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• Left-handed reliever Rafael Perez resumed a throwing program on Wednesday, but there is still no timetable for his return. Perez is on the disabled list with a strained left lat.

• Recently drafted Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden threw out the first pitch before Wednesday night's game against the Reds.

• Kotchman has been one of the team's best run producers recently. Entering Wednesday's game, Kotchman was hitting .333 with two home runs and seven RBIs in his last six games. He has six homers and 27 RBIs on the season.

"The RBIs end up being a by-product of the guys in front of you getting on base," Kotchman said. "Brantley's been on so much the last month. Fortunately, if you come up with guys on base, you want to make the most out of it."

• Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo entered Wednesday's game hitting .344 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 16 RBIs in his career against the Reds, before promptly making it eight doubles in his first at-bat. Choo went 3-for-4 on Tuesday night, and was on first base when Asdrubal Cabrera hit his walk-off homer.