Latos to start first game after All-Star break

Latos to start first game after All-Star break

SAN DIEGO -- The Reds have set their starting rotation for coming out of the All-Star break.

Instead of having ace Johnny Cueto start on Friday, July 13, vs. the Cardinals as strongly considered, Cincinnati will open the second half with Mat Latos. Following Latos will be Mike Leake, Cueto, Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey.

Reds manager Dusty Baker and pitching coaches Bryan Price and Mack Jenkins were looking for ways not to give their pitchers too many days off between starts.

"We debated having Cueto start the first game but everybody else would have had a couple of extra days off and that would have been on his regular turn," Baker said on Saturday.