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Last Update on July 02, 2015 05:35 GMT


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians' first no-hitter since 1981 on Wednesday night, giving up an RBI single to Joey Butler over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis' glove in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

For the third straight night, the Indians took a perfect game into the sixth inning against the Rays. This time, Carrasco retired the first 19 batters before walking Butler with one out in the seventh.

Washington's Max Scherzer lost his perfect game with one strike to go on June 20 but finished with a no-hitter, the second in the major leagues this season.

Carrasco walked Astrubal Cabrera leading off the ninth, then hit pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer with a pitch. Grady Sizemore, also pinch hitting, grounded into a force play and Kevin Kiermaier struck out to bring Butler to the plate with a crowd of 11,394 at Tropicana Field on its feet.

Butler lined an 0-2 pitch over Kipnis, who jumped high in the air to make an attempt at the ball and fell flat to the ground as the line drive landed cleanly in the outfield. Carrasco smiled, clapped into his glove several times and pointed at the second baseman in appreciation of his effort.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto made his best start yet since returning from a sore elbow, allowing four hits in eight innings, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Wednesday to take their interleague series.

The game started 12 hours after the Twins' 8-5 win on Tuesday night following a long weather delay. Minnesota played several rested backups in the quick turnaround, with Torii Hunter among those out of the lineup.

Cincinnati took two of three in the series.

Cueto (5-5) pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in six starts since he returned from an inflamed right elbow. He struck out eight, walked one and gave up an RBI groundout to Eddie Rosario.

Aroldis Chapman retired the side in the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances.


UNDATED (AP) -- Kevin Love is staying in Cleveland and it's going to be for the long term.

Love issued a statement through The Players Tribune on Wednesday announcing that he would be returning to Cleveland next season. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Love will get a five-year max contract worth more than $110 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not been released. No NBA contract can be signed until July 9.

Love came to Cleveland from Minnesota last summer in a trade that sent Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves.

Love injured his shoulder in the first round of the playoffs and missed the rest of the Cavaliers' run to the NBA Finals.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 02, 2015 14:56 GMT


VANCOUVER (AP) -- The Women's World Cup final this Sunday in Vancouver features a rematch of the final from four years ago. Back in 2011 the U.S. was beaten in the finale by the team from Japan on penalty kicks after the game ended 2-2. The U.S. is 24-1-6 against Japan.

The Japanese advanced with a 2-1 win over England Wednesday night while the Americans qualified for the championship match with a 2-0 over Germany in the semifinals.


LONDON (AP) -- Following the hottest day in Wimbledon history, the start of play today was held up at most of the courts for 45 minutes by rain. Organizers say more showers could come throughout the day. Play at Centre Court got underway on time because of its retractable roof.

The schedule calls for the two second-seeds to see action with Roger Federer facing American Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee) and Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh), the defending champ, going up against Kurumi Nara of Japan.

Men's third seed Andy Murray has won his second round match, in straight sets. Coming up, Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') is back in action.


UNDATED (AP) -- A year ago Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur) of the Indians won the American League Cy Young Award. This year, he's having a hard time keeping up with his pitching teammates as the Indians of late have been getting just outstanding starting pitching. Last night Carlos Carrasco was the third straight Cleveland starter to have a perfect game going into the sixth inning. He had to settle for a one-hitter, but the bottom line is the Tribe has won its last three games to move within 4 1/2 games of the final Wild Card berth. This afternoon, Kluber is going for this third win against a Rays team that has lost 8 of its last 10 games.

In other afternoon action the Marlins are hosting the Giants, Pittsburgh is at Detroit and the Mets are home to the Cubs.

This evening, the top two clubs in the American League Central, the Royals and Twins, open up a four-game series in Kansas City. The first-place Royals top the Twins by 4 1/2 games.

Max Scherzer is back on the mound tonight as the Nationals face the Braves in Atlanta. He has been pitching lights-out of late, taking a perfect game into at least the sixth inning in his last three starts, including a no-hitter against Pittsburgh. On the year, Scherzer is 9-5 with a 1.79 earned run average.

The rest of the schedule has Milwaukee playing in Philadelphia, the Orioles home to the Rangers, San Diego at Texas, Toronto home to Boston, the Rockies at Arizona and Oakland home to Seattle.


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