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"Heisey is not a good matchup for Buehrle," Baker said. "He throws all the junk out there. That's not Heisey's strength. With Heisey and Ludwick, one of them will have a good day because of who they matched up with but the next day they might not match up. They might say, 'I've had two hits today or hit a home run today, how come I'm not playing today?' Or the fans say it."
NOTES: The Reds traded 3B Juan Francisco to the Atlanta Braves for RHP J.J. Hoover, who was assigned to Triple-A Louisville. "Juan had a pretty good spring. We just didn't see him fitting on the club out of spring training. He was out of options. We decided to add pitching depth to the organization," Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty said. "Hoover was a starter until midseason. They put him in the bullpen and took off. We've had very good reports. We saw him again yesterday. He threw 92-94 (mph) yesterday. He's a sinker, slider guy, a late-inning guy. He's young (24). He's got three options. He has a good arm, a power arm. It's a good combination." ... LHP Jeff Francis was sent to Triple-A Louisville to start for the Bats. Francis was signed to a minor league contract in the offseason. "There is a possibility he could go to the bullpen, but we want him to start in case anything happens to one of our other starters," Jocketty said. ... Adam Dunn started the game for the White Sox but had permission to leave early to fly home to Houston. The White Sox will play a pair of exhibition games against the Astros on Tuesday and Wednesday, then open the season in Arlington against the Rangers on Friday. ... Konerko is 15 for 24 in his last seven games.
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