CINCINNATI - A day after tempers boiled over and the two teams came to
blows in a bench-clearing melee, the Cincinnati Reds called in an "Ace"
for ceremonial first-pitch honors for today's game with the St. Louis
Franklin fired a near-strike prior to the afternoon game at Great American Ball Park.
It was the second time the Reds have honored Franklin, a Cincinnati-area
native and University of Cincinnati graduate who also threw out a first
pitch in 2005.