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Last Update on September 20, 2014 05:36 GMT


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Trevor Plouffe singled in Danny Santana in the 10th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 5-4, comeback victory over Cleveland on Friday night, further damaging the Indians' already slim playoff hopes.

Santana led off the inning with a single off Kyle Crockett (4-1) and advanced to third on Brian Dozier's single to right-center. Joe Mauer was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Crockett struck out rookie slugger Kennys Vargas, who homered in the game.

Josh Tomlin entered the game to face Plouffe, who dropped a two-strike pitch just in front of lunging center-fielder Michael Bourn.

With Minnesota trailing 4-3 in the ninth, Kurt Suzuki hit a one-out double off closer Cody Allen and was replaced by pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez. Nunez moved to third on Oswaldo Arcia's single and scored to tie it when Aaron Hicks grounded into a fielder's choice.

Jared Burton (3-5) stranded Michael Brantley at second base to end the top of the 10th.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- John Lackey powered back into the St. Louis postseason rotation picture with 7 2-3 dominant innings, and Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday hit consecutive homers in the first inning of the Cardinals' 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

The NL Central leaders had only five hits but maintained a 2 1-2-game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates with eight games remaining. Their magic number is seven for clinching a second straight division title and two over third-place Milwaukee for securing a fourth straight postseason berth.

St. Louis is 6-1 on its final nine-game homestand.

Lackey (14-9) was passed over in the just-completed three-game series against Milwaukee after complaining of a dead arm.

The 35-year-old right-hander arrived at the trade deadline with a big-game reputation but was 2-2 with a 5.05 ERA in his first eight starts.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games after the league announced changes to its drug policy.

The league and Players' Association reached an agreement on Friday on revisions to the substance-abuse program. Earlier this week, they announced changes on performance-enhancing drugs.

Gordon, who has at least four drug violations, has already served two games of the suspension. He will be eligible to play Nov. 23 when the Browns visit Atlanta.

Gordon's appeal of a season-long ban was upheld on Aug. 22. Under the new provisions, Gordon will be allowed to work out and attend team meetings. Before the changes, Gordon was only permitted to meet with his clinician at the team's facility.

Despite being suspended for two games last season, Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards receiving.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 20, 2014 18:44 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The battle for the AL Central lead continues today in Kansas City where the Royals are hosting division-leading Detroit. The Tigers open play with a game-and-a-half lead over the Royals.

Detroit jumped to a 1-0 lead when Torii Hunter connected on his 17th home run in the fourth inning. But the Royals evening things in the fifth.

Max Scherzer is getting a second shot at getting his 17th win of the season for the Tigers. The Royals are going with James Shields who is 14-7. Detroit is 12-5 against KC this season.

The Royals and Oakland are holding on to the two AL wild card spots, with Seattle just a half game back. Tonight the Athletics host Philadelphia, while the Mariners try to make it two wins in a row at Houston. Chris Young looks for his career high 13th win of the season for Seattle.

The Dodgers are still chasing the NL West title now that they've wrapped up a playoff spot. LA is at Wrigley for an afternoon meeting with the Cubs. The Dodgers were leading 6-2 in the fifth. Adrian Gonzalez has homered twice to give him 25 roundtrippers on the year.

The Dodgers head into the game with a 3 and a-half game lead over San Francisco for the division lead. The Giants occupy one of the NL wild card spots heading into their game tonight at San Diego.

Pittsburgh has the other wild card spot with nine days left in the regular season and can help secure it with another win at home against the Brewers. Milwaukee has fallen 4 and a-half games back in the wild card chase. The Brew Crew has dropped three in a row.

The NL Central leading Cardinals can secure a post-season spot with a win against the Reds coupled with a Brewers loss in Pittsburgh.


UNDATED (AP) -- Florida State will be trying to protect its No. 1 ranking without its top quarterback at home against 22nd-ranked Clemson.

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston has been suspended for the game for making vulgar and offensive comments about female anatomy on campus this week. At first, Winston was only going to sit out the first half against the Tigers, but late last night the school extended the suspension to the entire game.

Red-shirt sophomore Sean Maguire will start for the Seminoles in the showdown of ACC rivals. The Tigers will showcase their hurry-up offense behind quarterback Cole Stoudt who's thrown for 446 yards and has a 63.3 completion percentage.

Offenses are expected to be showcased when No. 2 Oregon visits Washington State. The 3-0 Ducks' high-powered offense is run by Heisman Trophy hopeful Marcus Mariota (mehr-ee-OH'-tah) and features a rushing attack that is averaging 243 yards a game. The 1-2 Cougars boast the nation's top passing offense that ran up 630 yards in the air against Portland State last week.

No. 3 Alabama hosts Florida in an SEC battle of prolific offenses. Neither team has been held under 500 yards offense this season. Alabama has gained 1,705 yards in winning its first three games. The Gators are averaging 50.5 points in getting off to a 2-0 start.

Fourth-ranked Oklahoma takes its seven-game winning streak on the road to West Virginia. The 3-0 Sooners will be facing a Mountaineers team that is averaging 91 plays and 564 yards in offense.

There are 13 games involving 14 ranked teams on the schedule.


LOUDON, N.H. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon denied Brad Keselowski's shot at a perfect weekend with a late run in the final practice Saturday at New Hampshire that put him at the top of the chart at 135.357 mph.

Keselowski had the fastest practice speed on Friday, won the pole, and topped the first practice chart on Saturday. Keselowski and Gordon finished 1-2 in the last two Sprint Cup races. They reversed the order headed into the second Chase for the Sprint Cup championship race on Sunday.

Keselowski is coming off consecutive victories at Richmond and the Chase for the Sprint Cup opener last week at Chicagoland. He swept the Cup and Nationwide races at New Hampshire in July.

He can also become the first Ford driver to win three straight Cup races since Rusty Wallace in June 1994.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted second-year receiver Kerry Taylor from the practice squad and waived rookie safety Craig Loston before their home opener Sunday against Indianapolis. Both teams are winless.

Jacksonville needs Taylor to bolster its receiver depth. The Jaguars already ruled out rookie Marqise (mahr-KEES') Lee because of a hamstring injury. Cecil Shorts III (hamstring) and Allen Hurns (ankle) are probable to play, but recovering from injuries.

In other NFL moves:

-- The Minnesota Vikings have signed receiver Charles Johnson off the Cleveland Browns' practice squad to replace Jerome Simpson. The Vikes cut Simpson in mid-week after learning of another arrest this summer. The roster decision left the Vikings thin at receiver, and coach Mike Zimmer hinted Friday that they were in the market to address depth at the position.


KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) -- Tom Pernice (pur'-NEES), Jr. takes a commanding four-shot lead into the second round of the Champions Tour's Hawaii Championship after a scorching opening round 12-under 60. Mike Allen starts the day in second place. Pernice is looking for his third win on the Champions Tour and second of the year.


PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- South Africa's Paula Reto takes a three-shot lead into the weekend at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. The former Purdue star is looking for her first Tour win in her first season. South Korea's Mi Jung Hur holds down second, while top-ranked Stacy Lewis is four off the pace to start the day.


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