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Last Update on September 17, 2014 05:32 GMT

INDIANS-ASTROS

HOUSTON (AP) -- Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and the Cleveland Indians halted their four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros last night.

Kluber (16-9) allowed one run and seven hits to earn his third straight win. His previous high for strikeouts was 13 against the Chicago White Sox on May 4.

Yan Gomes' two-run homer off Darin Downs in the sixth increased Cleveland's lead to 4-1.

Cody Allen got the last out in the eighth and pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

Michael Bourn scored on Carlos Santana's groundout in the first, and the Indians went up 2-1 in the fourth when Lonnie Chisenhall scored on an error by Robbie Grossman after Gomes singled to left field.

REDS-CUBS

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jake Arrieta took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before giving up Brandon Phillips' one-out double, the only blemish for the Chicago Cubs pitcher in a 7-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Arrieta (9-5) struck out 13 and walked one in his first major league complete game. He was five outs from the first no-hitter at Wrigley Field in 42 years when Phillips drove an 0-2 pitch to deep left-center, just beyond the desperate dive of center fielder Matt Szczur on the warning track.

It was the third time this season Arrieta has flirted with a no-hitter.

He carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against Cincinnati on June 24 before Billy Hamilton singled. In his next outing, the right-hander held Boston hitless until Stephen Drew singled with two outs in the eighth.

BROWNS-GORDON ARRESTED

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A prosecutor says suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will receive probation and undergo a substance-abuse assessment after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina.

Acting Wake County district attorney Ned Mangum says Gordon received a 60-day suspended jail sentence and one year of unsupervised probation Tuesday.

The Pro Bowler is serving an NFL imposed season-long suspension for a failed marijuana test, though that could be reduced under proposed drug policy changes .

For his DWI, Gordon must comply with any treatment recommended through the substance-abuse assessment, pay a $100 fine and court costs, and perform community service. His driver's license was also suspended.

Gordon's attorney, Trey Fitzhugh, entered the plea on Gordon's behalf on a charge of driving while impaired from a July arrest in Raleigh.

BENGALS MOVES

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals put tight end Alex Smith on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season and cutting deeper into Cincinnati's depth at the position.

Smith hurt his left biceps during a 24-10 win over Atlanta on Sunday. The Bengals (2-0) also are missing tight end Tyler Eifert, who is out for at least eight games with an elbow injury.

The Bengals signed free-agent tight end Kevin Brock to fill Smith's spot. The second-year player opened camp with Cincinnati and was waived on Aug. 26. He has played in six games with Buffalo and Kansas City.

The Bengals also released tight end Ryan Otten from the practice squad and signed offensive lineman Emmett Cleary, a first-year player waived by Oakland last month.

LEBRON-BANNER

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A 10-story tall LeBron James could tower over downtown again.

Sherwin-Williams Co. has asked the city for approval to hang a new banner of James on its headquarters across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, the Plain Dealer reported Tuesday.

The banner is similar to the iconic one that was in place for years before being taken down after James signed with the Miami Heat in 2010.

The city's planning commission released an image of the banner, which has a likeness of James, his arms outstretched and wearing a jersey that says "Cleveland" on the back, beneath a cloud of chalk dust, which he tossed into the air as part of his pregame ritual when he previously played for the Cavs. There is also a Nike logo in the upper right corner.

James re-signed as a free agent with the Cavs this summer.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 18, 2014 04:54 GMT

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Baseball's closest division race got a little tighter Wednesday night. Just a half-game separates the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers from the Kansas City Royals.

Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer and Nori Aoki (NOHR'-ee ah-OH'-kee) went 3-for-5 with three RBIs as the Royals thumped the Chicago White Sox 6-2. Aoki went 11-for-14 with four ribbies in the series as Kansas City took two of three from the Pale Hose.

Winning pitcher Yordano Ventura allowed a run and three hits while seven strikeouts in seven innings.

In Minnesota, Brian Dozier, Danny Santana and Joe Mauer each had two RBIs and combined for seven of the Twins' 13 hits in an 8-4 triumph over Detroit, the Tigers' second straight loss. The Twins trailed 4-3 in the sixth until Santana and Mauer sandwiched RBI doubles around Mauer's run-scoring triple.

Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with an RBI for the Tigers, but David Price was tagged for five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- St. Louis still enjoys a 2 1/2-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central after Adam Wainwright became the majors' second 19-game winner in the Cardinals' 2-0 shutout of Milwaukee. Matt Adam and Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tah) each hit RBI singles in the seventh to back Wainwright, who surrendered seven hits in his fifth complete game of the season. The outcome drops the Brewers 2 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the second NL wild-card berth.

-- Gregory Polanco and Neil Walker hit solo homers before Ike Davis belted a three-run shot in Pittsburgh's 9-1 romp over Boston. Francisco Liriano helped the Pirates take a step toward their second straight NL wild-card berth, holding the Red Sox to a run and three hits in six innings.

-- Justin Morneau had six RBIs, including a three-run homer and a two-run single while Colorado was scoring eight times in the first inning of a 16-2 laugher against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Charlie Blackmon went 5-for-5 with a solo homer and four runs scored as the last-place Rockies took the rubber match of their three-game set with the first-place Dodgers.

-- The Giants are within two games of the NL West-leading Dodgers after Matt Duffy hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the ninth inning to lift San Francisco over the Diamondbacks 4-2 in Arizona. Brandon Crawford was 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

-- Atlanta beat Washington 3-1 behind Alex Wood, who held the NL East champs to a run and five hits while striking out eight in six innings. The Braves did their scoring on Christian Bethancourt's two-run single, with a third run scoring on shortstop Danny Espinosa's throwing error.

-- Baltimore completed a three-game sweep of Toronto as Steve Pearce homered twice and collected four RBIs to lead the Orioles' 6-1 win over the Blue Jays. Bud Norris allowed two hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings for his 14th win.

-- Carlos Carrasco was terrific in Cleveland's 2-0 shutout of Houston, striking out 11 while allowing just two hits in his first complete game since 2011. Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) accounted for the scoring with an RBI single and a run-scoring triple.

-- Derek Jeter snapped his 0-for-28 skid with a single and scored the eventual winning run in the New York Yankees' 3-2 triumph over Tampa Bay. Brandon McCarthy improved to 7-4 since joining the Yankees, limiting the Rays to two runs and four hits in seven innings.

-- Henderson Alvarez is 11-6 after yielding eight hits but just two runs in six innings of Miami's 4-3 win over the Mets in New York. Donovan Solano was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the rubber match of the three-game set.

-- Kyle Hendricks gave up a run and seven hits in seven innings to pitch the Cubs past Cincinnati 3-1 in Chicago. The rookie is 7-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 12 starts.

MLB-MARLINS-STANTON DONE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won't play again in the majors this season because of last week's beaning.

Stanton sustained facial fractures, dental damage, cuts that required stitches and two black eyes when was hit in the face by a fastball from Milwaukee's Mike Fiers last Thursday. He still leads the National League when 37 homers and had a major league-best 105 RBIs when he was injured.

NFL-DOMESTIC ABUSE

UNDATED (AP) -- The NFL is facing yet another case of domestic abuse.

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. He has been deactivated from all team functions.

Police say one of the counts was "aggravated assault causing a fracture."

Meanwhile, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will not play this weekend, and it could be a while before either player sees any game action.

The Vikings put Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, meaning he is off the active roster again while he deals with his legal affairs. General manager Rick Spielman would not put a timeframe on when Peterson might be back.

Team owner Zygi (ZIH'-gee) Wilf said the team "made a mistake" in bringing back its superstar earlier this week following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.

The All-Pro running back is accused of injuring his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a wooden switch earlier this year.

The Panthers have removed Hardy from the team's active roster until the Pro Bowl defensive end's domestic violence case is resolved. The Pro Bowl lineman has been placed on the exempt-commissioner's permission list.

Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman says Hardy will continue to be paid and is allowed to be at the team facility, but will not practice. Hardy earns more than $770,000 each week during the regular season.

Hardy is appealing a July 15 conviction for assault on a female and communicating threats.

NFL-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- The father of a woman who once dated Bears receiver Brandon Marshall is calling for commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') to resign because of the way he handled the women's abuse case.

Clarence Watley says his daughter, Rasheedah Watley, was abused by Marshall.

Marshall was with Denver at the time and now plays for Chicago. He was suspended for three games in 2008, but the suspension was reduced to one game. He has denied the allegations.

Watley says he and others wrote to Goodell about the case and never heard back from league officials. Watley called the NFL's investigation one-sided.

NFL-DRUG POLICY

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL and the players union have agreed on a new drug policy that will include HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month.

The new performance-enhancing drug policy will have a more immediate impact this weekend. Denver receiver Wes Welker, Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey had been suspended for four games. All can return Sunday under the new rules in which players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance abuse program.

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