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Baker inserts Hanigan to catch Chapman

Baker inserts Hanigan to catch Chapman

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Baker inserts Hanigan to catch Chapman
SAN DIEGO -- As Aroldis Chapman took over in the ninth inning to close out Saturday's 6-5 Reds win over the Padres, manager Dusty Baker did something he hadn't previously done this season. Baker removed rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco in favor of veteran Ryan Hanigan.

Baker said the switch didn't have to do with Chapman's comfort level working with either Hanigan or Mesoraco.

"Not more comfortable. He's just more experienced," Baker said of Hanigan. "He's been catching longer. Chapman's ball is electric. It's a situation where you want your absolute best defensive catcher in there in that situation. Nothing against Mesoraco, just full credit to Hanigan. I told Hanigan he gets part of that save."

Chapman struck out the side for his 10th save with all of his strikeout pitches being 100 mph or over.

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