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Last Update on August 20, 2014 05:36 GMT


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the base-loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Matt Holliday drew a leadoff walk to start the winning rally. He advanced to third on Matt Adams' single. After Peter Bourjos ran for Holliday, Jhonny Peralta walked to load the bases. Hoover (1-10) then plunked Jay to force in Bourjos with the winning run.

Pat Neshek (6-0) pitched one inning of scoreless relief as the Cardinals won for the fifth time in six games and remained 2 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.

The Reds have lost four in a row.

Jay scored the tying run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso's RBI double.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lawyer for Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon says a woman who accused the player in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting her should have to reveal her name publicly.

Simon's lawyer made his argument Tuesday in federal court in Washington. The woman has said in a court document that she worries Simon's fans may harass her or hurt her if her name becomes public.

The woman is currently identified in court filings as Jane Doe, though Simon and his attorneys know her name and can use it to investigate the case. Simon's lawyers want her to have to re-file the case without a pseudonym.

The woman's $15 million lawsuit claims she met the Simon at a Washington nightclub in 2013 and went with him to a hotel, where he forced sex on her.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have signed reliever Scott Atchison to a contract for next season.

Atchison's deal includes a team option in 2016. Financial terms were not immediately available.

The 38-year-old Atchison has been major contributor out of Cleveland's bullpen this season, going 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 53 appearances. The 38-year-old signed a free agent minor league contract with the Indians in January and made the 25-man roster in spring training. He pitched in 50 games last season for the New York Mets.

Atchison has held hitters to a .218 average and ranks among AL relief leaders in wins, inherited runners scored and innings.

Atchison is 16-10 with a 3.51 ERA in 258 major league games since breaking in with Seattle in 2004. He previously pitched for Indians manager Terry Francona in Boston.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Turns out, the hit that tied Derek Jeter with Honus Wagner came a day later than everyone thought.

Major League Baseball made an official scoring change Tuesday that took away an infield single from Jeter on Aug. 8 and instead charged Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana with an error on the play.

Originally, that hit pulled Jeter even with Wagner for sixth place on baseball's career list at 3,430. Now, it's an infield single the next day against the Indians that moved Jeter up the chart. And it was his double on Aug. 11 in Baltimore that pushed him ahead of Wagner.

Jeter says he has the souvenir ball from that double, thanks to New York Yankees head athletic trainer Steve Donohue.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine has not picked his starting quarterback. Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel haven't convinced him they deserve the job.

Pettine had been expected to announce whether Hoyer or Manziel, the hyped rookie, would start the Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh. But the decision has been delayed and could carry through to Cleveland's third preseason game on Saturday. Pettine says the coaching staff will meet Wednesday night and could then choose a starter.

Pettine's decision became tougher after Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in an exhibition loss at Washington on Monday night. Manziel also made an obscene gesture toward the Redskins' sideline, an act Pettine called "extremely disappointing" and will likely result in a fine from the NFL.


LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- The "Hands up, don't shoot" protest has made its way to the NFL.

The Washington Redskins secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward.

It was a show of solidarity with the people in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Eleven players took part as the team was preparing to face the Cleveland Browns.

Safety Ryan Clark said Brown "could have been any one of us. That could have been any one of our brothers, our cousins. ... When you get an opportunity to make a statement and be more than a football player, it's good."

Protesters have gathered daily in Ferguson since Brown was fatally was shot by a police officer Aug. 9.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- First-year Cavaliers coach David Blatt has hired former Milwaukee coach Larry Drew as one of his assistants.

Blatt will have Drew, Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier and James Posey on the bench with him along with Tyronn Lue, named an associate head coach in June.

Drew went 15-67 in his only season in Milwaukee. He was expected to get a second year but was fired so the Bucks could hire Jason Kidd. A former NBA player, Drew also coached Atlanta.

A long-time NBA assistant, Boylan is back for his second season with Cleveland as is Brielmaier.

Posey spent last season coaching Cleveland's Development League affiliate in Canton. He won league titles as a player with Miami and Boston.

Also, Phil Handy will also serve as the team's director of player development and Vitaly Potapenko has been retained as assistant director of player development.

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Last Update on August 20, 2014 04:53 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The hottest team in baseball is the Washington Nationals. The NL East-leading Nats ran their season-high winning streak to eight games by routing the Arizona Diamondback 8-1 to move 18 games over .500

Stephen Strasburg and Jerry Blevins combined on a three-hitter. Strasburg went a season-high eight innings, allowing just three hits, to even his mark at 10-10.

Asdrubal Cabrera's (ahs-DROO'-buhl kah-BREHR'-uhz) bases-clearing double capped a six-run third inning. Ian Desmond had three hits and drove in four runs. The Nationals have outscored teams 42-21 during their eight-game streak, their longest since 2012.

In other baseball:

-- Atlanta won its fifth in a row, 11-3 over Pittsburgh. But the Braves remain six back of the Nationals in the NL East. Justin Upton smashed his 24th home run of the season to spoil Andrew McCutchen's return for Pittsburgh. McCutchen went 0 for 4 in his first game back after missing two weeks with fractured cartilage in his ribs.

-- AL East-leading Baltimore topped the Chicago White Sox 5-1. Chris Tillman struck out nine in his eight innings, allowing three hits in winning his 10th game against five defeats. Nick Hundley homered. The Orioles are 20-10 since the All-Star break.

-- NL Central leader Kansas City topped Colorado 7-4. Omar Infante (in-fahn-TAY') had three doubles and drove in four runs for the Royals, who've won 21 of 26.

-- Detroit remained a half-game back of the Royals in the AL Central by outlasting Tampa Bay 8-6 in 11 innings. Victor Martinez drew a tiebreaking bases-loaded walk during a three-run 11th.

-- The L.A. Angels edged Boston 4-3. Chris Iannetta (eye-uh-NET'-uh) hit his second double of the game, a tiebreaking hit in the ninth.

-- St. Louis won for the sixth time in seven games by rallying past Cincinnati 5-4. Jon Jay was hit by a J.J. Hoover pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth for the winning run. It's the 15th time Jay was hit by a pitch, leading the majors in that category.

-- Chris Carter snapped a ninth-inning tie with a colossal three-run homer that sent the Houston Astros to a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees.

-- Cleveland rallied past Minnesota 7-5. Yan Gomes had three hits including a home run. Rookie pinch-hitter Tyler Holt hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth fir the Tribe.

-- Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Texas Rangers 4-3.

-- Milwaukee beat Toronto 6-1 in interleague play. Mike Fiers (FY'-ers) pitched seven dominant innings and Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy) and Aramis Ramirez each hit two doubles.

-- In another interleague game, Seattle topped Philadelphia 5-2. Hisashi Iwakuma (hih-SASH'-ee ih-ah-KOO'-mah) struck out a season-high 11 batters in eight scoreless innings. Kyle Seager homered.


NEW YORK (AP) -- While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward. The reigning MVP and leading scorer stunned the Americans when he decided to withdraw after practicing with the team during its first week of training camp. Now that they've had time to get over the surprise, they aren't dwelling on it.

U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) says "I'm through talking about Kevin," as the Americans practiced for the upcoming Basketball World Cup.

"We're done with that. We're on to this group. What a coach does, a coach coaches who he has, not who he doesn't have," Coach K said, before adding: "You're married, you're with that woman, you're not thinking about who you dated."

Durant pulled out Aug. 7, shortly after the Americans finished working out in Las Vegas, where a year earlier he announced his plans to play for the team this summer.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The new-look Cleveland Cavaliers have a new assistant coach. Former Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew has been hired to work alongside first-year coach David Blatt. Drew went 15-67 last season in his only campaign with the Bucks. He was expected to get a second year but was fired so the Bucks could hire Jason Kidd. A former NBA player, Drew also coached Atlanta.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State says quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after reinjuring his throwing shoulder. The school says he will require surgery.

The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year left practice in pain Monday after making a throw.

The senior and three-year starter partially tore the labrum in his right shoulder in a loss to Clemson at the Orange Bowl. He had surgery, did not face contact in spring practice and was held out of several practices this month due to soreness.

Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is Miller's top backup and will likely be the starter in the Aug. 30 opener against Navy in Baltimore.


UNDATED (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine (PEHT'-ihn) has not picked his starting quarterback as he had planned. Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') haven't convinced him they deserve the job.

Pettine had been expected to announce whether Hoyer or Manziel, the hyped rookie, would start the Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh. But the decision has been delayed and could carry through to Cleveland's third preseason game on Saturday. Pettine says the coaching staff will meet tomorrow night and could then choose a starter.

In other NFL training camp news:

-- The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to re-sign defensive end Brett Keisel (KEE'-sihl) to bolster a reconfigured line that has struggled to produce much of anything in the first two weeks of the preseason. The Steelers decided not to re-sign Keisel in the offseason after the 35-year-old finished with four sacks in 12 games in 2013. But the D line has been unimpressive in the preseason.

-- The New York Jets have placed rookie wide receiver Shaquelle Evans on season-ending injured reserve after he underwent shoulder surgery. He was a fourth-round draft pick out of UCLA

-- NFL teams can carry 10 players on their practice squads for the next two seasons. The league and the players' union agreed to increase the number in practice squads by two.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (KLOO'-ee) has reached a settlement with the team to avert a threatened lawsuit over his release. Kluwe had accused the Vikings of cutting him over his activism on gay rights issues. He says the Vikings have agreed to donate to several nonprofits to help raise awareness in professional sports about gay issues.

Kluwe says he'll get no money in the settlement. Financial details weren't immediately released.


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Islanders have announced that the team is being sold to a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor. The team says a group led by former Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin has reached an agreement to buy a "substantial" minority interest in the team.

The team says under the agreement, current owner Charles Wang will continue as majority stockholder for two years. At that point, ownership will transfer to the Ledecky-Malkin group.


HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Joe Gibbs Racing has hired Carl Edwards to drive a new fourth Sprint Cup car in 2015. The ARRIS Group will sponsor Edwards' No. 19 Toyota for 17 races.

The team also added Daniel Suarez, who will drive a full-time Nationwide Series entry for Gibbs and run a partial schedule in the Truck Series. Suarez becomes the first Mexican driver to race full-time in NASCAR's second tier series.


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