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A tint of red

Today it begins. Nats-Reds. Reds-Nats. Yes -- baseball's Intrasquad Scrimmage Series.

No way will I ever be able to catalogue the full list of links between these two teams, but I'll provide just enough to assure you that no team in baseball has more forceful bond with the Nationals than Cincinnati, and that's before we even take into account that Dr. Tim Kremchek works in this town.

So...

Jim Bowden, now Washington's GM, once had the same position with the Reds.

Bob Boone, an assistant GM, once managed the Reds. Two of the team's other front office assistants, Jose Rijo and Barry Larkin, are among the most important players in Cincinnati franchise history.

Pitching coach Randy St. Claire, as a player, spent a half-season with the Reds. Pat Corrales, now the bench coach, spent five seasons with the Reds as a player.

Among the former Reds that Washington has acquired:

Aaron Boone
Austin Kearns
Felipe Lopez
Ryan Wagner
Wily Mo Pena
Dmitri Young

It's possible, at least technically, that Washington could field a lineup tonight composed of five position players who once spent time with the Reds. (Kearns will be activated before tonight's game.) More realistically, though, I'd put the number at two. Dmitri Young will be back at first after a day off yesterday, and Kearns will play right.

One more thing. Before we take off too far into the future, here is the recap of yesterday's action. (And precipitation.) In the notebook, you might be curious about the tidbit regarding the scouting probe. This is something I'll have update and expand in the near future, as it develops and as we learn whether Washington has any chance to be penalized down the road. Hopefully I can talk to somebody in the MLB office today to get a better sense of potential implications.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 3, 2008; 7:51 AM ET
 
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