Reds prepare for extended stay in Big Apple

Reds prepare for extended stay in Big Apple

ATLANTA -- In what is sure to be a challenge to the per diems of players and staff, the Reds will spend five straight days in New York City because of a scheduling quirk.

After playing games against the Mets on Wednesday and Thursday, the Reds will stay in the Big Apple for a three-game Interleague series against the Yankees over the weekend.

According to STATS LLC, it is the seventh time since Interleague Play began in 1997 that a visiting team will play both Major League teams in a shared market consecutively.

It last happened in 2009. The Padres played the Dodgers and Angels that season, and the Pirates faced the White Sox and Cubs.

Reds manager Dusty Baker doesn't remember ever having a five-day stay in the same road city before, and he's not exactly overjoyed that it will happen in the Big Apple.

"You have to monitor your sleep there," Baker said. "Hotel noise. Street noise. People coming and going at all hours. Even if you don't go out it's noisy. It's not an easy place to play."