Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Reds at Astros series preview



By Kevin Kelly
Cincinnati Enquirer

WHEN: Today, 8:05 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:05 p.m.; Thursday, 8:05 p.m.

WHERE: Minute Maid Park, Houston

TV: Today (Fox Sports Net), Wednesday (Fox Sports Net), Thursday (Fox Sports Net)

RADIO: WLW-AM (700)

RECORDS: Reds (2-4), Astros (4-1)

THE ARMS:

• Today - Reds: RHP Ryan Dempster (0-0, 4.05); Astros: RHP Roy Oswalt (1-0, 1.29)

• Wednesday - Reds: LHP Jimmy Anderson (0-1, 13.50); Astros: RHP Wade Miller (0-0, 13.50)

• Thursday - Reds: RHP Danny Graves (0-0, 10.80); Astros: LHP Jeriome Robertson (0-1, 16.62)

THE BATS: Catcher Brad Ausmus leads the Astros with a .467 batting average. He has two homers and seven RBI. ... Outfielder Richard Hidalgo has a hit in each of the Astros' five games. ... Second baseman Jeff Kent, acquired during the offseason, is hitting .333 with one home run.

THE REST: Two of the Astros' four wins have come when they trailed entering the ninth inning. ... Ausmus has thrown out five of seven would-be base runners. ... Astros relievers have a 12 1/3 scoreless innings streak. ... Houston won 11 of 17 games overall against the Reds last season and five of seven at Minute Maid Park. Cincinnati leads the all-time series 366-316.




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