Tuesday's doubleheader between the Reds and Giants at AT&T Park will be anything but ordinary.
Not only will the two teams play a traditional doubleheader, where the clubs have only 30 minutes between contests, but the Reds will wear their home uniforms and the Giants their road ones for Game 2.
That's because the two clubs are playing a makeup game from a July 4 rainout in Cincinnati. According to Rule 4.13(f), the rescheduled game is the second game. Statistically, both games are home games for the Giants pursuant to Rule 2.00.
While the split doubleheader is much more frequent in today's game, Reds manager Dusty Baker remembers traditional doubleheaders well.
"I wouldn't take a shower between games," Baker said. "This is old school. You don't see doubleheaders with 30 minutes in between anymore."
First pitch in Game 1 is set for 4:05 PT and pits Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani against Giants left-hander Eric Surkamp.
Cingrani (3-1, 3.23 ERA) last pitched for the Reds on July 14 against the Braves, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits in four innings for a no-decision.
Surkamp will make his first start with the Giants this season after having Tommy John elbow surgery a year ago. Progressing through the Giants farm system this season, Surkamp is excited to take the hill.
"I'm sure I'm going to be a little nervous," Surkamp said. "It's been a long year. ... You can't really say it's just another game."
The nightcap will feature Reds right-hander Greg Reynolds and Giants left-hander Barry Zito.
Reynolds will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to make the start. While he was the No. 2 overall pick by the Rockies in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Reynolds has made only 27 starts in the Majors and none since 2011. In 19 games (18 starts) with the Bats, he is 10-2 with a 2.54 ERA.
Meanwhile, Zito toes the rubber after his second-shortest outing as a Giant. He allowed four runs on four hits in two innings for the loss July 14 against the Padres.
Happy to be back at AT&T Park, Zito is 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA at home this year, compared to a 0-6 record and 9.89 ERA away from San Francisco.
Reds: Marshall getting close to throwing
Left-handed setup man Sean Marshall is expected to resume a throwing session in the next few days after a recent setback delayed his return from the disabled list.
Marshall, who has been on the DL since May 24 with a sprained left shoulder, experienced tendinitis toward the end of a bullpen session July 14 and has not thrown since.
"It was a small setback," Baker said. "Any setback takes you a week or so from where you were."
Marshall owns a 2.57 ERA and 0.86 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) out of Cincinnati's bullpen.
Giants: Wilson works out for Righetti
Close to looking to sign with a Major League club, former Giants closer Brian Wilson threw Monday at the University of San Francisco before his ex-pitching coach, Dave Righetti, according to multiple reports.
Not only was Righetti present, but Giants bullpen catcher Bill Hayes supposedly caught the right-hander.
Giants vice president and assistant general manager Bobby Evans confirmed that San Francisco remains interested in Wilson, a three-time All-Star who ranks third in franchise history with 171 saves.
"We've maintained contact and asked to be included in the process if he decides to sign," Evans said.
• Baker, the former manager of the Giants, is 17-14 as a visiting manager at AT&T Park.
• Bruce Bochy is just one win shy of 1,500 in his managerial career.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.