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LHP Tony Cingrani is, for the second time this season, filling the spot in the rotation left by Johnny Cueto, who's on the DL for the third time. In seven starts this season, Cingrani is 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings. He briefly was moved to the bullpen but kept on the big-league club as insurance in case Cueto reinjured his shoulder, which he did.

2B Brandon Phillips homered at Great American Ball Park for the first time since May 24. But it was an important one. Phillips' two-run homer in the sixth provided a three-run lead for Homer Bailey, who went on to pitch a no-hitter against the Giants. Phillips had gone 15 games without a home run. He has hit in six straight games.

RHP Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter on Tuesday night, striking out nine and walking one in a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Bailey retired the first 18 batters he faced before walking Gregor Blanco to begin the seventh. There were few hard-hit balls against Bailey, who still was reaching 94-95 mph in the ninth inning. Bailey also no-hit the Pirates on Sept. 28 at PNC Park.

RF Jay Bruce, regarded as a streaky hitter, recently has enjoyed an extended period of success at the plate. He's on pace to produce 48 doubles, 35 homers and 109 RBI. Only 17 players have achieved 50 doubles, 35 homers and 100 RBI in a season. The 26-year-old Bruce has 152 homers and 432 RBI.

LF Ryan Ludwick, who hasn't played since injuring his shoulder on Opening Day, has begun baseball activities, including throwing and hitting off a tee. Although he's not projected to come off the disabled list until August at the earliest, Ludwick has been encouraged by his progress. His absence has left the Reds scrambling for options in left field.

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