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.
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.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says he "made some rookie" mistakes during the offseason and vowed to be focused on just football in the future. Speaking on the eve of Cleveland's first training camp practice, Manziel briefly addressed his behavior during the offseason when photos of him partying around the country were a weekly occurrence. Manziel said he has spoken to Browns coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer and "we've been on the same page."
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon has reported to training camp as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension. Gordon is scheduled to meet with the league on August 1st. He's facing an indefinite suspension for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season.
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