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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on September 01, 2015 05:31 GMT


TORONTO (AP) -- Jerry Sands singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Danny Salazar struck out 10 and the Cleveland Indians won their sixth straight game, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Monday night.

Salazar (12-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He reached double digits in strikeouts for the fifth time this season and the first time since fanning 10 against Baltimore on June 6.

Bryan Shaw got two outs in the eighth and Cody Allen finished for his 28th save.

Ryan Raburn doubled home the tying run as the Indians matched their longest winning streak of the season and halted Toronto's run at four.

Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion, who was named AL player of the week after batting .391 (9 for 23) with six home runs and 17 RBIs, extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a leadoff single in the sixth.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians President Mark Shapiro is leaving the club after this season to run Toronto's front office.

Shapiro has had several prominent roles in his 24 season with Cleveland. He will become the Blue Jays' next president and CEO.

Shapiro will replace Toronto CEO Paul Beeston, who is retiring.

Shapiro has been with Cleveland since 1992, when he began as an assistant in baseball operations. He spent four years as the team's minor league director and three as vice president before becoming general manager in 2001. The Indians made the playoffs twice with Shapiro calling the shots before he took over as team president in 2010.

Shapiro says the decision to leave Cleveland is difficult, and owner Paul Dolan says he will not look for a replacement.


TORONTO (AP) -- The ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays says it would "love" to keep general manager Alex Anthopoulos and has been in discussions about extending his contract.

The news comes on the day Rogers Communications announced the hiring of Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro to become team president. He replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring.

Rogers spokesperson Andrea Goldstein said Monday the team would "love to extend Alex's contract" and that he "has a done a terrific job." His contract expires in October.

Goldstein says the immediate focus, however, is a strong finish to the season. Toronto leads the AL East by 1 1/2 games.

Anthopoulos acquired MVP candidate Josh Donaldson in the offseason and traded for David Price and Troy Tulowitzki before the deadline to give Toronto a chance at its first playoff spot since 1993.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 01, 2015 20:50 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said following Monday's hearing with Tom Brady and Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') in the Deflategate case that he might have a ruling sometime today. So far nothing has been said. Berman said if no decision was made today, the ruling would be issued later this week.

Berman will have to either affirm or throw out Goodell's decision in July to uphold Brady's four-game suspension. The NFL concluded the quarterback colluded with two Patriots ball handlers to deflate footballs to gain an edge in a 45-7 victory over the Colts. The NFL Players Association has accused the league of handling the discipline unfairly for Brady, who has denied any role in the scandal nicknamed "Deflategate."


UNDATED (AP) -- Teams continue to work on their rosters in anticipation of a new season of play in the NFL. Miami's Dolphins have released punter Brandon Fields, opting to go with Matt Darr, an undrafted rookie from Tennessee. Fields made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and his career average of 46.8 yards is the fourth-highest in NFL history. He averaged 46.3 yards last season, but his net average of 38.6 ranked only 25th in the league.

-- The agent for NFL return specialist and receiver Jalen Saunders says the second-year pro has been traded from the Saints to the Patriots for a conditional draft pick. The 22-year-old Saunders saw his first NFL action with the New York Jets and Saints last season.

-- Chiefs coach Andy Reid says tight end Travis Kelce will miss the preseason finale Thursday night against St. Louis after spraining an ankle in practice earlier this week. Reid says Kelce would be able to play if it were the regular season.

-- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') says his ailing throwing elbow does not need surgery. Manziel told reporters that he's had to manage elbow soreness since his freshman year in college. Manziel hasn't thrown a pass since his elbow flared up during practice Aug. 23 and has been shut down from playing in Cleveland's final two exhibition games.


UNDATED (AP) -- It's one of the great sports rivalries. The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. It all began back in New York City before the clubs moved west in the 1950's and continues today. Last night they opened a three-game series in L.A. with the Dodgers winning 5-4 in 14 innings. The win put the Dodgers 4 1/2 games in front of the second-place Giants in the National League West.

This evening the star of the World Series last fall, Madison Bumgarner, gets the ball for the Giants against former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee). Bumgarner starts the day with a record of 16-6 with 192 strikeouts, while Greinke has the lowest earned run average in baseball at 1.61.

With an eye on the playoffs, the Giants are also 5 1/2 games back of the Cubs for the final wild card berth. This evening Chicago is home to the Reds.

Pittsburgh ace Gerrit Cole is looking for his 16th win of the season tonight. Cole, who is 15-7 with a 2.44 ERA, was originally set to pitch Wednesday but was moved up a day so he can start Sunday night against NL Central-lead St. Louis. The Pirates start the day five games back of the Cards in the NL Central. Tonight Cole and the Bucs are in Milwaukee against the Brewers, while St. Louis is hosting a desperate Washington team.

The Nationals currently find themselves out of playoff contention as they trail the Mets in the NL East by 6 1/2 games. New York is home to the Phillies tonight.

The tightest race in baseball continues to be the American League East. Both of the top two teams, the first-place Jays and the Yankees, lost last night. The Blue Jays are once again home to Cleveland this evening while the Yankees are in Boston. The Indians, by the way, have won their last six games to put themselves back in the AL wild card hunt as they trail the Rangers by four games now.

The rest of the day's card has the Diamondbacks in Denver facing the Rockies in an afternoon game, followed by a night contest, Baltimore home to Tampa Bay, Miami at Atlanta, the Twins hosting the White Sox, Seattle at Houston, the A's at home to the Angels and Texas at San Diego.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Royals have activated All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon from the disabled list and welcomed new outfielder Jonny Gomes in a series of moves. Gordon has been out since July 8, when he crumpled to the warning track while chasing down a fly ball in a game against Tampa Bay. He had spent eight games rehabbing in Omaha.

Gomes was acquired late Monday in a trade with Atlanta.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The second day of play at the U.S. Open hasn't seen any major surprises. Among those winning in the day session have been women's second-seed Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) and No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee).

On the men's side of things second-seed Roger Federer has opened with a win along with sixth-seed Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') and 13th-seed John Isner (IHZ'-nur).


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Sun Belt Conference officials say Coastal Carolina has accepted an invitation to join the league and in doing so, will move its football program up to the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision by 2018. Coastal Carolina, which is in Conway, South Carolina, will join the Sun Belt in all sports except football, beginning with the 2016-17 academic year.

During the 2017 football season, Coastal Carolina will compete in the Sun Belt but will not be eligible for a bowl until the following season, when the Sun Belt will have 12 full FBS members, divided into East and West divisions of six teams each.


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