MLB TUESDAY PREVIEWS
June 12, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
As if the annual intrastate series between the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds didn't already mean enough to the denizens of Ohio, the teams enter the three-game series at Great American Ball Park with identical 32-27 records - and both in the middle of battles for the top spot in their divisions.
The Reds have lost three of four and five of seven, but they're still tied with Pittsburgh atop the National League Central. The Indians fell out of first in the American League Central after a recent rough patch, but they've won four of six to climb back within half a game of the White Sox.
The Indians have dominated the intrastate series recently, winning six of the last seven and seven of 10, and hold a 39-36 all-time advantage. The teams have split 36 meetings in Cincinnati, but the Reds are 14-10 at home since Great American Ball Park opened in 2004.