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The Rays called him up in September _ he was eligible for postseason play because of a loophole in the rules _ and he helped them get to the World Series, where they lost to Philadelphia.

There’s another precedent. In 2002, the Angels called up Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez in September, got him on the postseason roster and let him take them to their first World Series title. He tied a postseason record with five wins, set a relief record with 28 playoffs strikeouts, and at age 20 became the youngest pitcher ever to win a World Series game.

Could Chapman bring some September sizzle to Cincinnati?

“You don’t know how it’s going to end up,” Baker said.

Chapman? He’s thinking beyond September.

“It’s a big thing for me,” Chapman said. “Being able to come up and pitch not only here, but to pitch for the Reds in the playoffs would be something great for me, to keep going with the team and someday get an opportunity to win it all.”