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Bruce looks to swing his way out of slump

CINCINNATI -- One of baseball's hottest hitters a month ago, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was been ice cold of late.

Bruce entered Thursday's game against the Braves in a 0-for-10 skid and 1-for-27. Reds manager Dusty Baker figured the best way out of the slump is for Bruce to swing his way out.

"That's how he usually does," Baker said. "Most of the time when you're going badly, you're fouling off pitches you should hit and pulling everything. He's got the quick shoulder and quick hip. Most of the time you get jammed when you're waiting, and then, 'bam,' you get it together.

"Nobody likes to get jammed, but he needs a jam hit or a kid hit -- that means he's going into the ball instead of pulling away from it."

Bruce came into the series finale vs. the Braves batting .258 with a team-leading 10 home runs and 28 RBIs. His average before the slump was .305.

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CIN Full Game Coverage CINNATI -- One of baseball's hottest hitters a month ago, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was been ice cold of late.

Bruce entered Thursday's game against the Braves in a 0-for-10 skid and 1-for-27. Reds manager Dusty Baker figured the best way out of the slump is for Bruce to swing his way out.

"That's how he usually does," Baker said. "Most of the time when you're going badly, you're fouling off pitches you should hit and pulling everything. He's got the quick shoulder and quick hip. Most of the time you get jammed when you're waiting, and then, 'bam,' you get it together.

"Nobody likes to get jammed, but he needs a jam hit or a kid hit -- that means he's going into the ball instead of pulling away from it."

Bruce came into the series finale vs. the Braves batting .258 with a team-leading 10 home runs and 28 RBIs. His average before the slump was .305.