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The Cincinnati Reds gave up three quality players to acquire Mat Latos in the offseason, and he's proceeded to make general manager Walt Jocketty's bold move pay off.After playing a key role in Cincinnati's division-clinching victory, Latos looks to win his fourth straight decision Thursday as he faces the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, who are barely hanging on in the playoff chase.Jocketty sent former 17-game winner Edinson Volquez and promising youngsters Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal to San Diego in exchange for the right-hander on Dec. 17, hoping to bolster a starting rotation that underachieved in 2011.Latos (13-4, 3.60 ERA) hasn't disappointed, helping Cincinnati post a 3.43 ERA that ranks fourth in the majors.He had one of his best starts of the year Saturday, holding the Los Angeles Dodgers to six hits over eight innings in a 6-0 win as the Reds (93-62) clinched their second NL Central title in three seasons.The defending Central champions have won 26 of 35 to climb back into playoff race, but are 3 12 games behind St. Louis for the NL's second wild card.Ryan Braun hit his 41st homer and Aoki - 0 for 13 over his previous three games - went 3 for 4 with a solo shot in the third. Braun is hitting .413 with two homers and four doubles over his last 12."We're playing really good," manager Ron Roenicke said. "At this point where we've put ourselves, unfortunately we need help from somebody. But if we continue to play well, it gives us a chance that somebody can get hot and come in and beat (St. Louis)."At this point, they're all critical games."Zack Cozart and Joey Votto combined for four of the six hits for the Reds, who are still playing without manager Dusty Baker as he recovers from a stroke."I don't know why we're not getting hits. Maybe it's because we made the playoffs, but we need to wake up," said Brandon Phillips, who went 0 for 5. "We're just not getting it done right now."They'll look to bounce back against Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta, who is coming off a rough outing.Peralta (2-1, 3.04) allowed three runs and walked four while surrendering five hits in only 2 2-3 innings of a 10-4 loss at Washington on Saturday. It was in stark contrast to his previous start, when the right-hander gave up two hits in eight innings of a 3-0 win over the Mets on Sept. 16.The rookie has yet to face the Reds, who have won six of the teams' eight meetings in Cincinnati this season.
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It is easy to forget that Mat Latos is still just 24-years-old. It is also easy, apparently, to overlook how impressive he has been since the second half of June.Latos started off his tenure in Cincinnati pretty miserably, with a 5.20 ERA in 14 starts. He was getting hit rather hard, and his home run rate escalated. He allowed 16 homers in less than a half season’s worth of starts...
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But that isn't going to happen for at...
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And it showed last night.
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Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker suffered a “mini-stroke”
on Friday as he was being discharged from a Chicago hospital, reports Mark Sheldon of MLB.com:
Reds manager Dusty Baker
revealed on Tuesday that he suffered a “mini-stroke” on Friday as he was being
discharged from a Chicago hospital.
Baker was taken to the hospital last Wednesday and was...
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