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Frazier's bat heating up after rough stretch

PITTSBURGH -- Since going through the mini-funk of an 0-for-13 streak, third baseman Todd Frazier has heated up nicely for the Reds. Over the three previous games entering Wednesday, Frazier was 6-for-11 with two doubles, two RBIs and two walks.

"It's great to see," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "They're all valuable pieces, but Todd is sitting more towards the middle of the lineup in that four or five spot. It's not even the power. What we're looking for is good consistent at-bats from our lineup. It doesn't have to be home runs. It doesn't have to be ringing doubles in the gap. It's just got to be good, efficient and effective at-bats. It's very encouraging to see the way he's been swinging the bat the last couple of games."

Frazier has started all 21 of the Reds' games at third base this season.

"I just think he has a chance to be a really dynamic player," Price said. "I think he's already a very good player but I think he could be a dynamic impact player."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon.
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