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Last Update on July 28, 2015 05:33 GMT


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kolten Wong hit a grand slam that backed Lance Lynn and led the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Monday night.

Wong connected on a 3-2 fastball from rookie Raisel Iglesias (1-3) with two outs in the fourth, putting St. Louis ahead 4-1. Wong's second career grand slam easily cleared the right- field wall, landing in the home bullpen.

The Cardinals have won six of seven, are a big league-best 64-35 record and lead the NL Central by 6 1/2 games.

Lynn (8-5) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, improving to 7-3 against the Reds. He has won five of his last six decisions overall.

Trevor Rosenthal earned his 31st save in 33 chances after getting two days off.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded forward Mike Miller and center Brendan Haywood to the Portland Trail Blazers to create salary-cap room and save luxury-tax money.

The Cavs have been shopping Haywood's expiring $10.5 million contract for weeks and worked out a deal with the Blazers, who will also get two second-round picks from Cleveland. Both teams confirmed the trade on Monday.

The Blazers are expected to cut Haywood, who barely played for Cleveland last season. Miller was signed last summer, bringing playoff experience and 3-point shooting to the Cavs, but he was hardly used in the playoffs.

Haywood is a 13-year NBA veteran. Miller is a 15-year veteran.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cavaliers have re-signed free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

Dellavedova emerged as an unlikely postseason contributor after All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was injured.

He made $816,000 last season, and had been a restricted free agent.

Although the Cavs signed Mo Williams this summer to be Irving's primary backup, the team wanted to keep Dellavedova because of the energy he brings off the bench.

Dellavedova accepted the Cavs' qualifying offer and he can be an unrestricted free agent next summer when the league's salary cap will expand.

The Australian has endeared himself to Cleveland fans and his teammates with his non-stop hustle. Dellavedova had several big games in the playoffs, scoring 20 points in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine has been impressed with quarterback Johnny Manziel's improvement but said the former Heisman Trophy winner remains firmly behind Josh McCown for the starting job.

Meeting with Cleveland reporters to preview training camp, Pettine said McCown, signed during the offseason, likely will be the starter for the Sept. 13 season opener against the New York Jets but he wouldn't guarantee it.

Manziel, whose rough rookie season was followed by a stay in rehab, reported to the team's facility on Monday. Unlike last summer, Manziel did not make any headlines with his off-field conduct and Pettine was impressed that the QB recently worked out with former NFL coach Jon Gruden.

Pettine said the team "felt very comfortable" with Manziel's plans for the offseason and reiterated that the Browns won't micromanage their players.


SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) -- Former Northwest Arkansas pitcher Cody Reed picked up his first honor as the Texas League's Pitcher of the Week just before being traded from the Kansas City Royals to the Cincinnati Reds.

Reed threw seven scoreless innings against the Tulsa Drillers last week. He limited the Drillers to two hits and a walk while striking out seven batters in a 71-pitch outing.

The Royals picked Reed in the second round of the 2013 draft. On Sunday, the Royals sent Reed and pitchers Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb to Cincinnati for pitcher Johnny Cueto and cash considerations.

Northwest Arkansas is playing a three-game series this week at Arkansas.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 28, 2015 14:59 GMT


DENVER (AP) -- Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WITS'-kee) and Jose Reyes are baseball's two highest-paid shortstops, and they've just traded places.

A person with knowledge of the trade tells The Associated Press that the sputtering Colorado Rockies have shipped Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays in a blockbuster deal that sends Reyes, rookie reliever Miguel Castro and two minor league pitchers to Denver. The Jays also receive 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

Tulowitzki is a five-time Gold Glove winner and a two-time Gold Glove winner who is hitting .300 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs in 87 games this season. He owns a .299 career average with 188 home runs, 436 extra-base hits and 657 runs batted in since reaching the majors in 2006.

Reyes won the National League batting title with the 2011 New York Mets and is a .291 hitter for his 13-year career. Reyes has a .288 average with 34 RBIs and 16 stolen bases this year.

The trade comes as the Blue Jays try to make the American League playoffs for the first time since their 1993 World Series run. The Rockies occupy the National League West cellar, four games behind San Diego and 12 games out of a postseason berth.


UNDATED (AP) -- David Price is scheduled to take the mound for the Tigers tonight at Tampa Bay. It could be the lefty's final start for Detroit as Friday's major league trade deadline approaches.

The five-time All-Star and one-time Cy Young Award winner is 9-3 with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.093 WHIP (wip). However, Price is hearing his name in trade rumors with the Tigers currently three games under .500. The reigning AL Central champs sit 12 1/2 games behind the division-leading Kansas City Royals.

The Royals are back in action as Chris Young takes the mound against Cleveland's Trevor Bauer. Kansas City rode Eric Hosmer's three-run homer and four RBIs to a 9-4 win over the Indians last night, giving the Royals an eight-game lead in the AL Central.

The top two teams in the AL West clash in Houston as Collin McHugh starts for the Astros against Angels hurler C.J. Wilson. The Astros can move into a tie for the division lead with a victory over the first-place Angels.

The New York Yankees pace the AL East by seven games over Toronto and Baltimore following the Bombers' 6-2 triumph at Texas last night. Chris Capuano will make a rare start as the Yanks seek their fourth consecutive win.

The Blue Jays host the suddenly-hot Philadelphia Phillies, while the Orioles play Game 2 of their interleague series with Atlanta. The Phillies are 8-1 since the All-Star break, and the Orioles have won three in a row.

Washington sends 8-5 Jordan Zimmermann to the hill against Miami's Jose Fernandez, who is 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA in four starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. The Nationals top the NL East by two games over the Mets, who host San Diego after winning two straight from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers' lead in the NL West is down to a half-game over the San Francisco Giants, who picked up their sixth consecutive win by downing Milwaukee 4-2 last night. The Giants continue their series with the Brewers as Matt Cain starts for San Francisco against Wily (WIH'-lee) Peralta. The Dodgers go with Brett Anderson as they open a series against the Oakland Athletics. The A's will counter with 10-game winner Sonny Gray.

Baseball's top team is the St. Louis Cardinals, who enjoy a 6 1/2 -game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central. The Redbirds are 64-35 and are scheduled to start Jaime Garcia this evening against Cincinnati's Mike Leake.

A pair of wild-card hopefuls square off in Minnesota as the Twins host the Pirates. The Twins are three games ahead of the Blue Jays and Orioles for the final AL wild-card berth. The Bucs top the NL wild-card race by 2 1/2 games over San Francisco, with the Chicago Cubs sitting five games back.

The Cubs resume their series with Colorado, one night after Chicago blew a 7-4 lead in the ninth before knocking off the Rockies 9-8 on Kris Bryant's two-run blast.

The Chicago White Sox carry a five-game winning streak into tonight's game against the Boston Red Sox, who have dropped 10 of 12.

And Seattle hosts Arizona in a matchup of fourth-place ballclubs.


SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) -- A Northern California independent league is experimenting with a computer calling balls and strikes, beginning with tonight's game between the San Rafael (rah-FEHL') Pacifics and Vallejo Admirals.

The program offers technology to track and digitally record the full trajectory of live pitches within an inch of accuracy. Former major league outfielder Eric Byrnes will oversee the computer, while a full umpiring crew will handle all other calls.

Byrnes calls the computerized strike zone "long overdue" and says he's been pushing for such a system for years. San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (BOH'-chee) quipped, "It's going to be strange yelling at that computer."


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