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Cincinnati starter Daryl Thompson was impressive in his major league debut - and awfully nervous, too.

Now, Thompson will be trying to help the Reds continue their recent domination of the Cleveland Indians when the in-state rivals open a three-game series at Progressive Field.

Thompson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) made his big league debut on Saturday, throwing five innings in a 6-0 win at Yankee Stadium. The 22-year-old right-hander was unable to sleep much of the night before and got lost on the way to the ballpark, ending up in Brooklyn instead of the Bronx.

"He gave us a fine performance," manager Dusty Baker told the Reds' official team Web site. "He was probably overthrowing a little bit in the beginning. He was a little excited. He showed good velocity."

Thompson, acquired in an eight-player trade with Washington in 2006, allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in a each of his first four innings, but was able to work out of trouble.

"I think he'll be better the next time out," Baker said. "Everything, I imagine, will be slower for him."

Thompson's second major league start won't come on quite as big a stage as Yankee Stadium, but the Reds (36-44) could use another strong performance from him after yielding 26 runs while dropping two of three in Toronto. Ace Edinson Volquez was tagged for a season-high seven runs in Thursday's finale, a 7-1 loss.

"You knew it was going to happen sooner or later," manager Dusty Baker said of Volquez's dud.

Cincinnati dropped to 15-27 away from home and is tied with Atlanta for the second-most road losses in the majors. The Reds, though, are hoping a series against the Indians (36-43) will help them bounce back since they have won four straight against Cleveland, including a three-game sweep May 16-18.

However, all four of those wins came in Cincinnati.

"A bad series," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said after the last meeting. "We didn't play very well, we didn't hit very well. You do that, you're going to get beat. You're going to get beat like this."

The Indians avoided a three-game sweep on Thursday, beating San Francisco 4-1. Jamey Carroll and Jhonny Peralta drove in two runs apiece, and Cliff Lee struck out 11 in eight innings for his 11th win.

"We need to win every game," Lee said. "We expect to win every time we come to the ballpark. Hopefully, we can start on a long winning streak."

C.C. Sabathia (5-8, 4.06) will try to give Cleveland another strong start.

He is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA over his last three starts, including a complete-game, 1-0 win over Minnesota on June 10. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner gave up one run in seven innings, and hit a homer in Cleveland's 11-inning, 7-2 win at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

"I'm pounding the strike zone," Sabathia told the Indians' official Web site of his recent success. "My walks are down, and I'm able to control the inside part of the plate."

Sabathia has fared well against the Reds, going 2-0 with a 2.68 ERA in seven career starts.

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Added: June 27, 2008

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