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Last Update on July 23, 2014 05:33 GMT


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Carlos Santana homered among his season high-tying four hits and Danny Salazar won in his first start in more than two months as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 Tuesday night.

Cleveland won for the fourth time in six games since the All-Star break. Minnesota has lost four of five.

Santana hit a no-doubt solo shot to right field in the fifth to put the Indians up 4-1. He also had two doubles and a bunt single to beat a defensive shift. Nick Swisher had his first three-hit game of the year for Cleveland.

Closer Cody Allen struck out pinch-hitter Chris Parmelee with a runner on third in a two-run game in the eighth inning before Cleveland scored four times in the ninth to negate a save opportunity when Carlos Carrasco pitched the ninth.

Minnesota's Brian Dozier had three hits, including his career-high 19th home run in the seventh inning.


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

It was Lucroy's second homer of the game and 11th of the season. It was his second career walkoff homer and both were against the Reds. His first was last season off closer Aroldis Chapman and this one was off Sam LeCure.

Francisco Rodriguez (4-3) pitched the ninth to earn the victory.

Cincinnati, which is 0-5 since the All-Star break, brought in LeCure (1-2) to pitch the ninth. His outing lasted just three pitches as Lucroy hit a 1-1 offering for a line drive homer inside the left field foul pole.

Lucroy was batting just .200 (21 for 105) in his last 25 games. His first homer of the game was on a 3-2 pitch from starter Homer Bailey in the sixth.


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Zack Cozart left the Cincinnati Reds game with the Milwaukee Brewers after being hit in the right hand by a pitch while attempting to bunt.

X-rays on the first two fingers of his hand were negative, and the team said he was day-to-day.

Cozart was hit by a pitch from Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson in the seventh inning, twisting out of the batter's box in pain while grabbing his hand. The ball appeared to hit Cozart's bat first, but Milwaukee's appeal of the hit by pitch call was unsuccessful and he was awarded first base.

Cozart stayed in the game as a runner and was doubled off second base on an easy flyout to end the inning. He then left the game.

In 95 games, Cozart is batting .227 with two home runs and 22 RBI.


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett left Tuesday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds with tightness in his right quad.

Gennett also left Saturday's game in Washington with the same tightness. There was no immediate word as to the severity of the injury.

Against the Reds, he made a play on a grounder that was deflected by starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson to end the fourth inning. His turn in the batting order didn't come up in the bottom half of the inning and he was replaced by Rickie Weeks at top of the fifth.

Gennett was 0 for 2 in the game. He is batting .305 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 89 games.


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Reds placed right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list with a strained shoulder before Tuesday night's game against the Brewers.

The move is retroactive to July 13.

Ondrusek is 3-1 with an ERA of 4.31 in 29 games this season.

Right-hander Curtis Partch was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

Partch has pitched in four games with the Reds in 2014. He is 1-0 and has not allowed a run.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals expect cornerback Leon Hall to be ready for the start of training camp and defensive tackle Geno Atkins to join them for full workouts sometime later.

Hall and Atkins are their two biggest questions heading into camp. Both are starters who mean a lot to a defense that ranked third in the NFL last season.

Hall tore his right Achilles tendon midway through last season, the second time he's sustained such an injury. Coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday that he expects Hall to be cleared for full practices when camp opens Thursday.

Atkins tore a knee ligament Oct. 31. Lewis says Atkins won't be cleared to practice at the outset, but he expects him to be back sometime during camp.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 23, 2014 12:56 GMT


UNDATED (AP)-- The surging Tampa Bay Rays won their sixth in a row, and beat one of baseball's best pitchers in the process. The Rays beat Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2.

The Rays tagged Wainwright for four runs on six hits in four and two-thirds innings. Wainwright was trying to become baseball's first 13-game winner. Instead he fell to 12-5. Yunel (yoo-NEHL') Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double.

Evan Longoria added a solo homer in the ninth for Tampa Bay. The Rays have outscored teams 36-11 during their streak.

In other baseball:

-- Chase Headley, just acquired in a trade from San Diego, came through with a storybook swing in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.

-- AL East-leading Baltimore retained its four-game lead by doubling up the L.A. Angels 4-2. Jonathan Schoop homered and J.J. Hardy hit two RBI doubles. Miguel Gonzalez evened his record at 5-5 with the victory.

-- In another 14-inning marathon, San Francisco outlasted Philadelphia 9-6. Brandon Crawford delivered a bases-loaded double to drive in the go-ahead runs. Tim Lincecum, usually a starter, got the final two outs in the bottom of the 14th for the Giants.

-- Milwaukee nipped Cincinnati 4-3 to take a game-and-a-half lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to win it for the Brew Crew.

-- Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a solo home run and a tiebreaking two-run single in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 12-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Polanco had been hitting just .133 in his previous 11 games.

-- Cleveland won for the fourth time in six games since the All-Star break by routing Minnesota 8-2. Carlos Santana homered among his season high-tying four hits.

-- J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings for his first victory in three starts, Dioner Navarro and Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3. David Ortiz hit a solo homer in the eighth, his third homer in two games and the 36th of his career at Rogers Centre. That matches Alex Rodriguez for the most by a visiting player.

-- Aaron Hill drove in three runs and made a game-ending diving stop, Miguel Montero hit a two-run single in the eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.

---- The New York Mets beat Seattle 3-1. Jacob deGrom allowed five hits and a run in seven innings to improve to 4-5. Lucas Duda (DOO'-dah) hit his 15th homer.

-- L.J. Hoes homered with one out in the top of the 12th, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first win in four tries at the Coliseum this year.

-- The Kansas City Royals topped the Chicago White Sox 7-1 behind a 14-hit attack. Mike Moustakas homered twice.

-- The Chicago Cubs ended their five-game losing streak by blanking San Diego 6-0. Anthony Rizzo homered twice to become the first NL player with 25 homers.

-- Adam LaRoche cracked a tiebreaking three-run home run in the seventh in helping Washington beat Colorado 7-4. That's his 13th home run. The Nationals have won four straight and opened a two-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East. But the Nationals lost their third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who suffered a hamstring injury. He's slated for an MRI today.

-- Miami held off Atlanta 6-5. Donovan Solano had a career-high four hits and also reached on a walk as Miami took its second straight win over Atlanta to open the four-game series.


DENVER (AP) -- Major league batting leader Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIT'-skee) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by Colorado because of a left hip flexor strain. The move is retroactive to Sunday. Tulowitzki suffered the injury in a game against Pittsburgh Saturday.

The 29-year-old All-Star shortstop is hitting .340 and is third in the NL with 21 home runs.

In other baseball news:

-- Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto (JEE'-oh-vah-nee SOH'-toh) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, less than a week after he returned from right knee surgery. The last-place Rangers currently have 14 players on the DL.

-- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lihg) says he's "anxious" to look at the recommendations of a team of top orthopedists who are studying the uptick in elbow injuries among pitchers. A handful of experts, including Dr. James Andrews and New York Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, are putting together a report to help baseball address the rash of reconstructive Tommy John surgeries.

-- The Tampa Bay Rays have placed right-handed pitcher Joel (joh-EHL') Peralta on the 15-day disabled list with an undisclosed illness.

-- The Athletics say owner Lew Wolff has agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland after reviewing several modifications made by the Oakland City Council. The Coliseum has hosted the A's since 1968 but the facility has recently had sewage and lighting problems.


UNDATED (AP) -- Now it starts to get intense for Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies.

The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL says he's enthusiastic about the challenge. Twice on Tuesday, he mentioned how enjoyable it was being back on the field and trading wisecracks with teammates.

Sam said he's "so excited to be back with the guys," adding, "Football's fun."

Sam hopes there will be less attention about his sexual orientation, but added his focus has to be on making the team. He said he's in the best shape of his life, dropping 13 pounds in the last month, weighing in at 257 pounds.

In other NFL news:

-- Seven former professional football players are challenging a tentative class action settlement of NFL concussion claims. Their appeal echoes their previous complaints that some players won't be fairly compensated under the settlement, which would cover nearly 20,000 retired players for 65 years.

-- The San Diego Chargers agreed to a two-year contract extension with running back Danny Woodhead. Woodhead is coming off a career year. He had career highs of 76 catches (second on the team), 605 yards and six touchdowns.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is not giving up his fight to keep the team, and has filed a new lawsuit in his attempt to derail a potential $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The lawsuit names estranged wife Shelly Sterling, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, saying they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team without his permission.

Meanwhile, Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons says coach Doc Rivers has told him he'll quit if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- It's not clear as to how long Andrew Wiggins will be a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers but a person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick in the near future. Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person familiar with the talks says Wiggins will sign with Cleveland as early as today.

If the Cavs and Wiggins work out a deal, a trade for Love would not be able to be consummated for 30 days.

The Cavs and Timberwolves have had ongoing discussions about a trade for Love since before the draft. The Timberwolves have always insisted that Wiggins be involved in any package, a stipulation the Cavaliers have resisted.

A person familiar with the trade says the Cavaliers have sent guard Carrick Felix to Utah for three players with non-guaranteed contracts, a deal to give them more assets to go after Love.

The Cavs sent Felix a second-round pick in 2015 and $1 million to the Jazz for guard John Lucas and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy,

In other NBA news:

-- The Chicago Bulls say they have signed first-round draft pick Doug McDermott, who was last season's college player of the year. Terms of the deal involving the 6-foot-8 forward from Creighton weren't released.

-- The Golden State Warriors and swingman Brandon Rush have completed the deal they agreed to last week. The contract is for two years and about $2.5 million.


UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Rangers are avoiding salary arbitration with forward Mats Zuccarello, agreeing to terms with the restricted free agent on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

The 26-year-old Zuccarello had career highs of 19 goals and 40 assists in 77 games last season to lead the team in points.

In other hockey news:

-- Forward Antoine Roussel (an-TWAHN' roo-SEHL') and the Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a four-year contract. He played in 81 games last season and finished with 14 goals and 29 points. He also finished with 209 penalty minutes, making him the only player in the NHL with more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes.


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