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Mike Leake to start Game 4 of NLDS

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Mike Leake (Flikr photo, dbking) Mike Leake (Flikr photo, dbking)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Cincinnati Reds officially announced Wednesday that Mike Leake will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants.

Leake will start in place of Johnny Cueto, who threw just one-third of an inning in Game 1 before suffering an oblique injury.

"He's a competitive kid," said Reds pitching coach Bryan Price of Leake. "I don't think he ever shut it off that he might pitch in the postseason."

Moving Leake to the roster means that Cueto will be unavailable for the NLCS, if the Reds make it that far. The other option for Game 4 would have been to start Mat Latos, who pitched four innings of relief in Game 1.

The Reds lead the best-of-five series 2-1.

Manager Dusty Baker also said on Wednesday that Todd Frazier will start at third base in place of Scott Rolen. Rolen juggled a groundball in the 10th inning of Tuesday's game that led to the Giants scoring the game winning run.

The gates at Great American Ball Park will open at approximately 2:07 p.m. for all fans and the pregame ceremonies will begin at 3:45 p.m. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. on Wednesday.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Homer Bailey and Ryan Hanigan will be recognized for the 15th no-hitter in Reds history during a pregame ceremony. All fans will receive a This Is Reds Country rally towel to wave when the Reds are at the plate.

Barry Zito is taking the mound for the Giants.

Tickets are still available through Stubhub.

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