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Last Update on May 30, 2015 05:33 GMT


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 18:37 GMT


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.


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 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.

Giants starter Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-sih-kuhm) takes his 5-2 mark and 2.56 ERA into the start at home tonight against the Braves. The Giants, who top the National League West, won last night's series opener over the Braves.

Alex Rios is expected to return to the Kansas City Royals' lineup for this evenings 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.

There are seven games on the afternoon portion of the schedule and in Houston the surprising Astros are facing the White Sox. Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kehl) tries to get back to his winning ways when he gets the start for the Astros. 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.


PARIS (AP) -- Top seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has advanced into the fourth round at the French Open. The winner of eight career Grand Slam tournaments is still looking for his first victory in the French. The top seed dispatched of a 19-year old 84th-ranked Australian. Other winners on the men's side on Day 7 were third seed Andy Murray, sixth-seed Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL'), a nine-time winner of the event, and U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch), the ninth-seed.

In a surprise the last American man standing is Jack Sock who will make his fourth-round Grand Slam debut when he faces Nadal.

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

Fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and former finalist Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee) of Italy both advanced on the seventh day of play but 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone (fran-CHES'-kuh skee-ah-VOH'-nay) was eliminated.


DETROIT (AP) -- Defending IndyCar champ Will Power earned the pole for today's IndyCar race on the street course in Detroit. 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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