Reds OF Jay Bruce out of lineup
CHICAGO -- 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 2½ games ahead of second-place Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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