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RHP Mike Leake (2-1, 2.95 ERA) will make his fourth start on Monday as the Reds open a four-game series at Pittsburgh. In his last nine starts again the Pirates he's 5-0 with a 3.61 ERA and a 2.49 ERA in his last four. While efficient on the mound he's also a threat at the plate. Leake's two-run home run off Gerrit Cole last Tuesday against the Pirates (his third career homer) extended a Reds lead to 5-2. He also had an RBI single on Sunday. The Reds are 3-0 in games in which he has homered.

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MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH CHICAGO -- Cincinnati Reds right-hander Homer Bailey may be off to a relatively slow start, but manager Bryan Price isn't concerned. Bailey came into Sunday's series finale with the Chicago Cubs - his fourth start of the season - winless in three starts, which included blown saves by Reds relievers in his last two appearances.

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2B Brandon Phillips was removed from Friday's game in the third inning because of back spasms and was replaced by Ramon Santiago. Phillips appeared to hurt his lower back on a swing while at bat in the first inning. Reds manager Bryan Price said he pulled Phillips as a precaution.

Preview: Reds at Cubs

Not even an early exit by one of the Cincinnati Reds’ top hitters could stop their incredible success when it comes to beating the Chicago Cubs. After Brandon Phillips left the Reds’ series-opening road win with back spasms, Cincinnati hopes he will return to his familiar spot near the top of the order as the teams continue their three-game set Saturday. The Reds have thoroughly dominated the Cubs on their home field of late, winning 16 of the last 17 meetings at Wrigley Field.

Preview: Reds at Cardinals

If the Cincinnati Reds want to challenge in the rough-and-tumble National League Central Division, they better figure out a way to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis on Wednesday will look for its fifth victory in six meetings this season with Cincinnati when it tries for a three-game sweep of the Reds. The Cardinals even spotted Cincinnati an early four-run lead Tuesday before storming back for a 7-5 victory as all five games with the Reds have been decided by one or two runs.

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CF Billy Hamilton (sprained left middle finger) was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Sunday, when the Reds edged the New York Mets, 2-1. Hamilton had a routine night off Friday, when he was injured as he was thrown out trying to steal second base in the eighth inning of the Reds' 4-3 loss. He entered Saturday's game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning and didn't play at all on Sunday. Manager Bryan Price said Sunday morning that he hoped Hamilton could return to the lineup on Monday against St. Louis.

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MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In one way, it was a very good spring training for Cincinnati Reds. Billy Hamilton, the 23-year-old center fielder the Reds are counting on so much, was very good. "He was terrific," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

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CF Billy Hamilton is being counted on to perform in a key role -- leadoff, center field -- on a contending team. That is not an easy role for player who hit .256 last year in Triple-A. But Hamilton had a terrific spring. RHP Robert Stephenson, 21, will probably start in Double-A, but he could move fast. He went a combined 7-7 with a 2.99 ERA last year, starting in low Class A and ending up in the Double-A. His fastball touches 100 mph.

Baseball: Reds lose Chapman for 6-8 weeks after surgery

Cincinnati Reds closing relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman will be sidelined from six to eight weeks, doctors said Thursday, after he was struck by a batted ball in a pre-season game. The 26-year-old Cuban left-hander was struck in the head by a ball off the bat of Kansas City's Salvador Perez in a Major League Baseball exhibition on Wednesday night. Chapman suffered a fracture above his left eye and was taken off, his blood on the mound, to a nearby hospital where Thursday surgery would see a plate inserted into his head to repair damage.

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MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH The relaxed atmosphere of spring training vanished with one swing of the bat Wednesday. Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman sustained facial fractures when he was struck in the face by a line drive. A ball hit by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador caught the pitcher above the left eye.
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