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Last Update on July 27, 2015 05:30 GMT


DENVER (AP) -- Nolan Arenado, Ben Paulsen and Carlos Gonzalez each homered in a 10-run third inning Sunday to help the Colorado Rockies beat Cincinnati 17-7 on a day when the Reds traded ace Johnny Cueto.

It was a big afternoon for Paulsen, who finished with a career-high four hits that included a triple and two solo homers. Gonzalez also had two homers and drove in a career-best six runs.

Colorado had eight hits in the third, including back-to-back homers by Arenado and Paulsen, to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 12-4 lead. The last time the Rockies scored double-digits in an inning was April 27, 2012, when they had 11 runs against the New York Mets.

Michael Lorenzen (3-5) was roughed up for eight runs in 2 1-3 innings. He allowed two of Colorado's five homers.

Staked to a big lead, Kyle Kendrick (4-11) yielded six runs in five shaky innings for his first win since June 23.

Before the game, Cincinnati finalized a deal that sent Cueto to the Kansas City Royals for three pitching prospects.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals have acquired ace right-hander Johnny Cueto in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds, bolstering their chances of returning to the World Series.

The Royals began the day with the best record in the American League. Now they add Cueto to a rotation that lost Jason Vargas to a season-ending elbow injury last week.

The scuffling Reds received left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed in Sunday's deal. Finnegan was Kansas City's first-round pick in last year's draft.

Cueto, who is eligible for free agency after the season, was one of the top starters on the market. He pitched eight scoreless innings in Cincinnati's 5-2 victory at Colorado on Saturday.

Cueto won 20 games last season and is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts this year.

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Last Update on July 28, 2015 02:46 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals have added yet another half-game to their lead in the American League Central.

The Royals are a league-best 60-38 after Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a four RBIs and three runs scored on a 9-4 rout of Cleveland. Hosmer put Kansas City ahead to stay with a three-run homer in the top of the first, one inning before Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) hit his first round-tripper of the season.

Kendrys (KEHN'-drihs) Morales added a two-run double and an RBI single in the Royals' third straight win.

Edinson Volquez improved to 10-5 with help from Joe Blanton, who picked up a three-inning save.

The outcome puts the Royals eight games ahead of Minnesota, the largest division lead in the majors.

In other major league finals:

-- Baltimore beat Atlanta 2-1 on Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) homer leading off the bottom of the 11th. The Orioles tied it on J.J. Hardy's sacrifice fly in the ninth, a half-inning after Adonis Garcia homered for the Braves. The Birds' third consecutive win puts them back at .500.

-- Curt Casali homered twice and had three RBIs in Tampa Bay's 5-2 verdict over Detroit. Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit a solo homer and an RBI single as rumors swirl that he and teammate David Price could be moved before Friday's trade deadline. The reigning AL Central champs are 12 1/2 games behind Kansas City.


UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Mets and Los Angeles Angels have added veterans in an effort to bolster their postseason chances.

The Mets have acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics. Clippard has gone 1-3 with 17 saves and a 2.79 ERA in 38 2/3 innings since being acquired by the A's from Washington last winter.

The Mets also receive $1 million from the Athletics and send minor league hurler Casey Meisner to Oakland.

The Angels have snared veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and cash from the Boston Red Sox for infielder Josh Rutledge.

Victorino helped the Red Sox win the 2013 World Series, but he's hitting just .245 while playing 33 games this season, missing time due to two stints on the disabled list. The 34-year-old Victorino is a lifetime .276 with 108 homers and 229 stolen bases since reaching the majors in 2003.

Boston will pay the Angels just over $3.8 million as part of the trade.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- The Cubs have released right-hander Edwin Jackson, one week after he was designated for assignment. Jackson was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 23 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

-- Giants left fielder Nori Aoki (NOHR'-ee ah-OH'-kee) was activated in time for Monday's game against Milwaukee. Aoki was hitting .317 before missing 28 games with a broken right leg suffered June 20.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Newly acquired Royals ace Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) will make his debut for Kansas City on Friday in Toronto.

Cueto was picked up in Sunday's trade with Cincinnati for three left-handed pitching prospects. Cueto is still getting personal business in order and plans to join the AL's best team on Tuesday.

The Royals felt they needed a proven top-of-the-rotation starter to solidify their staff and dealt for Cueto, who is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts this season. He was a 20-game winner last season.


UNDATED (AP) -- It turns out that Boston was too strong for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"The Hub" has bowed out of the bidding for the 2024 Summer Games, and most of its citizens aren't shedding a tear. Polls indicated that Boston's bid was never warmly received by local residents, and area politicians declined to support the process until they received a firm indication of the final dollar amount. Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Friday that he wanted to see a full report from a consulting group that wasn't scheduled to be complete until next month.

Only seven weeks remain before cities are officially nominated, which caused Baker's stance to place the bid in jeopardy. The USOC cut ties with Boston organizers after Mayor Marty Walsh said Monday that he wouldn't be pressured into signing a contract that would put the city on the hook for cost over-runs.

USOC head Scott Blackmun says the committee still wants to bid on the 2024 Games. Several Olympic leaders have been quietly pushing Los Angeles as the best possible substitute.

Los Angeles has hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti (gahr-SEH'-tee) released a statement saying he'd had no contact with the USOC, but was willing to talk.


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