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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on September 23, 2014 05:32 GMT

ROYALS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Danny Duffy pitched six shutout innings for his first win in more than a month as the Kansas City Royals moved closer to the top of the AL Central and kept some distance over Cleveland in the wild-card race, beating the Indians 2-0 on Monday night.

Duffy (9-11), who had thrown just one pitch in September before the start, held the Indians to six hits. The left-hander had been sidelined since Sept. 6 with a sore shoulder.

Greg Holland worked the ninth for his 44th save as the Royals, seeking their first postseason appearance since 1985, moved within one game of first-place Detroit. The Tigers lost 2-0 at home to the White Sox.

Carlos Carrasco (8-6) couldn't keep the momentum going for the Indians, who earlier completed a 4-3 win in 10 innings in a game suspended on Aug. 31 in Kansas City.

JIM HASLAM-ACCIDENT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Pilot Flying J founder Jim Haslam, the father of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, has been involved in a three-car traffic accident in Knoxville.

A family spokesman says the elder Haslam was examined and released by his doctor after the Monday wreck.

According to Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk, Haslam's 2014 Mercedes drifted across the center line, sideswiped an SUV and then went off the roadway and struck a wall. The third vehicle then hit the rear of the Mercedes.

Haslam played tackle for the University of Tennessee under Gen. Robert R. Neyland before founding Pilot Corp. in 1958 with a single gas station in Gate City, Virginia. The privately held company now has annual revenues of more than $30 billion.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 23, 2014 20:36 GMT

STEELERS-HARRISON

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- So much for James Harrison's retirement. The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back the volatile five-time Pro Bowler to add a veteran presence to a depleted linebacker group.

The 36-year-old posted a picture on Twitter on Tuesday morning, writing "done deal" next to a photo of him signing a contract.

Harrison retired as a member of the Steelers less than three weeks ago after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He cited the need to be close to his sons. Playing for the Steelers takes care of that problem. Harrison lives in a northern suburb.

The Steelers need pass rushing help after losing linebackers Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones to injury in Sunday night's win over Carolina.

PANTHERS-TOLBERT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers All-Pro fullback Mike Tolbert will miss at least eight games with a hairline fracture in his left leg. The bruising fullback was injured on a tackle involving ex-Panthers safety Mike Mitchell in Carolina's 37-19 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Tolbert was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list. Under that designation, Tolbert can practice after six weeks, but isn't eligible to play until Nov. 30 at Minnesota.

CARDINALS-GRICE

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Arizona State running back Marion Grice from the San Diego practice squad.

Grice was a sixth-round draft pick of the Chargers this year and led the team in rushing in the preseason. He was re-signed to the San Diego practice squad after being released by the team on Sept. 1.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The race for the top spot in the American League Central has tightened up with Detroit's lead trimmed to one over Kansas City. The Royals play in Cleveland again tonight while the Tigers try to rebound from a loss to the Chicago White Sox at home.

Checking the AL wild card race, Oakland and K-C own the top two spots with Seattle two games out. The Mariners, who have lost 9 of the last 13, try to snap a three-game losing streak when they play at Toronto. The A's host the Los Angeles Angels. The Indians are 3 1/2 games out of the wild card picture.

The Baltimore Orioles visit the New York Yankees as Derek Jeter enjoys his final regular season homestand in the Bronx. The Yankees, coming off a win over Baltimore, are four games out of the wild-card race so it's unlikely that Jeter will be playing in October.

Also tonight in the AL, Tampa Bay plays at Boston while Texas hosts Houston.

Over in the National League, Pittsburgh and San Francisco hold the two wild-card spots with Milwaukee a distant five games out. The Pirates play in Atlanta while the Giants continue their NL West battle at Los Angeles. The Dodgers still own a 3 1/2 game lead over the Giants. The game features a solid pitching match-up with 18-9 Madison Bumgarner facing 15-8 Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee). The Brewers visit Cincinnati.

St. Louis, up by 2 1/2 games over the Pirates in the NL Central, visit the Chicago Cubs.

Also tonight, Washington hosts the New York Mets, Philadelphia is on the road at Miami while San Diego is home to Colorado.

The interleague contest has Arizona at Minnesota.

MO'NE-HALL OF FAME

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Philadelphia Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Davis, the first girl to win a game at the Little League Baseball World Series, will donate the jersey she wore during the game to the museum on Thursday. She'll be accompanied by teammates from both her Little League World Series team and the travel team she's played on since she was 7.

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