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Dave Trembley is giving Aubrey Huff the night off in an effort to help him pull out of his offensive slump.

"He deserves a day off,'' Trembley said. "Huff's a heckuva hitter and a heckuva run-producer. I'm giving him a mental offday."

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There's a joke in there somewhere, but I'm going to lay off Huff, too. He had a terrific year last year and got off to a good start, but he looks tired and frustrated, so a day off might do him good.

Trembley also gave Matt Wieters the day off, which was curious since he appears to be starting to hit, but Dave explained that the catching schedule is laid out well in advance and tonight was a Gregg Zaun night.

"Zaun is familiar with Koji (Uehara),'' Trembley said. "This is a good time for him to catch."

Dave, however, dodged questions about Uehara's pitch count tonight after speculating that he would probably be in the 75-85 pitch range in his first start back from the disabled list (hamstring).

"Kranny (Rick Kranitz) will let me know,'' he said, "I think we'll just watch him and he'll tell us. Not verbally. Just by watching him pitch."

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