10/08/10 5:47 PM ET
Rolen shrugging off nagging injuries
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
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.