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Surging Ahead

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Chris Dickerson hasn't changed his batting stance. He hasn't cut down on his swing. But Dickerson is hitting like he's never hit in his career. Dickerson, a Triple-A Louisville outfielder, put together a recent, 10-game surge in which he hit .361. That had him at .287/.387/.479. Dickerson, 26, came into this year as a .255 career hitter. He hit .236, .242 and .263 the past three seasons.

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Bailey Goes Back Down

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Homer Bailey's latest stint in the big leagues lasted three starts, and he still hasn't been able to stick. Bailey lost all three starts, and he was sent down after a 2 1⁄3 inning outing against the Red Sox on June 15. He gave up five runs on four hits—three of which were home runs—and pushed his ERA to 8.76.

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Worth The Risk

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Jordan Smith was a guy the Reds took a bit of a risk on when they picked him in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. Smith had been a catcher in high school before converting to pitcher at Southern Nevada CC. He was lean at 6-foot-4 and 174 pounds, but the Reds liked his arm enough to make him a high pick.

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Delayed Return On Investment

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So far, the infamous 2006 trade between the Reds and Nationals in which the Reds acquired Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, Gary Majewski, Bill Bray and Daryl Thompson hasn't worked out so well for the Reds. Clayton and Harris have moved on. Bray and Majewski haven't worked out very well and started the 2008 season at Triple-A Louisville. However, the fifth player in deal, Thompson, is showing promise.

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Bruce On The Brink

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Jay Bruce sounded a bit like Terminator in the wake of getting re-assigned to the minor league camp. "I'll be back," Bruce said. "When I am, I'll look back on this day and laugh." It wasn't easy to laugh about it when Bruce was sent down a week and a half before camp broke. Bruce is the No. 1 rated prospect in all of baseball. Failure is a rare thing for him.

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Dominican Fruition

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Johnny Cueto's one-hit, 10 strikeout, no-walk effort in his debut was encouraging on its own merit. When looking at what it could mean for the greater good of the Reds, the importance is even more evident. Cueto is the first product of the Reds' academy in the Dominican Republic to make it to the big leagues. The Reds' pipeline to Latin America dried up when Marge Schott pulled out in the 1980s. The Reds made some sporadic attempts in the early 2000s to re-enter, getting players of the likes of Jose Acevedo and Ray Olmedo.

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