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PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 16: Mekale McKay #2 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs to to end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Cincinnati defeated Rutgers 52-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)


Burfict signed, sealed, delivered 

Going to the game tonight? HERE
Don't forget about the Yuengling Ultimate Football Fan Challenge.

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Hobson: Cutting edge
Harvey: With Burfict in, Bengals now just over the cap
Dehner Jr: Bengals on bubble get chance for last impression
Skinner: Andre Smith wants to play in preseason finale


Sheldon: Votto adds field work to recovery program 

How about this deal?
All 13 September home games for just $65. Info HERE

Final: Reds 7 Cubs 5

Devin Mesoraco (2-for-2, R, RBI, BB, HBP) snapped a three-game hitless skid with a second inning single. He entered the game on a 1-for-32 stretch. 
Billy Hamilton (2-for-5, SB, R) stole his 50th base in the fourth inning becoming the the ninth player in Reds history to collect 50 steals in a season... the most by a Reds player since Deion Sanders had 56 in 1997... the most by a Reds rookie since Bob Bescher set the club record for Rookies with 54 in 1909. He snapped a three-game hitless skid. 
Mat Latos set a season-high with 10 strikeouts ... ninth career 10+ strikeout game.
Latos has a 2.45 ERA in his last three starts vs CHI (6 ER/22.0 IP), all wins. He improves to 7-2 in 11 career starts vs CHI. In his last six starts overall is 3-0 with a 2.95 ERA (13 ER/39.2 IP). 
Chris Heisey (1-for-1, HR, R, RBI) hit his third pinch hit home run of the season and ninth of his career (four shy of the club record). Tied for the most pinch hit HR in the majors in 2014. 


Stop, thief!
From Jeff: Billy Hamilton's 19 times caught stealing(in 68 attempts) are the most in MLB since Jose Reyes was caught 21 times in 99 attempts back in 2007.


It's time to recalibrate what it means to be a power hitter
Providence Journal 
Ten years ago, the average American League hitter slugged higher than .430.
The average American League outfielder slugged .443, and the average third baseman slugged .451.
Today, however, the average American League hitter has a slugging percentage of .393. The average outfielder’s slugging percentage is down to .401, and the average third baseman is slugging just .394 — a remarkable drop in just a decade.


Jones: Seismic change is afoot for college football this season

Lingerie football teams brawl during LFL playoffs

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