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Reds' Homer Bailey pitches for the GOP

Tuesday night at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Reds right-hander Homer Bailey threw 7.1 innings of one run, four-hit ball to pick up his 12th win of the season in the Reds' 3-1 victory over the Cubs.

Saturday morning, he'll be pitching for the Hamilton County Republican Party and the Romney-Ryan ticket in Kenwood.

The 26-year-old righthander - who isn't pitching in Saturday's game against the Dodgers - will be at the GOP's Victory Center in Kenwood, greeting the volunteers who work the phone banks there for the GOP ticket, from Mitt Romney down to the local races.

Hamilton County Republican Party chairman Alex Triantafilou said he met Bailey a couple of years ago at an event.

"I told him what I did; and I found out that he was clearly with us,'' Triantafilou said.

Triantafilou said that, in June, Bailey came to a meeting of the Hamilton County GOP's Leadership Council, an organization of young professional Republicans.

Saturday, Bailey will be at the Victory Center from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The office is located at 8220 Northcreek Drive, Suite 220.

It is something out of the ordinary when an active professional athlete gets involved in partisan politics. It's not unusual for retired athletes to get involved, though - former Bengal and football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz often appears at GOP events.