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Against tough righty, Baker goes with Hannahan

Against tough righty, Baker goes with Hannahan

NEW YORK -- Reds third baseman Todd Frazier did not start in Wednesday's series finale vs. the Mets, replaced in the lineup by Jack Hannahan. Manager Dusty Baker often gives players a rest to combine with a scheduled off-day on Thursday, but that wasn't the reason for this break.

Since the Reds were facing right-handed Mets phenom Matt Harvey, Baker wanted to go with the left-handed-hitting Hannahan.


"Today is the day you want to stack the lineup with lefties," Baker said. "Today is a day where Jack has to play some time. He was going to play first base soon, but Joey [Votto] is hot. It's hard to take him out when you're that hot."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for 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.