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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 2, 2002:
At Cincinnati, the Astros and Reds play the first inning with non–regulation baseballs, the result of a mix–up by an attendant in the umpires' locker room. The attendant did not notice the word "practice" stenciled on the 144 balls he rubbed up for the game; the practice balls generally have defects such as irregular stitching or weight deviations. Astros pitcher Wade Miller notices the practice ball when warming up and informs ump Mark Hirschbeck, who rules that the practice balls must be used in the bottom of the 1st before switching. Reds starter Wade Miller served up a homer in the 1st to Lance Berkman, who hits another in his next at bat, good for five RBIs. He leads the National League with 74 ribbies. The Astros win in the 10th, 6–5. Austin Kearns has four hits, and Adam Dunn a homer for the Reds.