Seeing red, not Reds
They came to see Junior and Larkin and Casey. Instead, they got Clark and Castro and Jennings. The Cincinnati Reds left all of their starters behind for a 5-0 loss to Cleveland on Sunday in Winter Haven, violating a directive from the commissioner's office. Teams are required to bring at least four starters to each spring training game, so fans don't come away feeling cheated. Sandy Alderson, executive vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner's office, said it's unusual for a team to violate the long-standing order. "The purpose is to protect the fans who pay good money to come to spring training games," Alderson said. If the Indians complain, the commissioner's office will look into the matter. The 6,803 fans saw the Reds' patchwork lineup manage only five singles and a triple by shortstop Juan Castro. It was tough on fans to figure out who these Reds were. Minor-league infielder Kevin Witt, who resembles one of the Reds' well-known outfielders, looked up in the stands and yelled, "I'm not Adam Dunn, everybody." After the game, he wasn't even with the Reds. Witt was one of the five sent to the minors. The regulars who stayed behind had reason to be glad: The team bus broke down on the way back to Sarasota.
Ray's Place vs. Rupp's house? No contest
Comedian Drew Carey probably could have gotten tickets to see Kent State play Indiana on Saturday in the South Region final in Lexington, Ky. But Carey, a two-time Kent State dropout from Cleveland, said there is no place he'd rather watch the NCAA Tournament than his old college hangout _ Ray's Place. "I wanted to be in Kent. What do I want to be in Lexington for?" he said. IU dashed the hopes of Carey and other fans by defeating Kent State 81-69.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
What is the only year at least one No. 1 seed didn't make it to the Final Four and what team won the title?
"I found out I had less relatives on the road."
_ POPEYE JONES
forward on life with the Wizards after Michael Jordan's injury
1980, No. 2 seed Louisville beat No. 8 UCLA in the title game.