Atlanta (7-6) at Cincinnati (8-5)

Fog Currently: Cincinnati, OH
Temp: 66° F
  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed Apr 21, 2004
  • TV: FSS
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The Cincinnati Reds look to keep up their strong start as they host the Atlanta Braves in the middle game of their series at Great American Ball Park.

Although Reds captain Barry Larkin has struggled offensive in the early going, he singled home a pair of runs—his first RBIs since opening day—to set up a 3-2 win in the series opener on Tuesday.

Batting .167 coming in to the game, he went 2-for-4 to lift his average to .200. Larkin, who turns 40 next week, has spread out his stance in a concession to age, but hasn’t yet discovered the best way to hit out of it.

“I’ve probably changed three or four times already,” he said. “Hitting .160 makes you think a lot up there. I’ve been thinking. It’s a struggle.”

It’s been the opposite for first baseman Sean Casey, who added three hits, and raised his team-leading average to .396.

The Braves opened their season-high 12-game road trip with a loss, as their lineup continues to be in flux.

Chipper Jones strained a hamstring Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for at least five games. Atlanta has no plans at the moment to put him on the disabled list.

J.D. Drew returned to the lineup after missing a week with a strained hamstring, and shortstop Rafael Furcal was back after missing eight starts with a sore lower back.

Drew went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks, and Furcal went 1-for-4. He singled in the third inning, stole second base and scored on Giles’ second homer of the season.

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