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Last Update on July 29, 2015 05:35 GMT

REDS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Joey Votto hit a three-run home run in support of Mike Leake, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Votto is the hottest hitter in the majors since the All-Star break, batting .561. He also walked, singled and doubled, giving him an NL-leading 37 multi-hit games.

Leake (9-5) allowed four hits in eight innings to win his fourth straight start. He allowed just two earned runs in his last 30 innings for a 0.60 ERA.

Jaime Garcia (3-4), activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, made his first start since June 2 and gave up three runs and four hits in six innings. He is 10-3 against the Reds, including 7-1 at home.

ROYALS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Eric Hosmer's homer with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night over the Cleveland Indians, who have lost eight straight at home -- their longest home losing streak in 40 years.

Hosmer hit a 3-2 pitch from Trevor Bauer (8-8) over the wall in right for his 11th homer. The shot came one pitch after Indians catcher Roberto Perez threw out Lorenzo Cain trying to steal second. When his homer cleared the wall, Hosmer pointed toward Kansas City's dugout, which was celebrating wildly.

Wade Davis (7-1) pitched a perfect eighth and Greg Holland worked the ninth -- getting a nifty groundout, and a game-ending double play -- for his 22nd save as the Royals won their fourth straight and 16th in 21 games.

ANGELS-INDIANS TRADE

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have traded veteran outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league shortstop Eric Stamets.

Murphy was originally in Cleveland's lineup Tuesday night, batting fourth as the designated hitter against Kansas City. But he was scratched about an hour before the first pitch.

Murphy's batting .296 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games for the disappointing Indians, who have lost five straight and fallen into last place in the AL Central.

The Angels entered action leading the AL West by one game over Houston.

Stamets, 23, has spent the entire 2015 season at Double-A Arkansas, batting .248 (53-214) with three homers and 23 RBIs in 62 games.

Murphy signed as a free agent with the Indians in 2013. He's making $6 million this season with a $7 million club option for 2016. He batted .262 with eight homers and 58 RBIs last season.

BENGALS-THE PAST

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals owner Mike Brown has changed his mind and is finally willing to honor some of the franchise's best players at a stadium where there is virtually no trace of the past.

Brown says he's never been nostalgic and doesn't care for paying tribute to past stars. The only nod to the Bengals' history at Paul Brown Stadium is that it's named after his father, something that left him with mixed feelings. There is no Bengals Hall of Fame.

Other NFL teams have rings of honor or statues honoring figures from the past.

During the team's annual training camp luncheon on Tuesday, Brown said the team is considering ways to recognize previous players at the stadium.

MICHIGAN-JERSEYS

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan will retire six jersey numbers in a ceremony at the Ohio State game Nov. 28, ending the school's "legends program" in which players were given the same numbers as some of the team's all-time greats.

Michigan says it will retire Gerald Ford's No. 48, Tom Harmon's No. 98, Desmond Howard's No. 21, Ron Kramer's No. 87, Bennie Oosterbaan's No. 47 and the Wistert brothers' No. 11.

Howard's was the only jersey of the six that was not retired at Michigan before the start of the legends program.

Coach Jim Harbaugh also said Tuesday that a plan was put in place that would enable wide receiver Dennis Norfleet to "achieve his goals academically and athletically" at Michigan. But Norfleet can talk to other schools if he wants.

MEDIA DAYS-FEW QUARTERBACKS

UNDATED (AP) -- Conference media days have become made-for-TV events, but some of the most notable players are often missing.

Plenty of teams have been leaving their quarterbacks at home. Even some of the biggest stars in college football such as Penn State's Christian Hackenberg, Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Ohio State's Cardale Jones are being left behind as coaches lean toward rewarding upperclassmen with a media day trip.

Part of the reason is that experienced seniors can stay on message.

College football's media day madness hits the home stretch this week when the Big Ten and Pac-12 hold their preseason talkfests on Thursday and Friday. The American Athletic Conference is the last FBS league to go early next week.

GOLF GREAT-THEFT

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Authorities say the son and ex-daughter-in-law of late black golfing pioneer Charlie Sifford have been indicted on charges related to the theft of more than $1 million from him.

Craig and Sandra Sifford were charged Tuesday with theft, money laundering and unauthorized use of property. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office says they spent Sifford's money on travel, dining, clothes, jewelry and landscaping.

The prosecutor's office says an investigation into the thefts was ongoing when Sifford died in February at age 92. Sifford became the first black golfer to earn full-time playing privileges on the PGA Tour in 1961.

Authorities had received a complaint saying Craig Sifford was abusing a power of attorney for his father.

Craig and Sandra Sifford are divorced. His attorney hasn't returned a message seeking comment. A home phone number listed for them rang unanswered.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 29, 2015 22:58 GMT

NFL-BRADY SUSPENSION

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Lawyers working with the NFL Players Association have asked U.S. District Judge David Doty to vacate or at least put on hold Tom Brady's suspension.

The Patriots quarterback's lawsuit in the deflated footballs scandal questions whether the league followed its own rules when it suspended the four-time Super Bowl champion.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota claims the NFL improperly applied its penalties for equipment violations, which call for only a small fine. It also questions Commissioner Roger Goodell's (guh-DEHLZ) independence when he handed down the punishment and then heard and ruled on Brady's appeal.

The lawsuit also says the league can't punish Brady for violating standards that didn't exist. Since the league had no standard procedure for testing the air pressure in footballs, there's no way punishments can be fair and consistent, as required.

NFL-TRAINING CAMPS

UNDATED (AP) -- Dallas defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey hasn't shown up for training camp, and executive vice president Stephen Jones says the Cowboys won't discuss a new contract with him until he does.

Mincey is due to make $1.5 million in the final year of a two-year contract. He led the Cowboys with six sacks last season.

The 31-year-old Mincey has been talking to Dallas about a new deal for months. He can be fined $30,000 for each day he misses camp.

Elsewhere around the NFL;

-- Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the Washington Redskins. The team's first round pick in 2011 has started all 64 games in his four-year career with Washington. He has totaling 38 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and two interceptions.

NFL-DOLPHINS

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins have placed first-round draft pick DeVante Parker as well as safety Don Jones on the physically unable to perform list. Parker, a wide receiver from Louisville, underwent surgery on his foot last month and has been in a boot since the procedure. He had foot surgery last year and missed the first seven games of Louisville's season. They will be able to return to practice whenever they're ready.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Detroit's Justin Verlander has his first win of the season. He outlasted Tampa Bay loser Chris Archer in a 2-1 win. Verlander retired his first 14 batters before Asdrubal Cabrera (ahs-DROO'-buhl kah-BREHR'-uh) homered with two outs in the fifth. The Tigers starter gave up one run, four hits and had 10 strikeouts.

Archer took a perfect game into the seventh inning before giving up RBI singles to J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos.

In other action;

-- Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and had three RBIs to help Pittsburgh beat Minnesota 10-4. McCutchen had an RBI single as part of the five-run sixth inning that put the game away for the Pirates. Jung Ho Kang homered for the second straight day for Pittsburgh.

-- Corey Kluber took a shutout into the ninth and rookie Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer and had a career-high four RBIs as the Indians beat Kansas City 12-1. Prior to the big offensive spurt against the Royals the Tribe had been outscored 37-10 in losing the first six games of the homestand.

-- Jon Lester struck out 14 in eight innings in the Cubs 3-2 win over Colorado. That's one off his career high. Lester struck out seven of his first eight hitters and nine of the first 14 to improve to 6-8. Jose Reyes went 1-for-3 in his Rockies debut after being acquired in a trade with Toronto earlier this week.

In Toronto this evening, five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIHT'-skee) will start at shortstop and lead off in his Toronto debut against Philadlephia. Tulowitzki says he was blindsided by his trade from Colorado on Monday and is still in shock.

The AL West leading Angels hope to have All-Star MikeTrout back in the line-up for the continuation of their series with Houston. He is listed as day to day with a sore wrist. The Astros start the night just percentage points back of the Angels for the division lead.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looks to extend his streak of 29 straight scoreless innings when he gets the start against Oakland. Kershaw top the majors with 185 strikeouts and his ERA of 2.51 is seventh best in the National League.

The remaining games have the White Sox in Boston, the Mets home to San Diego, the Nationals in Miami, the Braves in Baltimore, the Rangers hosting the Yankees and the Reds in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

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