CINCINNATI -- The sample size was tiny, but it was ample enough for Miguel Cairo to start for the Reds at third base instead of rookie Todd Frazier on Saturday. Against Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie, Cairo came in 4-for-5 lifetime. Guthrie also throws a lot of fastballs, which is Cairo's forte.
Cairo, who came in batting .154, has played sparingly since being activated from the disabled list on May 7. Saturday marked only his eighth game and third start since returning from a hamstring injury.
"I've got to play Cairo sometime," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I need him and [Ryan] Ludwick and [Wilson] Valdez. I have to play them sometimes so they can be strong off the bench to help us. It's a tough job already, especially if you don't play.
"Let's not forget what a great job Cairo did for us the last two years."