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MLB playoffs: Bailey can follow no-hit gem with series clincher

By Joe Kay

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9 2012 12:01 a.m. MDT

Cincinnati Reds' Devin Mesoraco, right, pulls on the shirt of teammate Drew Stubbs as they play football during a baseball workout, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati hosts the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the National League division baseball seriesTuesday in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Homer Bailey played catch in the sun-splashed outfield at Great American Ball Park, his usual routine the day before a start. Nothing different at all, as far as the Texan let on.

"You guys," he said afterward, "it's just another game."

Uh-uh. Not buying it. Everyone knows the Cincinnati Reds' pitcher has a chance to exorcise a lot of bad postseason history — or add to it — with his next start.

Less than two weeks after he threw the 15th no-hitter in the history of baseball's first professional franchise, the 26-year-old Bailey has a chance to add another career moment. He can complete a division-series sweep of the San Francisco Giants tonight.

Up 2-0 in the series, the Reds need one more victory to advance, with as many as three chances left at home. It'll be a breakthrough if they get it.

Cincinnati hasn't won a home playoff game in 17 years, a span of futility etched into the franchise's storied history. Everyone remembers the Big Red Machine winning back-to-back World Series in 1975-76. The 1990 Nasty Boys team swept Oakland to win another.

Since then? Little more than heartbreak.

Cincinnati - San Fran.

NL Division Series (best of 5)

Cincinnati leads series, 2-0

Game 1: Reds 5, Giants 2

Game 2: Reds 9, Giants 0

Game 3: Today at Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m.

Game 4: Wednesday at Cincinnati, TBA*

Game 5: Thursday at Cincinnati, TBA*

*if necessary

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