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Teammates happy to see Stubbs end skid

Teammates happy to see Stubbs end skid

Teammates happy to see Stubbs end skid
SAN DIEGO -- A ninth-inning double to right-center field on Friday by Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs kept him from having a historically long hitless streak.

Until that hit, Stubbs was in a 0-for-32 stretch. That was the longest skid by a Reds position player since Willy Taveras was 0-for-32 in 2009. Dennis Menke in 1973 was the last Reds hitter to reach 0-for-33 and Bobby Adams in 1954 was the last non-pitcher from Cincinnati to reach 0-for-34.

"All the guys are pulling for him big time," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You hate to see anybody struggle like that. He hit a bullet down to the third baseman earlier. We started seeing some positive signs and then he hit that ball to right-center. What a relief for him and for us too."

Stubbs, who was back in the second spot of the Reds lineup Saturday, came in batting .214 and 4-for-39 (.103) in 12 games since returning from a stint on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

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