Last Update on August 22, 2014 05:45 GMT
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bases-loaded single during Atlanta's decisive third inning, and the Braves extended their offensive resurgence with an 8-0 victory over the fading Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.
Atlanta put it away early, sending 11 batters to the plate in the third for five runs. Jason Heyward got it started with a single off David Holmberg (0-1) and drew a bases-loaded walk that finished the rally. Upton singled home a pair of runs during the inning and later added a sacrifice fly.
Julio Teheran (12-9) went six innings and allowed four hits by the Reds, who have lost six in a row.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Johnny Manziel pulled off his orange helmet, dropped to his left knee and watched from the side as Brian Hoyer worked with Cleveland's starting offense during practice.
It's about all Manziel will be doing for now.
The Browns' celebrated rookie quarterback has been relegated to a backup role: Johnny Headset. Browns coach Mike Pettine chose Hoyer to start the Sept. 7 season opener against Pittsburgh over Manziel, who was in a similar situation at Texas A&M before he transformed into a scrambling star and became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
Manziel knows he still has a lot to learn before he's ready to start in the NFL. The Browns are confident he'll develop and are hopeful they won't have to rush him on the field.
Last Update on August 22, 2014 22:43 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- Jake Arrietta (her-ee-EHT'-uh) shutdown his former team on four hits over seven innings in the Cubs 4-1 win over Baltimore.
Javier Baez (BY-ehz) and Luis Valbuena homered for the Cubs who snapped the Orioles four-game winning streak.
The only run off of Arietta came in the seventh inning when Nelson Cruz belted his major league-leading 34th homer of the season for the AL East leading Orioles.
Two excellent late-August baseball series begin tonight.
In Washington the National League East-leading Nationals, who have won 10 straight, open up a weekend series against the second-place Giants of the NL West. The Nationals start the day with a seven-game lead over the Braves while the Giants are 3 1/2 games back of the Dodgers. Record-wise the Nats are an NL-best 73-53 while the Giants are 67-59.
Later in the night the Angels, leaders of the American League West, open up a series with the second-place Athletics in Oakland. The Angels, who have won four straight and eight of 10, top the slumping A's, who have lost eight of their last 10, by two games. L.A. has a mark of 76-50 while the A's are 74-52. The Angels currently have the best record in baseball with a .603 winning percentage.
Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals is out to become baseball's first 16-game winner of the season tonight. The Cards are in Philadelphia for a date with the Phillies. On the year Wainwright is 15-7 with a sterling 2.40 earned run average.
The rest of the schedule tonight looks like this:
The Yankees are home to the White Sox, Houston is at Cleveland, the Blue Jays are hosting the Rays, Seattle is in Boston, the Reds are entertaining the Braves, Kansas City is playing at Texas, the Twins open up a series with the Tigers, Pittsburgh is at Milwaukee, the Rockies are hosting the Marlins, San Diego is at Arizona and the Dodgers are meeting the Mets in Los Angeles.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians catcher Yan Gomes has been diagnosed with a concussion and there's no timetable for when he'll return to the lineup. Gomes was hit on the mask after a pitch deflected off Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki on Thursday. Gomes remained in the game, but felt ill and was removed the following inning.
Manager Terry Francona says team doctors don't think at this time that Gomes will have to be placed on the seven-day concussion list.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado (muh-CHA'-doh) will not be ready to play when he's eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 27. He sprained his right knee while taking a swing against the Yankees on Aug. 11.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter says that there probably will be updates on Machado in the next two days.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The reported Minnesota-Cleveland NBA trade that would bring Kevin Love to Cleveland and send the last two No. 1 picks in the NBA draft to the Timberwolves has taken on a new look. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Timberwolves will receive Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as part of the new three-team deal.
The Wolves agreed weeks ago to send Love to Cleveland for No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a 2015 No. 1 draft choice they obtained from Miami.
The deal now includes the Sixers, who will get guard Alexey Shved (sh-VEHD') and forward Luc Mbah a Moute (BAH'-ah MOO'-tay) along with that Miami No. 1 pick.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland backup quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') has been fined $12,000 by the NFL for flipping his middle finger at Washington's sideline in a game this week, a person familiar with the penalty has told the Associated Press.
Manziel said he was reacting to taunting by the Redskins during Monday night's nationally televised game. The action didn't help his chances to win Cleveland's starting job, which went to veteran Brian Hoyer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy.
The substance was not disclosed. The Chiefs said in a three-sentence statement that they were informed of the positive test today and expressed disappointment in losing Stephenson, but declined further comment.
Stephenson said in a statement issued through the NFL Players' Association that he took a medication that requires a therapeutic-use exemption and failed to properly investigate it.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Post says it will stop calling Washington's football team the "Redskins" on its editorial page.
The paper's editorial board has announced that it will refrain from using the term that it says "unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too."
The board operates independently of the paper's newsgathering operation. The Post will continue to use "Redskins" in the news and sports sections.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name, saying it honors Native Americans.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -- Adam Scott ran off four straight birdies in the middle of his round and finished with a tap-in birdie for a 6-under 65 to share the 36-hole lead with Cameron Tringale (trihn-GAH'-lay) at The Barclays.
Tringale shot a 68 to get to 8-under. That's one shot better than Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk), Brendon Todd and Kevin Chappell (CHAH'-pehl).
British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy was nine shots better than his opening round, playing bogey-free for a 65. Not only did he make the cut, McIlroy suddenly is only five shots behind going into the weekend.
Phil Mickelson played a shot from the deck of a grandstand in a wild day that ended with a birdie to make the cut on the number.
LONDON, Ontario (AP) -- South Korea's So Yeon Ryu (soh yahn yoo) shot a 6-under 66 to take the lead after two rounds of the Canadian Women's Open. She's 15-under, good for a five-shot lead over Anna Nordqvist (NORD'-kwist) who shot a 3-under 69.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) -- The opening round of the Champions Tour Boeing Classic is underway. Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) enters the event fresh off another win. He finished first in last week's Dick's Sporting Goods Open for his fifth win of the season
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