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Tuesday's observations

- Reds manager Dusty Baker went to Mike Lincoln in a 3-3 game in the top of the sixth against the Astros. The Mike Lincoln who has a 9.19 ERA and a 6/12 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings this year. It took all of one batter for the game to be untied, as Jeff Keppinger, who has homered once every 67 at-bats in his career, launched one to start the inning. Edwin Maysonet then promptly picked up his second major league hit before Lincoln got his only out of the night when Roy Oswalt sacrificed.

If not for the foolish decision to give him a two-year, $4 million contract in December, the Reds likely would have already released Lincoln. I bashed them for the move when it happened, believing there was no way anyone else would have given him that second year. As it turned out, the Twins had made a similar offer. So at least the Reds don't have to feel alone in their foolishness.

- Five days after throwing 132 pitches, Edwin Jackson started off well enough against the Royals, but he gave up three runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh. That two of the runs were unearned was a result of his own two errors. At least he threw only 89 pitches.

- It's like the Rays no longer trust Ben Zobrist in the infield. He spent one-third of 2006 as their starting shortstop and he played more there than anyone else in 2007 and 2008, but he's remained in the outfield the last two days with Akinori Iwamura and now Jason Bartlett out. Going back to Zobrist as an infielder and calling up Matt Joyce to play right would make a lot of sense. The Rays will suffer offensively if they try to get by Reid Brignac at short.

- Even though Chris Coghlan had a couple of hits out of the leadoff spot while Emilio Bonifacio got Monday off, Bonifacio was right back there tonight and went 0-for-4 with a rare walk. Coghlan, meanwhile, walked three times (one intentional) in his four plate appearances from the eighth spot. Coghlan hasn't even started hitting yet and he still has Bonifacio beat in OBP .328 to .293. Bonifacio is currently leading the NL in outs made, and he's scored just nine runs this month.