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Last Update on July 31, 2014 05:32 GMT


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer that kept Alfredo Simon winless since the All-Star game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Wednesday, taking a series between two teams struggling to score runs.

Goldschmidt's 19th homer off Simon (12-6) gave the Diamondbacks two of three in the series. Simon has gone 0-3 since his first All-Star selection. Didi Gregorius added a two-run homer in the ninth.

The Reds fell to 2-10 since the All-Star break. Devin Mesoraco's three-run homer in the ninth off Addison Reed ended a streak of 11 straight games with three runs or fewer, Cincinnati's longest such stretch of futility since 1967.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Corey Kluber had three-hitter to outpitch Felix Hernandez for his first career shutout, Yan Gomes had a two-run double and the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Wednesday night.

The matchup between two of the top pitchers in the American League lived up to its billing. Kluber (11-6) held the Mariners to three singles and no walks while striking out eight.

Hernandez (11-3) didn't allow a base runner until Carlos Santana drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. Gomes capped the rally with a bases-loaded double.

Hernandez, who gave up four hits, was pulled after the seventh. He has allowed two runs or fewer and pitched at least seven innings in 14 consecutive starts, a major league record.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn't mean they're going to surrender the season.

Protecting themselves in case the 29-year-old Masterson left as a free agent after the season, the Indians traded the right-hander on Wednesday to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The trade of Masterson could be followed by other moves by the Indians, who entered Wednesday 6 1-2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central and in a scramble with five other teams for the league's second wild-card spot.

In exchange for Masterson, who was scheduled to come off the disabled list later this week, the Indians got outfielder James Ramsey, who's spent this season at Double-A Springfield.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Cleveland has signed safety Jim Leonhard, making the Browns the fifth different NFL team in the nine-year veteran's career.

The Browns confirmed the signing Wednesday after Leonhard wrote on Twitter that, "It's official, I just signed my 8th NFL contract to become a part of the Cleveland Browns. (hash)dawgpound."

Leonhard, 31, was with Buffalo last year where he spent the first four seasons of his career after being signed as an undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin in 2005. He spent 2012 in Denver and also played 2008 for Baltimore and 2009 and 2010 with the New York Jets.

He had four interceptions playing in 16 games last season with seven starts. He has 12 career interceptions.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris was suspended for two games Wednesday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Lewis-Harris can participate in preseason games and practices. He'll miss the first two games without pay and can return to the active roster on Monday, Sept. 15.

The Bengals signed Lewis-Harris as an undrafted college free agent from Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2012. He spent the majority of that season on the practice squad.

The cornerback has played in 10 games for Cincinnati, primarily on special teams.


MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Heat President Pat Riley is speaking out at length for the first time since LeBron James left the franchise, saying that he wants the team "to be as good as it's ever been" going forward.

Riley spoke with reporters Wednesday after the team completed the signing of Chris Bosh to a $118 million, five-year contract. Riley expressed disappointment that James returned to Cleveland, and revealed that he was working under the premise during free agency that the four-time MVP would be staying in Miami.

But even with James leaving, Riley insists that the Heat will continue being competitive.

Riley says he told James before free agency that he would be telling other players that the Heat expected him back, and that James never told him to think otherwise.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forwards Jerry D'Amigo and Dana Tyrell to one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contracts.

The 23-year-old D'Amigo was acquired by Columbus along with a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Matt Frattin on July 1. He appeared in 22 games with Toronto last season, making his NHL debut on Dec. 5, 2013, against the Dallas Stars. He had one goal and two assists with the Maple Leafs in addition to also playing with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

The 25-year-old Tyrell played 64 games in the AHL last year, totaling 15 goals and 18 assists. He also appeared in seven games for the Tampa Bay Lightning.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Andy Greene to a long-term contract extension Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed

The 31-year-old Greene, who has spent his entire eight-year NHL career with the Devils, had one year remaining on his current contract at $3.5 million.

Greene played in all 82 regular-season games last season, scoring a career-high eight goals and adding 24 assists as the Devils missed the playoff. He has 28 goals and 121 assists in his NHL career.

The Michigan native played four seasons at Miami of Ohio.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Tiger Woods will find out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.

At least he will be on golf courses that bring good memories.

The first stop is Firestone, where Woods is an eight-time winner and the defending champion. After that, he heads to Valhalla for the PGA Championship, where he won in 2000.

He needs two good weeks to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin Aug. 21, and that could determine whether he's selected for the Ryder Cup matches at the end of September.

Woods doesn't like talking about what might not happen. He figures winning both events will take care of everything.

Even so, he's not sure what to expect from having played only six rounds in four months.

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Last Update on July 31, 2014 10:37 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Max Scherzer has racked up his 13th win as he helped the Detroit Tigers end a four-game losing streak.

Scherzer is 13-3 after allowing a run and five hits in seven innings of a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. He carried a shutout into the seventh and won his fifth straight decision as the Tigers maintained baseball's largest division lead. Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH'-nohs) crushed a three-run homer while the Tigers scored six times in the first inning to keep their five-game edge over Kansas City in the AL Central.

The Royals halted a two-game skid as Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 3-2 victory against Minnesota. Omar Infante also had three hits and scored in the Royals' three-run sixth.

Oakland still leads the AL West by 2 1/2 games following the Athletics' loss in Houston and the Los Angeles Angels' setback in Baltimore. The Astros were 8-1 winners against the Athletics behind the pitching of Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul), who tossed a four-hitter and tied Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead with four compete games. Robbie Grossman belted a two-run homer to cap the Astros' six-run first.

The Angels were unable to gain ground on the A's as Adam Jones crushed a two-run homer and Kevin Gausman worked seven innings of the Orioles' 4-3 triumph over Los Angeles. The Birds allowed just four hits in maintaining their 2 1/2-game lead over Toronto in the AL East.

The Blue Jays won their fifth in a row as Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) finally picked up his 11th victory in a 6-1 rout of the Red Sox in Boston. Dioner (dee-AH'-nur) Navarro went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to help Buehrle earn his first win in 10 starts since June 1.

Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh) gave up just three hits in seven stellar innings as Milwaukee cooled off Tampa Bay 5-0 to end a three-game skid. Martin (mahr-TEEN') Maldonado tied a career high with four RBIs to help the Brewers deal David Price his first loss in seven decisions.

The Rays fell for just the second time in 13 games and failed in their bid to reach the .500 mark for the first time since April.

San Diego ripped St. Louis 12-1 to put the Cardinals 2 1/2 games off the NL Central lead. Jedd Gyorko (JUR'-koh) and Will Venable each homered and had four RBIs, while Jesse Hahn limited the Redbirds to a run and four hits in seven innings to improve to 7-2.

San Francisco ended a six-game skid and dropped Pittsburgh two games behind the NL Central-leading Brewers. Chris Stewart's passed ball in the seventh inning brought home the go-ahead run in the Giants' 7-5 win over the Pirates. Gregor Blanco (GREG'-ur BLAHN'-koh) singled home the tying run and was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The Los Angeles Dodgers still enjoy a three-game lead over the Giants in the NL West after Matt Kemp's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave L.A. a 3-2 win over Atlanta. Kemp also hit a solo shot in the second inning and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the Dodgers' fifth consecutive win.

Justin Upton tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth before the Braves fell 1 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Nationals.

Washington put together a three-run eighth to beat the Marlins 4-3 and take a 1 1/2-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East. Jayson Werth snapped a 1-1 tie with a sacrifice fly before Ian Desmond's two-run double gave the Nationals a three-run cushion. Tanner Roark (ROH'-ahrk) allowed one run in seven innings as the Nats ended the Marlins' six-game winning streak.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- Corey Kluber scattered three hits in his first career shutout and 11th win of the season as Cleveland silenced Seattle 2-0. Yan Gomes (gohmz) hit a two-run double in the fifth off Felix Hernandez, who retired his first 12 batters before falling to 11-3. Hernandez became the first pitcher in modern major league history to pitch at least seven innings and allow two runs or fewer in 14 straight starts.

-- Texas beat the New York Yankees 3-2 behind Colby Lewis, who surrendered two runs and just four hits in seven innings. The Rangers put together a three-run first as Elvis Andrus (AN'-droos) hit an RBI double before Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) and Leonys Martin (lee-OH'-nihs mahr-TEEN') added run-scoring singles.

-- Paul Goldschmidt and Didi Gregorius hit two-run homers in Arizona's 5-4 decision over the Reds in Cincinnati. Reds starter Alfredo Simon yielded just two runs in seven innings but came up short in his third attempt at his 13th win of the season.

-- Daniel Murphy hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the fifth inning before the New York Mets tacked on five runs in the seventh to crush Philadelphia 11-2. Lucas Duda smacked a two-run shot and Zach Wheeler pitched into the seventh as the Mets took the rubber match of the three-game set.

-- Brandon Barnes singled home the tiebreaking in the 10th inning of Colorado's 6-4 verdict over the Cubs in Chicago. Michael McKenry had three hits and an RBI as the Rockies bounced back from Tuesday's 16-inning loss at Wrigley Field.


UNDATED (AP) -- There were a couple of trades engineered today involving major league pitchers. The St. Louis Cardinals have picked up right-handed Justin Masterson from Cleveland for outfield prospect James Ramsey, and the Boston Red Sox have dealt left-hander Felix Doubront (doo-BRAHNT') to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named. Masterson has compiled a 4-6 record with a 5.51 earned run average in 19 starts this season, while Doubrant is 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 games.

Also in the majors:

-- Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eric Chavez has announced his retirement, ending his 17-year major league career at the age of 36. The lefty-hitting infielder hit .268 with 260 homers and 902 RBIs in 1,615 major league games. Chavez had been on the disabled list since June 9 because of a sprained left knee.


OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Dallas rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot during a one-on-one drill with tackle Tyron Smith in Tuesday's practice.

Coach Jason Garrett says Lawrence would return to Dallas for surgery on Thursday.

Speaking of Smith, the Cowboys have signed him to an eight-year, $98 million contract extension that theoretically locks up the Pro Bowl left tackle through the 2023 season. The extension includes a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris has received a two-game suspension without pay from the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Lewis-Harris can participate in preseason games and practices but can't play in a regular-season game until Sept. 21 at home against Tennessee.


LATROBE, Pa. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they will retire Joe Greene's No. 75 during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 2.

The Hall of Fame defensive end was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1969 NFL draft. He helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls during his 13-year career as the heart of what became the "Steel Curtain" defense. The 10-time Pro Bowler was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge has rejected an attempt by seven former professional football players to intervene in a tentative class action settlement of concussion claims that would cost the NFL at least $765 million.

The players object to the settlement, calling it a "lousy deal" for ex-players whose symptoms don't qualify them for compensation. Judge Anita Brody's order says players who object to the deal can raise their concerns at a fairness hearing scheduled for Nov. 19, or opt out of the settlement.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Hendrick Motorsports has picked Greg Ives to be Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s next crew chief.

Ives was the race engineer for Jimmie Johnson's record run of five consecutive championships and will return to Hendrick Motorsports next season as crew chief for NASCAR's most popular driver. He will replace Steve Letarte, who is stepping down at the end of the year for an analyst job with NBC Sports.


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