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Last Update on August 03, 2015 05:35 GMT


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Charlie Morton pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Neil Walker hit a review-aided home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Sunday in a testy game in which benches cleared after All-Stars Andrew Mcutchen and Brandon Phillips were hit by pitches.

Pushing and shoving ensued in the eighth after the Reds' Phillips was hit by a pitch by Pittsburgh left-hander Tony Watson. Cincinnati's Pedro Villareal hit McCutchen in the top of the inning.

No punches were thrown between two teams with a history of altercations dating back a couple of years, but the altercation rekindled twice before order was restored. Pirates first baseman Sean Rodriguez and Cincinnati's Joey Votto were ejected.

Pirates Closer Mark Melancon and manager Clint Hurdle were automatically ejected after Melancon hit Tucker Barnhart with one out in the ninth. Newly acquired Joakim Soria got the final two outs for his first National League save.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Mark Canha hit a two-out double in the 10th inning to drive in Sam Fuld and lift the Oakland Athletics to a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Fuld singled off Cody Allen (1-3) before Canha hammered a 3-1 pitch off the wall in left-center. Fuld raced around third base and slid into home, easily beating the relay throw from shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Canha entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. It was the first game-ending hit of his career.

Francisco Rodriguez (2-1) pitched one inning for the win, striking out Lindor with the go-ahead run on third base in the top of the 10th.

Fuld finished with two hits while Billy Burns drove in Oakland's other run.

Lonnie Chisenhall singled and scored for Cleveland, which has lost two straight.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson hurt his right knee during practice on Sunday and was taken off the field on a cart.

Doctors initially thought the injury wasn't serious. He was sent for tests. The injury happened during the team's second practice of training camp.

"From everything right now, it seems like everything should be OK," coach Marvin Lewis said.

Johnson returned to the Bengals after spending one season with the Buccaneers. The Bengals are hoping he revives a line that didn't get much pressure on the quarterback last season. Cincinnati finished last in the league in sacks.

The Bengals also are counting on tackle Geno Atkins to play better now that he's had a full year to recover from knee surgery.

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Last Update on August 04, 2015 01:10 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- David Price made a nice first impression with Toronto Blue Jays fans this afternoon.

Price was stellar in his first game with the Jays, striking out 11 and allowing just one run and three hits in eight innings of a 5-1 triumph over Minnesota. He improved to 10-4 and held the Twins to two hits after Torii Hunter homered in the second inning.

Price is 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA in four starts against Minnesota this season. He was on the mound for the first time since being acquired from Detroit on July 30.

Josh Donaldson led the way offensively for the Jays by going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run.


UNDATED (AP) -- Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett has a strained flexor tendon in his elbow and hopes to return to pitching this season.

Doctors told the 38-year old Burnett to rest for four weeks before he starts throwing again. But he says that is subject to change.

Burnett has gone 1-2 with a 10.13 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break, allowing at least five runs in each outing. That came following a first half in which he went 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA in 18 starts and was selected to the All-Star game for the first time in his 17-year career.

Burnett plans to retire at the end of the season.

Also in the majors:

-- Athletics left fielder Coco Crisp has been activated from the 60-day disabled list after being sidelined with a strained neck since May 20. Manager Bob Melvin said he expects Crisp to play a couple of games then get a day off as he gets back into the flow.

-- First baseman/outfielder Michael Morse has joined the Pirates, three days after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers picked up Morse in a deal with Miami and immediately designated him for assignment. The 33-year-old Morse is hitting just ,212 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 53 games this season.

-- The Cubs have recalled outfielder Matt Szczur (SEE'-zur) from Triple-A Iowa and designated left-hander Clayton Richard for assignment. Szczur is batting .211 with one homer and eight RBIs in 32 games for the Cubs this year.

-- The White Sox recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned right-hander Scott Carroll to the minors. The brother of NBA All-Star Klay Thompson is hitting .260 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs for Charlotte this season.

-- Tampa Bay first baseman Richie Shaffer is making his major league debut tonight against the White Sox. The team's top pick in the 2012 draft was promoted after hitting .265 with 16 homers in 55 games for Triple-A Durham.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Denver punter Britton Colquitt has agreed to a substantial pay cut in hopes of making the roster. Two years after becoming the league's highest-paid punter, Colquitt has agreed to reduce his contract by $1.4 million. He will now will make $1.6 million this season while his 2016 salary of $3.25 million remains untouched.

Colquitt is the second Broncos veteran to take a pay cut this year. Peyton Manning agreed to a $4 million reduction in his salary, to $15 million. He can earn that back if the Broncos win the Super Bowl.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders is facing a 10-game suspension for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Sanders was cut last month following another failed drug test. ESPN first reported the 10-game ban, which would be enforced if Sanders signs with another team.

Sanders caught 51 passes as a rookie after being taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He missed the first four games of the last season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.


MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Heat have signed guard Josh Richardson to his rookie contract. He could earn just more than $2.5 million over the next three years, though the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons are currently structured as partially guaranteed.

Richardson went in the second round of this year's draft, taken at No. 40 overall after a four-year college career at Tennessee.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have finalized their one-year contract with veteran point guard Andre Miller. The 39-year-old Miller served as a backup for Washington and Sacramento last season, averaging 4.4 points, 3 1/2 assists and 15 1/2 minutes a game. The Timberwolves are Miller's eighth NBA team in 17 seasons.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman has been awarded a $2 million, one-year contract by an arbitrator. Hoffman was seeking $3.4 million and the Senators were offering $1.75 million.

The 25-year-old player finished sixth in Calder Trophy voting for NHL rookie of the year with 27 goals and 21 assists.


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