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Last Update on September 18, 2014 05:32 GMT

INDIANS-ASTROS

HOUSTON (AP) -- Carlos Carrasco threw a two-hitter with a career-high 12 strikeouts to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Houston Astros 2-0 Wednesday night.

Yan Gomes had an RBI single in the fourth inning and a run-scoring triple in the sixth.

Carrasco (8-5) walked one in his first career complete game. His previous best for strikeouts was 10 on Sept. 2 at Detroit, and his longest outing had been 8 2-3 innings on Sept. 7 at the Chicago White Sox.

The right-hander retired his first seven batters before walking Jon Singleton in the third. Carrasco did not allow a hit until Jose Altuve's infield single leading off the fourth.

Altuve had another infield single with two outs in the ninth, snapping a streak of 17 straight batters retired by Carrasco.

REDS-CUBS

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kyle Hendricks kept up his impressive rookie season, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Wednesday night for a sweep.

Chris Valaika, Ryan Kalish and Luis Valbuena each had a run-scoring hit as the Cubs won their third straight. They improved to 38-36 at Wrigley Field despite being 16 games under .500 overall.

The Reds have dropped four in a row overall. They scored just one run in the three-game series against the Cubs, and were held to one hit in a shutout loss Tuesday night.

Hendricks (7-2) allowed one run and seven hits. He walked none, struck out four and left with a 2.28 ERA.

Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 29 chances.

Daniel Corcino (0-1) lost in his second big league start.

BENGALS-AJ GREEN

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green didn't practice on Wednesday because of an injured toe on his right foot, but expected improvement later in the week.

Green hurt the foot during Cincinnati's opening win in Baltimore and stayed in for the full game. He was limited in practice last week and tried to play Sunday, but was forced to the sideline during the opening series.

The Bengals beat the Falcons 24-10 to stay undefeated. It's unclear whether Green will be available this Sunday against Tennessee (1-1). Cincinnati has its bye the following week, so Green will have time to rest.

He failed to get a reception on Sunday for the first time in his career.

TITANS-LOCKER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Titans quarterback Jake Locker is coming off a game in which Tennessee's offense couldn't have been much worse in the first half, and he says that's on him.

His coach and his teammates think Locker is taking too much of the blame.

Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday that Locker missed on a couple throws but the Titans coach has seen other NFL quarterbacks turn in ugly performances. Whisenhunt likes how Locker bounced back in the second half, crucial for a quarterback playing for a new contract in the final year of his rookie deal.

Locker started the season strong with a win in one of his best games.

Now both he and the Titans (1-1) need to make sure they're all on the same page before visiting Cincinnati (2-0) on Sunday.

BROWNS-INJURIES

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron and starting linebacker Barkevious Mingo both returned to practice after missing last week with shoulder injuries.

Cameron and Mingo sat out Sunday's home win over New Orleans. They took part in the early stages of Wednesday's practice while the media were allowed to watch.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Cameron and Mingo would be limited and doesn't know if they'll play this week against Baltimore.

Pettine expects running back Ben Tate (sprained right knee) to miss his second straight game. Tate was on a stationary bike as his teammates worked out. He got hurt in the season opener at Pittsburgh.

Cameron initially injured his shoulder during training camp and then aggravated it after he fell following a 47-yard reception against the Steelers.

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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