Sunday, June 02, 2002

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        Trivia question — The Reds have the third pick in Tuesday's amateur draft, their second-highest choice ever. They had the No. 2 choice in 1983. Who did they select? (see answer below).

       

Draft talks

        • The Reds have four of the top 75 picks in Tuesday's draft.

        • Last year's first-round pick, Jeremy Sowers, didn't sign and attended Vanderbilt. He led the Commodores in wins (6-5), ERA (4.37), innings pitched (101) and strikeouts (85).

        • Current Reds who were first-round draft picks — Barry Larkin (4th overall 1985), Austin Kearns (7th, 1998), Seth Etherton (18th, Anaheim, 1998), Ken Griffey Jr. (1st overall, Seattle, 1987), Joey Hamilton (8th, San Diego, 1991), Chris Reitsma (34th, Boston, 1996), Reggie Taylor (14th, Philadelphia, 1995), Todd Walker (8th, Minnesota, 1994) and Gabe White (28th, Montreal, 1990).

       

View from the top

        Some news about a team that has been in first place for 36 consecutive days:

        While May was a disaster last season (6-22), the Reds have won 16 games in three of the previous four seasons — 16-12 this season, 16-11 in 2000 and 16-10 in 1999.

        • The Reds are 10-12 against teams that entered the weekend at .500 or over and 22-9 against teams under .500.

        • The Reds will be home for a while. Friday's game began a stretch in which they will play 15 of 21 games at home. That a follows a stretch in which they played 14 of 17 on the road.

       

Elite company

        Ken Griffey Jr. is four hits short of his 2000th career hit. He will join three other active major leaguers who have as many as 2,000 hits and 400 home runs — Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro and Fred McGriff.

       

Trivia answer

        The Reds selected high school shortstop Kurt Stillwell with the No. 3 pick in 1983. He made it to the Reds in 1986 and was traded to Kansas City before the 1988 season after losing his job to a guy named Larkin. Stillwell's best season was 1988, when he made the All-Star team that was played in Cincinnati. He hit .251 with 10 homers and 53 RBI that season.

       

The week ahead

        Monday, OFF

        Tuesday, vs. St. Louis, 7:10 p.m.

        Wednesday, vs. St. Louis, 7:10 p.m.

        Thursday, vs. St. Louis, 12:35 p.m.

        Friday, at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

        Saturday, at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

        Sunday, at Anaheim, 4 p.m.

        The skinny: The Reds are 2-5 against the Cardinals, losing two of three at home and three of four in St. Louis.

       



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