CINCINNATI -- Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians. Chris Heisey took his spot in the field and hit in the No. 6 hole."I don't know, I just decided today was a good day to do it," manager Dusty Baker said. "I just figured the best lineup for today, and then we'll worry about tomorrow. Drew has been struggling some for a while." Stubbs has gone 8-for-49 (.163) in his last 12 games, a stretch during which he has lost a grip on the everyday leadoff spot. He was back in the No. 1 hole against the Indians on Saturday and went 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. Stubbs' inability to put balls in play has been the most obvious problem for him this season. He is on pace for 204 strikeouts this season, according to FanGraphs.com. Former Reds slugger Adam Dunn holds the team record with 195 strikeouts in 2004. Baker said Stubbs could be used late in Sunday's game as a defensive replacement: "Heisey is a good center fielder, but very few are as good as Drew is."
Janish not happy after being charged with error
CINCINNATI -- Shortstop Paul Janish admitted to being "pretty heated" when he was charged with an error in the third inning of Saturday's 3-1 loss to Cleveland. Janish was covering second on a potential forceout, but umpire John Tumpane ruled that Janish's foot was off the bag.The call meant the Indians had two on when Michael Brantley homered to right field. Although the Reds ultimately lost by two, it's difficult to speculate how the game would have changed if one of Cleveland's three runs had never crossed the plate in the third. "I realize it's a TV game or whatever, which I think comes into play, but like I said, I was touching the bag," Janish said. "It was evidently tough for him to see, but to make the call that he made, I feel like it's got to be pretty blatant. I don't think that was the case at all." Janish was also part of a controversial, potential game-changing play against Atlanta on May 29. Trailing by one with two outs in the eighth, Janish was called out at home plate. Replays showed he had avoided Braves catcher David Ross' tag on the play. Janish said he thinks the umpires called both games differently because they were nationally televised. The game in Atlanta was on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball; Saturday afternoon's game was broadcast by FOX. "I was curious what they said on TV about it," Janish said. "Stuff like that I think is going to come under more scrutiny due to the fact that it is a nationally televised game, and I'm sure the umpires, that's on their mind, too. Not in a bad way. I just think it's something that you have to take into consideration." After he was called off the base in Saturday's game, Janish watched a replay on a team computer, but the angle shown on TV did not provide conclusive evidence. "It looked on our computer like it would have been tough to call that guy safe," he said. "But that's what happened."
Tyler Jett is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.