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Reds' Hamilton named NL Rookie of the Month in June

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton has been voted the National League Rookie of the Month for June.
The 23-year-old speedster led the N.L. with 14 stolen bases while his 36 hits were tied for second. Hamilton
paced N.L. rookies with 18 runs scored, three home runs, 10 doubles, 18 RBI, and a .500 slugging percentage. His
.327 (36-for-110) batting average also was the highest among the League’s rookies.
Hamilton, who was selected by the Reds in the second round of the 2009 Draft, helped the Reds complete a
four-game sweep of the N.L. West-leading San Francisco Giants from June 26th-29th, going a combined 8-for-18 (.444)
with three doubles, four RBI and three stolen bases in the series. The youngster matched a career-best (11 times)
with three-hit performances on both June 27th and June 28th. From June 10th-24th, Hamilton collected hits in 12
consecutive contests, hitting .375 (21-for-56) with 13 runs scored, a pair of homers, 11 RBI and eight stolen bases in
that span. The hitting streak was the longest by an N.L. rookie this season. The Mississippi native went 3-for-4 with a
pair of runs and a season-best three stolen bases in a 6-5 win on June 17th at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. The three steals
were the most in a single contest for the Reds leadoff man since he swiped four bags on September 18, 2013 at
Houston in a 13-inning game.
With 35 stolen bases on the season, Hamilton currently ranks third among all Major Leaguers. In addition, his
81 hits, 17 doubles and 40 runs scored are tops among N.L. rookies. This is his first career monthly honor and the first
by a Reds rookie since third baseman Todd Frazier won in August 2012.
Other rookies receiving votes included San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jesse Hahn (4-1, 1.95 ERA, 36 SO,
27.2 IP) and reliever Kevin Quackenbush (0-0, 1.50 ERA, 14 G, 12 SO, 12.0 IP); Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Chris
Owings (.317, 20 H, 3 HR, 12 RBI, .635 SLG); and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco (.288, 14 R, 23 H, 2
HR, 10 RBI, 4 2B).
The National League Rookie of the Month for June, Billy Hamilton, will receive a specially designed trophy,
suitably engraved, to commemorate his performance.Reds' Hamilton named NL Rookie of the Month in June

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto pitched seven solid innings, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed in the chase for the NL's top record by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Tuesday night after learning they'll be without their manager for the rest of the week.

The Brewers dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month, and it came at a bad time. They started the day 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card spot.

They got no break from the Reds, who clinched the NL Central title on Saturday night.

Manager Dusty Baker met players before the game and revealed he suffered a mini-stroke in addition to being treated for an irregular heartbeat last week. The 63-year-old manager hopes to return to the dugout next week.

REDS-BAKER

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dusty Baker won't manage the Cincinnati Reds until the final series in St. Louis, giving him time to recover from an irregular heartbeat that left him hospitalized last week.

Baker met with owner Bob Castellini and his team on Tuesday before a game against the Brewers. Bench coach Chris Speier said he'll manage the final three home games against Milwaukee and three in Pittsburgh over the weekend, with Baker taking over for the last three games next week.

The 63-year-old manager was hospitalized in Chicago last Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat, a problem he's had for a while. He was in the hospital for four days, missing the Reds' 6-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night that clinched the NL Central title.

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have lost sole possession of first place in the AL Central race, with the Indians playing spoiler. Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base yesterday as the Indians downed the White Sox 4-3.

Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, the White Sox closed within a run when Paul Konerko homered off Chris Perez leading off the ninth. Perez walked a pair of batters with two outs, and Beckham grounded to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to second baseman Jason Kipnis for the force.

Chicago (82-72) had held sole possession of the division lead since September 3. Detroit pulled into a tie for the division lead with its win over Kansas City last night.

T25-OHIO ST-MATCHING UP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Through four games and four victories, Ohio State's defense has faced a continual drumbeat of short passes, quick routes, screens and sweeps.

Every opponent, it seems, has relied on a sleight of hand.

Now the Buckeyes are looking forward to getting into familiar territory when they open Big Ten play.

When No. 14 Ohio State travels to 20th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes anticipate they'll run into a more conventional Midwestern attack. Granted, that means having to counteract the 244-pound blasts of the Spartans' massive Le'Veon Bell.

But after a month of chasing people, the Buckeyes think they might benefit from a change of pace from the subterfuge and rush-avoiding quick-hitters in a trade for raw man-on-man power struggles at the line of scrimmage.

T25-UPTIGHT SPARTANS

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's lackluster win last weekend got to coach Mark Dantonio.

After the Spartans beat Eastern Michigan 23-7 Saturday, Dantonio hurried through a terse news conference full of abrupt answers. The Michigan State coach said "next question" seven times in under a minute and was clearly annoyed with the way his team played.

On Tuesday, Dantonio spoke with reporters for around a half-hour, but Michigan State isn't making any players or assistants available this week. The Spartans' coach is trying to send a clear message to his players that it's time to get serious.

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