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Reds to rest Aroldis Chapman

Updated: September 11, 2012, 10:09 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Cincinnati Reds are giving closer Aroldis Chapman a few days off to rest his tired pitching shoulder.

Chapman, who routinely throws his fastball more than 100 mph, struggled with his velocity and command in Monday's 14-inning game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The All-Star threw seven of his 23 pitches for strikes and averaged a season-low 94.4 mph on his fastball, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Chapman walked three of the five batters he faced in the 10th inning and had to ...

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