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Last Update on August 02, 2014 05:34 GMT

RANGERS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- David Murphy was 4 for 4 with two RBIs against his former team, Danny Salazar allowed an unearned run in six innings, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Texas Rangers 12-2 on Friday night.

Murphy, who played for Texas from 2007-13 before signing a two-year contract with the Indians in November, had a two-run double in the fifth when Cleveland scored six times. He doubled in the second and added singles in the fourth and sixth.

Murphy also threw out a runner at home from right field in the second to end the Rangers' scoring threat.

Salazar (4-4) won his third straight start since being recalled from the minors last month. The right-hander was moved into Friday's start to replace Justin Masterson, who was traded to St. Louis on Wednesday.

REDS-MARLINS

MIAMI (AP) -- Mat Latos pitched seven strong innings, Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Friday night.

Latos (3-3), who hails from nearby Coconut Creek, beat the Marlins for the first time in eight career starts. He allowed one run on five hits and four walks while striking out five.

Aroldis Chapman got the last three gouts for his 25th save in 27 chances.

Marlins All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton homered in his third consecutive game to give him a National League-best 26. Jarred Cosart (0-1) gave up four runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings in his Marlins debut one day after being acquired from Houston.

Miami has lost three straight after winning six in a row.

INDIANS-MOVES

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians designated right-hander Zach McAllister for assignment Friday and plan to send him to Triple-A Columbus after he clears optional waivers.

McAllister, who hasn't won since April 21, is 3-6 with a 5.91 ERA in 14 starts. He won his first three decisions, but is 0-6 with a 7.89 ERA in his last 10 starts.

McAllister missed six weeks this season because of a sore back.

With the exception of staff ace Corey Kluber, Cleveland's starting pitchers have struggled all season. Kluber is the only remaining member of the rotation that began the season. Justin Masterson, the team's opening-day starter, was traded to St. Louis on Wednesday.

The Indians recalled outfielder Tyler Holt from Columbus before Friday's game against Texas. Chris Dickerson, who injured his left knee Thursday, is expected to miss a couple of days.

RED-MARLINS REPLAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball says it got the replay call right in ruling that the Miami Marlins catcher blocked the plate, but it took too long.

The disputed play happened Thursday night in the Cincinnati Reds' 3-1 victory over Miami. The score was 1-1 in the top of the eighth.

Initially, the plate umpire called Cincinnati's Zack Cozart out. The 6-minute, 10-second review using the instant replay system over-ruled the call and extended the inning. Ryan Ludwick delivered a two-run single to help the Reds win.

MLB said the catcher "did not provide a lane to the runner and hindered his path to the plate without possession of the ball."

The statement added that the "exorbitant length" of the review was more than three times the season average and "must be avoided in the future."

BROWNS-GORDON HEARING

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns receiver Josh Gordon is meeting with NFL officials in New York to appeal a possible indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Gordon's attorney is expected to argue that Gordon tested positive for marijuana because of secondhand smoke.

Gordon has not been at training camp the past two days. Cleveland coach Mike Pettine does not know if the Pro Bowler will be at Saturday's scrimmage in Akron.

The Browns are eager to resolve the matter. Gordon is the team's top playmaker and led the league in yards receiving last season.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, said a decision will be based on the information at the hearing. Gordon was suspended two games last season for a drug violation.

GOODELL-RICE

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says his decision to suspend Ray Rice for only two games following a domestic violence arrest is consistent with the league's previous actions.

Goodell says the Baltimore Ravens' running back has taken responsibility, has no history of assault and is following a court order to enter a diversionary program.

Goodell spoke Friday in Canton, Ohio, leading to this weekend's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It was his first opportunity to answer questions regarding Rice since the league disciplined him on July 24.

The length of the suspension has been criticized as too lenient. Goodell says he felt it was appropriate and calls it important that Rice has expressed regret and assumed responsibility.

HALL OF FAME

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Michael Strahan is pleased to know he is scheduled to go last during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

That means the former New York Giants star pass-rusher won't be the first to break down in tears once the 2014 seven-member class is inducted Saturday.

If that's the case, Andre Reed might not make it through Friday. The former Buffalo Bills receiver was having trouble keeping his emotions in check after meeting former teammate, quarterback Jim Kelly, who is battling cancer.

There'll be plenty of emotions given the varied backgrounds of the inductees.

The group includes linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive tackle Walter Jones, defensive back Aeneas Williams and punter Ray Guy. And also defensive end Claude Humphrey, who retired after the 1981 season.

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-PAIRINGS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play together in the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship next week at Valhalla.

The PGA Championship released its tee times for the final major of the year. Padraig Harrington will be joining Woods and Mickelson in the 8:35 a.m. tee time for the first round Thursday.

Woods and Mickelson are in the same group at a major for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open.

In the traditional pairing of major champions, Bubba Watson (Masters), Martin Kaymer (U.S. Open) and Rory McIlroy (British Open) will tee off at 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

This will be only the sixth time since 2001 that Woods and Mickelson have been in the same group at a major.

JOHNSON OUT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- The PGA Tour is refuting a report that Dustin Johnson has been suspended.

Johnson said in a statement Thursday he was taking a leave of absence to seek professional help for "personal challenges" that brought an end to his season. Johnson will miss the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.

Golf.com reported Friday that the tour had suspended Johnson for six months for failing a drug test. The website cited a source it did not identify.

The PGA Tour has a policy of not commenting on disciplinary actions. But it issued a statement Friday afternoon to clarify that Johnson has taken a leave of absence "and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour."

BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Sergio Garcia has tied the course record at Firestone by closing with seven straight birdies for a 9-under 61.

The record-tying round Friday gave Garcia a three-shot lead over Justin Rose going into the weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational.

The Spaniard broke the record on the back nine with a 27. He ended his day in style, making a 25-foot putt on the 17th hole and a 20-footer on the 18th. Phil Mickelson, who played with Garcia, took off his cap and bumped fists with Garcia.

The only hole on the back nine that Garcia did not make birdie was No. 11 -- he missed from 15 feet from just off the green.

It puts Garcia in great shape to try to capture his first World Golf Championship.

Tiger Woods shot a 71 and was 10 shots behind.

DOUGLAS-COACH

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Defending Olympic women's gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas is back in training but won't return to competition until next year.

Douglas, who split with longtime coach Liang Chow last month, is working with Kittia Carpenter at Buckeye Gymnastics in Columbus, Ohio.

The 18-year-old Douglas won the all-around title at the 2012 games in London while also helping Team USA to its second Olympic title. She returned to training in April and had planned on competing in all four events at nationals at the U.S. Championships in Pittsburgh this month.

Douglas told The Associated Press on Friday she spoke to U.S. women's team coordinator Martha Karolyi and decided it was best to spend the rest of this year putting together new routines with Carpenter.

National Sports News

Last Update on August 02, 2014 07:47 GMT

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP)-- A couple of weeks ago, the Milwaukee Brewers were hobbling into the All-Star break, watching a six-game lead disappear as the St. Louis Cardinals closed the gap. Now, the Brewers appear headed in the right direction.

Wily Peralta (WIH'-lee peh-RAHL'-tah) won his 13th game to tie for the National League lead and Aramis Ramirez hit his 13th homer as the Brewers beat 13-game winner Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals, 7-4. The victory gives the Brewers a three-games ahead of the Cards in the NL Central.

Jonathan Lucroy's bases-clearing double chased Wainwright in a four-run sixth inning that put Milwaukee up by six.

Matt Carpenter had two hits and three RBIs and Matt Holliday homered for St. Louis, which has lost three of four.

Peralta, Wainwright and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw all have 13 victories. Last year, the 25-year-old Peralta was 11-15 with a 4.37 ERA in his first full season in the majors.

In other baseball:

-- Ryan Vogelsong hurled a two-hitter for his second career complete game, Hunter Pence drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 5-1 for their second straight win after a six-game skid. Vogelsong faced 28 batters, one over the limit, and improved to 6-8. Vogelsong allowed Juan Lagares' (lah-GAHR'-uhs) soft single leading off the sixth and Lucas' Duda's 20th homer to start the eighth.

-- The Kansas City Royals blanked AL West leader Oakland 1-0. The 42-year-old Raul Ibanez (rah-OOL' ih-BAHN'-yehz) connected in the fifth inning for his fifth homer for all the scoring. Jeremy Guthrie and three relievers combined on a five-hitter.

-- Pittsburgh scored three in the eighth and five more in the ninth to beat Arizona 9-4. Josh Harrison tripled, doubled and scored twice.

-- The Chicago Cubs routed Los Angeles starter Dan Haren for seven runs in four and a-third innings en route to routing the Dodgers 8-2. Luis Valbuena (vahl-BWAY'-noh) homered and drove in two.

---- Philadelphia has won the first two games of its set in Washington, beating the Nationals 2-1. Marlon Byrd's 21st home run broke a sixth-inning tie. The Nats have lost four of five but still lead the NL East.

-- Washington maintained its game and a-half lead because San Diego was routing Atlanta 10-1. The light-hitting Padres rapped out a season-high 20 hits. Padres first baseman Tommy Medica (MEH'-dih-kah) had a huge night by going 5-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs.

-- Wei-Yin Chen won his fifth straight start and had a season-high eight strikeouts to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Baltimore has won nine of its past 11 games and remained atop the AL League East.

----Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3. It was Trout's 26th homer, a two-run shot.

-- Gregorio Petit's first career home run put Houston on top in the eighth inning and the Astros held on for a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays. That ends Toronto's six-game winning streak.

-- The Chicago White Sox outlasted Minnesota 10-8 behind a 17-hit assault. Jose Abreu (uh-BRAY'-oo) reached base five times while extending his hitting streak to 21 games. Abreu had three singles, scored twice and drove in a run. He also walked and was hit by a pitch.

-- Anthony Ranaudo pitched six solid innings in his major league debut and Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) drove in two runs as the Boston Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Ranaudo allowed two runs and four hits, including a Carlos Beltran solo home run.

---- Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs) pitched seven strong innings, Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 5-2.

-- Justin Verlander equaled his longest outing of the season, pitching eight solid innings to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Verlander improved to 10-9.

-- Cleveland rapped out 16 hits in a 12-2 laugher over the last-place Texas Rangers. Danny Chisenhall cracked his 10th home run and scored a pair of runs. David Murphy was 4 for 4 with two RBIs against his former team.

MLB-ACES IN NEWS PLACES

UNDATED (AP)-- The two pitching aces who changed teams ahead of Thursday's trade deadline say they are ready to try and pitch their new teams into the World Series.

John Lackey won't be facing his old team in his first start with the St. Louis Cardinals. Instead, Lackey will pitch Sunday in the series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers, with Lance Lynn pushed back to start Tuesday night in the opener of an interleague series against the Boston Red Sox. The Cardinals' other trade deadline pickup, Justin Masterson, will make his first start tonight.

In Oakland, newly acquired Jon Lester walked through the Oakland clubhouse doors to quite a greeting, from the snappy, patriotic marching tune on the sound system to the handshakes and hellos from every corner.

The All-Star left-hander will make his first A's start this afternoon at the Coliseum against Kansas City.

MLB-INJURIES

UNDATED (AP) -- The Phillies have placed pitcher Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain. The left-hander left in the third inning of Thursday night's win over Washington after suffering the injury. It's an apparent recurrence of the injury that put him on the disabled list in May. He's scheduled for an MRI and additional tests when the team returns to Philadelphia early next week.

The 35-year-old Lee missed two months because of a strained left elbow, and was making his third start since coming off the disabled list. He's 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA.

In other baseball DL moves:

-- San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain needs surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, an operation that likely will end his season. Cain has not pitched since July 9 and is 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA.

-- Miami All-Star pitcher Henderson Alvarez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right shoulder. The move was retroactive to Wednesday. Alvarez is 8-5 with three shutouts and a 2.48 ERA.

-- Tyler Skaggs is now on the Angels 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm. The left-hander was injured in Thursday's extra innings win over Baltimore. Skaggs had not allowed a hit when he left with two outs in the fifth inning.

NBA-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) -- The defending NBA champ San Antonio Spurs haves signed point guard Tony Parker to a multi-year contract extension. The Spurs did not disclose the deal, but Yahoo! Sports first reported that it was a three-year extension worth $43.3 million starting in 2015.

Parker averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists in 29 minutes per game last season to help the Spurs to the franchise's fifth NBA title.

The 32-year old Parker is among the elite point guards in the league and has spent all 13 seasons of his career in San Antonio. He was due to make $12.5 million next season in the final year of his existing contract.

In other NBA news:

-- The Nuggets have signed guard Erick Green to a contract after he played last season in the Italian League. The 46th overall pick in the 013 draft led the NCAA in scoring his senior season at Virginia Tech.

NFL-GOODELL-RICE

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has defended the league against criticism that it was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his domestic violence incident.

Goodell maintains that the two-game suspension the Ravens running back got is consistent with other disciplines the league has handed out.

Goodell stresses that the Baltimore running back has assumed responsibility for his conduct, has no history of assault.

Rice allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer, now his wife, on Feb. 15 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

GOLF-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Sergio Garcia went on a birdie barrage on the back nine to tie the course record with a 9-under 61 at the Bridgestone Invitational. Garcia birdied eight of the closing nine holes, including the final seven to grab the lead at 11-under par for the two rounds. The only hole he didn't birdie was the 11th, where he missed his 15-foot putt from just off the green.

Garcia is three shots ahead of Justin Rose who shot a 3-under 67. First round leader Marc Leishman is tied for third with British Open champ Rory McIlroy four off the lead. Leishman put up a 69, McIlroy shot 64.

Tiger Woods struggled to a 1-over 71 and fell 10 shots off the pace.

GOLF-BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nick Watney has widened his lead to three points after two days of the Barracuda Championship on the PGA Tour. Watney has tallied eight points under the modified Stableford scoring system to give him a total of 26. Geoff Ogilvy is three back with Wes Roach four off the lead.

GOLF-3M CHAMPIONSHIP

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) -- Marco Dawson fired a bogey free 9-under 63 to grab the lead in the first round of the Champions Tour's 3M Championship. Dawson's round was highlighted by an eagle on the par 5, 18th hole. He has a one-shot lead over four other golfers including Bernhard Langer, who is coming off a win last week at the Senior British Open championship. Also in the second-place group are Vijay Singh, Rocco Mediate (MEE'-dee-ayt) and Jeff Maggert.

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