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.

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.