Reds meet O's in reprise of '70 Series

Harang, Reds meet O's in reprise of '70 Series

When last they met, the Reds and Orioles had much more on the line than they'll have this weekend at Great American Ball Park.

That last -- and only -- meeting between the two clubs came in the 1970 World Series -- a Series won by the O's in five games.

The faces will be much different this time around, though three prominent faces will stand out.

The three-game set will feature three of the top 20 home-run hitters of all time, including Baltimore's Sammy Sosa (580 homers, 7th) and Rafael Palmeiro (559, 10th) and the Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. (510, 19th). The trio has combined for 1,649 homers and 4,834 RBIs.

Never in Major-League history have three players with at least 500 home runs appeared in the same game.

This will mark the first time the two clubs have faced each other in Interleague Play. Right-hander Aaron Harang, whose spot in the rotation was pushed back a day to make room for the return of Luke Hudson, will get the starting nod for the Reds.

Pitching matchup:
BAL: RHP Rodrigo Lopez
• 4-2, 4.60 ERA in 2005
• Did not face CIN in 2004

CIN: RHP Aaron Harang
• 4-3, 3.48 ERA in 2005
• Did not face BAL in 2004

Player to watch
Joe Randa. He's looked more and more like the Randa of early April lately. He's hit safely in eight of his last nine games, hitting four homers in that span.

Quotable
"This is how we drew it up in Spring Training" -- Adam Dunn, after the Reds' three-game sweep of the Devil Rays

On the Internet
MLB.TV
Gameday Audio
• Gameday
• Official game notes

On television
• BAL: CSN
• CIN: FSN

On radio
• BAL: WBAL 1090
• CIN: WLW 700

Quick hits
Hudson recorded his first win since Sept. 23, 2004. ... Ryan Freel tied a career-high with three stolen bases. ... Griffey has a 12-game hitting streak. ... Jacob Cruz has homered in consecutive pinch-hit plate appearances. ... The Reds scored a season-high 14 runs.

On deck
• Saturday: Reds vs. Orioles, 7:10 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Reds vs. Orioles, 1:15 p.m. ET
• Monday: Reds at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.