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Floyd sits so hot bats can play

Floyd sits so hot bats can play

ANAHEIM -- Cliff Floyd was not in the lineup again Tuesday night, which makes four consecutive games off for the veteran slugger.

According to Floyd, as well as manager Joe Maddon, they are just sticking with "the hot bat."

"I don't blame him," Floyd said. "We're winning. We all have the same purpose: to win games. When you're on the road, it's tough to win games. Guys are swinging the bat great right now; I haven't. We're going to go with that and get me healthy, too."

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Floyd, who had surgery on his right knee in April, allowed that while sitting he has been working to strengthen his knee, as well as honing his swing.

"We're just staying with the hot lineup," Maddon said. "I like the defense. We'll probably use it again tomorrow, but things are going pretty nicely."

Willy Aybar has been playing first base and has hit safely five straight games and six of seven since returning from the disabled list after missing 45 games with a hamstring pull.

Floyd is 1-for-12 on the road trip.

"We're playing with the hot bats," Floyd said. "I'm a realist. I like to win, too. At the end of the day, who will give you the best chance to win? And that's life. That's how we're going to ride with it.

"I've never been selfish in my life. ... I just want to win. My swing is getting better, and I feel myself getting better every day."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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