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Last Update on July 31, 2015 05:32 GMT


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brandon Phillips hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs on Thursday night, powering the Reds to a 15-5 victory that kept the Pittsburgh Pirates winless in Cincinnati this season.

The Reds opened the season with a three-game sweep of the Pirates at Great American Ball Park. They improved to 4-0 on Thursday night by taking advantage of struggling A.J. Burnett (8-5), sending the Pirates to their most lopsided loss of the season.

Pittsburgh hadn't allowed so many runs since a 15-5 loss to Arizona on Aug. 17, 2013.

Marlon Byrd also hit a three-run homer, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a double as the Reds improved to 8-2 overall against the Pirates this season.

Left-hander David Holmberg (1-0) was called up from Triple-A and allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.


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.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Carlos Carrasco threw a two-hitter, Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Thursday night.

Francisco Lindor had two hits for the Indians, who won their second straight following a six-game losing streak.

Josh Reddick doubled in a first-inning run for the A's, who have lost six of their last seven.

Carrasco did not allow a hit after Reddick's double, facing one over the minimum from that point. He walked one and struck out seven. He was coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed six runs in four innings.

Chris Bassitt (0-4) gave up three runs, his season high, on six hits. He walked one and struck out a season-best six.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals. In return, Cleveland will receive minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky.

The Cardinals haven't scored in 22 consecutive innings and Matt Holliday re-injured his right quadriceps Wednesday. It's the same injury that caused the seven-time All-Star to miss 31 games. The Cardinals lead the NL Central by 4 1/2 games over Pittsburgh.

Cleveland signed Moss as a free agent during the offseason. He had 15 homers and 50 RBIs in 94 games but the Indians have fallen back in the AL wild-card race. Moss played four seasons in the NL with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Kaminsky was selected with the No. 28 overall pick two years ago and was considered one of the top prospects in the Cardinals system.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals signed receiver Greg Little on Thursday at the start of training camp, giving him a second chance to show he can catch the ball consistently.

The former Browns star signed with Cincinnati last season when injuries depleted the receiving group. He played in six games and had only six catches for 69 yards. He didn't catch a pass during a first-round playoff loss at Indianapolis.

The Bengals waived receiver Cobi Hamilton, a sixth-round pick in 2013 who spent that year and part of last season on the practice squad. They also signed rookie receiver Desmond Lawrence, a free agent from North Carolina A&T. He signed with the Lions and was released in May.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Devon Still was trim and upbeat when he arrived for the start of the Cincinnati Bengals training camp. Good news about his 5-year-old daughter put him in the right frame of mind.

Leah Still's latest scan found no trace of the cancer that she's been fighting for more than a year. Still said on Thursday that she has to get treatments to strengthen her immune system, but the worst of it should be behind her.

They had an emotional goodbye when he headed to Cincinnati to try to earn a spot in the Bengals' line rotation. Still has lost 27 pounds as he enters his fourth season. He's on a one-year deal, so he's starting to run out of chances.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 31, 2015 15:10 GMT


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- After four European cities withdrew from consideration because of the high cost of staging the Olympics, the only options left for the International Olympic Committee in choosing a host for the 2022 Winter Games were Beijing and Almaty (ahl-MAH'-tee), Kazakhstan. In its usual secret ballot the IOC has chosen the Chinese city, despite its lack of natural snow.

The Chinese capital, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, is the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympics.

Residents of the city can look forward to clean air and better traffic for the month the Games are staged. In 2008 strict restrictions were put into place by the government on factories and private drivers.


UNDATED (AP) -- The deadline for teams to work out deals in baseball is 4 p.m. Eastern today. So far there have been quite a few big-name players dealt from losing clubs to contending clubs. All eyes remain fixed on the Phillies and whether they can pull off a deal for lefty Cole Hamels. There have been reports that the Phillies are close to a deal with the Texas Rangers.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Mets have a chance to tie the Nationals for first in the National League East as they open a three game series tonight in New York. Conversely, the Nationals can extend their three-game lead over the Mets to six games with a sweep. Matt Harvey takes his 1.34 earned run average to the mound this evening for the Mets against Washington's Gio Gonzalez.

Two of the top teams in baseball open up a weekend series in Los Angeles tonight as the Dodgers entertain the Angels. The Dodgers top the National League West while the Angels are a game back of the Astros in the American West. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball for the Dodgers and brings a stretch of 29 consecutive scoreless innings into the game. He has thrown two shutouts in his past three starts with 38 strikeouts and no walks, taking a perfect game into the seventh inning of a win over the Mets.

Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) makes his American League debut tonight with Kansas City. The Royals are on the road for a game with the Blue Jays. Cueto, who was 7-6 for the Reds with a 2.62 ERA, is 2-0 lifetime against Toronto.

Something has to give in Houston tonight. The AL West-leading Astros have won three straight while visiting Arizona has won its last five in a row.

The rest of the card this evening has Detroit playing in Baltimore, the Phillies home to the Braves, Tampa Bay at Boston, the Reds hosting the Pirates, San Diego at Miami, the Rangers are hosting the Giants, New York's Yankees are in Chicago to face the White Sox, Minnesota is home to Seattle, the Cubs are at Milwaukee, Colorado is playing in St. Louis and Cleveland is at Oakland.


TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) has staked a claim to the early clubhouse lead during the second round of the Women's British Open. She shot a second-round 3-under 69 to finish the first 36 holes at 7-under. On the course first round leader Hyo Joo Kim is 7-under after nine holes of play. She began the day at minus-7.

This is the fourth of the LPGA Tour's five major championships. Brittany Lincicome (LIHN'-sih-kohm) won the ANA Inspiration in April, Inbee Park took the Women's PGA Championship in June and Gee Chun won the U.S. Women's Open this month.


GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Retief Goosen (GOO'-sehn) and Ryo Ishikawa (ee-shee-KAH'-wah) start the day tied for the lead in the PGA's Quicken Loans National near Washington, D.C. They opened with 8-under 63s yesterday for a one-stroke edge over Justin Leonard, Kevin Chappell and Ernie Els.

Tournament host Tiger Woods birdied the first four holes on the back nine for a 3-under 68 but has dropped a stroke in round two as he is now 2-under after five holes.


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