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Last Update on May 30, 2015 05:33 GMT

NATIONALS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Washington's Stephen Strasburg left after only 16 pitches, and Zack Cozart had three hits as the Cincinnati Reds rallied against the Nationals' bullpen for a 5-2 victory on Friday night.

The Reds won for only the second time in 12 games.

Strasburg gave up a solo homer in the first inning to Joey Votto and walked Brayan Pena on his 16th pitch to open the second. He shrugged after the pitch, a trainer went to the mound, and Strasburg headed for the clubhouse after a brief conversation.

Taylor Jordan (0-1) took over and gave up three runs in the sixth. Brandon Phillips -- limited to pinch hitting because of a sore toe -- tied it with a sacrifice fly. Billy Hamilton singled for a 3-2 lead, stole second, and scored on Cozart's third single of the game.

Anthony DeSclafani (3-4) went six innings for his first win since April 20.

INDIANS-MARINERS

SEATTLE (AP) -- Taijuan Walker allowed two hits over eight strong innings, Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 Friday night.

Walker (2-5) got his first win since April 27 with one of the best starts of the 22-year-old's young career. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight, matching his career high.

Smith, batting cleanup for the first time this season with Robinson Cano out sick, hit a 2-1 pitch from Trevor Bauer (4-2) into the right-center seats in the sixth inning. It scored Nelson Cruz, who had singled.

The Mariners have homered in eight straight games and 13 of their last 14.

Fernando Rodney had trouble in the ninth, allowing a pinch-hit, run-scoring single by Ryan Raburn, but still earned his 14th save in 16 opportunities.

REDS-ROTATION

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have moved struggling starter Jason Marquis to the bullpen, leaving them with three rookies in the starting rotation for now.

Marquis signed with the Reds in the offseason, continuing his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He went 3-4 with a 6.46 ERA in nine starts, prompting manager Bryan Price to rearrange his rotation for a series against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

Marquis gave up four runs and 10 hits during 5 2/3 innings of a 5-4 loss on Monday to the Rockies.

Johnny Cueto remains sidelined by inflammation in his pitching elbow, causing him to miss two starts so far. Price said the earliest he would return is a series in Philadelphia next week.

BROWNS-YOUNT WAIVED

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns waived veteran long snapper Christian Yount.

The 26-year-old Yount had been with Cleveland since replacing Ryan Pontbriand in 2011. One of the NFL's steadiest snappers, Yount struggled last season, forcing the Browns to sign Charley Hughlett off Kansas City's practice squad a few days before the finale in Baltimore.

Yount appeared in 53 games with the Browns, who signed him to a five-year, $4.2 million contract extension in 2013. His problems last season began when he snapped high on a missed extra-point attempt in a win against New Orleans. He also had two bad snaps in a two-point loss to Baltimore.

Hughlett is currently the only long snapper on Cleveland's roster. He'll work in training camp with Carey Spear and Travis Coons, expected to compete for the starting kicker's job. Neither have kicked in a regular-season game.

FINALS-CAVALIERS

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James says he's given teammates "the blueprint" for the NBA Finals and it's up to the Cavaliers to follow it.

James will appear in his fifth straight finals, a feat not accomplished since 1966 when members of the Boston Celtics were on their dynastical run. As he and the Cavaliers prepare to meet Golden State, James says the key to postseason success is to stay even keeled and understand the task at hand.

One of Cleveland's main issues against the Warriors will be defending Stephen Curry, the league's MVP with the deadly shooting touch. Asked how the Cavs intend to slow Curry, James says, "the same way you slow me down. You can't."

The break before Game 1 on Thursday will allow Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving more time to recover after he was slowed by knee tendinitis and a sore foot in the Eastern Conference finals.

WARRIORS-THOMPSON

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion and will not practice until he is symptom free.

The Warriors announced the diagnosis Friday after Thompson went through neurological tests earlier in the day. Thompson was kneed in the head by Houston's Trevor Ariza in the fourth quarter of Golden State's Western Conference finals clinching win Wednesday night.

Thompson will be evaluated and will not be allowed back on the court until he clears the NBA concussion protocol guidelines.

Thompson was initially cleared to return to the game by team doctors. He ended up not playing and started developing symptoms after the game.

The NBA Finals start next Thursday against Cleveland.

National Sports News

Last Update on May 30, 2015 15:15 GMT

FRENCH OPEN-DAY 7

PARIS (AP) -- Top seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has raced into the fourth round at the French Open as he chases his ninth Grand Slam title -- and the only one he's never won. The top seed dispatched an 84th-ranked Australian (Thanasi Kokkinakis) who at age 19 was bidding to become the youngest Australian man in the Open era to reach the last 16 at the French.

Third seed Andy Murray is into the fourth round for the sixth time after overpowering Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) advanced with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win against No. 23 Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.

The last American man standing, Jack Sock, will make his fourth-round Grand Slam debut after beating 18-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

The U.S. women are falling, with Madison Keys and Irina Falconi both out. That leaves Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens -- both in action later Saturday -- as the only ones left of the 17 American women who entered the clay-court major. Both are in action later today.

Fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and former finalist Sara Errani of Italy both advanced. But 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone went out.

NHL-SCHEDULE

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- One year after the Ducks and Blackhawks both exited the playoffs with a loss in a seventh game, they're facing off in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals tonight.

The teams have alternated victories in a tense, well-played series.

The Ducks have just one regulation loss in the entire postseason, but it was in Game 6, a 5-2 defeat that might have turned the series' momentum in the Blackhawks' favor.

Anaheim's last two postseasons ended with a Game 7 loss at home, and they blew a 3-2 series lead both times.

Despite their two Stanley Cup titles in the previous five seasons, the Blackhawks can't exactly stand on a stellar Game 7 record, either. The current Chicago core has lost in two of its three trips to a Game 7, beating only Detroit in a second-round series in 2013.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh) will try to become the National League's first eight-game winner when he takes the mound for the Cardinals this tonight at home against the Dodgers. The right-hander is a perfect 7-0 with a 1.87 ERA this season. He's the first St. Louis pitcher to open a season with seven straight wins since Matt Morris went 8-0 to open the 2005 season.

Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kehl) tries to get back to his winning ways when he gets the start for Houston against the White Sox today. The 6-1 left-hander is coming off his first loss of the season that ended an unbeaten streak extending back to Aug. 21, 2014. Keuchel gave up a pair of two-run homers in Monday's loss to the Orioles that upped his ERA to 1.98.

Giants starter Tim Lincecum takes his 5-2 mark and 2.56 ERA into the start at home against the Braves tonight.

Alex Rios is expected to return to the Kansas City Royals' lineup for today's game against the Cubs. He's been sidelined since April 13 with a broken left hand. Rios is hitting .321 with one homer and eight RBIs.

Rangers rookie Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez is set to make his major league debut pitching against the Red Sox. He was 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA in eight starts in the minors.

INDYCAR-DETROIT

Power starts from pole

DETROIT (AP) - Defending IndyCar champ Will Power starts from the pole today in the street course race in Detroit and he'll have plenty of familiar company at the start of the race. Teammates Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehz) and Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya gave Team Penske the top three starting positions.

The second race of IndyCar's Duel in Detroit will be run Sunday, the same day as qualifying.

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