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Last Update on July 26, 2014 05:33 GMT

INDIANS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Billy Butler's two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning sent the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4 last night for their fourth straight win.

Butler connected against John Axford, sending a drive over the Royals' bullpen in left field. Butler was hitting just .200 in his previous 20 games with two RBIs before pinch-hitting for Raul Ibanez.

Kelvin Herrera (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Aaron Crow worked around a leadoff double in the ninth to earn his second save in four chances.

Royals closer Greg Holland, who had pitched in the three previous games, was unavailable.

Carlos Carrasco (3-4) gave up a single to Salvador Perez before Butler's home run.

Perez, who had three hits, and Mike Moustakas had back-to-back home runs to open the second.

REDS-NATIONALS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Denard Span matched Cincinnati's hit total with his four singles, and Tanner Roark allowed only three singles over seven innings last night, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-1 victory that extended their surge and the Reds' slump.

The Nationals won for the seventh time in nine games. They are 56-44, the second-best mark after 100 games in franchise history. The 2012 club went 60-40 on its way to the NL East title.

The Reds remain stalled since the All-Star break, dropping all seven games for their longest losing streak in five years. It's the first time they have lost their first seven games after the All-Star break since 1991, when they dropped eight in a row.

Span had four singles, stole a base and drove in a run off Alfredo Simon (12-5), who has lost both starts since his first All-Star selection. The Nationals piled up nine hits, two walks and three runs off Simon in only 4 1-3 innings.

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Last Update on July 26, 2014 17:04 GMT

MLB-HOF ELIGIBILITY

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- The Baseball Hall of Fame's board has cut the time a player will be eligible for election from 15 years to 10.

That will make it harder for prominent former players who have been tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use to get elected. Among those expected to be affected are Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens. McGwire now has a maximum of two more appearances on the writers' ballot. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa can be considered up to eight more times each by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. All four have seen their votes fall in past years. None has approached the required 75 percent for election to the Hall.

Three players who are past the 10-year mark will continue to have 15 years of eligibility. They are Don Mattingly, Alan Trammell and Lee Smith (13th).

This is just the second change in voting rules since 1985, when the 5 percent threshold for remaining on the ballot was instituted.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Dodgers would seem to have the better of the pitching match-up in Game 2 of their weekend showdown with NL West rival San Francisco.

Clayton Kershaw is unbeaten in his last nine starts for the Dodgers. He's 11-2 with a major league-leading 1.92 ERA.

The Giants counter with Ryan Vogelsong, who has a much more modest 5-7 mark and 3.99 ERA. Last time out he gave up four runs on 11 hits in three-plus innings.

Chris Sale tries to keep putting up Cy Young award-consideration numbers when he gets the start for the White Sox at Minnesota. Sale is 9-1 and has allowed just three runs in 23 2-3 innings over his last three starts. Sale has given up three or fewer runs in 14 of his 15 starts this season.

Sonny Gray has won five in a row heading into his start for Oakland against Texas tonight. The right-hander is 11-2 and hasn't lost since June 13 against the Yankees. In his last 3 starts, Gray has gone 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA.

There is a full slate of 15 games on the major league schedule today and tonight.

NBA-LOVE

UNDATED (AP) -- Kevin Love has withdrawn from this summer's Team USA basketball roster.

Love is in limbo while the Minnesota Timberwolves field offers for their three-time All-Star. He is the latest All-Star to pull out of Team USA, which begins its training camp in Las Vegas next week to prepare for the FIBA World Cup in Spain. In recent weeks the Americans have lost Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. They have 18 players remaining and will choose 12 for the World Cup of Basketball roster.

Love was one of the first players to commit to play this summer. He was part of gold medal-winning teams for the Americans at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 world championship.

NFL-PACKERS-NELSON

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Packers have signed receiver Jordy Nelson to a contract extension, securing their top player at the position.

Green Bay announced the deal but did not provide the terms. NFL.com reported it was a four-year, $39 million deal with an $11.5 million signing bonus.

Nelson posted career-highs of 85 catches and 1,314 yards last season.

NFL-COLTS-BALLARD

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) -- Colts coach Chuck Pagano says running back Vick Ballard will miss the entire season due to a torn Achilles tendon. The injury leaves Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson competing for the starting job.

Ballard was hurt on a pass play during Friday's practice. Last season, he tore the ACL in his right knee during a September practice and missed the final 15 games.

NASCAR-BRICKYARD

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NASCAR drivers hit the bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the Brickyard 400. Qualifying is set for today for tomorrow's race. A four-time winner at Indy, Jeff Gordon, goes into the weekend with a 12-point edge over Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the standings. Brad Keselowski enters the weekend off a win at New Hampshire two weeks ago. That moved him to within 36 points of Gordon for the top spot.

GOLF-CANADIAN OPEN

MONTREAL (AP) -- Jim Furyk and Tim Petrovic (peh-TROH'-vihk) head into today's third round of the Canadian Open tied for the lead at 10 under par. Furyk has won the tournament twice, and tied the course record yesterday with a 7-under 63. The 47-year-old Petrovic has only won once on the PGA Tour. That was in New Orleans in 2005.

Canada's Graeme DeLaet (deh-LEHT') starts the day two shots off the pace as he tries to end a lengthy drought for his country in its national championship. No Canadian has won the event since 1954.

GOLF-SENIOR BRITISH OPEN

BRIDGEND, WALES (AP) -- Bernhard Langer is in great shape to add a Senior British Open title to the one he won in 2010.

The German took a commanding seven-shot lead into the third round at Royal Porthcawl.

Colin (KAH'-lihn) Montgomerie is tied for second and will need a stretch like he had in the second round to close the gap on Langer. Montgomerie strung together six birdies in seven holes during his 5-under 66.

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