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Last Update on August 21, 2014 05:33 GMT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rookie T.J. House threw shutout ball into the sixth inning, combining with four relievers to pitch the Cleveland Indians past the Minnesota Twins 5-0 Wednesday night.
Rookie Zach Walters hit his sixth homer. It was his third home run in eight games with the Indians since he was acquired from Washington on July 31 in a trade for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
House (2-3) gave up four hits while striking out five and walked three. The Indians extended Minnesota's scoreless streak to 17 innings.
Ricky Nolasco (5-9) gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is having surgery on both knees and is done for the season.
Swisher has underperformed after getting a four-year, $56 million contract from the Indians before last season. He's having arthroscopic procedures performed on both knees in Los Angeles. The club said he'll need 8 to 10 weeks to recover.
The Indians said Dodgers' physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed Swisher has chronic medial knee discomfort as a result of wear and tear. Swisher is expected to make a full recovery.
Swisher was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 10. Before he was sidelined, Swisher was batting .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 97 games.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto (15-7) was off-kilter from the get-go and missed a chance to become the majors' first 16-game winner. He allowed five runs in five-plus innings.
The Cardinals have won eight of nine and swept the Reds at home for the first time since Sept. 26-28, 2008. Cincinnati has lost 10 of 12, with Cueto getting the two wins.
Jon Jay had three hits, scored twice and was plunked by a pitch for the sixth time in six games for St. Louis.
Lynn (14-8) gave up four singles and was set to pitch the eighth leading 5-0 before a 58-minute rain delay ended his outing.
Trevor Rosenthal got two outs for his 37th save in 42 chances.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Johnny Manziel hopes the hype around him calms down.
Beaten out by Brian Hoyer to be Cleveland's starter, the Browns rookie quarterback Manziel said Wednesday that he's disappointed he won't be on the field against Pittsburgh in the season opener on Sept. 7. Manziel knows he didn't do enough during training camp and the preseason to win the job over Hoyer, who overcame a serious knee injury and then held off the first-round draft pick to keep the job.
Manziel believes the focus should be on Hoyer, saying, "I'm the backup quarterback, I shouldn't be in the spotlight."
Manziel said he wouldn't change anything about his offseason. He was widely criticized for some weekend partying, but insists "I'm still going to continue to have fun in my life and continue to live my life."
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals and Vontaze Burfict have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will pay the Pro Bowl linebacker a maximum of $20.05 million through 2017, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press.
Burfict is making $570,000 in the final year of his original deal with Cincinnati, which took a minimal risk and signed him as an undrafted free agent from Arizona State in 2012.
Under his extension, he'll make $10 million through next summer, said the person speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been signed or announced by the team.
Burfict became ill between practices on Wednesday and was sent home. He could sign the deal on Thursday or Friday when he's better.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff has been nominated as the senior finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2015 class of inductees.
The Hall of Fame made the announcement Wednesday.
Tingelhoff will join 15 modern-era finalists and two contributor finalists on the ballot, but the endorsement from the Hall of Fame's senior committee was a big step toward enshrinement for the six-time Pro Bowl pick. Tingelhoff went undrafted out of Nebraska in 1962, yet became a starter as a rookie and kept the job his whole career until retiring after the 1978 season.
Tingelhoff never missed a game and was a key part of Vikings teams that won 10 division titles and reached four Super Bowls.
Senior nominees are players whose careers ended at least 25 years ago.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kyrie Irving made all five shots and scored 12 points starting in place of Derrick Rose, and the U.S. national basketball team beat the Dominican Republic 105-62 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game.
James Harden also scored 12 in limited playing time for the Americans, who used their subs for most of the second half. Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan each scored 13 points.
Rose sat out, with team officials saying coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to be able to look longer at other players with cuts coming soon. The Americans have 16 players on the roster and have to get down to 12 before the upcoming Basketball World Cup.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have reached an agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings, who will serve as their ECHL affiliate for the 2014-15 season.
The K-Wings compete in the ECHL's Western Conference Midwest Division. The club plays its home games at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Blue Jackets also announced that their preseason home opener on Sunday, Sept. 21, against the St. Louis Blues, will start at 6:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Urban Meyer refers to No. 5 Ohio State's last two practices as "the day after" and "two days after" -- a new calendar dating from when the Buckeyes lost standout quarterback Braxton Miller.
Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, tore the labrum of his right throwing shoulder on an unrushed, seven-yard pass on Monday.
Now every point on the program's timeline will be judged whether it was before Miller's injury or after.
J.T. Barrett, a redshirt freshman who's never taken a collegiate snap, is set to start when the Buckeyes open their season on Aug. 30 against Navy. His teammates and Meyer say he's up to the task, a mature kid with lots of potential who has grown in his time on campus.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kent State says one of its football players has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue.
The school said in a release that starting center Jason Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m.
The 21-year-old Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes. He started all 12 games in 2013.
Athletic director Joel Nielsen said the school is "heartbroken by the news of Jason's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone whose lives he touched."
Bitsko's teammates were informed of Bitsko's death at the end of Wednesday's morning practice.
Bitsko received an award during the spring game for "exemplifying hard work and dedication."
Last Update on August 22, 2014 02:51 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Nationals matched their longest winning streak since they moved from Montreal in 2005 by winning their 10th straight, 1-0 over Arizona. Denard (deh-NARD') Span scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth in the Nats' 1-0 win over Arizona. That's the Nationals' fifth walkoff victory in their last six games.
Closer Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth for the win -- he's 4-1. The Nats swept a three-game series against the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates before winning all four games against the D-Backs.
Kansas City is the only other team to win 10 in a row this year.
In other baseball:
-- After two days, the first upheld protest in nearly 30 years and another rain storm in Chicago, the Cubs finally completed a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a suspended game. Anthony Rizzo's two-run homer Tuesday held up as the team's played the final 4 1/2 innings of a game the Cubs thought they had won 2-0 two nights ago,
-- The L.A. Angels blanked Boston 2-0 behind a superb pitching effort from Matt Shoemaker, who combined with two relievers on a one-hitter. He lost his bid for a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning on a double by Will Middlebrooks of the Boston Red Sox. Shoemaker is 12-4, striking out nine in his seven and two-thirds innings. The Angels increased their lead in the AL West to two games over idle Oakland.
-- There was a real pitcher's duel in St. Petersburg, Florida, where the Rays beat the Tigers 1-0. Alex Cobb of the Rays went seven innings allowing two hits while striking out six. Loser David Price, who was traded by the Rays to the Tigers last month, went the distance giving up just one hit, a run scoring triple by Brandon Guyer. Price had nine strikeouts. The Tigers had won the first two games of the three-game series.
-- The Yankees avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros with a 3-0 win. Brandon McCarthy pitched a four-hitter for the Yankees, who have won just three of their last 10 games. The Yankees had been shut out in McCarthy's previous two starts.
-- The Indians weren't able to finish off a three-game sweep of the Twins in Minneapolis. The home team won the final game 4-1 as Phil Hughes out dueled Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur). Hughes allowed just five hits in seven innings while Kluber gave up six in as many innings of work.
-- Atlanta blanked Cincinnati 8-0, handing the Reds their sixth straight loss. Julio Teheran went six innings and combined with two relievers on a five-hitter. Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bases-loaded single in a five-run third inning.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for their playoff run.
One of the AL West leader's top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. He's scheduled for surgery next week.
Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It's a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto (dih-POH'-toh) says "we'll be open" about finding a deal to replace Richards in the rotation.
In other baseball news:
-- The Los Angeles Angels have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. Beckham has struggled offensively hitting just .221 this year, but he gives the AL West-leading Angels another sure-handed infielder with six seasons of major league experience. He turns 28 on Sept. 16.
-- A judge has dismissed rape charges against former Detroit pitcher Evan Reed, saying the testimony of the woman who accused him wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place. The 28-year old Reed says he's elated to be cleared of the third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges. He was with the Tigers at the time of the March incident and appeared in 27 games for Detroit before being sent to his current assignment with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The playing career of Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman is over. Coach Jason Garrett says the second-year player has a neck injury related to a spinal problem. Holloman missed seven games in his rookie season because of a spinal contusion.
Gamecocks rusher may miss opener
COLUMBIA, S.C. (P) -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says 1,000-yard rusher Mike Davis hasn't been able to practice this week and might not be ready for the ninth-ranked Gamecocks season opener. Davis has been slowed by several nagging injuries during camp, most recently a rib injury.
The Gamecocks open the season next Thursday night against No. 21 Texas A&M.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -- Bo Van Pelt has vaulted into the lead late in the first round of The Barclays with a 6-under 65. That's good for a one-shot lead over Cameron Tringale.
Top-seed Rory McIlroy had his problems in the opening round, posting a 3-over 74. He entered play on a three-tournament winning streak that included the British Open and PGA Championship.
Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson each shot a 3-under-68 while Phil Mickelson opened with an even-par-71.
LONDON, Ontario (AP) -- South Korea's So Yeon Ryu shot a 7-under 63 to grab the lead after the opening round of the Canadian Women's Open. She holds a one-shot edge over Na Yeon Choi. Anna Nordqvist is two off the lead. Top-ranked Stacy Lewis shot an opening round 1-under-71 along with Paula Creamer (KREE'-mur).
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Joshua Houston had a clutch two-run single, reliever Cameron Bufford pitched a tense scoreless sixth inning, and Chicago held off gritty Philadelphia 6-5 in a matchup of inner-city teams at the Little League World Series. Chicago will play Las Vegas in the U.S. title game Saturday.
The loss eliminated Philadelphia and prevented star pitcher Mo'ne (MOH'-nay) Davis from getting one last shot to put another stamp on what had become her personal playground.
Japan will play South Korea in the international championship game on Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams will open up next week's tournament with a match against fellow American Taylor Townsend. The 18-year old Townsend is a former top-ranked junior player who reached the third round of the French Open this year.
Play in the two-week-long U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam event of the year, starts Monday.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Top-seed John Isner (IHZ'-nur) has withdrawn from a quarterfinal match at the Winston-Salem Open with a sprained ankle. Organizers say he injured the ankle in his match Wednesday night.
There's been no word as to Isner's availability for next week's U.S. Open.
DENVER (AP) -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere (zhee-GEHR') has announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons. Giguere is best known for his time with the Anaheim Ducks. He led the team to two appearances in the Stanley Cup finals, capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy in defeat in 2003 and hoisting the Cup in 2007.
The 37-year old spent last season with Colorado and goes out with 262 NHL wins.
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