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CINCINNATI -- Sunday's series finale vs. the Blue Jays was the 12th straight game that Reds first baseman Joey Votto has started since returning from the disabled list from a quadriceps strain above his left knee.

Manager Bryan Price had envisioned periodic rest for Votto, who has shown no signs he's needed it with solid production at the plate and quality defense in the field.

"It's doing well enough. We haven't really had a big regression," Price said. "It certainly points that over this 16-game stretch without a day off that Joey will get a break. He's playing very well. You see the way he runs the bases and defensively how he breaks to the ball and gets out of the batter's box.

"[But] I know he's not 100 percent. There's still some fatigue and tenderness in his knee, but it's been something he's been able to manage up to this point."

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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