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A throwback: Rose throws to Perez for the out

September 6, 1997

CINCINNATI (AP) _ It was a throwback for Cincinnati Reds fans: Rose to Perez for the out.

For the first time since his major league call-up, Pete Rose Jr. got to play third base with boyhood friend Eduardo Perez at first base on Saturday. Perez had hoped to play across the infield from Rose Jr. during his debut Monday, but had to sit out because of a bump on his head, the result of a beaning last week.

Rose Jr., the son of baseball’s all-time hits leader, pinch hit in the fourth inning of a 13-4 loss Saturday to Pittsburgh and stayed in the game at third base for four innings. Perez, the son of former Reds first baseman and manager Tony Perez, was already at first.

It was the first time that a Rose and a Perez were on the field defensively for Cincinnati since the fourth and final game of the 1976 World Series win over the New York Yankees.

Rose Jr. threw out Jermaine Allensworth on a nice play in the seventh inning _ the out went Rose-to-Perez _ but made two errors on one play that set up four unearned runs in the eighth. He was replaced at third in the ninth.

On Tuesday against Kansas City, Perez played first and Rose Jr. pinch hit, marking the first time that a Rose and a Perez appeared in the same game for the Reds since Aug. 16, 1986. On that occasion, Rose played first base and Tony Perez pinch hit in a 4-1 victory over San Diego.

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