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Reds will continue to mix and match in left field

Reds will continue to mix and match in left field

CINCINNATI -- Ryan Ludwick lost his status as the regular Reds left fielder on June 1 when both he and the team were slumping offensively. That's when manager Bryan Price started mixing and matching Ludwick with Skip Schumaker and Chris Heisey.

Ludwick, in particular, has thrived at the plate under the arrangement. Including his two hits in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays, he is batting .410 (16-for-39) over his last 13 games.

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Price has no immediate plans, however, to go back to having a regular left fielder again.

"I'm just going to let it continue to play out," Price said. "I think the team is playing well now and we're getting the most out of Luddy and Schu. Heisey hasn't been playing as much obviously. He'll run into some really good matchups and get some starts along the way. Right now, seems to be working well with the club. I think there's something good about getting guys in there into the mix. This is one of the ways of doing that."

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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