Sunday, May 13, 2001

Reds Notebook

Young's back back

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Dmitri Young started for the first time in six days in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

        Young had been sidelined with back spasms.

        “He was pretty good (Thursday),” Boone said.

        QUICK TRIP: D.T. Cromer wasn't called up to the Reds until about 5 p.m. Friday night. But Cromer, who replaced Harnisch on the roster, made it to Cinergy Field in time for Friday's game, which was rained out.

        That's the advantage of the Reds having their Triple-A team in nearby Louisville.

        FATHERLIKE SON: The Seattle-Toronto game was on the television in Bob Boone's office before Saturday's doubleheader, giving the Reds manager a rare chance to see his son Bret play.

        “We talk every three or four days,” Bob Boone said. “He doesn't call much when he's going good.”

        Bret, the former Red and current Seattle second baseman, is doing very well this season. He entered Saturday third in the American League with RBI.

        “He's worked with a personal trainer in the offseason the last two years,” Bob said. “Last year, he went in light. This year, he went in 20 pounds heavier. He's 195. He looks like (Chris) Stynes.”

        Bob did take some credit for Bret's success.

        “We worked a lot on his swing,” Bob said, “quieting his hands. He has a tendency to be all over the place with his hands. I said: "Bret, you're 32 years old. I'm not supposed to be telling you the same thing every year.'”

        STAT CORNER: The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Saturday's first game. It marked only the second time in 11 games that they had scored before their opponent.

        • Tony Eusebio became the first catcher since April 24 to throw out a Reds baserunner attempting to steal when he caught Alex Ochoa in the fourth inning of Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.

        The Reds had stolen 36 bases in 45 attempts (80 percent) entering Saturday.


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