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Baker considers giving Frazier some outfield action

The Sports Xchange
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--INF/OF Todd Frazier has made all three of his starts at third base, but manager Dusty Baker is considering giving Frazier time in left. "I've thought about it," Baker said, "but I've got plenty of outfielders right now. I've got to give them a chance to succeed or fail before we start making those kind of moves. A lot depends on how (Miguel Cairo) comes back. It depends on the matchups I see on that day." Frazier is hitting .357 in 14 at-bats. Four of his five hits have come as a pinch hitter.

--INF Miguel Cairo (strained left hamstring) is a combined 0-for-6 through two rehab games for Class A Dayton, having played Thursday as the designated hitter and Friday at third base. He'll also play Saturday. "Then we'll make a call," manager Dusty Baker said.

--RHP J.J. Hoover has not allowed a run or a hit over three appearances and four innings since being called up for the first time. He's walked two and struck out three. "I'm definitely happy with how things have progressed," he said. "I've settled down and kept my good mechanics going."

--LHP Bill Bray, on disabled list with a strained groin, made only one rehab appearance for Class AAA Louisville before returning to Goodyear, Ariz., for extended spring training. He threw 20 pitches in an extended spring training game Friday. Bray had allowed two runs in one inning for Louisville last Sunday.

--CF Drew Stubbs snapped an 0-for-15 with a double in the third inning Friday. He then homered in the seventh inning.

BY THE NUMBERS
505 -- Career doubles for 3B Scott Rolen after he hit one Friday. He is tied with Tony Perez for 49th all-time.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Scouts are signing more on the radar gun -- by how hard they throw. Nowadays, Greg Maddux might not have even been signed." -- Manager Dusty Baker, on the trend regarding pitching.

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