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32 Jay Bruce RF
Height/Weight: 6-3/227 | Birthdate: 4/3/1987 | Birthplace: Beaumont, TX | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Cincinnati | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $7,541,667 | Owned/Started%: 96/82 | Average Draft Position: 135.19
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Amid deep slump, Reds' Jay Bruce is on the bench on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/15/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers. Bruce had started each of the past 21 games for the Reds, but has really struggled lately. He has just four hits in his last 44 at-bats, with 13 strikeouts and just two walks over that stretch.

So, with the Reds facing a left-hander on Saturday, Bruce will catch a breather. Marlon Byrd will slide over to right field while Ivan De Jesus plays left field.


Manager: Reds RF Jay Bruce getting scheduled day off Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Bryan Price has declared that absence of Reds right fielder Jay Bruce from the lineup for the Friday night game against Pittsburgh and is no indication of an impending trade, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

That would be a bit of a coincidence - Bruce has been out of the lineup just once since June 26. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games.


Report: Mets scouting Reds' Jay Bruce heavily, looking to trade


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) The Mets are hoping to swing a trade for Reds outfielder Jay Bruce prior to this week's non-waivers trade deadline. 

According to a report by MLB.com, the Mets have been scouting Bruce "heavily" in recent days.


Reds RF Jay Bruce resting for Game 1 of DH on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/22/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is out of the starting lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cubs. Bruce had started 20 games in a row for the Reds, batting .303 with three home runs and 10 RBI in that stretch.

This is likely just a planned rest for Bruce, and he should be back in there for the nightcap. Jason Bourgeois is getting the start in right while batting second in the opener.


Reds OF Jay Bruce hits 15th home run of season in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce hit his 15th home run of the season to help send the Reds to a 5-4 win over the Cubs on Monday.

Bruce hit the two-run shot in the sixth inning off Justin Grimm. The two runs proved to be the deciding factor in the contest. Bruce finished the game 2 for 3 with two RBI.

Prior to Monday's win, Bruce was hitting .316 with two home runs and eight RBI in his last 15 games.


Report: Angels interested in Reds OF Jay Bruce


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) The Angels are interested in acquiring Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, reports Fox Sports. The Angels sent a scout to monitor Bruce during Sunday's game.

Bruce is available to be traded, reported CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman. Bruce is hitting .255 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 86 games.


Reds RF Jay Bruce slugs three-run home run in loss Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/19/2015) Right fielder Jay Bruce was the only source of offense for the Reds on Saturday, as they fell to the Indians 9-4. Bruce went 2 for 3 with four RBI and a run scored, including a three-run home run in the eighth inning.

The home run came a bit too late however, as the Indians were already leading 9-1 at the time. It was Bruce's 14th home run of the year, and the second in his last five games.

"Everyone battles a little sluggishness when you come back from a break, and it's important to try to counteract that as much as you can," Bruce said, per MLB.com. "It turned out to be an OK night for me individually, but we got to hopefully play some better baseball."

The potential trade candidate is batting .355 with two homers in 12 games so far this month.


Reds OF Jay Bruce available in trade


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/13/2015) CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman is reporting that Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is available on the trade market, possibly the first of many such players as Cincinnati moves into the seller's market after the All-Star break. 

Bruce has struggled this year, though a recent hot streak has lifted his average to .251. Over his last 22 games, he is hitting .357 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI. Bruce is making $12 million this season and is scheduled to make $12.5 million next season, with a no-trade clause to eight teams. 

Bruce could be an attractive candidate to a team like the Angels, who are looking for a left-handed bat. Cincinnati's struggles this year may open the door to other trades, including pitchers Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and closer Aroldis Chapman. 


Reds RF Jay Bruce slugs solo home run in win on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce provided the only run of the game on Friday, as the Reds shutout the Marlins 1-0. Bruce blasted a solo home run, his 13th of the year, in the second inning, which was all the offense starter Mike Leake would need in this one.

Bruce, who also hit a double in the game, is batting .300 with five doubles in eight games this month.


Report: Jay Bruce among Reds' top trade targets


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) With rival teams looking at Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman and Mike Leake as potential acquisitions at this year's trade deadline, some Reds personnel believe right fielder Jay Bruce has as good of chance as getting traded as anyone on the roster, according to Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

The 28-year-old Bruce rejected a pair of contract extensions from the Reds last season. He is slated to make $12.5 million in 2016 and has a $13 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2017.

Bruce's contract gives him the right to reject trades to eight teams. They are the Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Marlins, Twins, Yankees, Athletics, Rays and Blue Jays, according to BaseballProspectus.com.


Reds RF Jay Bruce continues dynamite double run Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Reds slugger Jay Bruce is going double-crazy in June - and it continued Monday night against Minnesota.

Bruce slammed a pair of two-baggers in a shootout win after hitting a sacrifice fly in the first inning. His second double drove in a run and concluded the scoring.

He has eight doubles this month, including six since June 17. He has 12 over the last five weeks after hitting just one through May 22.

His average has not been higher than its current .241 since April 10.


Reds OF Jay Bruce not in Thursday's lineup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was not in the lineup for Thursday's game at Pittsburgh, reports Fox Sports Ohio. He was replaced by Skip Schumaker in right field, who will bat seventh.

Over his last 10 games, Bruce is hitting .359 with three home runs and nine RBI. He is also on a seven-game hitting streak.

The Reds are the underdogs (+160) at Pittsburgh on Thursday.


Reds RF Jay Bruce knocks two hits, extends hitting streak


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce extended his hitting streak to seven games on Wednesday against the Pirates. 

Bruce went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI. He brought in a run in the first inning when he doubled to left field and teammate Todd Frazier scored.

During his seven-game hit streak, Bruce is hitting .482 with four doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.


Reds' Jay Bruce homers for second straight game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce hit a solo home run and drove in three runs in Tuesday's loss to Pittsburgh. 

Bruce has homered in two straight games and has five RBI over that span. He has 12 home runs and 37 RBI this year.

Bruce went 2 for 5 with two runs scored. He's now hit in six straight games. He's hitting .480 with 1.479 OPS over the streak. 


Reds RF Jay Bruce hits two-run home run in Sunday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce connected off David Phelps in the sixth inning for a two-run home run to propel the Reds to a 5-2 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

The home run was Bruce's only hit in four at-bats during the contest. He is now hitting .500 with two home runs and five RBI in his last five games.


Reds RF Jay Bruce records five hits on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce had quite a night at the plate in Wednesday's extra-innings win over the Tigers. Bruce had five hits, including two doubles, in six at-bats and scored two runs in the 8-4 victory.

Bruce became the first Reds player to have five hits in a game since Willy Tavares in 2009. The five-hit performance upped his season batting average from .215 to .232, as he has now recorded seven hits in his last two games.


Jay Bruce hits solo home run in Reds' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Reds designated hitter Jay Bruce hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of Tuesday's win over Detroit. 

Bruce went 2 for 3 with two runs and a walk. He hit his tenth home run and recorded his 30th RBI. 

Bruce ended an eight-game, 32 at bat home run drought with the blast. 


Reds RF Jay Bruce ejected for arguing called strike three


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/9/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was ejected in the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Phillies. Bruce argued a called third strike and was tossed by home-plate umpire Adam Hamari.

Bruce was 1 for 2 with a double, an RBI and a run scored before being ejected. Kris Negron replaced him in the lineup. 


Reds RF Jay Bruce blasts off twice to bury Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Final score Sunday in Cincinnati: Jay Bruce 4, Padres 0.

OK, the Reds right fielder got plenty of help from teammate Johnny Cueto, who blanked San Diego for seven innings. But he provided all the offense with a solo home run in the second inning and three-run blast in the sixth to give him nine on the year.

The big performance ended a slump for Bruce, who was hitless in six of his previous nine games and was on a 1-for-15 slide heading into play. His .383 slugging percentage was at its lowest point since May 16.


Many Reds have struggled against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez has been hot-and-cold recently, but if history is any indication, he's likely to perform well Saturday in Cincinnati.

Gonzalez has been lights-out in the past against several Reds hitters, including Brandon Phillips (1-8), Todd Frazier (0-5), Jay Bruce (2-10), Marlon Byrd (5-21) and Zack Cozart (1-11).

The Reds have 16 hits in 116 at-bats lifetime against Gonzalez.


Reds RF Jay Bruce turning things on at the plate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce started the season in a bit of a slump, but has turned things around rather quickly. The veteran has bumped his average from .162 to .224 in the last two weeks, including five multi-hit games in his last eight.

"He's been terrific," Reds manager Bryan Price said to MLB.com. "He's stayed the course. He's looking for the right pitch to hit early in the count, and he's battling with two strikes. That's a great approach for anybody, and not easy to do. It's exciting to watch because he's a huge part of our offense."


Reds move Votto, Frazier, Bruce up in order Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) The Reds have shifted the heart of their order up, with first baseman Joey Votto batting second, third baseman Todd Frazier batting third and right fielder Jay Bruce batting fourth on Monday against the Rockies.

The Reds have tried a multitude of options in the No. 2 spot after moving Votto out of it on April 26, but they'll go with Votto, Frazier and Bruce in the second, third and fourth positions for just the second time this season, with former cleanup hitter Brandon Phillips batting leadoff.

The Reds are favorites (-140) against the Rockies on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds' Jay Bruce homers in second straight game Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 9-8 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

It was the second home run in as many days for Bruce, who went 2 for 4 with a solo homer on Saturday. He picked up his first RBI on a bases loaded single in the third inning then added a solo home run in the seventh to cut his team's deficit to one run.

"Honestly, I haven't felt bad all year. I felt super normal," Bruce said to MLB.com. "I've felt healthy. I've felt strong. It's just missing. I'm going to keep working and keep doing everything I've been doing all year and continue to try and get everything I can get."

Bruce has hit .190/.290/.397 with seven home runs, 19 RBI and three stolen bases in 126 at-bats.

"There is no doubt that confidence is fed by success. That's a no-brainer," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "To have a three-hit day with a homer and smoke that ball off the wall -- those are big things for him, for anybody. Hopefully it continues to spur him offensively. That would be a big piece for us, especially hitting seventh."


Reds RF Jay Bruce belts sixth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 2 for 4 at the plate in Cincinnati's 11-2 loss to the  Giants on Saturday.

Bruce connected with the first pitch he saw from Ryan Vogelsong and ripped it over the right field wall for a solo home run, his six th of the season. 

Bruce is now hitting .174 with 17 RBI in 121 at-bats this season.


Reds' Jay Bruce gets an off day vs. Madison Bumgarner, Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was held out of the starting lineup against left-hander Madison Bumgarner and the Giants on Friday, per the team's official website. Kris Negron will bat eighth and play in right field in Bruce's absence.

"I've got to find my days for the other guys," manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "I'm hoping to get [Brennan] Boesch in this series and give him a start. I have to pick my times for these guys. Sometimes if it's a tougher match-up, I will do that. It's nothing to read into anything other than a day off [for Bruce] against a tough lefty."

Bruce has shown some power, but is off to a slow start at the plate this season. He is hitting .162 (19 for 117) with a double, two triples, five homers and 16 RBI in 34 games. He is a .206 hitter this season against left-handed pitching.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+125) at home against the Giants, per VegasInsider.com.