Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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CINCINNATI Just another work day for Xavier Paul is to show up at the ballpark and be ready to do whatever Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker asks.Pinch-hit? Hes ready.Pinch-run? Hes ready.Late-inning defense? Hes ready.Hand Baker a wristband or a toothpick? Hes ready.So Sunday morning in Great American Ball Park was different for the 28-year-old Paul, a native of Sidell, La. When he walked into the clubhouse he saw his name on the lineup board.It figures. It was his first start of the 2013 season and his assignment was to face Washingtons Stephen Strasburg, one of baseballs best pitchers.But thats the way it is for extra outfielders. They take what they can get and take it with a smile and with as much optimism as they can muster.Paul made much of his opportunity on this day as the Reds smothered Strasburg and the Washington Nationals, 6-3.Paul singled his first two times up and scored a run in the first inning, then broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth with a run-scoring ground ball to ...
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