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Frazier close to joining 20-20 club

Frazier close to joining 20-20 club

CINCINNATI -- Coming into this season, Todd Frazier had 10 career stolen bases. In the sixth inning of Tuesday's 3-0 Reds win over the D-backs at Great American Ball Park, Frazier stole his 16th base of the season in 21 attempts.

With four more steals, Frazier -- who entered Wednesday's series finale with Arizona with 20 home runs -- would become the third Reds third baseman to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases in the same season, joining Chris Sabo (25 homers, 25 stolen bases in 1990) and Aaron Boone (26 homers, 32 stolen bases in 2002).

"It's pretty cool. I was really fast when I was younger, and as I got older, the weight's kicked in and a couple of root beers," Frazier said. "I don't know; I've always thought of myself as a good baserunner.

"You've got to have confidence in whatever you do. I got the green light there and I've been working on it a lot. I have to give credit to [catching coordinator] Mike Stefanski. He's spending tireless hours in there trying to help me out about what times are good to go, because I kind of have a walking lead sometimes, so when to time that out."

Frazier emphasized the importance of being able to steal a base in an opportune situation, particularly with the offense struggling the way it has been recently.

"When you've got one run, you want two and you keep adding on like that," he said. "Whether it's subtle or a big inning, it helps. We're up 2-0, the next thing you know a runner gets on, now more pressure's back on us. So whatever we can get. We can manufacture with the best of them. We just have to keep doing it."

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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