Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 8/27/12
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Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker knew the team's current stretch would be one of its toughest, but his club still has a firm hold on the NL Central lead despite a bit of a slump. The Arizona Diamondbacks' current skid may be a little more troubling for their postseason hopes. Cincinnati sends Bronson Arroyo to the mound when it visits Arizona for the opener of a three-game series Monday night. By the time the Reds complete the upcoming series, they'll have played 17 games in 16 days - a stretch during which they're currently 8-6 following Sunday's 8-2 loss to St. Louis. Cincinnati (77-52), though, has a six-game lead over the Cardinals in the Central despite losing three of its last four. "This is a tough stretch for us. We knew it'd be tough," Baker said. "We've got to push and push the next three days. These are the dog days. We've got to finish strong in August." The Reds hope to get another solid outing out of Arroyo, who has won three consecutive starts. Arroyo (10-7, 3.87 E...
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