Bruce homers again, Reds beat Cubs 4-2
CINCINNATI (AP) - Jay Bruce returned to right field and hit another two-run homer on Tuesday afternoon, and Johnny Cueto extended his winning streak against Chicago, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 victory over the Cubs in the opener of a doubleheader.
The Reds put first baseman Joey Votto back on the disabled list before the game, hoping a strained muscle above his left knee will heal enough to let him play this season. They're using different players - including Bruce - at the position for now.
Bruce played first base for the first time since high school and hit a two-run homer in his final at-bat during a 9-3 win on Monday night in the opener of the five-game series. He was back in the outfield and homered again in the first inning off left-hander Travis Wood (7-7).
Brantley homers, drives in 3; Indians beat Yankees
CLEVELAND (AP) - Michael Brantley homered and had three RBIs, Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead two-run shot and the Cleveland Indians stopped rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka's bid to become the major league's first 13-game winner Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.
Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the seventh. The first-time All-Star also had RBI doubles in the first and fifth, raising his average to .328.
Tanaka (12-4) allowed season worsts of five runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander, who lost for the third time in four starts, took a 3-2 lead into the sixth before Swisher, a former Yankee, hit a two-run homer that put Cleveland on top.
Trevor Bauer (3-4) allowed three runs in seven innings and retired 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced.
Indians place Masterson on DL with knee injury
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians have placed pitcher Justin Masterson on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right knee Tuesday.
Masterson, the team's opening day starter, is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA.
The right-hander allowed five runs and six hits in two-plus innings Monday against the New York Yankees, and was pulled without retiring a batter in the third. He walked three, hit a batter and rarely topped 90 mph in his 54 pitches, throwing only 24 strikes.
Masterson has given up 19 runs, 27 hits and 17 walks in 18 innings over his last five starts. He has pitched more than four innings once in that stretch.
HOME RUN DERBY
Bautista, Tulowitzki add to HR Derby lineups
NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki have announced three members of their respective teams for Monday night's Home Run Derby at Target Field.
Joining Bautista on the American League team are Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, who was last year's Derby winner, Baltimore's Adam Jones and Brian Dozier of the host Twins.
Tulowitzki will have Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who entered Tuesday leading the National League in homers, the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and Cincinnati's Todd Frazier on his side.
The final competitor in each league will be announced on Thursday.
LeBron James holds meetings in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) - LeBron James held meetings for more than three hours in a Las Vegas hotel Tuesday, leaving without giving any indication of what team he'll play for next season.
The four-time MVP told The Associated Press he had "no complaints" when asked how free agency was going. He declined to say who he had met with on Tuesday or whether he had made a decision of where he'll play next.
James is expected to meet with Miami Heat President Pat Riley before making a final decision on his NBA future.
A person close to the situation told The Associated Press that James and Dwyane Wade worked out together in Las Vegas on Tuesday morning. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one has publicly released James' itinerary.
BLUE JACKETS MOVE
Jackets re-sign Sean Collins to 1-year, 2-way deal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed center Sean Collins to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract for the 2014-15 season.
The 25-year-old Collins appeared in six games with the Blue Jackets last season, with one assist. In 67 games with the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons, he added 16 goals and 25 assists.
Collins, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was Columbus' ninth pick, 187th overall, at the 2008 NHL draft.
Wright State coach, Sloan and Engle share Am lead
CINCINNATI (AP) - Wright State golf coach Pete Samborsky shot 2-under 69 to share the lead with Christopher Sloan and Clark Engle after the first round of the 108th Ohio Amateur on Tuesday at Coldstream Country Club.
Samborsky, originally from Cincinnati, birdied four of his last seven holes, while both Sloan, a native of Centerville, and Engle, an Ohio State golfer from Springfield, each had five birdies offsetting three bogeys.
Duke's Michael Ricaurte, Kent State's Ryan Troyer and Tim Crouch, a former Florida Southern player, were the only other players under par at 70.
Defending champion Andrew Dorn shot a 72 as did 1987 winner Peter Hammar. Two-time champ Robert Gerwin and Alan Fadel, who won the Am the last time it was at Coldstream in 1995, each had a 73.
RACER'S WHEELCHAIR STOLEN
Phoenix athlete's wheelchair recovered in Ohio
CINCINNATI (AP) - The family of a Paralympic track athlete says his custom-built, $5,000 wheelchair has been recovered about a week after it was stolen.
Erik Hightower's racing chair had disappeared from a truck that was parked outside a hospital east of downtown Cincinnati. The Phoenix-area man had been visiting family in Bethel after racing in Indianapolis.
His family members tell WLWT-TV on Tuesday that the chair turned up at a local shelter.
His mother Deb Hightower says the specialty chair was found along with her son's track bag.
Erik Hightower had compared the wheelchair to a high-end bicycle that was designed for him. He had said it only would have had value to someone else if they sold it as scrap. The chair had been his for one month.
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