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Last Update on August 31, 2015 05:34 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Abraham Almonte hit his first career grand slam and Josh Tomlin worked into the eighth inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-2 win over the slumping Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Almonte's fifth-inning homer off Jered Weaver broke open a close game and sent Cleveland to its fifth straight win.

Weaver (6-10) didn't get much help from his defense. Center fielder Mike Trout and right fielder Kole Calhoun lost catchable fly balls in the sun, leading to five Cleveland runs.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision says Indians president Mark Shapiro is leaving the team to take the same job with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Shapiro, who has been with Cleveland since 1992, will replace Paul Beeston, Toronto's CEO and president who is retiring. The teams will make the announcement Monday, said the person who spoke Sunday night to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the sides were still working through some details. first reported the deal.

Shapiro served as Cleveland's minor league director and general manager before becoming Cleveland's president following the 2010 season. Shapiro has twice been named baseball's executive of the year.

The Indians have operated with one of baseball's lowest payrolls. That won't be the case in Toronto as the Blue Jays have pumped money into the roster, hoping to end a postseason drought dating to 1993.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians owner Paul Dolan hired an investment broker several months ago to help him find a minority investor for his franchise.

Dolan secured Allen & Co., a New York-based firm, to search for a minority owner, a team spokesman confirmed Sunday. The New York Post first reported the deal on Saturday.

The Dolan family bought the Indians in 1999 from Richard Jacobs for $322 million. The club has had one of the lowest payrolls in the major leagues and attendance at Progressive Field has dropped dramatically in the past few seasons.

Dolan has said he has no interest in selling his majority controlling interest in the Indians.

Meanwhile, team president Mark Shapiro could possibly leave the team for a similar role with the Toronto Blue Jays. Shapiro served as the club's general manager from 2001-10.

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Last Update on September 01, 2015 04:54 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays had won eight of nine before the Cleveland Indians prevented them from stretching their lead in the American League East on Monday.

The Indians picked up their sixth consecutive victory as Jerry Sands delivered the tiebreaking single in the seventh inning of a 4-2 decision over Toronto. The Jays took a 2-1 lead on Josh Donaldson's two-run triple in the fifth, but Ryan Raburn (RAY'-burn) doubled home the tying run in the seventh before scoring on Sands' go-ahead hit.

Winning pitch Danny Salazar is 12-7 after allowing two runs and six hits while fanning 10 in seven innings.

Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a sixth-inning single, but Toronto ended a four-game winning streak.

The New York Yankees remain second in the AL East and 1 1/2 game behind Toronto following a 4-3 loss in Boston. Mookie Betts smacked a two-run blast and David Ortiz added his 495th career home run to lead the Red Sox to their ninth victory in 13 games.

The Yankees scored once in the ninth and had the bases loaded with one out before Greg Bird struck out and Didi Gregorius skied to left to end the game.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) is the AL's first 16-game winner after allowing one run and striking out eight over seven innings of Houston's 8-3 pounding of Seattle. Keuchel improved to 12-0 at home this season and helped the AL West leaders move 14 games over .500 at 73-59. Rookie Carlos Correa slammed a two-run homer, and Jed Lowrie and Hank Conger added solo shots to help the Astros withstand Mark Trumbo's two home runs.

-- St. Louis blew a 3-1 lead and trailed 5-3 before scoring five times in the seventh inning to beat Washington 8-5. Jason Heyward's two-run double put the Cardinals back on top to stay after Stephen Piscotty and Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tah) sparked the seventh-inning rally with RBI singles. The NL Central-leading Redbirds overcame Ryan Zimmerman's three-run homer and moved five games ahead of Pittsburgh.

-- Bartolo Colon struck out nine while giving up four hits in eight shutout innings to lead the New York Mets past Philadelphia 3-1. Rookie Michael Conforto raised his average to .293 by going 2-for-2, including a tiebreaking, solo homer in the fourth inning. Curtis Granderson added a two-run blast in the fifth for the Mets, who are 13-1 against the Phillies this season and lead the NL East by 6 1/2 games over the Nationals.

-- The Cubs enjoyed a 5-3 lead until Eugenio (ay-oo-HAY'-nee-oh) Suarez and Adam Duvall hit two-run homers in the fifth inning of Cincinnati's 13-6 rout of Chicago. Second baseman Starlin Castro made two of his three errors while the Reds were scoring six unearned runs in the ninth. Jason Bourgeois and Tucker Barnhart each had three hits and two RBIs for the Reds.

-- Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Evan Longoria added a solo shot as Tampa Bay doubled up Baltimore 6-3. David Archer lowered his ERA to 2.78 by limiting the slumping Orioles to four hits in six shutout innings. The Birds have dropped five straight and 11 of their last 12.

-- Braves pitcher Shelby Miller lowered his ERA to 2.56, but his winless streak reached 19 starts after he surrendered just one run in seven innings of Atlanta's 4-0 loss to Miami. Cole Gillespie hit a solo homer in the second inning to back Chris Narveson, who combined with four relievers on a three-hitter. Martin Prado (mahr-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) and Justin Bour added RBI doubles as the Marlins dealt the Braves their sixth straight loss.

-- Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH'-doh) and pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen lined two-run singles in the bottom of the ninth to give Colorado a 5-4 comeback win over Arizona. Charlie Blackmon and D.J. LeMahieu (leh-MAY'-hyoo) each had three of the Rockies' 12 hits.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs made a key acquisition just before the waiver trade deadline.

The Cubs have picked up outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named. Jackson was hitting .272 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 107 games this season. He gives the Cubs' outfield depth and defense as the team tries to nail down its first postseason berth since 2008.

Meanwhile, the AL Central-leading Royals have acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes (gohmz) from the Atlanta Braves. Gomes hit .221 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 195 at-bats with Atlanta.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians President Mark Shapiro (shuh-PY'-roh) is leaving the club after 24 years to join the Blue Jays as president and CEO. The move will take effect at the end of the 2015 season. He replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring.

Shapiro has been with Cleveland since 1992 and says he has "mixed emotions" about leaving. He spent nine years as Cleveland's general manager before becoming president in 2010. Shapiro was baseball's executive of the year following the 2005 and 2007 seasons.

The ownership of the Blue Jays says it wants to retain general manager Alex Anthopoulos and that discussions about extending his contract are under way.


UNDATED (AP) -- Kirk Cousins will be under center when Washington opens its NFL schedule.

Coach Jay Gruden has announced that Cousins will be his starting quarterback for the season, saying the Michigan State product gives his team the best chance to win.

Cousins was selected over Robert Griffin III, who was thought to have the job until he was held out of Saturday's preseason game because of a concussion suffered the previous week.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

-- The Buffalo Bills are turning their offense over to Tyrod Taylor following a three-way quarterback competition. Taylor won the job over former starter EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel (KAS'-uhl), a 10-year journeyman who was acquired in an offseason trade with Minnesota. The Bills have released 34-year old running back Fred Jackson, who spent nine seasons in Buffalo.

-- Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt says there's a chance rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH'-tah) won't play in the team's preseason finale Thursday against Minnesota. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has completed 70.4 percent of his passes and is 19 of 27 for 252 yards with only one interception.

-- Jacksonville has traded longtime kicker Josh Scobee (SKOH'-bee) to Pittsburgh for a sixth-round draft pick in 2016. The Steelers needed a kicker after losing Shaun Suisham (SWEE'-zam) and then Graham Hartley to preseason injuries.

-- Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas could miss multiple games to start the regular season if he requires surgery on a broken bone in his right hand. He's looking for a second opinion. Thomas was hurt in the preseason opener against Pittsburgh.

-- Denver has sent offensive tackle Chris Clark to Houston, released veteran linebacker Reggie Walker and placed rookie tight end Jeff Hauerman on injured reserved. The Clark trade for a seventh-round pick in 2016 is contingent on his passing a physical.

-- Safety Stevie Brown is back with the New York Giants. After playing for the team three seasons Brown signed with Houston as a free agent. He was released by the Texans Saturday night paving the way for a return to the Big Apple.

-- Arizona dropped 11 players, including linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and veteran punter Dave Zastudil. The 32-year-old Alexander has played nine seasons in the NFL and was team captain for the Cardinals' special teams the past two seasons. The 36-year old Zastudil missed all but two games last season with a groin injury.

-- Steelers wide receiver Martavis (mar-TAY'-vihs) Bryant has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The second-year player's appeal of the suspension was denied by the league.


NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady couldn't agree, so now a judge will decide the fate of "Deflategate."

Judge Richard Berman says both sides tried hard to reach a deal during a Monday morning meeting but failed.

He says he expects to rule as early as Tuesday whether Brady must serve a four-game suspension to start the season for his alleged role in using underinflated footballs during the playoffs last season.

Goodell upheld the suspension in July. The NFL Players Association wants the suspension nullified.


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