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Reds shake off quick turnaround in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Following back-to-back tough losses to the Rockies in Sunday's day-night doubleheader, the Reds did not arrive to their St. Louis hotel until 4 a.m. CT. Sunday's Game 2 was needed after a water main break outside Coors Field postponed Saturday's game.

Reds manager Bryan Price was impressed with his players on Monday afternoon, many of whom came to Busch Stadium early.

"I was surprised at how many guys got to the ballpark early today, considering we got in so late," Price said. "These guys are hungry, and I'm sure want to get the bad taste of that Colorado series out of their mouths."

Reds rookie center fielder Billy Hamilton had no trouble with the overnight flight and quicker-than-usual turnaround.

"I'm the youngest guy on the team. It's easier for me," Hamilton said. "I have a lot of energy. I've always been able to get in late, get up the next morning and be able to play. Two games [Sunday] didn't bother me at all. I have as much energy as if I played one.

"It's a grind, but it's what you signed up for. You've got to do it. I actually woke up earlier today than I do on a normal day. I got a little rest on the plane. I got here to the park and it feels like a normal day. My body feels the same."

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