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PHILADELPHIA -- The Reds were forced to scratch shortstop Zack Cozart from Sunday's lineup due to illness. Cesar Izturis started in Cozart's place and batted second.

Izturis, the only Spring Training non-roster invitee to earn a roster spot out of camp, made only his seventh start of the season and played in his 15th game overall. He came in batting .167 (6-for-19) with two RBIs

When Izturis plays, the Reds lose nothing on defense, as he was a 2004 Gold Glove winner.

"He came here with that reputation," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's been trying to find his stroke for a while, but Cozart is trying to find his too. Izturis is ready to play every day. He hasn't played that much -- him and Jack Hannahan are usually two of the first guys here every day, staying ready. You never know when you're going to be pressed into service."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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