Colorado (56-54) at Cincinnati (48-59)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Thu Jul 31, 2003
  • TV: FSOH
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The Cincinnati Reds still have a few more hours to unload players.

The Reds may have several new faces in the lineup as they conclude their three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati traded outfielder Jose Guillen to Oakland on Wednesday for right-hander Aaron Harang and two minor league pitchers.

Guillen was hitting .337—third in the National League—with 23 homers and 63 RBIs in 91 games.

“I appreciate the Reds giving me a new life, so I could show people I can still play every day,” Guillen said.

The Reds decided to trade Guillen, who wanted to play every day, rather than letting him leave as a free agent at the end of the season and getting nothing in return.

The A’s also sent the Reds right-handers Joe Valentine and Jeff Bruksch.

“Several clubs were interested in him,” Cincinnati scouting director Leland Maddox said of Guillen. “It was a matter of getting the best package we could put together of guys who are ready for the major leagues.”

It was the Reds’ second trade in two days since they fired general manager Jim Bowden and manager Bob Boone. The Reds sent closer Scott Williamson to Boston late Tuesday night for prospects.

Reliever Gabe White and third baseman Aaron Boone have been mentioned in trade rumors as Thursday’s 4 p.m. EDT deadline approaches.

Despite the roster shake up, the Reds have won four of five.

Jason LaRue hit a tying home run in the ninth inning and Adam Dunn singled in the winning run in the 10th as Cincinnati beat Colorado 3-2 on Wednesday for its first victory under interim manager Dave Miley.

The loss snapped the Rockies’ four-game winning streak.

Colorado will send promising rookie Chin-hui Tsao to the mound on Thursday. Tsao, the first pitcher from Taiwan to appear in the majors, won his major league debut with a 7-3 victory over Milwaukee on Friday.

The 22-year-old right-hander went 11-4 with a 2.46 ERA in 18 starts at Double-A Tulsa before getting called up. Tsao led the Texas League with 125 strikeouts in 113 1-3 innings.

STANDINGS: Rockies - 3rd place (tied), 13 1/2 GB, NL West. Reds - 5th place, 10 GB, NL Central.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Tsao (1-0, 4.26 ERA). Tsao allowed three runs and eight hits while striking out five in 6 1-3 innings of his first career win.

REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Jose Acevedo (2-0, 1.59 ERA). Acevedo was impressive in his first two starts this season. The 25-year-old Dominican native struck out a career-high 10 to earn a complete-game 8-3 win over the New York Mets on Saturday. Acevedo held Milwaukee scoreless over seven innings to earn an 11-2 win on July 21. He gave up two hits and struck out six.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Todd Helton, .351 avg. and 97 runs; Preston Wilson, 27 HRs and 102 RBIs; Tony Womack, 11 SBs. Reds - Sean Casey, .300 avg.; Dunn, 26 HRs and 65 runs; Boone, 65 RBIs and 15 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Reds, 3-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - 1B Helton went 3-for-3 on Wednesday to raise his batting average to .351, second in the NL. … OF Wilson leads the NL with 102 RBIs. … LHP Denny Neagle had surgery on an elbow ligament Wednesday and is out for the season. Reds - OF Dunn is batting .435 (10-for-23) with six RBIs over the last five games. … Cincinnati have committed a major league-high 104 errors. … The Reds lead the majors with 24 wins—out of 48 total—in their last at-bat.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 18-38 on the road; Reds - 24-30 at home.

INJURIES: Rockies - RHP Nelson Cruz (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Neagle (elbow), 15-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Reds - OF Austin Kearns (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Sullivan (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP White (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Ken Griffey Jr. (ankle), 60-day DL.

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C. Tsao KC vs. J. Acevedo Bal
3-3 Record 2-0
6.02 ERA 2.67
29 K 23
20 BB 6
1.57 WHIP 0.85