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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on August 01, 2015 05:46 GMT


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Danny Salazar pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, Michael Bourn doubled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits, stole a base and scored the go-ahead run for the Indians, who lost eight of 11 before their streak.

Salazar (9-6) walked one and struck out four to end a personal two-game slide. He has a 1.53 ERA over his last four starts, spanning 29 1/3 innings.

Cody Allen got the last three outs for his 21st save.

Edward Mujica (2-3) took the loss.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen hit another homer at Great American Ball Park, and Pittsburgh's rebuilt bullpen was shaky but delivered on Friday night, holding on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Pirates got their first win of the season in Cincinnati -- they'd been 0-4 -- and finished July with a 17-9 record, the best in the National League.

McCutchen connected off Michael Lorenzen (3-6), and Jung Ho Kang had three doubles and drove in a run to support Jeff Locke (6-6). The left-hander lasted five innings and turned it over to the rebuilt bullpen.

Former Tigers closer Joakim Soria arrived a few hours before the game and slipped into his new role as setup man. He loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh -- a pair of walk got him in trouble -- but snagged Brayan Pena's liner over his head to end the threat


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have made their third trade this week, sending left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Abraham Almonte.

Rzepczynski went 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games this season. Earlier this week, the Indians, who recently lost six straight games and fell back in the AL wild-card race, dealt outfielder David Murphy to the Angels and sent slugger Brandon Moss to St. Louis.

The 26-year-old Almonte has split the season between San Diego and Triple-A El Paso, batting .275 with four homers, 35 RBIs and 11 steals in 61 games in the minors. He has spent two stints in the majors, batting .204 in 31 games. The 5-foot-9, switch-hitting center fielder began his career after signing with the Yankees in 2005.

Rzepczynski joined the Indians in 2013, coming over in a trade with St. Louis. He appeared in 73 games last season.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have shipped starter Mike Leake to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of prospects, bolstering the defending World Series champions for another playoff run.

San Francisco needed one more solid starter, and got a young pitcher who has been at his best in July. The 27-year-old Leake has won his last four starts, allowing only two earned runs in 30 innings overall.

He threw eight innings of four-hit ball in a 4-0 win in St. Louis on Tuesday.

The Reds got infielder Adam Duvall and right-hander Keury Mella for Leake, who can become a free agent after the season.

The deal came six days after Cincinnati dealt ace Johnny Cueto to Kansas City for three minor league pitchers.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils have hired Paul Castron as their director of amateur scouting.

General manager Ray Shero announced the move on Friday, just weeks after saying that long-time scouting director David Conte would not be offered a new contract.

Castron will oversee all aspects of the club's amateur scouting operations. He spent the previous 16 seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, including the last nine as director of amateur scouting.


National Sports News

Last Update on August 02, 2015 01:08 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw has extended his scoreless streak this afternoon while giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a chance to pad their lead in the National League West.

Kershaw gave up just two hits in eight shutout innings as the Dodgers downed the Los Angeles Angels 3-1. Kershaw retired his last 15 batters and ran his shutout streak to 37 innings. The three-time Cy Young Award winner hasn't given up a run since Wilmer Flores' RBI single for the Mets on July 3 at Dodger Stadium.

Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH'-nee GRAHN'-dahl) belted a two-run homer to help the Dodgers move two games ahead of the Giants, who are taking on the Rangers in Texas right now.

The Angels' fifth straight loss leaves them 2 1/2 games behind Houston, pending the outcome of the Astros' game against Arizona.

Also in the majors:

-- Ben Zobrist homered twice and Kansas City snapped a three-game skid by storming back from a 5-1 deficit in a 7-6 triumph at Toronto. Eric Hosmer collected three RBIs, including the tiebreaking single in the Royals' three-run eight. Jose Bautista hit two solo homers and Josh Donaldson added a two-run blast for the Blue Jays

--Travis Shaw hit his first two major league homers and went 4-for-4 with five runs scored and four RBIs as Boston dumped Tampa Bay 11-7. Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) also had a big day at the plate with four hits and three RBIs, and Rusney Castillo added three hits with three RBIs in the Red Sox's third straight win since a 2-12 skid.


Rockies place 2 on DL...Birds lose Wright...Sizemore back in bigs

UNDATED -- The Colorado Rockies have placed right-hander Kyle Kendrick and outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list, while recalling recalled right-hander Scott Oberg and outfielder Kyle Parker from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Kendrick left Friday night's 7-0 loss to the Cardinals after one inning with shoulder inflammation. Dickerson broke two ribs while diving for Jason Heyward's line drive during Thursday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals.

In other major league news:

-- The Baltimore Orioles have placed right-hander rookie Mike Wright on the 15-day disabled list because of a left calf strain. Wright worked one inning in Friday night's game for the O's after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.

-- Veteran Grady Sizemore has been recalled by Tampa Bay from Triple-A Durham. The 32-year-old played in 15 games with the Rays before being demoted, hitting .235 with two homers and seven RBIs.

-- Larry Lucchino is stepping down this year as the Boston Red Sox's president and CEO, although a team spokesman says Lucchino hopes to remain with the club in some capacity. Lucchino was part of the ownership group that purchased the Red Sox in 2002.


CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame will allow Junior Seau's (SAY'-owz) daughter to speak in an interview after his bust is unveiled next weekend.

The Hall said Sydney Seau's remarks will be live and onstage in a fashion similar to interviews of returning Hall of Famers. The Hall of Fame also said Sydney will represent her father and be interviewed during the Thursday night Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner.

Hall policy does not allow live speeches during a posthumous induction.


UNDATED (AP) -- It didn't take long for the Cleveland Browns to suffer an injury. In their first practice in pads, defensive lineman Billy Winn was carted off the practice field with a potentially serious injury to his right knee. Winn got hurt during an inside running drill and coach Mike Pettine (PET'-ihn) says the team will know more about the extent of Winn's injury following an MRI and X-rays.

Winn started five games last season and recorded a career-high 31 tackles and an interception.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

-- Denver returner Kyle Williams tore his right Achilles during a punt return drill at training camp. The fifth-year pro was reaching to scoop a football when he crumpled to the grass in pain and was carted off the field minutes later.

-- Redskins coach Jay Gruden says cornerback Bashaud Breeland is expected to miss four to six weeks with an MCL problem in his right knee. The second-year pro was hurt during the second practice of training camp.


GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell are co-leaders through three rounds of the PGA's Quicken Loans National.

Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under 61 that included 11 birdies and one bogey. Chappell fired a 4-under 67 to tie Merritt at 14-under, one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler.

Tournament host Tiger Woods played himself out of contention with a 3-over 74 that puts him nine strokes back.


TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- South Korea's Jin Young Ko and Taiwan's Teresa Lu share the lead after three rounds of the Women's British Open. Each shot a 3-under 69 in the third round to finish play 8 under par.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) shot par and will start the final round one shot off the lead.


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