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Hamilton gets break from Reds' starting lineup

Hamilton gets break from Reds' starting lineup

CINCINNATI -- Center fielder Billy Hamilton was rested from Saturday's Reds starting lineup vs. the Cardinals. Manager Bryan Price said it was a good time to give his speedy leadoff man a break since Cincinnati would be facing a left-handed pitcher in Jaime Garcia and the Reds would like to get outfielder Chris Heisey into the lineup.

"We're going to be facing, for the first time in a while, a rather large cluster of left-handers this week, and that does give us an opportunity every now and again to spell Billy and to get Chris in there," Price said.

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"And now that Jay [Bruce] is back, there's not going to be as much freedom with the lineup to be moving outfielders around and getting guys in there on a rotation as when Jay was out."

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

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