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Stubbs gets a talking to, but Baker's not complaining

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After a 3-0 start in which the Reds have played well in pretty much every phase of the game, it's hard to find much to correct. But Reds manager Dusty Baker did have a chat with Drew Stubbs after Saturday's game.

Stubbs is off to a terrific start. He's hitting .455 with a home run and three RBI.

But Stubbs was thrown out trying to steal third with none out in the first inning Saturday night. A couple of hitters later, Scott Rolen hit a two-run home run.

"I'm trying to let these guys learn on their own," Baker said. "Stealing bases is like a feeling. I've got some guys that are on their own, until they show me that they can't run on their own or don't know when to run.

"(Stubbs) thought he had a chance, but I said with no outs and with a guy struggling, you don't run him out of trouble. You let him pitch himself out of trouble, especially with who we've got coming up."

Stubbs is the fastest player on the team. He's in the leadoff spot because Baker likes speed and aggressiveness at the top of the order. Stubbs stole 30 bases last year and was caught six times.

"He'll get better," Baker said. "He's been pretty good at knowing when to run and not to run."

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