Baker moving slumping Stubbs around lineup

Baker moving slumping Stubbs around lineup

Baker moving slumping Stubbs around lineup
ST. PETERSBURG -- Reds manager Dusty Baker wanted to take some pressure off struggling center fielder Drew Stubbs by moving him out of the leadoff spot last week.

In five starts before Tuesday -- in which he batted sixth, seventh or eighth in the order -- Stubbs was 4-for-22 (.182) with eight strikeouts.

Baker isn't dissatisfied with Stubbs' effort since he was dropped in the lineup, which was to be a temporary maneuver.

"He's doing OK," Baker said. "I'd like to move him back there eventually. He brings the most to the table, speed-wise. I don't know when -- it shapes on who we're playing and what we need."

Stubbs was batting eighth for the Reds in Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay.