BOSTON (AP) - John Lackey allowed two hits in seven innings, Mike Carp hit a three-run homer and the Red Sox beat the Indians 8-1 on a rainy night. It was the second straight strong performance by Lackey, who missed all last season following Tommy John elbow surgery. After a 44-minute delay before Friday's game, Lackey (3-4) struck out eight, walked three and gave up an unearned run while pitching through a steady rain. He allowed only 2 of the 25 batters he faced to hit the ball out of the infield.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a homer, and Ryan Hanigan and Brandon Phillips also homered, powering the Reds to their fourth straight win, 7-4 over the Cubs. The Reds have won 12 of their past 15 games, surging to a season-high 12 games over .500. They've dominated the Cubs, winning 15 of their past 17 in the series.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Reds have placed left-handed reliever Sean Marshall on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season because of a sore pitching shoulder. Marshall's left shoulder became tired during spring training, and he went on the disabled last month with tendinitis. The problem reoccurred when he resumed pitching, so the Reds put him back on the disabled list yesterday.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals have signed running back Giovani Bernard of North Carolina, leaving only 1 of their 10 draft picks without a deal. Bernard was the second of their two picks in the second round. The only draft choice still without a contract is tight end Tyler Eifert, taken 21st overall in the first round.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns have signed rookie offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey to a 4-year contract. Gilkey was selected in the seventh round by the Browns in April's NFL draft. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Gilkey started 34 games at left tackle for Division II Chadron State.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney and defenseman Ilari Melart to 1-year contracts. McElhinney, who turned 30 on Thursday, has appeared in 69 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators. The 24-year-old Melart, signed to an entry-level contract, spent the past several seasons playing in Europe. Last year, he was with HIFK of the Finnish Elite League.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State says its homecoming game will be October 19th against Iowa and will kick off at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ABC or ESPN. It will be the Hawkeyes' first visit to Ohio Stadium since the 2009 game that went into overtime. Ohio State prevailed, 27-24, on a 39-yard field goal by Devin Barclay and in the process earned its first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1996 season.
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