Brennaman#039;s deal extended

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 11, 2004

CINCINNATI (AP) - Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the Cincinnati Reds through the 2007 season, the team said Tuesday.

Terms weren't disclosed. Brennaman, 62, joined the Reds before the 1974 season. In July 2000, he received the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award given annually to broadcasters for major contributions to the sport.

Brennaman and partner Joe Nuxhall are working their 31st season together in the Reds' radio booth doing play by play. Nuxhall, 76, is working a reduced schedule of 80 games this year, sharing time with Reds newcomer Steve Stewart, who is to replace Nuxhall next year.

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Nuxhall, who has spent 60 years with the Reds organization, complained last week that he thought the team was forcing him out.

The Reds have since said they would welcome Nuxhall back in some capacity for next season and will meet with him to determine what his duties will be.


Larkin finally back

Barry Larkin, who hadn't started a game since he suffered a strained muscle in his side on July 31 at Pittsburgh, was back in the Cincinnati Reds' lineup Tuesday.

He said he was ready to go full-speed in the series opener with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

''I'm confident I can make all the plays,'' Larkin said, then realized he was promising an error-free game at shortstop.

''Confident I'm physically capable of making all the plays,'' he said.

Larkin made three pinch-hit appearances since his last start. The Reds were 4-9 with him out of the starting lineup.


Wily Mo on a roll

Wily Mo Pena shrugged off leg cramps that forced him to leave Sunday's game at Colorado after driving in five runs in six innings.

''It was nothing,'' Pena said of the hamstring cramps that resulted from dehydration.

Pena has a career-high 18 home runs this season, including 11 in the past 26 games. He credits increased playing time, due to injuries to Ken Griffey Jr. and Austin Kearns.

''There's no secret,'' Pena said. ''The secret is more opportunity to play.''

Pena has 246 at-bats in 83 games. He had only 165 at-bats in 80 games last season.

Griffey, who had been on the disabled list 15 days in July with a right hamstring tear, has not started since leaving the game in San Francisco last Wednesday with stiffness in his right hamstring.

''Junior is still a little stiff,'' said manager Dave Miley. ''He's getting treatment.''


Riedling returns

Right-hander John Riedling was reactivated for Tuesday's game after being on the bereavement list for a week due to the death of his father.

He filled the roster spot vacated by the trade of Cory Lidle to Philadelphia.

Riedling last pitched Aug. 1 against Houston.

Lidle (7-10) had been winless in six starts until getting the win on Sunday at Colorado. He was the Reds' opening day starter, but left with a 5.32 ERA in 24 starts.