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Soriano's 14th homer in September breaks Banks' club record

CINCINNATI -- Alfonso Soriano set a team record when he led off Sunday's game against the Reds with a homer -- his 14th in
September, the most by a Cubs player in the month.

Soriano has led the Cubs' surge to their first NL Central title since 2003. He missed most of August with a strained thigh, but has been their most dependable hitter when it has mattered most.

His second-pitch homer off Cincinnati rookie Homer Bailey was his 33rd of the season. His 14th homer in September surpassed Ernie Banks' previous club record from 1957.

It was his 44th career leadoff homer and his 12th this season, extending his club record. His seven leadoff homers in September are the most by any major league player in any month.