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Rest part of Reds' plan as they face contenders

Rest part of Reds' plan as they face contenders

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Rest part of Reds' plan as they face contenders
CINCINNATI -- One day after the requisite celebrating of a National League Central crown after Saturday's game, the Reds rested several regulars vs. the Dodgers on Sunday. Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Scott Rolen, Zack Cozart and Ryan Ludwick were all out of the starting lineup.

Several regulars were told they could come to the ballpark late as well. Ludwick got another day to rest because of tightness in his left groin.

After Sunday and Monday's off-day, the Reds will have nine games remaining in the regular season before they commence postseason play. The club will toe the line between resting players and also keeping the integrity of competition on the field, especially since all of the Reds' remaining opponents are still contending for the NL Wild Card.

"I don't think that's too difficult," acting manager Chris Speier said. "With our personnel, we put a competitive team out there, I think, every day. We are going to take care of ourselves and make sure that the people that need a day or two to get their injuries under wrap will take those. I don't think that's going to be hard."

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