Last Update on April 23, 2014 05:34 GMT
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Johnny Cueto tossed his second three-hitter against the Pittsburgh in a week and the Cincinnati Reds eased past the struggling Pirates 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Cueto (2-2) struck out four and walked three while running his career-long scoreless streak to 21 innings before giving up a home run to Andrew McCutchen with one out in the ninth. He improved to 15-4 in his career against the Pirates and became the first Cincinnati pitcher to toss consecutive complete games since Mat Latos did it in June 2012.
Brayan Pena and Zack Cozart had consecutive RBI hits off Edinson Volquez (1-1) in the seventh to provide all the offense Cueto needed.
Volquez allowed two runs and five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- James Shields allowed two runs in six innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Shields (2-2) struck out nine and won his second straight start.
Moustakas' homer sparked Kansas City's four-run fourth that featured five hits. The Royals are 10-0 when scoring at least four runs.
Eric Hosmer had four hits, including an RBI double in the seventh.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona turned 55 years old Tuesday, but the Indians were unable to win a third straight game for the first time this season.
Danny Salazar (0-3) didn't allow a hit until the fourth, but unraveled quickly.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets will not try to fall behind 3-1 on the scoreboard in Wednesday night's Game 4.
In each game of their Stanley Cup first-round series, a team has led by that score -- and then lost.
The Penguins did it in Game 2, the Blue Jackets in Games 1 and 3, including a 4-3 home loss on Monday night.
The Blue Jackets have shown they can play with the powerful Penguins. But they have yet to prove they can close the deal.
The Penguins are up 2-1 in the series even though their biggest stars -- Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Chris Kunitz -- haven't scored a goal.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin hopes to have the "interim" removed from his title soon.
Griffin, who took over Cleveland's franchise when Chris Grant was fired in February, says he's "very confident" he'll move forward under owner Dan Gilbert. Griffin stressed that he, coach Mike Brown and others are "under review" after the Cavs failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
Griffin wouldn't speculate about his future in a news conference Tuesday. He says he's only committed to improving the Cavs following a disappointing 33-49 season.
Brown's future with the Cavs remains uncertain. Gilbert re-hired him last summer after firing him following the 2010 season.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Andy Dalton isn't shying away from the comparisons any longer.
The Bengals' fourth-year quarterback has avoided linking his name with some of the NFL's best, even as he accomplished things that few others could claim. Now that it's time to negotiate a long-term deal, he's begun to place himself in elite company.
Dalton is one of only five starting quarterbacks to lead their teams to the playoffs in each of their first three seasons. He set Bengals records for yards passing and touchdowns last season. Yet there's one overriding question: Can he win a playoff game? The Bengals are 0-3 in the postseason, with Dalton having some of his worst performances.
OHIO ST-CINCINNATI NIGHT GAME
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Big Ten Network has announced that Ohio State's Sept. 27 home game against Cincinnati will kick off at 6 p.m.
It marks a record fourth night game in the 2014 season for the Buckeyes -- with seven start times still to be determined.
The Bearcats' game at Ohio Stadium will also mark the first time Ohio State has played three home games at night in a season. Ohio State's games at home against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6, at Penn State on Oct. 25 and home against Illinois on Nov. 1 will start at 8 p.m.
Ohio State is 39-22 in night games (those starting after 5 p.m. local time).
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is among three finalists in the University of Akron's search for a new president.
Tressel has been an administrator there for two years. He took the job after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which his players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.
A campus email Tuesday from Akron trustees says the finalists include provosts from two other schools -- Scott Scarborough of the University of Toledo and Ronald Nykiel (neye-KEEL') of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Trustees say each finalist will spend one day next week interviewing with advisory groups. The school's current president, Luis Proenza (proh-EN'-zah), is leaving his position in June.
Tressel also applied to be president at Youngstown State University, where he previously coached.
Last Update on April 23, 2014 13:08 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Wizards are in command of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Bulls after taking the first two games in Chicago.
Nene (NAY'-nay) scored the first six points of overtime before Trevor Booker and John Wall each hit two free throws in the final minute of the Wizards' 101-99 victory over the Bulls. Bradley Beal hit four 3-pointers and paced Washington with 26 points. Nene delivered 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds before fouling out.
D.J. Augustin was one of three Bulls with at least 20 points, finishing with 25. Taj Gibson chipped in 22 points and Joakim (JOH'-keem) Noah added 20 for Chicago.
The series shifts to Washington for Game 3 on Friday.
The Indiana Pacers have managed to tie their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at a game apiece by dominating the third quarter of a 101-85 win over Atlanta.
The Hawks led by four before the Pacers outscored them 31-13 in the third period to salvage a split on their home court. George Hill scored all 15 of his points in the second half to lead the Indiana surge.
Paul George poured in 27 points while holding Jeff Teague (teeg) to 14.
Paul Millsap had a team-high 19 points for the Hawks, who host Game 3 on Thursday.
Toronto also knotted its conference quarterfinal series at a game apiece by rallying in the fourth quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95. DeMar DeRozan had 30 points to help the Raptors bounced back from a 94-87 loss to the Nets on Saturday. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH'-nahs val-ehn-CHOO'-nuhs) had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who outscored Brooklyn 36-29 in the final period.
Joe Johnson scored 18 points for the Nets, but Paul Pierce shot 2-for-11 in scoring just seven points.
Game 3 is Friday in Brooklyn.
NBA-COACH OF THE YEAR
UNDATED (AP) -- San Antonio's Gregg Popovich has joined Pat Riley and Don Nelson as the only coaches to win the NBA's Coach of the Year Award three times.
Popovich led the Spurs to a league-best 62-20 record, ensuring them home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. He has led the Spurs to 15 straight 50-win seasons, finishing with at least 60 victories four times in that span.
Popovich garnered 59 first-place votes. Phoenix's Jeff Hornacek (HORN'-uh-sehk) finished second and Chicago's Tom Thibodeau (THIH'-buh-doh) was third in the voting.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms to buy 12 acres of land in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood to build a new arena.
The proposed arena is targeted for a 2018-19 opening and will hold about 18,000 seats. The Warriors say it will be privately financed on private land near the San Francisco Giants' ballpark.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens are the first team to advance to the NHL's conference semifinals after completing a sweep of Tampa Bay. San Jose could become the second.
The Habs blew a 3-1 lead in the third period before Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-RET'-ee) scored a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining to give them a 4-3 triumph over the Lightning. Daniel Briere (bree-EHR'), Lars Eller and Brenden Gallagher also tallied for the Canadiens, who outshot Tampa Bay 37-23.
The Lightning made things interesting when Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson scored 3:02 apart to knot the score early in the third period.
San Jose is up 3-0 in its first-round series after rallying for a 4-3 overtime win at Los Angeles. Patrick Marleau won it by beating Jonathan Quick at 6:20 of the extra session after Tomas Hertl knotted the score midway through the third period.
Antti Niemi (nee-EH'-mee) made 28 saves for the Sharks, who can wrap up the series Thursday in L.A.
Also on ice:
-- Boston has a 2-1 series lead after Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask turned back 23 shots in a 3-0 shutout of the Red Wings in Detroit. Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron.
-- Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') and Dan Girardi each had a goal and an assist as the New York Rangers beat the Flyers 4-1 in Philadelphia to take a 2-1 series lead. Henrik Lundqvist handled 31 shots and was perfect after Mark Streit (stryt) scored late in the first period.
UNDATED (AP) -- Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) has become the 26th player in major league history to belt 500 career homers, and the third-youngest to reach the milestone.
The 34-year-old Pujols also became the first player to hit his 499th and 500th home runs in the same game, doing it in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 win over Washington.
The Angels first baseman hit a three-run shot in the first inning and a two-run drive in the fifth to finish with five RBIs. Both round-trippers came off Taylor Jordan.
Tyler Skaggs improved to 2-0 by limiting the Nationals to two runs and three hits in seven innings.
Checking out the rest of the major league schedule:
-- San Diego knocked off Milwaukee 2-1 behind Chase Headley's homer in the top of the 12th. The Padres' bullpen tossed six scoreless innings after Ian Kennedy held the Brewers to a run and four hits in six innings.
-- Domonic Brown doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning after a costly error by left fielder Carl Crawford, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. Antonio Bastardo (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his sixth save, putting him within eight of 300.
-- Jose Fernandez matched a career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek (SEE'-shehk) on a three-hitter in Miami's 1-0 shutout in Atlanta. Giancarlo Stanton doubled and scored on Casey McGehee's (mih-GEEZ') single in the fourth off Alex Wood, who allowed just two other hits and struck out a career-high 11 in eight innings.
-- St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright is 4-1 with a 1.46 ERA after giving up four hits in seven innings of the Cardinals' 3-0 shutout of the New York Mets. Jon Jay snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run single in the fourth before Matt Holliday added an RBI single in the ninth.
-- Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) tossed a three-hitter and reduced his ERA to 1.38 in leading Cincinnati's 4-1 victory in Pittsburgh. Cueto also hit an RBI single in the ninth and was two outs from a shutout until Andrew McCutchen homered.
-- Franklin Morales pitched well in Colorado's 2-1 win over San Francisco, allowing only a run and four hits in seven innings. Troy Tulowitski (too-loh-WITS'-kee) and Nolan Arenado hit solo shots for the Rockies, who've hit seven homers in two nights versus the Giants.
-- The Chicago Cubs ripped Arizona 9-2 as Mike Olt hit a three-run homer and Nate Schierholtz (SHEER'-holtz) drove in a pair of early runs. Jason Hammel allowed just one run and four hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.60.
-- Jacoby Ellsbury provided a triple and a two-run double while scoring twice in his return to Boston, leading the New York Yankees to a 9-3 rout of the Red Sox. Ellsbury received a mixture of boos and applause in his first game at Fenway Park since leaving the Bosox for a free-agent contract with the Yankees.
-- Oakland is on a two-game skid after Texas scored twice in the ninth to beat the A's 5-4. Josh Wilson tied it with a two-out double off Huston Street before scoring on Michael Choice's single.
-- Seattle suffered its eighth consecutive loss as Jason Castros, Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez homered in Houston's 5-2 triumph over the Mariners. Collin McHugh was 0-8 with an 8.94 ERA in 15 major league appearances before yielding just three hits and striking out a career-high 12 in 6 2/3 innings.
-- Toronto and Baltimore were tied 3-3 in the eighth until Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera smacked three-run homers to power the Blue Jays past the Orioles 9-3. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') also hit a three-run shot for the Jays, a half inning after Nelson Cruz did the same for the Birds.
-- Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs in Detroit's 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox. Ian Kinsler drove in a pair and scored twice to support Justin Verlander, who is 3-1 after allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings.
-- Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH'-kahs) hit a three-run homer while Kansas City was scoring four times in the fourth inning of an 8-2 romp over the Indians. James Shields fanned nine and allowed two runs in six innings to win his second straight start.
-- Tampa Bay was a 7-3 winner against Minnesota as David Price struck out 12 in a six-hitter. David DeJesus was in an 0-for-24 skid before delivering an RBI single and a two-run single.
UNDATED (AP) -- Major League Baseball has suspended four players involved in last Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado has been suspended for five games while outfielder Carlos Gomez will sit out three. Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider will miss two games, with Russell Martin suspended for one game.
Maldonado has begun his suspension, but Gomez, Snider and Martin plan to appeal.
Also in the majors:
-- The San Francisco Giants have placed left-hander David Huff on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Juan Perez from Triple-A Fresno. Huff strained his left quad running out an infield single in the third inning of last night's 8-2 loss at Colorado.
-- Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore could be sidelined 12 to 15 months after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery. Moore left his start on April 7 in Kansas City due to elbow soreness, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day. He was an All-Star last season before finishing 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA.
-- Mike Minor's season debut has been pushed back so the Braves left-hander can make one more minor league start in his recovery from tendinitis in his left shoulder. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says Minor will start for Double-A Mississippi in Pensacola on Friday. Minor had urinary tract surgery on Dec. 31, which pushed back his spring schedule before he developed the shoulder soreness.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFT
UNDATED (AP) -- Kentucky forward Julius Randle is leaving the school after one season to enter the NBA draft. He is projected as being a top-five selection. The 6-9 Randle joins guard James Young of the Wildcats in bolting the college game. Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds and was voted to The Associated Press' All-America second team.
Also leaving early are Clemson forward K.J. McDaniels and Baylor center Isaiah Austin. McDaniels averaged 17 points and seven rebounds as a junior last season. Austin contributed 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game the past two seasons with the Bears.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Donnie Tyndall is leaving Southern Mississippi to take over the men's basketball program at Tennessee. He replaces Cuonzo (KWAHN'-zoh) Martin, who went 63-41 in three seasons before leaving for California a week ago.
Tyndall was 56-17 with a pair of NIT appearances in two seasons at Southern Mississippi.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-BOSTON U-GREENBERG RESIGNS
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston University women's basketball coach Kelly Greenberg has resigned after some former players alleged she was verbally and emotionally abusive.
The university announced Wednesday that Greenberg has resigned after 10 years at the helm.
The university assembled a panel to investigate the allegations of abuse that four former scholarship players say prompted them to quit the team last season.
University senior vice president Todd Klipp says while the panel found many of the allegations against Greenberg couldn't be substantiated, "a compelling case was made ... that the manner in which coach Greenberg interacted with many of her players was incompatible with the expectations and standards for university employees."
Supporters called her a tough but fair coach. Greenberg went 186-127 at BU, including 13-20 last season.