Last Update on July 31, 2014 05:32 GMT
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer that kept Alfredo Simon winless since the All-Star game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Wednesday, taking a series between two teams struggling to score runs.
Goldschmidt's 19th homer off Simon (12-6) gave the Diamondbacks two of three in the series. Simon has gone 0-3 since his first All-Star selection. Didi Gregorius added a two-run homer in the ninth.
The Reds fell to 2-10 since the All-Star break. Devin Mesoraco's three-run homer in the ninth off Addison Reed ended a streak of 11 straight games with three runs or fewer, Cincinnati's longest such stretch of futility since 1967.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Corey Kluber had three-hitter to outpitch Felix Hernandez for his first career shutout, Yan Gomes had a two-run double and the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Wednesday night.
The matchup between two of the top pitchers in the American League lived up to its billing. Kluber (11-6) held the Mariners to three singles and no walks while striking out eight.
Hernandez (11-3) didn't allow a base runner until Carlos Santana drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. Gomes capped the rally with a bases-loaded double.
Hernandez, who gave up four hits, was pulled after the seventh. He has allowed two runs or fewer and pitched at least seven innings in 14 consecutive starts, a major league record.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn't mean they're going to surrender the season.
Protecting themselves in case the 29-year-old Masterson left as a free agent after the season, the Indians traded the right-hander on Wednesday to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The trade of Masterson could be followed by other moves by the Indians, who entered Wednesday 6 1-2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central and in a scramble with five other teams for the league's second wild-card spot.
In exchange for Masterson, who was scheduled to come off the disabled list later this week, the Indians got outfielder James Ramsey, who's spent this season at Double-A Springfield.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Cleveland has signed safety Jim Leonhard, making the Browns the fifth different NFL team in the nine-year veteran's career.
The Browns confirmed the signing Wednesday after Leonhard wrote on Twitter that, "It's official, I just signed my 8th NFL contract to become a part of the Cleveland Browns. (hash)dawgpound."
Leonhard, 31, was with Buffalo last year where he spent the first four seasons of his career after being signed as an undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin in 2005. He spent 2012 in Denver and also played 2008 for Baltimore and 2009 and 2010 with the New York Jets.
He had four interceptions playing in 16 games last season with seven starts. He has 12 career interceptions.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris was suspended for two games Wednesday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Lewis-Harris can participate in preseason games and practices. He'll miss the first two games without pay and can return to the active roster on Monday, Sept. 15.
The Bengals signed Lewis-Harris as an undrafted college free agent from Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2012. He spent the majority of that season on the practice squad.
The cornerback has played in 10 games for Cincinnati, primarily on special teams.
MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Heat President Pat Riley is speaking out at length for the first time since LeBron James left the franchise, saying that he wants the team "to be as good as it's ever been" going forward.
Riley spoke with reporters Wednesday after the team completed the signing of Chris Bosh to a $118 million, five-year contract. Riley expressed disappointment that James returned to Cleveland, and revealed that he was working under the premise during free agency that the four-time MVP would be staying in Miami.
But even with James leaving, Riley insists that the Heat will continue being competitive.
Riley says he told James before free agency that he would be telling other players that the Heat expected him back, and that James never told him to think otherwise.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forwards Jerry D'Amigo and Dana Tyrell to one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contracts.
The 23-year-old D'Amigo was acquired by Columbus along with a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Matt Frattin on July 1. He appeared in 22 games with Toronto last season, making his NHL debut on Dec. 5, 2013, against the Dallas Stars. He had one goal and two assists with the Maple Leafs in addition to also playing with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.
The 25-year-old Tyrell played 64 games in the AHL last year, totaling 15 goals and 18 assists. He also appeared in seven games for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Andy Greene to a long-term contract extension Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed
The 31-year-old Greene, who has spent his entire eight-year NHL career with the Devils, had one year remaining on his current contract at $3.5 million.
Greene played in all 82 regular-season games last season, scoring a career-high eight goals and adding 24 assists as the Devils missed the playoff. He has 28 goals and 121 assists in his NHL career.
The Michigan native played four seasons at Miami of Ohio.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Tiger Woods will find out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.
At least he will be on golf courses that bring good memories.
The first stop is Firestone, where Woods is an eight-time winner and the defending champion. After that, he heads to Valhalla for the PGA Championship, where he won in 2000.
He needs two good weeks to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin Aug. 21, and that could determine whether he's selected for the Ryder Cup matches at the end of September.
Woods doesn't like talking about what might not happen. He figures winning both events will take care of everything.
Even so, he's not sure what to expect from having played only six rounds in four months.
Last Update on July 31, 2014 14:55 GMT
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the trade says the Oakland Athletics have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) before Thursday's trade deadline.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the deal.
Lester was sought by many teams, including Pittsburgh and the Los Angeles Dodgers, when A's general manager Billy Beane pulled off another blockbuster trade.
Lester is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA in 21 starts.
Cespedes won the past two Home Run Derbys at the All-Star game. He is in the third season of a $36 million, four-year contract he signed before 2012.
The baseball non-waiver trade deadline is this afternoon, meaning time is winding down for teams that might be trying to strengthen their chances for a post-season run.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Dodgers trot out their ace to wrap up a series with Atlanta on a limited major league baseball schedule.
Major league ERA leader Clayton Kershaw gets the start for NL West-leading Los Angeles. He's coming off a three-hit shutout that improved his record to 12-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.76.
The Braves go with 10-game winner Julio Teheran in an effort to snap the Dodgers' five-game winning streak.
Pittsburgh heads into the opener of their road series against the Diamondbacks with a chance to move into a tie with the idle Giants for a wildcard spot. The Pirates have won eight of 12, including two of three in the just-completed series against San Francisco. That's moved Pittsburgh to within two games of NL Central-leading Milwaukee.
Not much has gone right for the Reds since the All-Star break. They've only managed two wins in their last 10 games heading into tonight's series opener at Miami. Cincinnati looks to 11-6 Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) to spark a turnaround. He enters tonight's contest with a 2.08 ERA that is third-best in the National League. The Marlins have come alive recently, winning six in a row before yesterday's loss to Washington.
There are six games set in the National League and five in the American.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Opening-round play is underway at the Bridgestone Invitational, where Tiger Woods feels very comfortable. The defending champ has won eight times at Firestone, tying the PGA Tour mark for most wins at a single event.
Woods is hoping to use the tournament as a tune-up for next week's PGA Championship as he continues his comeback from back surgery. Woods has played just two events in his return. He missed the cut at Congressional and finished tied for 69th at the British Open.
Rory McIlroy is in the field in his first start since his Open Championship win at Hoylake.
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