Tonight: RHP Edinson Volquez (9-2, 1.64) vs. RHP Mike Mussina (10-4, 3.87), 7:05, Channel 9
Saturday: RHP Daryl Thompson (debut) vs. RHP Dan Giese (1-1, 1.23), 1:05 p.m. YES
Sunday: RHP Johnny Cueto (5-7, 5.19) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (7-5, 4.29), 1:05 p.m. YES
Notes: The Reds are at the Stadium for the first time since the Big Red Machine swept the Yankees in the 1976 World Series. Here’s the lineup they ran out there in their last appearance, on Oct. 21, 1976:
Johnny Bench hitting seventh? Wow. … Old friend Andy Phillips is with the Reds as a backup. He is 3 for 20 with four RBI in 14 games. … Thompson hasn’t been officially named the starter but all indications are that he will get the call. Thompson was 3-0, 3.25 in four starts for Triple-A Louisville after going 3-2, 1.76 in 10 starts for Double-A Chattanooga. … The vaunted Jay Bruce has cooled off. The rookie is 7 of 42 in his last 11 games with one RBI and 15 strikeouts. … Get a good look at Ken Griffey Jr. This is the final year of his contract and retirement is beckoning. He’s hitting only .244.