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Last Update on July 31, 2014 05:32 GMT

DIAMONDBACKS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer that kept Alfredo Simon winless since the All-Star game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Wednesday, taking a series between two teams struggling to score runs.

Goldschmidt's 19th homer off Simon (12-6) gave the Diamondbacks two of three in the series. Simon has gone 0-3 since his first All-Star selection. Didi Gregorius added a two-run homer in the ninth.

The Reds fell to 2-10 since the All-Star break. Devin Mesoraco's three-run homer in the ninth off Addison Reed ended a streak of 11 straight games with three runs or fewer, Cincinnati's longest such stretch of futility since 1967.

MARINERS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Corey Kluber had three-hitter to outpitch Felix Hernandez for his first career shutout, Yan Gomes had a two-run double and the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Wednesday night.

The matchup between two of the top pitchers in the American League lived up to its billing. Kluber (11-6) held the Mariners to three singles and no walks while striking out eight.

Hernandez (11-3) didn't allow a base runner until Carlos Santana drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. Gomes capped the rally with a bases-loaded double.

Hernandez, who gave up four hits, was pulled after the seventh. He has allowed two runs or fewer and pitched at least seven innings in 14 consecutive starts, a major league record.

CARDINALS-INDIANS TRADE

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn't mean they're going to surrender the season.

Protecting themselves in case the 29-year-old Masterson left as a free agent after the season, the Indians traded the right-hander on Wednesday to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The trade of Masterson could be followed by other moves by the Indians, who entered Wednesday 6 1-2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central and in a scramble with five other teams for the league's second wild-card spot.

In exchange for Masterson, who was scheduled to come off the disabled list later this week, the Indians got outfielder James Ramsey, who's spent this season at Double-A Springfield.

BROWNS-LEONHARD

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Cleveland has signed safety Jim Leonhard, making the Browns the fifth different NFL team in the nine-year veteran's career.

The Browns confirmed the signing Wednesday after Leonhard wrote on Twitter that, "It's official, I just signed my 8th NFL contract to become a part of the Cleveland Browns. (hash)dawgpound."

Leonhard, 31, was with Buffalo last year where he spent the first four seasons of his career after being signed as an undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin in 2005. He spent 2012 in Denver and also played 2008 for Baltimore and 2009 and 2010 with the New York Jets.

He had four interceptions playing in 16 games last season with seven starts. He has 12 career interceptions.

BENGALS-LEWIS-HARRIS SUSPENDED

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris was suspended for two games Wednesday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Lewis-Harris can participate in preseason games and practices. He'll miss the first two games without pay and can return to the active roster on Monday, Sept. 15.

The Bengals signed Lewis-Harris as an undrafted college free agent from Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2012. He spent the majority of that season on the practice squad.

The cornerback has played in 10 games for Cincinnati, primarily on special teams.

HEAT-RILEY

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Heat President Pat Riley is speaking out at length for the first time since LeBron James left the franchise, saying that he wants the team "to be as good as it's ever been" going forward.

Riley spoke with reporters Wednesday after the team completed the signing of Chris Bosh to a $118 million, five-year contract. Riley expressed disappointment that James returned to Cleveland, and revealed that he was working under the premise during free agency that the four-time MVP would be staying in Miami.

But even with James leaving, Riley insists that the Heat will continue being competitive.

Riley says he told James before free agency that he would be telling other players that the Heat expected him back, and that James never told him to think otherwise.

BLUE JACKETS MOVES

UNDATED (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forwards Jerry D'Amigo and Dana Tyrell to one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contracts.

The 23-year-old D'Amigo was acquired by Columbus along with a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Matt Frattin on July 1. He appeared in 22 games with Toronto last season, making his NHL debut on Dec. 5, 2013, against the Dallas Stars. He had one goal and two assists with the Maple Leafs in addition to also playing with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

The 25-year-old Tyrell played 64 games in the AHL last year, totaling 15 goals and 18 assists. He also appeared in seven games for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

DEVILS-GREENE

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Andy Greene to a long-term contract extension Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed

The 31-year-old Greene, who has spent his entire eight-year NHL career with the Devils, had one year remaining on his current contract at $3.5 million.

Greene played in all 82 regular-season games last season, scoring a career-high eight goals and adding 24 assists as the Devils missed the playoff. He has 28 goals and 121 assists in his NHL career.

The Michigan native played four seasons at Miami of Ohio.

BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Tiger Woods will find out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.

At least he will be on golf courses that bring good memories.

The first stop is Firestone, where Woods is an eight-time winner and the defending champion. After that, he heads to Valhalla for the PGA Championship, where he won in 2000.

He needs two good weeks to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin Aug. 21, and that could determine whether he's selected for the Ryder Cup matches at the end of September.

Woods doesn't like talking about what might not happen. He figures winning both events will take care of everything.

Even so, he's not sure what to expect from having played only six rounds in four months.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 31, 2014 20:56 GMT

MLB-TRADE DEADLINE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

The AL West leaders have acquired the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes (GOHMZ) from Boston for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ihs SESH'-peh-dehs) before the trade deadline.

Oakland will also received cash from Boston while the Red Sox will also get a draft pick in a deal.

Lester is having an outstanding season with a 10-7 record and career-best 2.52 ERA in 21 starts. He's allowed seven earned runs in his last eight games with 54 strikeouts and nine walks. But the Red Sox put him on the trading block because he can become a free agent after the season.

Lester joins a starting rotation with a team that has the best record in baseball. Scott Kazmir and Sonny Gray are already double digit winners this season and the staff also includes the recently acquired Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAR'-juh) and Jason Hamel.

In other deals;

-- Boston got rid of No. 2 starter John Lackey who has been dealt to St. Louis for fellow righty Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig. Lackey is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in the fourth year of a five-year, $82.5 million deal. Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts. Craig is batting .237 with seven homers and 44 RBIs.

-- Oakland sent pitcher Tommy Milone to Minnesota to reacquire outfielder Sam Fuld, who's expected to help fill the void created by the A's dealing Cespedes. The left-handed Milone asked to be traded after going 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA following his demotion to the minors. The Twins picked up Fuld in April after he was waived by Oakland.

-- Baltimore has picked up left-handed reliever Andrew Miller from Boston for minor league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. The 29-year-old Miller has a 2.34 ERA in 50 appearances with the Red Sox.

-- Washington has acquired two-time All-Star infielder Asdrubal (as-DROO'-buhl) Cabrera and cash from Cleveland for little-used shortstop Zach Walters.

-- Seattle has acquired outfielder Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres for a pair of minor leaguers. The 34-year old Denorfia is hitting .242 with one homer, 10 doubles and 16 RBIs.

-- Left-handed hitter Gerardo Parra has been picked up by Milwaukee in a traded with Arizona for a pair of minor leaguers. Parra is hitting .259, about 25 points lower than his career average.

--The Boston Red Sox have obtained third baseman Kelly Johnson from the New York Yankees for shortstop Stephen Drew, who is hitting .176 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 39 games. Johnson is hitting .219 with six homers and 22 RBIs and is on the disabled list. Boston also sent cash to New York.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Dodgers trot out their ace to wrap up a series with Atlanta on a limited major league baseball schedule.

Major league ERA leader Clayton Kershaw gets the start for NL West-leading Los Angeles. He's coming off a three-hit shutout that improved his record to 12-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.76.

The Braves go with 10-game winner Julio Teheran in an effort to snap the Dodgers' five-game winning streak.

Pittsburgh heads into the opener of their road series against the Diamondbacks with a chance to move into a tie with the idle Giants for a wild-card spot. The Pirates have won eight of 12, including two of three in the just-completed series against San Francisco. That's moved Pittsburgh to within two games of NL Central-leading Milwaukee.

Not much has gone right for the Reds since the All-Star break. They've only managed two wins in their last 10 games heading into tonight's series opener at Miami. Cincinnati looks to 11-6 Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) to spark a turnaround. He enters tonight's contest with a 2.08 ERA that is third-best in the National League. The Marlins have come alive recently, winning six in a row before yesterday's loss to Washington.

There are six games set in the National League and five in the American.

MLB-PITCHER-ASSUALT

DETROIT (AP) -- Minor league pitcher Evan Reed says he passed a polygraph test earlier this year after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel.

The member of the Detroit Tigers organization has been arraigned on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. A not guilty plea was entered for Reed, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12.

His lawyer has said Reed and the woman had consensual sex, and Reed echoed that today during a news conference after the hearing.

NFL-RAVENS-RICE

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Baltimore running back Ray Rice says his actions against his then-fiancee were "totally inexcusable" and insisted he had never been a part of any domestic violence incidents before. Rice spoke at the Ravens training camp about the incident.

He was arrested on assault charges following a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey in which he allegedly struck Janay Palmer. Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being dropped.

He received a two-game suspension from the NFL and a fine in excess of $500,000. He said he never intended to appeal the punishment.

NFL-PANTHERS-ALEXANDER

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander says he won't appeal his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He says he did it so there's nothing to appeal.

Alexander didn't want to discuss specifics of the suspension but says it has been an "eye-opening experience." He added he knows that one more slip up and he could be out of the league for a year.

NFL-COLTS-INJURIES

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) -- The Colts have put starting left guard Donald Thomas on season-ending injured reserve with a torn right quad, the same diagnosis that ended his 2013 season after just two games. He was injured during a pile up in Wednesday's practice.

The move comes one day after running back Vick Ballard had season-ending surgery to fix a torn left Achilles' tendon.

GOLF-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Ryan Moore and former Masters champ Charl (SHAR'-ehl) Schwartzel are off to a solid start at the Bridgestone Invitational with matching 5-under 65's to tie for the clubhouse lead. Patrick Reed and Francisco Molinari are two shots back. British Open winner Rory McIlroy posted an opening 69 while Phil Mickelson turned in a 71.

Defending champ Tiger Woods is still on the course.

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