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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 01, 2015 16:53 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The defending AL champion Kansas City Royals are nearly assured of going to baseball's postseason once again. With a commanding lead in the AL Central, the Royals are north of the border as they continue their four-game weekend series against the new-look Toronto Blue Jays this afternoon. The Blue Jays won last night's opener, 7-6 in 11 innings.

The Jays have added All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIT'-skee) from Colorado and hard-throwing southpaw David Price from Detroit, among others in their pre-trade deadline deals. The Jays started the day in the midst of the wild-card hunt in the AL. They send out 11-game winner Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) today against Yordano Ventura, who is 5-7 for the Royals.

Also today, the last-place Boston Red Sox are hosting the Tampa Bay Rays, who like the Blue Jays are fighting to stay in the AL wild-card picture, and Clayton Kershaw, who was scratched from last night's start due to an ongoing hip problem, is slated to take the mound for the Dodgers in their Freeway Series game against the Angels. Kershaw is 8-6 with a 2.51 ERA. The Halos send out impressive lefty Andrew Heaney, who is 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA in his first season in the majors.

The rest of the major league action is under the lights.

Cole Hamels, the first player traded midseason following a no-hitter, makes his Texas Rangers' debut tonight against the World Series champion Giants following his trade from Philadelphia. Hamels no-hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 25. Chris Heston, who threw a no-hitter earlier this season, starts for San Francisco. In another interleague game Houston sends out 12 game winner Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kihl) against Arizona.

The Detroit Tigers send out 10-8 Anibal (AH'-nih-bahl) Sanchez against Baltimore, the AL East-leading Yankees go with 10-2 Nathan Eovaldi (ee-VAHL'-dee) against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Minnesota hosts Seattle and Oakland hosts Cleveland.

In the National League, the NL East-leading Washington Nationals go with rookie Joe Ross against the Mets' 10-game winner Jason deGrom. The Nats' lead is down to two games after the Mets' Wilmer Flores homered in the 12th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 victory over Washington last night.

Elsewhere, Florida hosts San Diego, NL Central leader St. Louis goes with 8-5 Lance Lynn against Colorado, Cincinnati takes on Pittsburgh's 14-game winner Gerrit Cole, the Brewers host the Cubs, and the last-place Phillies are home against Atlanta.


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