Bruce, Stubbs rested
Reds lineup vs. Dodgers
“A lot of changes today,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We’re going with fresh bodies. We want to take advantage of two days off and take advantage of a five or six hour night everybody is working on.”
*Jay Bruce is not off as a result of the home plate contact he had with Rod Barajas last night. He is 2-for-20 on the road trip.
“I see him fouling off pitches now and slowing down a little bit from being so hot,” Baker said. “I remember Ted Williams said that most guys go into a little tailspin because they’re running the bases a lot.”
Bruce still had a whole bunch of scrapes on his right shin after getting the business end of Barajas’ shin guard.
“I’m fine. It didn’t feel great,” Bruce said. “If you’ve ever slipped a pedal on your bike into your shin, that’s what it was like. It hurt a lot in the beginning but it wears off.”
*Sam LeCure took the loss for Triple-A Louisville last night. Against Lehigh Valley, he pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one run and two hits with one walk and three strikeouts. That included a home run. In three rehab outings, LeCure has a 2.45 ERA over 3 2/3 innings.
*The Reds will be wearing 1944 throwback uniforms today. The Dodgers have throwback uni days any time they have a weekday matinee game. Cincinnati’s uniforms are the type that a 15-year old Joe Nuxhall wore when he debuted that season.
*Today is Baker’s 62nd birthday.