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Game 11: Reds at Astros

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Houston Astros

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009, 2:05 PM EDT
Minute Maid Park

Edinson Volquez vs Felipe Paulino

Partly cloudy. Game time temperature around 75.

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2009 - Edinson Volquez 1-1 9.64 2.31 8 8

2009 - Felipe Paulino 0-0 0.00 0.00 0 0

Felipe Paulino will be making his first Major League start since September, 2007 after missing almost all of last season with a pinched nerve in his arm. He is taking the place of former Red Brian Moehler in the rotation, as Moehler was recently put on the 15-day disabled list. Paulino tried to win a spot in the Astros rotation during the Spring, but didn't perform all that well in the limited shot that he was given. He was dominant in his two minor league starts, allowing just 1 ER in 12 innings while striking out 12 hitters.

Because of all of the success the Reds had yesterday, they are starting virtually the same lineup. The only difference is that Chris Dickerson is starting in place of Jerry Hairston Jr. I'm not sure what it will take for Paul Janish and Ryan Hanigan to get a few more starts at this point, but given how anemic this offense has been the last 3 games, I would think Dusty would want to try something to shake it up.

I'm actually a little nervous about Edinson Volquez on the mound today. I desperately want him to show a flash of last season. I know it's early and we shouldn't panic already, but I'm going to if he comes out and pitches erratically once again today. He doesn't have to totally dominate. I'd be happy if he is just consistently around the plate and isn't getting frequently rocked. All I want is something that feels like progress on the mound for him.