Ray ready for Reds after 11 days of rest

Ray ready for Reds after 11 days of rest

Robbie Ray likely won't need directions to the Great American Ball Park mound, but when he takes the ball against the Reds on Tuesday night, it will have been a long time between starts.

Ray was selected to the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, but he did not pitch, meaning he has gone 11 days between starts. The left-hander was outstanding the last time he started, as he fanned 13 Dodgers over six innings.

The Reds will counter with Sal Romano, who was promoted from Triple-A Louisville to make the start. Romano has made two big league starts this year. He picked up his first Major League win in his last one on July 6, when he allowed two runs over five innings against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Three things to know about this game
• The Reds took two of three from the D-backs at Chase Field just prior to the All-Star break.

• D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock is a lifetime .391 hitter against the Reds, including a .565 mark at Great American Ball Park. Paul Goldschmidt has five homers and 13 RBIs in 17 games in Cincinnati.

• Romano had a 3.47 ERA in 10 starts for Louisville. In his two big league starts, his four-seam fastball has averaged 95.8 mph, which gives him the seventh-highest season average for a starter with at least 100 four-seamers this year. Teammate Luis Castillo is atop that list, at 97.7 mph.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.