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MIAMI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds benefited from Major League Baseball's new instant replay system and the rule preventing catchers from blocking the plate in a 3-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto (12-6) struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings and Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 25th home run for Miami and Tom Koehler (7-8) took the loss allowing two unearned runs in seven innings.
With the Marlins leading 1-0 in the top of the eighth, the Reds loaded the bases with one out. Todd Frazier flied to right fielder Stanton whose throw to the plate easily beat Zack Cozart for what appeared to be the final out of the inning. After a 6-minute, 10-second instant replay review, the call was overturned because catcher Jeff Mathis was ruled to be blocking the plate, tying the game 1-1.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mike Zunino's two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
Bryan Shaw (4-3) walked Kyle Seager to start the inning before Zunino hit a 2-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his 17th home run.
Joe Beimel (3-1) pitched one-third of an inning while Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his AL-leading 30th save.
Carlos Santana drove in two runs for Cleveland, including a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh that broke a 4-all tie.
Dustin Ackley had a two-run homer for the Mariners while Jason Kipnis hit a two-run shot for the Indians. Both home runs came in the third when the teams exchanged three-run rallies.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have acquired two-time All-Star infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and cash from the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Zach Walters.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement Thursday.
The 28-year-old Cabrera has spent most of his career at shortstop but has played 162 games at second base -- his likely position in Washington -- most recently in 2009.
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is out with a strained right hamstring, and regular second baseman Anthony Rendon has shifted over to third.
Cabrera is in the last year of a three-year contract and with top prospect Francisco Lindor at Triple-A Columbus, Cleveland had the flexibility to make the move.
Oft injured, Cabrera is a career .270 hitter, with 82 home runs and a .331 on-base percentage in eight seasons. He is batting .246 with 33 extra-base hits this season.
Walters, 24, has hit .234 with three home runs and six RBIs in 40 games for the Nationals over the last two seasons.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Johnny Manziel says he's competing with more than Brian Hoyer in the competition to be Cleveland's starting quarterback.
Manziel said "it's really me versus the playbook right now." Following Thursday's practice, the rookie QB acknowledged he's had some ups and downs in his first week in training camp as he learns Cleveland's offense. Manziel, though, believes he's making some progress.
Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said there is no clear leader between Hoyer and Manziel. Shanahan is hoping one of the QBs takes off and makes the decision easier for Cleveland's coaching staff.
Hoyer said he's not worrying about his battle with Manziel as much as trying to make the Browns better.
Manziel has yet to work with Cleveland's first-string offense, but coach Mike Pettine said that will change soon.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals are building their defense around linebacker Vontaze Burfict, a sign of how much he means to the franchise as he enters his third season.
The Pro Bowl linebacker is growing into the leader that coach Marvin Lewis has craved.
Burfict signed with the Bengals in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State, where his penchant for personal fouls made teams wary.
Last season, he made the Pro Bowl, led the team in tackles and was the AFC's defensive player of the week after an eye-opening game against Cleveland.
When Lewis was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore, he had Ray Lewis leading the unit. He sees Burfict growing into a lead role in Cincinnati.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Tiger Woods took another step on one of his favorite courses toward showing his game might be turning around.
Woods made six birdies Thursday to account for his mistakes and opened with a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational. He was still four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, who shot 64 on a perfect day for scoring at Firestone.
Justin Rose was among five players at 65, while 27 players in the 76-man field at this World Golf Championship broke par.
It was only a first step for Woods. He opened with a 69 at the British Open two weeks ago, and then made the cut on the number.
British Open champion Rory McIlroy made a late double bogey in his round of 69.
UNDATED (AP) -- Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches' poll.
Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season.
Ohio State was sixth, UCLA seventh, Michigan State eighth, South Carolina ninth and Baylor 10th.
The Southeastern Conference had five of the top 13 teams in the poll, with No. 12 Georgia and No. 13 LSU joining Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina.
Oklahoma received three first-place votes. Oregon, Ohio State and South Carolina received one first-place vote each.
DETROIT (AP) -- Minor league pitcher Evan Reed has been arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel.
A not-guilty plea was entered Thursday for Reed, who appeared in court via video on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The 28-year-old right-hander plays for the Toledo Mud Hens, the Detroit Tigers' Triple-A club.
Prosecutors say the woman was assaulted after meeting Reed at a bar in the suburbs. His lawyer says Reed and the 45-year-old woman had consensual sex.
A preliminary examination is scheduled for Aug. 12.
Reed was with the Tigers when the alleged assault occurred on March 30, the eve of Opening Day.
He was 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA in 27 games for Detroit before being sent to Toledo in June.
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ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) -- A former Ohio State University football player has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge in a felony drug case against him.
The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram reports that Tracy Sprinkle pleaded Thursday to attempted failure to comply, a misdemeanor. He received a $500 fine, 30-day suspended jail sentence and two years' probation.
Sprinkle was charged after a brawl outside a bar in Lorain on July 4. He also was charged with drug paraphernalia, rioting and failure to disperse. Police say officers found cocaine in the back seat of the squad car that took Sprinkle to jail.
The redshirt freshman was suspended from the team.
Defense attorney Michael Duff says Sprinkle wants to keep playing at Ohio State and the plea was a good way to put the case behind hm.
Last Update on August 01, 2014 22:37 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The defending NBA champ San Antonio Spurs haves signed point guard Tony Parker to a multi-year contract extension. The Spurs did not disclose the deal, but Yahoo! Sports first reported that it was a three-year extension worth $43.3 million starting in 2015.
Parker averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists in 29 minutes per game last season to help the Spurs to the franchise's fifth NBA title.
The 32-year old Parker is among the elite point guards in the league and has spent all 13 seasons of his career in San Antonio. He was due to make $12.5 million next season in the final year of his existing contract.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has defended the league against criticism that it was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his domestic violence incident.
Goodell maintains that the two-game suspension the Ravens running back got is consistent with other disciplines the league has handed out.
Goodell stresses that the Baltimore running back has assumed responsibility for his conduct, has no history of assault.
Rice allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer, now his wife, on Feb. 15 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Phillies have placed pitcher Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain. The left-hander left in the third inning of Thursday night's win over Washington after suffering the injury. It's an apparent recurrence of the injury that put him on the disabled list in May.
Manager Ryne Sandberg says Lee will be examined by the team doctor Saturday in Washington, and undergo an MRI and additional tests when the team returns to Philadelphia early next week.
The 35-year-old Lee missed two months because of a strained left elbow, and was making his third start since coming off the disabled list. He's 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA.
Miami All-Star pitcher Henderson Alvarez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right shoulder. The move was retroactive to Wednesday. Alvarez is 8-5 with three shutouts and a 2.48 ERA.
Tyler Skaggs is now on the Angels 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm. The left-hander was injured in Thursday's extra innings win over Baltimore. Skaggs had not allowed a hit when he left with two outs in the fifth inning.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play together in the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship next week. Two-time British Open champ Padraig Harrington will round out the threesome in the final major of the year.
Woods and Mickelson are in the same group at a major for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open. This will be only the sixth time since 2001 that Woods and Mickelson have been in the same group at a major.
In the traditional pairing of major champions, Bubba Watson (Masters), Martin Kaymer (U.S. Open) and Rory McIlroy (British Open) will tee off at 1:45 p.m. Thursday.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Sergio Garcia went on a birdie barrage on the back nine to tie the course record with a 9-under 61 at the Bridgestone Invitational. Garcia birdied eight of the closing nine holes, including the final seven to grab the lead at 11-under par for the two rounds. The only hole he didn't birdie was the 11th, where he missed his 15-foot putt from just off the green.
Garcia is three shots ahead of Justin Rose who shot a 3-under 67. First round leader Marc Leishman is tied for third with British Open champ Rory McIlroy four off the lead. Leishman put up a 69, McIlroy shot 64.
Tiger Woods struggled to a 1-over 71 and fell 10 shots off the pace.
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nick Watney has widened his lead early in the second round of the Barracuda Championship on the PGA Tour. Watney has tallied eight points under the modified Stableford scoring system to give him a total of 26. That puts him four ahead of Wes Roach who had a 10 in the second round.
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) -- Marco Dawson fired a bogey free 9-under 63 to grab the clubhouse lead in the first round of the Champions Tour's 3M Championship. Dawson's round was highlighted by an eagle on the par 5, 18th hole. He has a one-shot lead over four other golfers including Bernhard Langer who is coming off a win last week at the Senior British Open championship. Also in the second-place group are Vijay Singh, Rocco Mediate (MEE-dee-ayt) and Jeff Maggert.
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