The Reds are hopeful that Jay Bruce can return to the lineup after he took a sick day and sat out Sunday's finale in Baltimore. "He didn't feel well [Saturday] night, [and felt] worse as the night went on," manager Dusty Baker said. The Reds collected nine hits and eight walks in Sunday's game, but could net only five runs by going 1-for-11 with men in scoring position. Rays: 'Houston, we have a Longoria problem'
Houston had a big problem with Longoria, who went 8-for-14 with three homers and 10 RBIs in the series -- all after deciding to shed his batting gloves for the first time since his rookie 2008 season. Erratic offense? The Rays have scored two runs or fewer in 25 games -- and on Sunday registered at least eight for the ninth time. Worth noting
Gomes has played against 28 other Major League teams, but this will be his first against Tampa Bay. The only other team against which he has not played? The Reds, who were not on the Rays' Interleague schedule in his days in St. Petersburg.