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Last Update on July 31, 2015 05:32 GMT


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brandon Phillips hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs on Thursday night, powering the Reds to a 15-5 victory that kept the Pittsburgh Pirates winless in Cincinnati this season.

The Reds opened the season with a three-game sweep of the Pirates at Great American Ball Park. They improved to 4-0 on Thursday night by taking advantage of struggling A.J. Burnett (8-5), sending the Pirates to their most lopsided loss of the season.

Pittsburgh hadn't allowed so many runs since a 15-5 loss to Arizona on Aug. 17, 2013.

Marlon Byrd also hit a three-run homer, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a double as the Reds improved to 8-2 overall against the Pirates this season.

Left-hander David Holmberg (1-0) was called up from Triple-A and allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.


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.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Carlos Carrasco threw a two-hitter, Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Thursday night.

Francisco Lindor had two hits for the Indians, who won their second straight following a six-game losing streak.

Josh Reddick doubled in a first-inning run for the A's, who have lost six of their last seven.

Carrasco did not allow a hit after Reddick's double, facing one over the minimum from that point. He walked one and struck out seven. He was coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed six runs in four innings.

Chris Bassitt (0-4) gave up three runs, his season high, on six hits. He walked one and struck out a season-best six.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals. In return, Cleveland will receive minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky.

The Cardinals haven't scored in 22 consecutive innings and Matt Holliday re-injured his right quadriceps Wednesday. It's the same injury that caused the seven-time All-Star to miss 31 games. The Cardinals lead the NL Central by 4 1/2 games over Pittsburgh.

Cleveland signed Moss as a free agent during the offseason. He had 15 homers and 50 RBIs in 94 games but the Indians have fallen back in the AL wild-card race. Moss played four seasons in the NL with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Kaminsky was selected with the No. 28 overall pick two years ago and was considered one of the top prospects in the Cardinals system.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals signed receiver Greg Little on Thursday at the start of training camp, giving him a second chance to show he can catch the ball consistently.

The former Browns star signed with Cincinnati last season when injuries depleted the receiving group. He played in six games and had only six catches for 69 yards. He didn't catch a pass during a first-round playoff loss at Indianapolis.

The Bengals waived receiver Cobi Hamilton, a sixth-round pick in 2013 who spent that year and part of last season on the practice squad. They also signed rookie receiver Desmond Lawrence, a free agent from North Carolina A&T. He signed with the Lions and was released in May.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Devon Still was trim and upbeat when he arrived for the start of the Cincinnati Bengals training camp. Good news about his 5-year-old daughter put him in the right frame of mind.

Leah Still's latest scan found no trace of the cancer that she's been fighting for more than a year. Still said on Thursday that she has to get treatments to strengthen her immune system, but the worst of it should be behind her.

They had an emotional goodbye when he headed to Cincinnati to try to earn a spot in the Bengals' line rotation. Still has lost 27 pounds as he enters his fourth season. He's on a one-year deal, so he's starting to run out of chances.

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Last Update on July 31, 2015 07:48 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have limped out of Houston after absorbing a three-game sweep by the Astros.

Jason Castro slammed a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Astros a 3-0 victory over the Angels. Scott Kazmir scattered three hits in 7 2/3 innings, giving him a scoreless streak of 14 2/3 innings since joining Houston from Oakland last week. Luke Gregerson worked a perfect ninth to get the win as the AL West-leading Astros moved two games ahead of the Angels.

Los Angeles starter Matt Shoemaker matched zeroes with Kazmir for seven innings, allowing three hits while fanning seven.

Also in the majors:

-- Toronto beat Kansas City 5-2 on homers by Dioner (dee-AH'-nur) Navarro, Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson. Winning pitcher Marco Estrada gave up two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings. Kendrys (KEHN'-drihs) Morales hit a two-run double in the first inning before the Royals suffered their second straight loss, cutting their lead in the AL Central to eight games over the Twins.

-- Minnesota was a 9-5 winner against Seattle as Eddie Rosario, Aaron Hicks and Brian Dozier homered for the Twins. Rosario finished a single shy of the cycle and drove in three runs to help the Twins end a four-game skid. Austin Jackson and Seth Smith hit two-run homers off winning pitcher Phil Hughes, who improved to 10-6 despite yielding five runs and 10 hits in five innings.

-- Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) belted a two-run homer and had three RBIs while Detroit built a 9-2 lead in a 9-8 triumph at Baltimore. J.D. Martinez put the Tigers ahead with a two-run double in the first and finished with three ribbies. The Orioles ended a five-game winning streak despite Chris Davis, who smacked a two-run homer and furnished four RBIs.

-- The Birds still trail the AL East by 6 1/2 games to the Yankees after Josh Hamilton poked a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Texas past the Yanks 7-6. Hamilton also cracked a three-run homer in the bottom of the first after the Yankees took a 3-0 lead. Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Rua (ROO'-ah) went deep for the Rangers to counter Mark Teixeira's (the-SHEHR'-uhz) two home runs.

-- The White Sox's seven-game winning streak is over after David Ortiz delivered three hits and two RBIs in the Red Sox's 8-2 rout of Chicago in Boston. Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) had three hits, drove in one and scored twice to help the Red Sox win for only the third time in 15 games. White Sox ace Chris Sale was tagged for seven runs and 12 hits in five-plus innings.

-- Ryan Zimmerman homered and Max Scherzer allowed just three hits in seven innings of the Nationals' 1-0 shutout of Miami. Jonathan Papelbon (PAP'-ul-bahn) worked the ninth to pick up the save in his first appearance since the Nats acquired him from Philadelphia. The outcome gives Washington a three-game lead over the New York Mets in the National League East.

-- The Mets coughed up a 7-1 lead over the last three innings of an 8-7 loss to San Diego. Derek Norris went 5-for-5 with a grand slam in the seventh and a bloop single with two out in the ninth. Norris later scored on Justin Upton's go-ahead, three-run blast off Jeurys Familia (jeh-REES' fah-MEEL'-yuh).

-- Matt Carpenter was 4-for-5 with a pair of homers and four RBIs before Greg Garcia worked out a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Cardinals' comeback in a 9-8 win over Colorado. The Redbirds trailed 8-6 in the ninth until Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tah) lined a two-run single and Kolten Wong scored on Garcia's walk. St. Louis halted a two-game skid and expanded its lead in the NL Central to 5 1/2 games over Pittsburgh.

-- The Pirates were crushed by Cincinnati 15-5 as Brandon Phillips went 4-for-5 with a pair of three-run homers and a career-high seven RBIs. Marlon Byrd also clubbed a three-run shot and Jay Bruce drove in three as the Reds improved to 8-2 versus the Bucs this season. David Holmberg gave up two runs in six innings to win his major league season debut.

-- The Cubs trailed the Brewers 2-0 until Anthony Rizzo crushed a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Chicago's 5-2 triumph at Milwaukee. Rookie Kyle Schwarber added an RBI single in the ninth for the Cubs, who won for the third time in four games to climb within two games of San Francisco for the final NL wild-card berth.

-- Cleveland beat Oakland 3-1 as Carlos Carrasco struck out seven in a two-hitter. Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer in the first inning after Michael Brantley lined an RBI double.

-- Dominic Brown hit a solo homer and Carlos Ruiz delivered a go-ahead, two-run single as Philadelphia won for the 10th time in 12 games, 4-1 against Atlanta. Aaron Harang gave up just one run in five innings despite surrendering nine hits.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays have swung another major deal as the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches.

One day after landing All-Star Troy Tulowitzki, the Jays acquired All-Star lefty David Price from Detroit on Thursday for pitchers Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt.

The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner is 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 146 innings. It's the second straight season Price has been dealt to a contender near the deadline.

In other trades on the day before the deadline:

-- The Dodgers have grabbed pitching staff in a three-team, 13-player deal with the Marlins and Braves. The Dodgers picked up Mat Latos from Miami and Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan (ah-VEE'-lahn) from Atlanta. Los Angeles also acquired first baseman Michael Morse from Miami and injured pitcher Bronson Arroyo from the Braves. The Marlins received Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman, while Atlanta landed Cuban infielder Hector Olivera and pitchers Paco Rodriguez and Zack Bird.

-- The Astros have retooled as they try to win the AL West, acquiring outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers (FY'-urz) from Milwaukee for prospects Josh Hader, Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana. The 29-year-old Gomez is hitting .262 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 74 games for the Brewers this season. He is making $8 million this season and $9 million in 2016, the final year of his contract.

-- The Cardinals have found a replacement for injured outfielder Matt Holliday by acquiring Brandon Moss from the Indians for minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky. Moss is hitting .217 with 15 homers, 17 doubles and 50 RBIs since being acquired by Cleveland in December 2014. Holliday is out again with the same right quadriceps injury that sidelined him for 31 games earlier this summer.

-- The Yankees have acquired utility player Dustin Ackley from Seattle for minor leaguer right-hander Jose Ramirez and outfield prospect Ramon Flores. Ackley is hitting .215 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 85 games for the Mariners this season.

-- The Pirates have grabbed right-handed reliever Joakim Soria from the Tigers for minor leaguer JaCoby Jones. The 31-year-old Soria was 3-1 with 23 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 43 appearances with Detroit this season.

-- A deal between the Phillies and Rangers involving Cole Hamels appears imminent. Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade the ace left-hander and reliever Jake Diekman to the Rangers for pitcher Matt Harrison and a package of prospects. Hamels tossed a no-hitter against the Cubs last Saturday at Wrigley Field, his last start for the Phils.


UNDATED (AP) -- Tom Brady's lawsuit against the NFL will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota, a victory for the league.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle ruled in Minnesota that he saw little reason for the case to be heard in his state, noting Brady plays in Massachusetts, NFL headquarters are based in New York and the union is in Washington.

Brady is trying to have his four-game suspension overturned after he was punished for his role in the use of underinflated footballs during the Patriots' lopsided win in the AFC title game earlier this year.

In other NFL news:

-- The Buffalo Bills have placed three players on the active/non-football injury list, including Mario Williams. The Pro Bowl defensive end has started every game in his three seasons with the Bills and participated in the team's offseason activities. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin and kicker Dan Carpenter were also placed on the list.

-- Linebacker Keith Rivers has decided to retire rather than report to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys. A top-10 pick by Cincinnati in 2008, the 29-year-old Rivers missed time with various injuries while also playing for the New York Giants and Buffalo. The seven-year veteran never played a game for Dallas.

-- San Diego star tight end Antonio Gates says he's not sure how a banned substance got into his body, although he believes it could have been while he was cleansing his system in the offseason. Gates has been suspended without pay for the first four games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

-- New York Giants co-owner John Mara says the team hasn't been allowed to examine Jason Pierre-Paul and has no idea when he will be able to play. The Pro Bowl defensive end suffered severe hand injuries in a July 4 fireworks accident in Florida.

-- Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings has paid a $1,147 fine after pleading guilty to reckless driving stemming from an arrest in Georgia in January. The office manager of the Gwinnett County Recorder's Court clerk in Georgia said Jennings was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and must complete a substance abuse program.


CHICAGO (AP) --Defending national-champion Ohio State has suspended All-America defensive end Joey Bosa, receiver Corey Smith and H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson for its opening game at Virginia Tech. Buckeyes coach Urban Mayer wouldn't reveal the infractions.

The Buckeyes open the season Labor Day night in Blacksburg, Virginia, against the only team to beat them last season.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott has been arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop.

A sheriff's news release says Scott's vehicle failed to yield for about two miles, with speeds reaching 98 mph, before it finally pulled over. Deputies say they found more than an ounce of marijuana and 10.9 grams of MDNA, commonly called Molly.

Scott averaged 7.8 points last season.


UNDATED (AP) -- Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (YAH'-kuhb VOHR'-ah-chehk) has agreed to a multiyear contract extension.

The 25-year-old Voracek had 22 goals and career highs of 59 assists and 81 points last season. Voracek has 124 goals and 372 points in 531 career games over seven seasons with Columbus and Philadelphia.

Also, the Montreal Canadiens and restricted free-agent Alex Galchenyuk (gahl-CHEHN'-yuhk) have agreed to terms on a two-year contract. Galchenyuk had career highs of 20 goals, 26 assists and 46 points last season.


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