LOS ANGELES -- Perhaps the only thing that could slow the Cincinnati Reds relievers during this five-game win streak was a raccoon in the bullpen on Sunday.
A raccoon was found by a member of the cleaning crew in the visitor's bullpen at Dodger Stadium. Animal Control was called, and by about two hours before game time, an employee had trapped the raccoon in a cage and taken the critter away.
Many of the Reds players hadn't yet arrived on their team bus from Pasadena when the raccoon wrapped itself around a bar in the bullpen.
Two days before Opening Day, a sewage pipe burst at Dodger Stadium in the bottom of the fifth inning of an exhibition against the Los Angeles Angels, causing flooding on the field near the Dodgers dugout. The rest of the exhibition game was canceled.