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Reds allowed to honor Rose's record hit

BURBANK, CA - JANUARY 12:  Pete Rose appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at the NBC Studios January 12, 2004 in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Pete Rose
BURBANK, CA - JANUARY 12: Pete Rose appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at the NBC Studios January 12, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Pete Rose Getty Images

The Reds are finally allowed to celebrate Pete Rose's 4,192nd hit.

Cincinnati will recognize the 25th anniversary of Rose's record-breaking hit before the team's game against the Pirates on Saturday Sept. 11.

The Reds have been forbidden to hold any ceremonies on the field to honor Rose because of his lifetime ban by Major League Baseball for gambling in 1989. But the team received permission from Commissioner Bud Selig's office and moved forward with the plans.

The celebration at Great American Ball Park will include an appearance by Rose and video highlights.

Expected to attend the pre-game ceremonies are former teammates Tony Perez and Cesar Geronimo. Rose and his family also will attend the afternoon game on Sunday, Sept. 12.

At Riverfront Stadium on Sept. 11, 1985, Rose singled to left-center field off San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Show to pass Hall of Famer Ty Cobb and become MLB's all-time hits leader.

The Cincinnati native finished his career with 4,256 hits over 24 seasons for the Reds, Phillies and Expos.

According to MLB.com, the only other time Selig granted permission for Rose to participate in a league-sanctioned event was for the naming of the All-Century Team at the 1999 All-Star Game.

Cover-boy Votto

Reds first baseman Joey Votto is on the cover of the Aug. 30 issue of Sports Illustrated, which hit newsstands Tuesday.

Votto is the first Reds player to make the cover since Ken Griffey Jr. on in 2004.

The Reds have had 12 players appear alone a total of 23 times on the SI cover: Pete Rose (8 times), Johnny Bench (3), Griffey Jr. (2), Tom Seaver (2), Joe Morgan (1), George Foster (1), Eric Davis (1), Chris Sabo (1), Deion Sanders (1), Joey Jay (1) and Roy McMillan (1).Owner Marge Schott also appeared on one cover.

Reds call up LeCure, Valaika

The Reds optioned right-handed reliever Jordan Smith to Triple-A Louisville and recalled right-hander Sam LeCure and Triple-A All-Star second baseman Chris Valaika from Louisville.

This will be LeCure's second stint with the Reds this season. He was scheduled to pitch Tuesday, so Manager Dusty Baker had him as an option for long relief.

When Valaika plays, he will become the eighth Red to make his major-league debut this year. He provides another right-handed bat and some versatility for Baker considering he can play second, third and shortstop.

Laynce Nix wasn't in the lineup after spraining his left ankle Monday. He was listed as day-to-day, and exams showed no ligament damage.

General Manager Walt Jocketty said reliever Russ Springer is done for the season as he recovers from a herniated disk and so is reliever Jason Isringhausen, who signed a minor-league deal last month and is coming back from elbow surgery.

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