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Matthews no immediate leadoff solution

Matthews no immediate leadoff solution

CINCINNATI -- When the Reds signed Gary Matthews Jr. to a Minor League contract Thursday, there was no expectation that he'd be in the big leagues quickly. Matthews was batting .190 for the Mets before he was released June 15.

Manager Dusty Baker was asked if Matthews could eventually be viewed as a leadoff hitter for the Reds.

"Matthews has got to get his act together first," Baker said on Friday. "How do you do that without your act being together? Matthews is going to Triple-A [Louisville] to get his act together. If his act was together, he'd be playing somewhere and probably leading off."