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Baker opts for Hanigan at catcher in opener vs. Nats

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CINCINNATI -- In all four games the Reds have played this season, including Friday vs. the Nationals, Ryan Hanigan has been the starting catcher. Hanigan was paired with starter Homer Bailey in the series opener. Bailey worked mostly with Devin Mesoraco last season.

Reds manager Dusty Baker said that Mesoraco would catch for Mike Leake on Saturday. While Hanigan usually catches for Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and Bronson Arroyo, Baker did not commit to a set system.

"We needed Hanigan, who throws out [48.5] percent of baserunners to negate the speed of the Angels," Baker said. "As we get deeper along, I might feel the need to mix and match. [Hanigan] shouldn't be tired early. When the weather gets hot and as he gets tired, I might mix and match."

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