Frazier working through kinks of everyday role

Frazier working through kinks of everyday role

Frazier working through kinks of everyday role
NEW YORK -- Every day since Scott Rolen was put on the disabled list on May 12, rookie Todd Frazier has been in the lineup at third base. It was no different on Wednesday against the Mets.

"You don't want to take anything for granted," Frazier said. "It's fun to come in and see your name on a Major League lineup card."

Frazier delivered the first multi-homer game of his career in the Reds' 6-3 win over the Mets. Cincinnati was trailing 3-1 in the seventh when he led off with a homer to right field off Johan Santana. In the eighth, he took D.J. Carrasco deep for a two-run shot to center field.

Reds manager Dusty Baker previously said whether Frazier stays in the lineup long term is up to the player. It's been tough sledding thus far, as Frazier entered the day 2-for-15 since assuming a starting role, including a 0-for-10 drought that he snapped with a seventh-inning single in Atlanta on Tuesday.

"He's been OK. We just need a little more contact," Baker said. "They've been pitching him tough."

"At first, I put a little pressure on myself, and you could see a downward last three or four games," Frazier said. "I have to understand to relax. It's a great opportunity for me. I have to do the little things and everything will take care of itself."

Frazier, a native of Toms River, N.J., expected to have 20 people at Citi Field on Wednesday, and a lot more this weekend when the Reds play the Yankees.

"A couple of busloads are coming up this weekend," Frazier said. "It will be fun to see family and friends."