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Stiff back scratches Stubbs from lineup

Stiff back scratches Stubbs from lineup

MIAMI -- Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs was out of Wednesday's starting lineup against the Marlins as a precaution for a stiff back.

Chris Dickerson took over the leadoff spot and played center field.

"Stubbs will probably be off today and [Thursday]," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I could tell the last couple of days that his back has stiffened up on him. I could see the difference in his swing."

Stubbs was 0-for-5 with a walk in Tuesday's 10-8 win in 11 innings. He is 2-for-14 over his last three games. Entering Wednesday, he was batting .200 with one home run and five RBIs.

"It's nothing major, but I think he's giving me a day or two to get it cleared up," Stubbs said. "It's something I could definitely try to play through. [Baker] said, 'This early in the season, there was no point in pushing anything.'"

Stubbs couldn't recall a particular play or game that hurt his back, but felt it start a couple of days ago.

"I woke up this morning and it was a little more so than it had been the past day or two," Stubbs said.

The No. 2 spot in the order also had a different face with Paul Janish getting a start at shortstop in place of Orlando Cabrera, who was given a break. It marked Janish's first start of the season and the second game he's played overall.

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