Interleague Play a chance for Reds to stay hot
Baker focused on beating AL to stay near top of NL Central
When the Reds start their Interleague schedule against the Indians on Friday at Progressive Field, many fans will think about a regional rivalry, or even the Ohio Cup that is up for grabs.Not manager Dusty Baker. He views Interleague Play as a big opportunity for his competitive Reds team to stay at or near the top of the National League Central. The Reds have a total of 18 Interleague games this summer, including six against Cleveland. "Those are very important games," Baker said. "That's more than a 10th of the season. What happens if you don't play well in Interleague Play? What happens if you play great in Interleague Play?" Besides playing the Indians this weekend and June 25-27 at Great American Ball Park, the Reds host the Royals on June 11-13. On the road, they will head to the West Coast to play Ken Griffey Jr. and the Mariners on June 18-20 and the A's from June 21-23. If the Reds want to stay in contention, they will have to beat the teams they're supposed to beat. All of their Interleague opponents should qualify, since none of them have records above .500.
Reds schedule, results against AL clubs
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.