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Reds to promote fleet Hamilton

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The Cincinnati Reds plan to call up speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton from Triple-A Louisville on Monday when major league rosters expand, the team announced Friday.

Hamilton has stolen 75 bases in 90 attempts for Triple-A Louisville this year but is hitting only .256 with a .308 on-base percentage. He has six home runs and 41 RBIs with 18 doubles, four triples and 74 runs.

The 22-year-old rose to prominence last season when he had a professional-record 155 stolen bases between high-Class A and Double-A.

Hamilton's greatest value to the Reds in a tight September pennant race could be as a pinch runner. Cincinnati entered Friday night's game against the Colorado Roclies 3 1/2 games behind National League Central-leading St. Louis.
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