Video: Johnny Cueto likes to wiggle it, just a little bit

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Reds ace Johnny Cueto turned in another dominant performance Tuesday night, throwing a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Nationals while racking up 11 strikeouts and just one walk.

And within that exceptional outing he also had a little fun during Ian Desmond’s at-bat in the seventh inning, taking his usual mid-delivery pause to another level by … well, wiggling.

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Desmond was so confused by Cueto that he backed off and just took the pitch for a strike. And then when Cueto tried it again the next pitch Desmond stayed focused and fouled it off. Desmond eventually struck out looking.

* I wrote the “wiggle it, just a little bit” headline thinking most people would remember the song I was referencing, but then I looked it up and it’s 25 years old. So now I’m sad about being old, but also going to spend all day listening to “Wiggle It” by 2 In A Room.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.