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Hanigan's hit streak ends at 8

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--C Ryan Hanigan went 0-for-3 Wednesday to snap his career-high eight-game hitting streak. Hanigan was robbed of hit in the eighth on a nice running catch in right by David DeJesus.

--RHP Johnny Cueto will remain on normal rest and start Friday's game in Pittsburgh. Mike Leake will start Saturday. That's the best way to minimally tinker with the rotation after Tuesday's rainout. Cueto is 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA. "He's going to go not (to pitch on normal rest)," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

--SS Billy Hamilton, one of the Reds' top prospects, was hitting .402 with 29 steals in 23 games for Class A Bakersfield going into Wednesday. "I'm glad for him," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Keep progressing. Keep progressing your total game -- not the highlights. He's a great kid. He's playing great. He want him to stay healthy."

--RHP Michael Wuertz, 33, signed a minor league deal with Reds. Wuertz was 0-0 with 6.68 ERA last year with Oakland. He'll report to extended spring training since he hasn't been pitching.

--SS Zack Cozart is 6-for-39 with three walks in the leadoff spot. That's a .154 average and a .214 on-base. Cozart was 3-for-7 in his last two starts in the No. 2 spot.

0 -- Hits Drew Stubbs has in his last 14 at-bats.

"Live and play. You never can project. They said Bob Horner was going to catch Hank Aaron." -- manager Dusty Baker when asked if as Jay Bruce approaches 2,000 at-bats he knows what kind of player he'll be.

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