The Cincinnati Reds are Still in First?

Posted: 18th June 2010 by Eric Ball in MLB
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Are the Reds really in this for the long haul? The calender says it's mid-June and the Reds occupy the top of the NL Central. This is uncharted territory for a team that is emerging from the "lost decade." Typically the injuries begin to pile up, and the Reds begin to fold. This year features more of the same injury problems (Homer Bailey, Ryan Hannigan, Chris Dickerson, Mike Lincoln, and Edinson Volquez), but the team has stayed afloat. The difference? Veterans such as Scott Rolen and Orlando Cabrera. Rolen's team-leading 14 homers are his most since 2006. He's hitting .307, which would be his highest season average since 2004. "It's been nice, but I'm not taking too much for granted," says Rolen, 35, who has had three shoulder surgeries since 2005. "I'd probably be remiss if I tell yo ...

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