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CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon first met as prospects in the Arizona Fall League on their way to the majors. The two speedsters, who are now vital batters at the top of their respective lineups, will have a reunion over the next four days in Cincinnati.Hamiltons Reds host Gordon and the Miami Marlins for the first contest of a four-game series Monday night at Great American Ball Park. Left-hander Brandon Finnegan (7-8, 4.45 ERA) is due to pitch for the Reds, while right-hander David Phelps (5-6, 2.40) makes his third start for the Marlins since being moved into the rotation on Aug. 5.Gordon and Hamilton didnt see each other when the Marlins swept a three-game series in Miami leading into the All-Star break. Gordon was serving an 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseballs performance-enhancing drug program. In the 15 games since his return, Gordon is hitting .321 with seven stolen bases.Hamilton leads the majors with 51 steals. He is the first player in the major leagues since Michael Bourn (2009-11) to have at least 50 stolen bases in three consecutive seasons, and hes the first Reds player to accomplish the feat since Joe Morgan did it five straight seasons (1972-76).Hamiltons giving himself the opportunities for those steals by getting on base at the highest rate in his career. His OBP is up to .318 after going 3-for-4 against Milwaukee on Sunday, marking his 22nd multi-hit game of the season.Since the All-Star break, Hamilton is hitting .324 with 21 runs scored, five doubles, one triple, three RBI, 29 steals and 12 walks. The Reds (48-68) have gone 16-11 in that span, winning seven of the nine series theyve played.Its not as much the stolen bases as it is just how he affects everything else during the game, Brewers manager Craig Counsell told MLB.com about Hamilton. Does he affect the pitcher? Thats a big part of what we believe in with the running game, is, Can we affect the pitcher? Can we change his delivery? Can we affect his stuff to the hitter?Miami (61-56) ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 win against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The Marlins are still 8 1/2 games behind Washington in the NL East but are in the thick of the NL wild card race, seeking the franchises first playoff appearance since 2003.Staying in the race with St. Louis, Pittsburgh and the New York Mets got tougher on Sunday when the team placed right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (groin) and pitcher Adam Conley (finger tendonitis) on the 15-day disabled list. An MRI revealed Stanton has a Grade 3 groin strain, putting the rest of the season in jeopardy for him.The best-case scenario is a six-week return, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Sunday. Theres still an opportunity to get (Stanton) back before the end of the season, but it was a significant injury.Stanton has 25 home runs, 70 RBI and a slugging percentage of .497 this season.Youre disappointed, but its one of those things that you talk about as a ballclub from spring training forward, said Marlins manager Don Mattingly. Nothing can get in our way. Youve just got to move forward.Phelps had 50 relief appearances before starting at Colorado on Aug. 5.Finnegan will be making his 24th start of the season. In his last three starts, hes allowed 12 hits and just three runs in 18 innings. Finnegan has thrown 129 1/3 innings this season, and the Reds are keeping an eye on that total as the end of their season approaches.We could use off days and extra starters in September to give guys longer breaks and allow them to stay in the rotation, Reds manager Bryan Price said. 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Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona.Top ranked Chinese golfer Shanshan Feng is hopeful the inclusion of golf in the Olympics will change the elitist perception of golf in in her homeland. Golf is returning to the Olympic programme in Rio this summer after a 112-year gap, and Feng believes the opportunity of a medal will have a positive impact on a sport which has suffered several bans in the past two decades.The sport was added to Chinas anti-corruption list last October when the countrys Communist Party banned their members from playing it in part of a corruption crackdown that also included lavish gift-giving. That was just one of several clashes golf has had with Chinas political leaders. In 2004, the government made it illegal to build golf courses without their consent in a bid to protect land and water.Despite the rule, hundreds of illegal courses were built, but in a nationwide crackdown Chinese authorities closed 66 in a single week last March in a bid to drive down participation. As a result, until 26-year-old Feng broke into the worlds top 10, Chinese golfers rarely figured on leaderboards or among those near the head of the rankings. Shanshan Feng won Chinas only major when she won LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club in 2012 I think its going to make a big difference if somebody is going to do well in Rio,ټshe said at the HSBC Womens Champions in Singapore.ddddddddddddMost of the people in China maybe still dont know about golf because it has got a lot of negative images in their heads. But I think everything is going to change after they see that golf is in the Olympics and its the same as the other sports.Golfers can bring the country the gold medals which they really love. Even though they dont play it themselves, theyll watch on TV, I think thats enough, Liang Wen-Chong is Chinas highest ranked male golfer at 171st in the world Feng became Chinas first and only major champion when she lifted the 2012 LPGA Championship and is one of only two Chinese golfers - along with 43rd-ranked Lin Xiyu - in the worlds top 100.My goal was to at least get into the Olympics and I think Im fine with that goal now, she said. What I can focus on is to play my own game now and try to play well and I think everything will work out itself.To achieve a medal in Rio, China will heavily rely on their top female golfers, as the leading player in the mens list is Liang Wen-Chong at 171 with Wu Ashun (185) and Haotong Li (215) the only other two in the top 400. 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