"Especially when you look at what he caught last year (128 games with the Yankees) in the AL East -- that's a more taxing game," Hurdle said.
• Brandon Cumpton became the first National League pitcher to start his career with four straight strikeouts since 1962, when the Dodgers' Pete Richert fanned the first six Reds batters he faced in his April 12 debut.
• Wandy Rodriguez (elbow inflammation) threw 15 fastballs problem-free in his Saturday bullpen session and will throw another bullpen Monday in Cincinnati.
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