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Hinske hopes for continued success against Arroyo

Hinske hopes for continued success against Arroyo

Hinske hopes for continued success against Arroyo
CINCINNATI -- Eric Hinske didn't want to hear anything about how good his career numbers are against Cincinnati Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.

"I've got a game to play," said Hinske. "I prepare the same way whether I'm pinch-hitting or starting, so I'm going to do the best I can to have good quality at-bats."

Hinske is in the starting lineup Wednesday and playing right field against Arroyo and the Reds. Hinske has 14 hits in 33 at-bats against Arroyo, including one home run and four RBIs, dating back to their days in the American League when Hinske was with Toronto and Arroyo pitched for Boston.

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This is Hinske's third season with the Braves. He hasn't had a lot of experience hitting in Great American Ball Park, but he's well aware of the stadium's hitter-friendly reputation. The Braves and Reds have combined to hit 10 home runs in the first two games of this four-game series.

"It's obviously a good hitter's park and you've got a chance to go deep any time," said Hinske. "When you go to Cincinnati, Philly, Milwaukee, Texas, Coors Field you try to get a homer before you leave."

Playing Hinske also gives manager Fredi Gonzalez a chance to rest Jason Heyward. The Braves still have another week left of a stretch in which they play 33 games in 34 days and Heyward hasn't been out of the lineup since May 1.

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