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Bruce is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.

Bruce is 0-for-16 in his career against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, so manager Bryan Price decided to give him the day off Saturday. Yorman Rodriguez will cover right field in Bruce's place.

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Bruce went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored against the Brewers Thursday.

Bruce has had a disappointing 2014 season, currently sitting at a .219/.284/.377 batting line with 18 home runs and 66 RBI. He will fail to reach the 20 home run mark for the first time in his career if he doesn't hit two in the next three games.

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Bruce went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers and three RBI in Sunday night's 7-2 win over the Cardinals.

Struggling to a dreadful .149/.143/.213 slash line over his previous 15 games, Bruce broke out of his most recent slump in a big way. The 27-year-old slugger has put up one of the most disappointing efforts of any MLB regular here in 2014, so maybe Sunday's two-homer performance will set the stage for a strong final week.

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Bruce is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

Bruce will get his second day off in three games, as Donald Lutz will get the chance to start in right field. With the Reds out of contention and facing the final game of their series against the Cubs, manager Bryan Price is electing to give most of the regulars a day off.

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Bruce is not in the Reds' lineup Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.

With the Reds out of playoff contention, they will take a look at Yorman Rodriguez, who was called up on Sept. 1, but has yet to start a game. Bruce has been a major disappointment in fantasy this year, but he'll be a major bounce back candidate in 2015, as his age (27) and track record of four straight 25-plus homer campaigns prior to this season should outweigh any lingering questions about his struggles in 2014.

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Bruce is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals.

The Reds have not offered an explanation for Bruce's absence, so it appears to simply be a day off for the outfielder. The Reds will go with Chris Heisey in right field versus Cards' starter Michael Wacha.

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Bruce is out of the lineup Thursday against the Orioles, MLB.com reports.

Manager Bryan Price has decided to leave Bruce on the bench for the finale against Baltimore, even with a right-hander on the hill and the DH option available to him. It speaks volumes to the season Bruce has had -- he admitted recently that it has been a "miserable" campaign -- and it wouldn't be a surprise if Bruce sat more frequently over the final weeks, with the team turning its attention to 2015.

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Bruce is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

Bruce is 0-for-16 with six strikeouts in his career against Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano, so it comes as little surprise that manager Bryan Price will stash him on the bench Sunday. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Chris Heisey.

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Bruce went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Bruce just can't get going on a consistent basis this year. He went just 3-for-25 on the Reds' recent seven-game homestand.

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Bruce is out of the lineup Saturday against the Braves.

Manager Bryan Price will give Bruce a day off -- why didn't do so Friday against lefty Mike Minor is anyone's guess -- opening the door for Chris Heisey to step in at right field against right-hander Ervin Santana. It's been a massively disappointing season for Bruce, as his .675 OPS is more than 120 points below his career mark.