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Updated: April 6, 2004, 9:08 AM ET
By Jim Baker

National League
Cincinnati Reds: It's not every day you turn an 8-2-5 double play, but the Reds did so in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Cubs, turning a single to center into a rally-busting twin killer. Meanwhile, Ken Griffey Jr. sat out the game as he continued to rest the calf he strained on March 29. It wasn't for lack of trying on his part, however. "I tried to push," he told Kevin Kelly of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "That didn't work." It was the team's decision to get him one more day's rest. Said general manager Dan O'Brien. "We felt like it didn't make sense for Ken to go out, play today, and potentially re-aggravate (the injury) and potentially cost him two weeks when if we wait two days, hopefully he's 100 percent and we move on." The plan is for Griffey to start today.

Pat Burrell
Burrell
Philadelphia Phillies: Is it a sign that Pat Burrell's long, dark night is over? Burrell, who struggled to get hits last year, had three singles in Monday's loss 2-1 loss to the Pirates. Todd Zolecki of the Philadelphia Inquirer points out that the last time he had three hits in a game was August 22 of last year, meaning he went the final six weeks of the season without one. "Pat's looked good all spring, and you can tell it's carried over," said Jim Thome of his teammate. A reversion to form by Burrell would do much to help the Phils live up to the predictions of success everyone has made for them this year.

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Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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