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Brayan Pena clubbed two solo home runs in a loss to the Yankees on Friday.

Who needs Joey Votto, anyway? Filling in at first base on Friday, Pena is now the second player in Reds' history with a multi-homer game at Yankee Stadium. The other? Johnny Bench in Game 4 of the 1976 World Series. Pena doesn't inspire much enthusiasm in fantasy leagues, but he could be worth a shot in two-catcher NL-only leagues if the playing time is there.

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Brayan Pena had a pinch-hit go-ahead RBI single in Friday's 6-5 win over the Pirates.

The Pirates held a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Reds rallied for three runs on five hits against Tony Watson to take the lead. Pena's two-out single proved to be the difference. The 32-year-old has done a respectable job as Devin Mesoraco's backup this season, batting .257 with three home runs and a . 675 OPS over 63 games.

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Brayan Pena (forearm) is in the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

Pena missed a couple of games with minor soreness in his right forearm. The 32-year-old is playing first base and batting cleanup Thursday for the injury-riddled Reds.

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Brayan Pe¤a (forearm) is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday.

Pena was dealing with soreness in his right forearm even before going on paternity leave, and he then sat out both games of Tuesday's doubleheader. The Reds are expected to use him as their primary first baseman while Joey Votto (quad) is out. "We were planning on giving him a couple of days of TLC, which he was able to get at home with his wife and new daughter, but I'd love to have him not do much for another day," manager Bryan Price said between games Tuesday. "I think it's a lot more probable that you'll see him more involved beginning (Wednesday)."

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Reds activated C Brayan Pena from the paternity leave list.

Pena has been away from the team for the past couple of days. With Joey Votto going on the DL, the Reds are keeping Tucker Barnhart around as a third catcher.

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Reds placed C Brayan Pe¤a on the paternity leave list.

He can be away for up to three days. Tucker Barnhart has placed Pena on the Reds' roster.

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Brayan Pena was a late scratch from the Reds' starting lineup Saturday versus the Brewers.

He's a little banged up, but it should be nothing to worry about. "Pena is a usable piece today. It's nothing extreme," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "It just made more sense to have the guy that's closer to 100 percent behind the plate." Devin Mesoraco will get the start in his place.

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Brayan Pena went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI as the Reds shutout the Giants 4-0 on Sunday.

Pena has seen his playing time dwindle in recent weeks with the return of Joey Votto, and the sizzling bat of Devin Mesoraco behind the plate. The veteran backstop is hitting .251/.287/.377 with three homers and 15 RBI on the year.

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Brayan Pe¤a is back in the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

Pena missed Tuesday's game with a hamstring issue. He'll continue to serve as the Reds' primary catcher while Devin Mesoraco (hamstring) is on the DL.

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Brayan Pe¤a didn't start Tuesday due to a hamstring injury.

Reds manager Bryan Price said Pena's hamstring is "tender," but he indicated the backstop was available off the bench. Tucker Barnhart will handle the catching duties until Pena is ready.