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Morning Sports Report – 8/22/2014

Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bases-loaded single during Atlanta’s decisive third inning, and the Braves extended their offensive resurgence with an 8-0 victory over the fading Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night. Atlanta put it away early, sending 11 batters to the plate in the third for five runs. Jason Heyward got it started with a single off David Holmberg and drew a bases-loaded walk that finished the rally.  Cincinnati and Atlanta will square off again tonight inside Great American Ballpark. The game can be head live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame set for 6:40 and the first pitch at 7:10.

The Reds revamped their struggling bullpen before the start of the series against Atlanta on Thursday, sending right-handers J.J. Hoover and Carlos Contreras to Triple-A Louisville. Cincinnati called up right-handed reliever Pedro Villarreal and left-hander David Holmberg.

The Bengals and Vontaze Burfict have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will pay the Pro Bowl linebacker a maximum of $20.05 million through 2017. Burfict is making $570,000 in the final year of his original deal with Cincinnati, which took a minimal risk and signed him as an undrafted free agent from Arizona State in 2012. Under his extension, he’ll make $10 million through next summer.

Kent State coach Paul Haynes says players grieving the death of center Jason Bitsko plan to honor him by wearing his number 54 on their helmets this season. The 21-year-old Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment on Wednesday morning. The school says police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue. Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes and was slated to start at center. Ohio University will open the 2014 season next Saturday at Kent State.

Pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis’ latest start drew record television ratings for the Little League World Series. ESPN said Thursday her team’s game earned the highest ever preliminary rating for the event on the network. The 8-1 loss by Davis’ Philadelphia squad to Las Vegas on Wednesday night received a 3.4 overnight rating, up 143 percent from the corresponding game last year. The 13-year-old Davis rose to a national celebrity after becoming the first girl to pitch a shutout in her team’s LLWS opener.

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This article was posted on Thursday, 21 August 2014 at 9:36 PM.
Last edited/updated on August 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM.
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