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Baker bumps Gomes up to No. 2 slot

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Hoping for repeat of the success he found with previous lineup tinkering, Reds manager Dusty Baker slotted Jonny Gomes in the No. 2 spot in the lineup for the first time in his Cincinnati career Friday.

"That's the best lineup I could come up with," Baker said. "Hopefully, it will get him going the way it got Jay Bruce going."

Since a six-game stint in the No. 2 spot, Bruce is hitting .291 with five home runs and 13 RBI.

It didn't work on the first night with Gomes. He went 0-for-4 with a walk while serving as the Reds' designated hitter in a 5-4 loss at Cleveland.

"You still got to swing at strikes," Baker said. "I remember I put Glenallen Hill in front of Barry (Bonds). They were still throwing him balls, and he was still swinging at them."

Gomes is a free swinger, but Baker thinks at times Gomes is not aggressive enough.

"Perhaps Jonny will get more aggressive early in the count," Baker said. "He's hitting behind in the count a lot. That's makes it hard to hit."

Gomes, who is batting .176, thinks hitting in front of Joey Votto could help more than the mere fact of batting second.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGJoey Votto , 1B.320
HRJoey Votto , 1B36
RBIJoey Votto , 1B100
OBPJoey Votto , 1B.454
SLGJoey Votto , 1B.578
RJoey Votto , 1B106
SBBilly Hamilton , CF59
WMichael Lorenzen , RP8
KTim Adleman , SP108
SVRaisel Iglesias , RP28

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