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Last Update on August 01, 2015 05:46 GMT


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Danny Salazar pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, Michael Bourn doubled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits, stole a base and scored the go-ahead run for the Indians, who lost eight of 11 before their streak.

Salazar (9-6) walked one and struck out four to end a personal two-game slide. He has a 1.53 ERA over his last four starts, spanning 29 1/3 innings.

Cody Allen got the last three outs for his 21st save.

Edward Mujica (2-3) took the loss.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen hit another homer at Great American Ball Park, and Pittsburgh's rebuilt bullpen was shaky but delivered on Friday night, holding on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Pirates got their first win of the season in Cincinnati -- they'd been 0-4 -- and finished July with a 17-9 record, the best in the National League.

McCutchen connected off Michael Lorenzen (3-6), and Jung Ho Kang had three doubles and drove in a run to support Jeff Locke (6-6). The left-hander lasted five innings and turned it over to the rebuilt bullpen.

Former Tigers closer Joakim Soria arrived a few hours before the game and slipped into his new role as setup man. He loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh -- a pair of walk got him in trouble -- but snagged Brayan Pena's liner over his head to end the threat


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have made their third trade this week, sending left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Abraham Almonte.

Rzepczynski went 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games this season. Earlier this week, the Indians, who recently lost six straight games and fell back in the AL wild-card race, dealt outfielder David Murphy to the Angels and sent slugger Brandon Moss to St. Louis.

The 26-year-old Almonte has split the season between San Diego and Triple-A El Paso, batting .275 with four homers, 35 RBIs and 11 steals in 61 games in the minors. He has spent two stints in the majors, batting .204 in 31 games. The 5-foot-9, switch-hitting center fielder began his career after signing with the Yankees in 2005.

Rzepczynski joined the Indians in 2013, coming over in a trade with St. Louis. He appeared in 73 games last season.


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.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils have hired Paul Castron as their director of amateur scouting.

General manager Ray Shero announced the move on Friday, just weeks after saying that long-time scouting director David Conte would not be offered a new contract.

Castron will oversee all aspects of the club's amateur scouting operations. He spent the previous 16 seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, including the last nine as director of amateur scouting.


National Sports News

Last Update on August 01, 2015 10:15 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals had leads of 3-0 and 5-3 before losing in Johnny Cueto's (KWAY'-tohz) team debut on Friday.

Cueto left with a two-run advantage, but the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Royals 7-6 on Josh Donaldson's walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th. Blue Jays newcomer Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WITS'-skee) started the winning rally with a single and advanced to second on a balk before Donaldson delivered his third hit and fourth RBI of the night.

Cueto was reached for three runs and seven hits in six innings, five days after being acquired from Cincinnati.

The outcome keeps the AL Central-leading Royals eight games ahead of Minnesota. The Blue Jays remain six games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees.

In other major league finals:

-- The Twins were 6-1 losers to Seattle as Taijuan Walker fired a one-hitter in his first career complete game. Walker tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and held the Twins hitless following Miguel Sano's fourth-inning homer.

-- Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) had a big night in the New York Yankees' 13-6 pounding of the White Sox, launching a grand slam and a two-run shot to finish with six RBIs. Alex Rodriguez was 2-for-2 with three walks, one RBI and four runs scored for the Bombers.

-- The Orioles are six games behind the Yankees after the Birds erased a 6-0 deficit and beat Detroit 8-7. Manny Machado socked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth, two innings after Adam Jones unloaded a three-run blast.

-- Arizona overcame a 4-1 lead before Welington Castillo and Jake Lamb hit back-to-back homers in the 10th inning of the Diamondbacks' 6-4 victory at Houston. The Astros wasted Jason Castro's three-run blast and Carlos Correa's (koh-RAY'-uhz) solo shot, both coming in the fifth inning.

-- The Dodgers' lead in the NL West is up to 1 1/2 games over the Giants after Alex Guerrero smacked a two-run homer and Howie Kendrick poked a solo shot in a 5-3 win over the Angels in Los Angeles. The Angels stayed two games behind the AL West-leading Astros despite Mike Trout's solo homer, RBI triple and run-scoring single.

-- Elvis Andrus (AN'-droos) and Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) hit two-run homers off Madison Bumgarner to send Texas to its third consecutive win, 6-3 over San Francisco. Both benches emptied but no punches were thrown after Bumgarner shouted something toward the Rangers bench as he left the mound at the end of the fourth inning.

-- Anthony Rizzo was 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs scored in the Chicago Cubs' 4-1 verdict over Milwaukee. Winning pitcher Jason Hammel surrendered Ryan Braun's first-inning homer but just five other hits in 5 2/3 innings to help the Cubs climb within one game of the Giants for the second NL wild-card berth.

-- Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) scattered four hits in seven innings as St. Louis blanked Colorado 7-0 to stay 5 1/2 games ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL Central. Matt Carpenter homered for the third time in two games, and Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tah) added a two-run blast as the Cardinals won for the eighth time in 11 games.

-- Jung Ho Kang (gahng) hit an RBI double and scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch as the Pirates downed the Reds 5-4 in Cincinnati. The game was tied 3-3 in the sixth until Reds hurler Jumbo Diaz uncorked an errant pitch that allowed Kang to score, one inning after Andrew McCutchen knotted the score with a solo homer.

-- Wilmer Flores led off the bottom of the 12th with a homer to give the Mets a 2-1 triumph over Washington, pushing New York within two games of the NL East-leading Nationals. Matt Harvey retired his first 16 batters but had to settle for a no-decision after Yunel Escobar singled home the tying run with two out in the eighth.

-- Philadelphia won for the 11th time in 13 games since the All-Star break as Domonic Brown hit a two-run homer and Ryan Howard drove in four runs to lead a 9-3 rout of Atlanta. David Buchanan allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace the traded Cole Hamels in the rotation.

-- San Diego scored five times in the 11th to beat the Marlins 8-3 in Miami. Yonder Alonso (YAHN'-dur ah-LAHN'-zoh) and Derek Norris worked out bases-loaded walks to put the Padres ahead 5-3 before Jedd Gyorko (JUR'-koh) added a two-run single to cap his three-RBI night.

-- Mike Napoli belted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh and two other Red Sox had two RBIs in a 7-5 victory against Tampa Bay. Blake Swihart (SWY'-hahrt) slapped a two-run single and Alejandro De Aza added a pair of RBI singles as the Red Sox won their second straight since dropping 12 of 14.

-- Cleveland pulled out a 2-1 win at Oakland on Michael Bourn's RBI double in the ninth. The Indians scored the tying run on shortstop Marcus Semien's 29th error of the season.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have completed a deal that sends Phillies lefty Cole Hamels to Arlington, giving the team a stronger rotation as it tries to win an American League playoff berth. The Rangers also received $9.5 million and shipped left-hander Matt Harrison and five prospects to Philadelphia.

Hamels tossed a no-hitter in his last start Saturday against the Cubs, leaving him 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA this year. He is due $22.5 million per season through 2018 with a club option for 2019.

The three-time All-Star is 114-90 with a 3.30 ERA since reaching the majors in 2006. Hamels owns a 7-4 record and a 3.09 earned run average in 13 postseason starts.

In other major league news:

-- The Mets have acquired slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) from Detroit, boosting a lineup that is ranked last or next-to-last in several major categories. Cespedes is hitting .293 with 18 home runs with 61 RBIs in 102 games this season. The Mets sent minor league pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to Detroit.

-- Right-hander Dan Haren has been grabbed by the Cubs from the Miami Marlins. As part of the deal, Miami is sending cash to the Cubs to cover part of Haren's $11 million salary. Haren was 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA in a team-best 21 starts for the Marlins this season.

-- The Orioles have picked up left fielder Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for minor league right-hander Zach Davies. The 28-year-old Parra batted .328 with nine homers and 31 RBIs in 100 games this year. He's a career .279 hitter over six-plus seasons, most of them with Arizona.

-- The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton and cash from the Brewers for minor league outfielder Malik Collymore.

-- The Toronto Blue Jays have kept up their postseason push by acquiring veteran reliever Mark Lowe from the Seattle Mariners for left-handed pitchers Nick Wells, Jacob Brentz and Rob Rasmussen.

-- The Jays have added another productive bat by acquiring outfielder Ben Revere from the Phillies for minor league right-handers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.

-- The Pittsburgh Pirates added depth to their rotation by acquiring J.A. Happ from Seattle for minor league pitcher Adrian Sampson. A little while later, the Bucs put struggling starter A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow.

-- Minnesota has bolstered its bullpen with the acquisition of right-hander Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays for a pair of minor league pitching prospects.

--Left-hander Felix Doubront has been obtained by Oakland from Toronto for cash after he was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays Wednesday.

-- The Oakland Athletics have traded right-hander Ryan Cook to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash.

-- The Angels put left-hander C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation


CHICAGO (AP) -- Seven-time All-Star pitcher Billy Pierce has died at 88.

The left-hander played for the Chicago White Sox from 1949 to 1961, starting three All-Star games in the mid-1950s and helping them win the 1959 American League pennant. He was also a member of the San Francisco Giants' pennant-winning team in 1962.

Pierce played for Detroit and finished his 18-year career 211-169 with a 3.27 ERA, 1,999 strikeouts, 193 complete games and 38 shutouts.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL and the players' union say they want a New York judge to resolve their dispute over Tom Brady's suspension by Sept. 4.

The league and union filed a joint letter in U.S. District Court proposing a ruling by that date to settle Brady's lawsuit against the league seeking to have his four-game suspension overturned. The union did not seek a court order that would allow the New England Patriots quarterback to play while a court case dragged on.

The federal judge handling Brady's attempt to overturn his four-game suspension strongly suggested the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appear in court on August 12 and 19.


RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has worked out a contract extension after guiding the team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances.

Wilson is locked up in Seattle for the prime of his career after signing an $87.6 million, four-year extension on Friday that includes a $31 million signing bonus. Both sides had set a Friday deadline to complete a deal.

Wilson threw for 3,475 yards, 20 touchdowns and just seven interceptions last year.


LONG POND, Pa. (AP) -- Kyle Busch will start from the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup event at Pocono Raceway as he seeks his fourth consecutive victory. He's trying to become the first Cup driver since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win four straight races.

Busch missed the first 11 races of the season with a broken right leg and left foot. He returned in late May and has won three consecutive Sprint Cup Series races and four of the last five.

Kevin Harvick was second in Friday's qualifying, followed by Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Tony Stewart.


GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Ryo Ishikawa (ee-shee-KAH'-wah) owns a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler and Kevin Chappell through two rounds of the PGA's Quicken Loans Nationals near Washington, DC.

Ishikawa followed Thursday's 8-under 63 with a 68 that leaves him 11-under. He completed his back nine with three straight birdies and four in his final six holes.

David Lingmerth is alone in third at minus-9, while tournament host Tiger Woods is among nine players at 8-under.


TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) has the 36-hole lead at the Women's British Open. She shot a 3-under 69 to finish the first 36 holes at 7-under.

Teresa Lu, So Yeon Ryu, Jin-Young Ko and Ludia Ko are two shots off the pace.

Michelle Wie (wee) withdrew from the event 13 holes into her second round after aggravating her left ankle injury. Wie was 10 over par for the round.


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