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Last Update on August 28, 2015 05:32 GMT

DODGERS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Zack Greinke and two relievers combined on a four-hitter and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the reeling Cincinnati Reds with a 1-0 win on Thursday.

Greinke (14-3) lowered his major league-best ERA to 1.61 and allowed four hits over seven innings while leading Los Angeles to its first sweep of a series in Cincinnati since a three-game set in July 2009. He finished with two walks and nine strikeouts.

He improved to 7-2 in 12 games against Cincinnati.

BROWNS-MANZIEL

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will not play in Cleveland's last two exhibition games because of lingering soreness in his right elbow.

Manziel has been shut down from throwing, and Browns coach Mike Pettine said the second-year QB will miss not only this Saturday's game at Tampa Bay but Cleveland's preseason finale at Chicago on Sept. 3.

It's a setback for Manziel, who has shown improvement following a rough rookie season, which was followed by a seven-week stay in rehab.

Pettine had planned to play Manziel in the first half against the Buccaneers starting defense.

Manziel has dealt with elbow soreness since high school. The Browns are hoping rest will alleviate his issues. Pettine said Manziel realizes sitting out is "smart" so he doesn't make the condition worse.

National Sports News

Last Update on August 29, 2015 04:49 GMT

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP)-- Pinch-hitter Josh Harrison singled home Francisco Cervelli with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh bullpen continued its hot streak in the Pirates' 5-3 victory over Colorado.

Gregory Polanco had three hits, drove in an insurance run and preserved a tie by throwing out the Rockies' Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) at the plate from right field to end the top of the eighth.

Tony Watson earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 42nd save. Pittsburgh relievers have won 18 straight decisions since last taking a loss on June 25.

The Pirates improved to 13-3 over their last 16 games to strengthen their grip on the top wild card spot in the National League. Pittsburgh is 45-20 at PNC Park.

In other baseball:

---- Miami shaded Washington 4-3 as the Marlins hit two home runs off Nationals starter Max Scherzer, who has allowed 20 homers this season in falling to 11-11. Martin (mahr-TEEN') Prado hit a two-run homer and Marcell Ozuna also went deep off Scherzer.

---- AL East-leading Toronto beat Detroit 5-3. Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIT'-skee) hit back-to-back home runs and Jose Bautista also went deep for the Blue Jays, who've won eight of 10. The Tigers have lost seven of eight.

---- Kendrys Morales hit his 15th homer, Edinson Volquez pitched into the seventh inning and the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2. Volquez improved to 12-7.

---- Trevor Bauer, starting in place of an ill Danny Salazar, allowed one run in eight innings and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-1. Bauer is 10-10 after winning for the second time in nine starts.

---- Texas topped Baltimore 4-1. Recently acquired Cole Hamels pitched two-hit ball over eight innings, allowing one run and striking out 10.

---- Philadelphia trounced San Diego 7-2. Phillies rookie Aaron Nola pitched seven strong innings. Cameron Rupp homered and drove in four.

MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Yankees have reinstated rookie right-hander Bryan Mitchell from the seven-day concussion disabled list. Mitchell sustained a concussion and a broken nose when he was struck by a line drive hit by Minnesota's Eduardo Nunez on Aug. 17. The 24-year-old pitcher was making his third major league start. He is 0-1 with one save and a 3.86 ERA in 10 games this season.

Meanwhile, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) is still out of the lineup while he deals with a bruised right shin. Teixeira is unable to run. Teixeira says his shin doesn't feel better following an off-day Thursday. More tests may be needed on his injury.

In other baseball:

-- Nationals center fielder Denard (deh-NARD') Span will have surgery on his left hip next week and is likely out for the season. Washington manager Matt Williams says Span had problems in the labrum. The surgery is set for Tuesday. The 31-year-old Span, who is a free agent after this season, already has missed 52 games in two stints on the disabled list with back and abdominal ailments.

-- The Los Angeles Dodgers put Yasiel Puig (yah-SEE pweeg) on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, the same injury that sidelined him earlier in the season. Puig had hit safely in his last 10 games before getting hurt. He was hitting .256 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 77 games.

-- The Seattle Mariners have fired general manager Jack Zduriencik (zur-EHN'-sihk). He held the job for seven seasons but the team didn't make the playoffs during his tenure. Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston will take over on an interim basis. Seattle had just two winning seasons during Zduriencik's tenure. -- Indians manager Terry Francona says he won't use an out clause in his contract if Cleveland President Mark Shapiro takes a job elsewhere. Shapiro reportedly is a candidate to succeed Toronto Blue Jays President Paul Beeston, who plans to retire after this season.

-- Giants right-hander Matt Cain has gone on the 15-day disabled list with irritation in his pitching elbow and received a cortisone injection to help it calm down.

NFL-NEWS

BALTIMORE (AP)-- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III won't have the opportunity to bounce back from a stressful showing last week. Griffin has been ruled out of Saturday night's preseason matchup against Baltimore because of a concussion, the result of a blow he received in the second quarter against Detroit.

Griffin tweeted: "Trusting in God even when I don't understand why certain things happen."

PGA-THE BARCLAYS

EDISON, N.J. (AP) -- Bubba Watson enters the weekend with a one-shot lead over British Open champ Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner, Henrik Stenson and Tony Finau after two rounds of The Barclays, the first event on the PGA Tour's playoffs. Watson is at 7-under par following his second-round 2-under 68.

Johnson shot a 5-under 65, while Stenson turned in a 66 and Finau posted a 69.

Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) had a rough couple of days in north Jersey. The Masters and U.S. Open champion shot a second round 3-over 73 and missed the cut. That means Rory McIlroy will inherit the No. 1 world ranking.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) -- Paul Goydos and Gene Sauers shot 6-under 66s to tie for the lead after the opening round of the Champions Tour's Dick's Sporting Goods Open. Former champ John Huston was a stroke back along with Ian Woosnam.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer had a 71.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Tim Beckman has been fired as football coach at Illinois. The school cites the preliminary results of an investigation into allegations of player mistreatment and inappropriate behavior. The school's athletic director says it was better to dismiss Beckman now than wait for the release of the full investigation potentially during the season.

Beckman was 12-25 in three seasons at Illinois, improving the team's record each season. The Illini went 6-7 last year.

Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit will coach the Illini in their home opener against Kent State Sept. 6.

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