–Dusty Baker has an explanation for the fact that Micah Owings got lit up in a minor league game the other day:

“It’s not easy pitching against those young guys,” Baker said. “It’s a bigger deal for the kids to face him. You want to call home after the game and tell your daddy, ‘I think I’m ready.'”

Ummmm….yeah.

–Daryle Ward is not only hoping to make the team, he wants to be a leader. I’m fine with both of those.

Pete Rosales?

–Is it just me, or is there some sort of Chris Dickerson man-crush going on among the Reds beat writers? Seems like there’s a new Dickerson article every other day.

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