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Last Update on May 06, 2015 05:31 GMT

REDS-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Marlon Byrd homered and drove in four runs, Todd Frazier belted his National League-leading ninth home run and the Cincinnati Reds handled the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Tuesday night.

Byrd hit a two-run shot in the third inning off Jeff Locke (2-2) and added two-run double in the ninth for the Reds. Frazier finished 2 for 5 for Cincinnati, which remained unbeaten against the Pirates this season.

Rookie Michael Lorenzen (1-1) worked six-plus innings for his first major league victory. The 23-year-old righty kept the struggling Pirates off balance, giving up one run and three hits, walking three and striking out four.

Starling Marte's solo homer in the second off Lorenzen provided all of Pittsburgh's offense. The Pirates have lost four straight and six of seven. Jeff Locke (2-2) struggled early before settling down. The Pirates have scored five runs and left 46 runners on base during their four-game slide.

INDIANS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer, Jason Vargas shut down the Indians for the second straight start, and the Kansas City Royals went on to beat Cleveland 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Hosmer also had an RBI triple in the eighth inning, and Alex Gordon drove in another run for the Royals, who bounced back nicely after losing two straight to Detroit over the weekend.

Vargas (3-1) only allowed two hits, one a two-run shot by Michael Brantley, over six stingy innings. He struck out five while walking two and was rarely in trouble.

Ryan Madson pitched a perfect seventh for Kansas City, but Kelvin Herrera served up a homer to Lonnie Chisenhall in the eighth, ending his streak of 105 1-3 innings without allowing one.

Herrera still handed over a lead to Wade Davis, who cruised through the ninth for his sixth save.

CAVALIERS-REGROUP

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James says he may have to change his mindset and be more aggressive in Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls.

With Cleveland missing starters Kevin Love and J.R. Smith, the Cavs dropped Game 1 on Monday night. James scored 19 points and added 15 rebounds and nine assists, but he often deferred to others instead of driving to the basket and that may have to change if the Cavs intend to even the series on Wednesday night.

James says he was more aggressive on defense than on offense in the series opener. Love's absence -- he's out for the remainder of the playoffs following shoulder surgery -- may require James and All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to do more.

The Bulls carved up Cleveland's defense with pick-and-rolls, and Cavs coach David Blatt says his team was late in making adjustments. Blatt is considering lineup changes for Game 2.

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Last Update on May 06, 2015 22:43 GMT

NFL-PATRIOTS-DEFLATED FOOTBALLS

NEW YORK (AP) -- An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship game. The report says quarterback Tom Brady was probably "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.

The NFL began investigating after the Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 on January 18. The Colts complained that several footballs were under inflated and the NFL confirmed that 11 of the 12 footballs were under the limit.

The NFL requires balls to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, and each team is responsible for the balls it uses on offense.

Brady has said he prefers footballs inflated to 12.5 pounds per square inch. On many occasions, Brady said he never asked for balls to be deflated outside of the rules.

The report includes text messages between the officials' locker room attendant and an equipment assistant for the Patriots. The report concludes "it was more than probable than not" that they were involved in in the plan to deflate footballs after they were examined by the referee. The messages imply Brady was requesting footballs deflated below 12.5 pounds per square inch.

The 243-page report says league investigators found no evidence that coach Bill Belichick and team management knew of the practice.

NFL-BEARS-WHITE

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract with first-round pick Kevin White. The West Virginia receiver was the seventh overall pick in the draft.

The Bears entered the draft with big needs on defense coming off a 5-11 season but took a play-making receiver to replace the traded Brandon Marshall with their top pick.

The Bears also announced today a four-year deal with second-rounder Eddie Goldman, a defensive lineman from Florida State.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Clippers coach Doc Rivers thinks the odds are 50-50 point guard Chris Paul will return tonight to try to help build a 2-0 lead over Houston in the Western Conference semifinals.

Paul missed Game 1 against the Rockets with a left hamstring and the Clippers surprised many by opening the semifinals with a victory in Houston.

The Rockets will need to get James Harden going. He had 20 points and 12 assists for the Rockets, but didn't look like the same super-aggressive player that finished second to Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry in the MVP voting. He took just 13 shots and only six free throws in passive Game 1 performance.

LeBron James figures he may have to be more aggressive offensively when Cleveland hosts Chicago in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals tonight. That's because the Cavs will be without injured forward Kevin Love and suspended guard J.R. Smith for the second straight game.

Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson is expected to start Game 2. The move allows James to get out on the perimeter, where he is more dangerous offensively. James expects to be more aggressive and "sharper" in Game 2.

Cleveland lost the opener on its home court when the Bulls shot 50 percent for the game and 55.6 percent on 3-pointers.

NBA-CAVALIERS-SLINGS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cavaliers cancelled a plan to give away 20,000 arm slings to fans to show support for injured starting forward Kevin Love, who is out for the rest of the NBA playoffs.

Love underwent surgery last week after his left shoulder was dislocated when his arm was yanked from the socket by Boston center Kelly Olynyk (OHL'ih-nihk) in Cleveland's series-clinching win in the opening round. The Cavs intended to hand out the slings, adorned with a sponsor's name, during their Eastern Conference semifinal series against Chicago but scrapped the idea.

A team spokesman would not comment on the giveaway. It's not known what the team plans to do with the unused slings.

NBA-PELICANS-PONDEXTER

METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- New Orleans forward Quincy Pondexter has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The Pelicans say they will soon have a timetable for Pondexter's return to "basketball activities."

New Orleans acquired the 6-foot-7 Pondexter from Memphis on Jan. 12 in a three-team deal that also involved Boston.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- It's likely that it will be a nail-biter when the Capitals host the Rangers in Game 4 of their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal tonight. New York has played an NHL-record 10 consecutive postseason games decided by one goal.

Unfortunately for them, they've lost two of the last three to fall into a hole in the series.

Washington goalie Braden Holtby has allowed a total of four goals in the series, including a 30-save shutout in Game 3.

Tampa Bay will look to push Montreal to the brink of elimination in their Eastern Conference semifinals. The Lightning are a perfect 7-0 against the Canadiens this season, including the opening two games of the series in Montreal.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien is trying to look on the bright side. He says Montreal is due.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Bryce Harper hit three home runs, including two into the upper deck, to lead Washington to a 7-5 win over Miami. Harper connected in his first three at-bats against Marlins starter Tom Koehler.

The power display helped build a five-run lead for Nationals starter Max Scherzer who finally got some offensive help in improving to 2-3. In his three losses, the Nationals only scored two runs. Scherzer struck out 10 in seven plus innings.

Giancarlo Stanton drove Scherzer from the game with a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning.

The Giants have come alive lately, stringing together five wins and three consecutive shutouts.

They'll try to keep it going in the continuation of their home series against San Diego. The Padres have been the Giants' victim the last two games and head into today's play with a 20-inning scoreless streak going.

Look for Mark Reynolds to present the Cardinals line-up card to the umpires when St. Louis hosts the Cubs tonight. The infielder has done it for the last eight games and St. Louis has won all of them.

White Sox ace Chris Sale returns to the mound for the first time since he gave up a career-high nine runs and nine hits in three innings of a 12-2 loss at Minnesota last Thursday. The left-hander is 2-1 heading into his start against the Tigers.

The Royals plan to activate All-Star closer Greg Holland before their game against Cleveland. He's been sidelined with a strained pectoral muscle.

The Rockies are hoping the weather clears for their scheduled doubleheader against Arizona. Colorado has had its last three home games postponed by rain, including the last two days.

MLB-TIGERS-VERLANDER

CHICAGO (AP) -- Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been given the go-ahead to resume throwing after being sidelined since the start of the season with a strained right triceps.

The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner was cleared after undergoing an MRI.

Verlander threw in the outfield at U.S. Cellular Field before Detroit's game against the Chicago White Sox.

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