Billy Hamilton will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday

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C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Saturday.

Hamilton has been on the shelf since August 18, when he suffered a sprained capsule in his right shoulder. With the minor league season ending soon, the speedy outfielder will likely be activated by the Reds next week.

Hamilton, 24, is batting .226/.272/.290 with 54 runs and leads the majors with 54 stolen bases in 61 attempts.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Score and Highlight

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Yeah, singular. Other than those ESPN Sunday Night games that opened the season for several years until recently I can’t remember a regular season day or night with only one game scheduled. I also don’t much like it, but no one asks me these things.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 6: The Cardinals led 3-1 heading into the Cubs’ half of the fifth, at which point Chicago went off for five runs, with Ian Happ hitting a two run homer and Jason Heyward, Antony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each knocking in a run. St. Louis would continue to score but each time they did the Cubs answered, never trailing again.

Heyward had three hits on the night, Happ had that dinger, Rizzo had two doubles and Victor Caratini, giving the just-returned All-Star Willson Contreras an extra day off, had three hits and scored three times.

As for pitching, check out this usage pattern from Joe Maddon:

I guess everyone was fresh after the break, though, so why not?

We get a full slate of 15 games today. As God and Nature intended.