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Reds enjoy home-and-home schedule twist

CLEVELAND -- In a quirk in the schedule this week, the Reds and Indians are playing home-and-home two-game series. In Cincinnati, the Reds won the first two games on Monday and Tuesday.

It is essentially a four-game series against Cleveland, but with a twist.

"We only have to homework like it's a four-game series. That's a plus," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Wednesday. "But it's two different sets of games. One has the DH and one doesn't. [In Cleveland], you don't have the double switch. You can leave a pitcher out there longer than you would ordinarily."

Teams across baseball are playing similar "rivalry series," although some aren't natural geographical rivals like the pair of Ohio teams.

"It wasn't too bad for us. We didn't go too far -- 38 minutes [flight]," Baker said. "I wish we played a day game yesterday. It doesn't really matter what I like. They never ask me or us. You've just got to accept what it is. I imagine it would be tougher for some teams that had to fly longer than 38 minutes."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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