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CIN@WSH: Bailey fans six, holds Nats to one run

There's a night game in Cincinnati on Tuesday and, with right-hander Homer Bailey on the mound, that means Reds fans should expect an impressive pitching performance.

Bailey, who turned 27 on Friday, enters Tuesday's game against the Braves and right-hander Kris Medlen as the National League's top night-game pitcher, posting a 0.43 ERA in three starts under the lights.

Aside from two outings this year, Bailey has been impressive, turning in four quality starts out of six. The right-hander is coming off a rough outing -- allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Cardinals -- but facing the Braves should be another plus.

Bailey is 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA in three career starts against Atlanta, though -- as Reds manager Dusty Baker said Monday while studying some of Atlanta's new players -- this is a different Braves team.

"The Braves are kind of similar to us," said Baker, who is going for the 1,600th victory of his managerial career. "They get good pitching and hit home runs, although we haven't been hitting home runs lately."

The Reds aren't likely to go deep Tuesday against Medlen, who, despite not being as dominant as he was last season, has still been impressive.

Medlen, who is on a three-start losing streak, has only one win this season but struck out a season-high eight batters in his last outing against the Nationals. His lone career start against the Reds came on July 30, 2010, when he allowed three runs in five innings.

Braves: Welcome back, Mac
• Brian McCann made his season debut on Monday, going 0-for-4 with a walk.

"A lot of hard work has been put in, and a lot of people have helped me get to this point," McCann said prior to Monday's game. "It's been a long road, but a good one."

McCann is a career .318 hitter at Great American Ball Park. His 10 home runs in Cincinnati are his second most at any road ballpark, only trailing the 11 he's hit at Citizens Bank Park.

• Third baseman Juan Francisco is listed as day to day after leaving Friday night's game against the Mets with a mild right ankle sprain.

Reds: Hanigan to begin rehab assignment
• Catcher Ryan Hanigan will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Louisville. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 21 with a left oblique strain and sore right thumb.

"He's done really well. He's doing all baseball activities," head trainer Paul Lessard said. "He's hitting well. His body is responding well, at least that's what he's telling us."

Hanigan was eligible to be activated on Sunday. It is not yet known how many games he'll need before he can rejoin the Reds.

• The Reds have won all five of their home series this season.

Worth noting
• Atlanta's Chris Johnson -- who has nine multihit games in his last 17 -- is hitless in nine career at-bats against Bailey.

• Braves closer Craig Kimbrel's next save will be the 100th of his career. Comments