Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 8/10/12
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker is giving slumping outfielder Jay Bruce a couple days off. Bruce hit .213 in July and is batting .200 in August. He's hitless in his last 12 at-bats with seven strikeouts. Baker said Friday the slump is "like being in quicksand" and called the time off a "last resort." Even with Bruce slumping and slugger Joey Votto sidelined since July 15, Cincinnati entered Friday 2 games ahead of second-place Pittsburgh in the NL Central. Xavier Paul was in the starting lineup for Bruce on Friday. Third baseman Scott Rolen was also held out of the lineup for a third straight game due to a sore back.
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