Series finale in Florida

Reds Thursday lineup

Dickerson 8
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Harang 1

*Every one in uniform for the Reds is wearing No. 42 for Jackie Robinson Day.

*Laynce Nix was due to get a start in LF but is bogged down by the flu. Drew Stubbs (stiff back) will likely return to the lineup on Friday in Pittsburgh.

“He’s a little better,” Dusty Baker said of Stubbs.

*LHP Daniel Ray Herrera held lefty hitters to a .183 average last season, compared to .361 for right-handers. It’s very early and the sample size is super low — but this season, right-handed hitters are batting .167 (1-for-6, 2 Ks) and lefty hitters are batting .667 (2-for-3).

“I’ve been coming into some lefty-lefty situations and not really getting a first-pitch strike and throwing the ball how I want,” Herrera said. “Then I have to face the righties and have to get them out. Right now, it’s how it worked out.”

*Again, it’s early but Drew Stubbs is tied among five players in the National League with 12 strikeouts — and didn’t play last night. Joey Votto is tied with four others for second place with 11 Ks.

*On the other hand, Scott Rolen is the ninth hardest player to strikeout in the NL, by plate appearance per strikeout. Rolen strikes out every 17.5 PAs. He struck out twice in 29 ABs entering the night. Chase Utley is the hardest at every 39 PAs.

*How about this line from Class A Lynchburg lefty Matt Fairel during a 5-3 win over Salem? 6 IP 0 H 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Fairel retired 18 of his 19 batters with the lone guy reaching on an error. In his second pro season, Fairel is 13-8 with a 2.82 ERA in 29 starts.

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