CINCINNATI -- Left fielder Fred Lewis has swung as hot a bat as anyone on the Reds lately, going 10-for-23 with a trio of doubles in the last 10 games. One of those knocks happened to be a game-winner, against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, when Lewis drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh.Lewis, who missed the first month of the season with a strained right oblique, hit just .225 in his first 29 games. And although his platoon with Jonny Gomes and Chris Heisey can be frustrating at times, Lewis credits the situation for his recent success. "I have fresh legs, for one," Lewis said. "I know what I'm capable of doing when I get more and more opportunities to play. I think I'm just taking advantage of playing time." Lewis told general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker before signing with the team during the offseason that he wanted to know exactly what his role would be. And because he went into the season expecting to be part of a platoon, he has not worried about whether he is living up to expectations, even after he struggled at the beginning of the campaign. "I don't like when somebody doesn't tell me exactly what's going to happen," Lewis said. "Before I came here, they told me exactly what was expected of me. That took the [stress] off my mind from thinking, 'What should I be doing?' I knew what my role was when I came here."
Baker to make favorable matchups vs. Tribe
CINCINNATI -- Manager Dusty Baker has preached the importance of creating favorable matchups all season, so expect him to keep left fielder Fred Lewis in the lineup, at least for two days of this weekend's series against the Indians.Justin Masterson started for Cleveland on Friday night, and Mitch Talbot will go Sunday. Right-handed hitters are batting .189 off Masterson and .211 off Talbot. The Reds are lucky in that two of their best bats are swung from the left side. But after Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, Lewis is the only other left-handed hitter on the squad. Baker started Lewis at leadoff hitter against Masterson on Friday, and he is a good bet to face Talbot as well. Lewis singled on the first pitch he took from Masterson in the bottom of the first.
"At this point in time, the numbers mean a lot more than they did in April," Baker said of Cleveland's pitchers. "You have a whole bunch of at-bats and a whole of bunch of data on guys. At this point the numbers are generally pretty true."
Four Louisville players named to IL All-Star squad
CINCINNATI -- Four players from Triple-A Louisville were selected to the International League All-Star team on Thursday.Catcher Devin Mesoraco, shortstop Zach Cozart, and outfielders Jeremy Hermida and Yonder Aolonso will take the field in Salt Lake City on July 13. Mesoraco and Alonso were also selected to play in the XM All-Star Futures Game, which will take place in Phoenix on July 10. Louisville skipper Rick Sweet will serve as a coach for the U.S. Futures team, which will be managed by Mike Piazza.
This is the first time four players from Louisville have been selected to the All-Star Game since 1994.
Tyler Jett is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.