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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.

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Last Update on September 20, 2014 06:05 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- It was one of Clayton Kershaw's worst outings of the season, but it was good enough for him to become the majors' first 20-game winner.

The lefty is 20-3 after giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out nine in five innings of the Dodgers' 14-5 blowout win over the Cubs in Chicago on Friday. The Cubs tagged him for three runs in the first inning, but that was after Matt Kemp launched a three-run homer while the Dodgers were building a 6-0 lead.

Kershaw tied his second-shortest outing of the season and allowed more than two runs for only the seventh time in 26 starts.

Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) added another three-run blast in the sixth to help Kershaw win his sixth consecutive start. A.J. Ellis added a pair of two-run shots for Los Angeles, which began the day leading the NL West by 2 1/2 games over San Francisco.

Detroit has a little more breathing room in baseball's tightest division race. The Tigers top the AL Central by 1 1/2 games over the Royals after Ian Kinsler went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs in Detroit's 10-1 laugher at Kansas City. Kinsler's blast was part of a five-run fifth that gave the Tigers a double-digit lead.

Justin Verlander carried a shutout into the eighth as the Tigers improved to 12-5 versus the Royals this season.

The loss drops the Royals just a half-game ahead of Seattle for the AL's second wild-card berth.

The Mariners were 10-5 winners at Houston as Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager belted three-run homers and Dustin Ackley delivered a pair of solo shots. Astros designated hitter Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) leads the majors in hitting at .343 after going 3-for-3.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- Oakland has regained control of the AL's first wild-card berth after John Lester struck out seven and allowed a run and five hits in seven innings of the Athletics' 3-1 triumph against Philadelphia. Derek Norris, Eric Sogard and Coco Crisp hit consecutive RBI singles in the second inning before the A's hated a three-game skid.

-- St. Louis still leads the NL Central by 2 1/2 games over Pittsburgh after Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday hit back-to-back homers in the first inning of the Cardinals 2-1 win over Cincinnati. Winning pitcher John Lackey held the Reds to a run and six hits in 7 2/3 innings.

-- Russell Martin belted a go-ahead, three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to fuel Pittsburgh's 4-2 win over Milwaukee. Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh) held the Pirates to five hits while striking out 11 in seven scoreless innings before the Brewers fell 4 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the NL's second wild-card berth.

-- Trevor Plouffe (ploof) delivered a walkoff single in the 10th inning to push the Twins past Cleveland 5-4. The Indians gave up a 4-3 lead in the ninth and stayed 4 1/2 games out of a playoff berth.

-- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs before suffering a strained right hamstring in the New York Yankees' 5-3 triumph over Toronto. Ellsbury hurt himself beating out a double-play relay in the fourth inning.

-- Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer and Doug Fister picked up his 15th victory in Washington's 3-2 triumph at Miami. Fister allowed two runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings.

-- David Ortiz homered twice, including a tiebreaking, two-run blast in the 10th inning of Boston's 5-3 victory in Baltimore. Ortiz and Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning.

-- Lucas Duda smacked a two-run homer and Zack Wheeler scattered five hits in six innings of the New York Mets' 5-0 shutout of the Braves in Atlanta. Wheeler is 8-2 with a 2.56 ERA in his last 15 starts.

-- Avisail (A'-vih-sayl) Garcia lined a two-run double to cap the Chicago White Sox's four-run fifth in a 4-3 comeback win over Tampa Bay. Jose Quintana allowed just one earned run over 7 1/3 innings to get his ninth win.

-- Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) swung a productive bat in Colorado's 15-3 rout of Arizona, going 3-for-5 with a grand slam, seven RBIs and three runs scored. Rafael Ynoa (ee-NOH'-uh) drove in three runs while providing four of the Rockies' 16 hits.


CHICAGO (AP) -- L.A. Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN'-jihn YOO) is expected to begin a throwing program in the next couple of days and thinks he will be able to return this year. After being removed from his start last Friday at San Francisco after just one inning due to shoulder inflammation, the left-hander says he is feeling better after a cortisone shot on Monday. He's hoping to return soon, but is not sure when.


NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') faced an all-out blitz and scrambled about before reaching the sideline.

Vowing to "get the NFL's house in order," Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.

At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, and emphasized he has not considered resigning. He said we've seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong, and that starts with him.

The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases. The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case. The now-suspended and former Baltimore running back at first received only a two-week suspension.

Goodell says the same mistakes can never be repeated.

Among the areas that will be examined is Goodell's role in discipline. He now oversees all personal conduct cases, deciding guilt and penalties. Goodell said he would meet with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice (deh-MOHR'-his) Smith next week, and they would work with outside experts to evaluate the league's policies.

More defiant than contrite as he was hammered with questions, Goodell said he has not considered resigning.

The commissioner and some NFL teams have been heavily criticized for lenient or delayed punishment of Rice, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and other players involved in recent domestic violence cases. Less than three weeks into the season, five such cases have made headlines, the others involving Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy, San Francisco's Ray McDonald and Arizona's Jonathan Dwyer.

Authorities in Minnesota have filed a petition seeking a protective order for Peterson's son. The petition asks a judge to block Peterson from using any corporal punishment or physical discipline on the 4-year-old boy. Peterson faces a child abuse charge in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank the boy in May.

Meanwhile, Procter & Gamble is canceling an on-field breast cancer awareness promotion it had been planning with the league. The consumer products maker is the latest major sponsor to show concern over the NFL's handling of domestic abuse allegations. PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch voiced their concerns earlier this week.

In other NFL news:

-- 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. He's eligible to play Nov. 23 against Atlanta.

-- Arizona has placed 15-year veteran John Abraham on injured reserve, ending his season with the Cardinals. The 36-year-old outside linebacker sustained a concussion in the season opener against San Diego.

-- Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says Drew Stanton will start at quarterback Sunday against San Francisco. Arians says Carson Palmer is still unable to throw a pass because of a nerve problem in his shoulder but will serve as backup QB Sunday if able.

-- Washington Redskins receiver DeSean (deh-SHAHN') Jackson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles after being "very limited" in practice Friday. Jackson is recovering from a sprained left shoulder and didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday.

-- The Dallas Cowboys will likely be without middle linebacker and leading tackler Rolando McClain for Sunday's game at St. Louis. He has a groin injury.


LOUDON, N.H. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski (kehs-LOW'-skee) will start from the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Keselowski turned a track-record lap of 140.598 mph following back-to-back victories at Richmond and Chicago. He swept the Cup and Nationwide races at New Hampshire in July.

Keselowski has five poles this season and leads the series with five victories.

Jamie McMurray was second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson. McMurray is the lone non-Chase driver among the top nine starters.


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