Found September 18, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
As the Cincinnati Reds inch closer to wrapping up the NL Central, they realize their offense must get going before the playoffs begin. A matchup with the Chicago Cubs' Justin Germano could help their bats warm up. In Tuesday night's opener at Wrigley Field, the Reds look to beat the Cubs for the seventh time in eight games and send Germano to a sixth straight loss. With an 11-game lead over second-place St. Louis and a magic number down to five, Cincinnati (88-59) could clinch the division before leaving Chicago on Thursday. "Nobody wants anybody to clinch on your turf, that's for sure," manager Dale Sveum said. "It's inevitable that they'll clinch, you just don't want them to do it on your place." Despite being a virtual lock to make the playoffs, the Reds haven't looked too impressive lately. They've split their last 12 games, plating two runs or fewer six times. Against Miami on Sunday, they matched a season best with 17 hits, b...
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