• Reds manager Dusty Baker, who managed the Cubs from 2003-06, said the last time he was in town, he was able to catch a Chicago Blackhawks game. He's hoping to go again this week, as the Blackhawks open the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins.
"I've never been to a Stanley Cup [game]," Baker said. "And my son's wearing his Blackhawks jersey around."
• As expected, left-handed rookie Tony Cingrani will start on Tuesday against the Cubs in place of Johnny Cueto. It'll be Cingrani's seventh start of the season, and his first since May 17.
"He's working on throwing everything, making a conscious effort," Baker said. "He's thrown the ball well. The kid's going to throw the ball well. It's just if he can get the other pitches over. The last time in here facing the Cubs, [Alfonso Soriano] roughed him up a little bit. I'm sure he knows that. We'll worry about that tomorrow."
• Baker said he still thinks about the incident late last season when he was hospitalized in Chicago with an irregular heartbeat and, later, a mini-stroke. He was away form the club 12 days, and missed 11 games.
"You've got to get to bed early and live a boring life, but it's still a life," Baker said. "I'm good as I can be. I'm actually real good."