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With rare start, Robinson aims to prove himself

With rare start, Robinson aims to prove himself

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HOUSTON -- For the first time since returning to the Reds as a September callup, Derrick Robinson was in the starting lineup when he played left field on Tuesday. From April 5 through Aug. 11, Robinson had started 35 games, but most of his nine games since Sept. 1 had come as a defensive replacement or pinch-hitter. He was 0-for-5 in those games.

"It's better than none. You can learn from it or waste it, so I definitely took advantage of those at-bats," Robinson said. "It's always good to be in the lineup. Hopefully, I'll pick up where I left off when I was playing every day down there in Triple-A."

Robinson is likely among those on the bubble in trying to make the 25-man postseason roster for Cincinnati.

"I can't control that," Robinson said. "I'm just going out and doing what I can, regardless. If I'm there, I will give 110 percent."

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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