The Bengals today made the following roster moves, reducing the roster to the NFL limit of 75:
*Released second-year LB J.K. Schaffer of the University of Cincinnati and rookie CB Lavelle Westbrooks of Georgia Southern under the Waived/Injured category. Schaffer has been out with a concussion and Westbrooks with a thumb injury. If Schaffer and/or Westbrooks clear waivers tomorrow, they will revert to the Bengals’ Reserve/Injured list.
*Waived four players -- second-year TE Kevin Brock of Rutgers, first-year WR Jasper Collins of Mount Union, rookie LB James Davidson of Texas-El Paso and first-year QB Matt Scott of Arizona

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Reds need major tweaks, but they won't happen soon
John Fay, Enquirer
Walt Jocketty will be back to supervise whatever retooling the Reds do this offseason. But don't expect any of it happen soon. More on that later.
Jocketty would not comment on his job status. He is in the last year of three-year contract. reported that Jocketty will return. Jocketty says he would like to be back.
"Sure," he said. "Why wouldn't I?"

Sheldon: What today means for Brandon Phillips and Reds.

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Shin-Soo Choo will have elbow surgery, and is done for the season.
The 31-year old Choo signed a 7-year, $130M deal this past offseason.
Billy Hamilton is making $500K this season.
2014 stats
Choo:       529 PA, .242-.340-.374-.714, 3 SB, WAR -0.1, Defensive WAR -2
Hamilton: 511 PA, .265-.296-.383-.679, 49 SB, WAR 2.6, Defensive WAR 1.3
Extra base hits
Choo: 33, 19 doubles, 1 triple, 13 HR
Hamilton: 37, 24 doubles, 7 triples, 6 HR

The last time around: July 10 at GABP
Nate Schierholtz is no longer with the Cubs, but Anthony Rizzo returns tonight.

Star power
The Cubs will promote Triple-A OF Jorge Solar for tonight's game at GABP.
Solar is hitting .338-15-54 between Double-A/Triple-A this season.

Could say the same thing here



Marlins' playoff push not enough for Giancarlo Stanton to commit to future in Miami.


How about this PAT idea from Tom Coughlin?


Hill injects life into running game
Richard Skinner, Enquirer
Running back Jeremy Hill injected some life into the running game when he entered in the second quarter and played with the first team for the first time this preseason.
Starter Giovani Bernard carried five times in the first quarter for zero yards before Hill carried four times for 23 yards in the second quarter.

The Bengals made the following roster moves:
*Terminated the contract of fourth-year CB R.J. Stanford, releasing him to free agency.
*Waived four players -- first-year DT Larry Black of Indiana, rookie S Isaiah Lewis of Michigan State, first-year K Quinn Sharp of Oklahoma State and fourth-year WR Ryan Whalen of Stanford.

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AJ is just getting started
Men's Journal
Did you have mentors on the Bengals?
Not me. I had to learn everything on the run. I think my being a little more mature than my age — the way I approach my game and the way I prepare in the off season — really helped me going in. But I had the opportunity to work out with Calvin Johnson during that lockout year, my rookie year. The way he worked and then go about his business. He told me to just go out there and play football. It’s still football.

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Down on the Farm

Dayton Dragons
Dayton, Ohio—Dayton starting pitcher Nick Travieso and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Dragons defeated the Great Lakes Loons 2-0 on Monday night.  The win gave the Dragons a lead of one and one-half games in the East Division Second Half wildcard race with seven games to play.
Travieso (13-5) went the first six innings, allowing just three hits with no walks and five strikeouts to notch his league-leading 13th victory of the season.  The win was the 20th of Travieso’s Dragons career, extending his club record. Over Travieso’s last eight starts, he is 6-0 with a 1.18 ERA. 

Local product
Former CHCA pitcher Cameron Varga pitched 5 innings of 1 run baseball last night 
to get the win for Princeton, the Tampa Rays Rookie Ball team.

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From the weekend
In the second round of The Barclays 2014, Phil Mickelson finds his errant tee shot in the hospitality area and lofts it into the green side bunker on the par-4 5th hole then two putts for bogey.