Around the watercooler: May 11 By john popovich | wcpo

It's Friday, May 11, and it's already feeling like summer. Here's some sports stuff worth knowing today.

Scooter Gennett #3 of the Cincinnati Reds points to the sky as he crosses the plate after a solo home run in the eighth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Series starter: Scooter Gennett homered and doubled to lead the Reds to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in their series opener at Dodger Stadium. The Reds trailed 1-0 in the top of the sixth inning when Gennett hit a two-out double to score Jesse Winker and Joey Votto. An inning later, Billy Hamilton hit a two-out triple to produce another run. Gennett provided even more insurance with a solo home run in the eighth.

Tyler Mahle #30 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Don’t look at the stats: Thursday night's game defies all the numbers. Tyler Mahle couldn't throw a strike to save his life. But he kept wiggling out of jams. The Dodgers scored a run in the first inning. But they left the bases loaded in the first inning, did the same thing in the second and then left two runners on base in the third. Mahle threw 84 pitches through the first three innings. Somehow he survived five full innings.

Scooter Gennett #3 of the Cincinnati Reds is greeted in the dugout after a solo home run in the eighth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Will Scooter scoot? Do you wonder how long Gennett will last with the Reds? He's showing last year was no fluke. He's not a great glove, but his bat will enhance any offense and he likes the moment. I also get the impression that he's a strong bench and clubhouse guy.

Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout after being pinch hit for in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citi Field on April 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

No time like the present: The Reds didn't get Matt Harvey to sit on the bench. He'll start Friday night against the Dodgers. The Reds sent Brandon Finnegan to AAA Louisville. Harvey takes his spot on the roster and takes his spot in the starting rotation. "He's healthy and ready to go, so we'll just put him out there," said Reds manager Jim Riggleman. He's not sure if Harvey can pitch two innings or four innings but probably no more than that.

Nick Krall

Change at the top: The Reds have a new general manager, and most people have never heard of him. Nick Krall is the new GM, but he's not new to the Reds. He has been here since 2003 assisting in various roles. Dick Williams gives up the title of general manager but will continue to be president of baseball operations. Other clubs have done the same thing with their structure. I don't think you should expect anything dramatic from this change; after all, Krall has been with the Reds for 16 years.

J.D. Martinez #28 and Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees 5-4 at Yankee Stadium on May 10, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

New York, New York: It looked like the World Series in the Bronx last night. J.D. Martinez hit a tie-breaking home run to lead off the eighth inning, giving the Red Sox a 5-4 victory. The Sox had given up a four-run lead so Yankee Stadium was electric. It was New York's second loss in the last 19 games.

Good start for the Freedom: It was opening night for the Florence Freedom and it was a winning effort. Jose Brizuela hit a grand slam home run as the Freedom beat Joliet 9-4. The same two teams will play again tonight.

A video board displays an image of Billy Price of Ohio State after he was picked #21 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

New guys in town: The Bengals started their three-day rookie mini-camp today. It's a chance for the coaches to see whom they drafted and whether they deserved it. Undrafted free agents are also part of this camp.

Randy Johnson #51 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 4, 2009 in Washington, DC. Johnson was vying for his 300th career victory. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Today’s oddity: This date in baseball history featured the tallest pitching matchup in baseball history. It was 2009 when 6-foot-10-inch Randy Johnson pitched against 6-foot-9-inch Daniel Cabrera. That's 163 inches of pitching talent. Johnson struck out nine as the Giants beat the Nationals.

Have a great weekend! Follow me on Twitter (@popo_wcposports) and send me an e-mail at jpopovich@wcpo.com.

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