"If we can get Billy on ahead of him, it does get him some rushed fastballs from guys really trying to be quick to the plate," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Thursday. "Anybody hitting second with Billy on base is going to get better pitches to hit. It just seems to be inevitable. The good part is Todd is taking advantage of some of those mistakes pitchers are making with Billy on base."
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