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New pitching rotation still an unclear for Reds

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SAN FRANCISCO (FOX19) -

They say October baseball is about doing anything to win today and then worry about tomorrow, but now it is tomorrow and the Reds have some questions in the pitching rotation.

Pitching ace Johnny Cueto left game one with back spasms forcing Dusty Baker to use projected game three starter Mat Latos in an emergency situation.  Latos, who didn't even wear his baseball spikes to the dugout because he didn't expect to pitch, threw four strong innings in relief of Cueto in his first ever playoff appearance.

The question now for Dusty Baker is how he'll set up his pitching rotation for the rest of the series.  Bronson Arroyo will pitch game two in San Francisco, but the game three starter is now unknown.

Latos said he would be ready "whenever I'm needed."  Cueto, who only threw eight pitches before leaving with the injury, said his back felt better after the game, but says he might be able to pitch again in this series.

The Reds offense, which produced five runs and two home runs in AT&T's expansive ballpark, will face another tough pitching challenge Sunday night.  Madison Bumgarner threw a one-hit, complete game shutout against the Reds earlier this season and is 10-3 at home in 2012.

The Reds lead the best of five game series 1-0 and play will shift to Great American Ball Park starting with game three of the series on Tuesday.

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