in the playoffs," Heisey said. "I grew up a Phillies fan and a lot of my family likes the Phillies, although they like the Reds now. If some of them show up in Phillies gear, I'm going to disown them. Hopefully they don't. I won't have to worry about my Mom or my wife's family."