Simon first in NL to win 12, Reds beat Cubs 4-1
CINCINNATI (AP) - Alfredo Simon became the NL's first 12-game winner and Billy Hamilton added to his sensational series with a tiebreaking triple Wednesday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-1 victory over the trade-depleted Chicago Cubs.
The Reds won their fifth in a row - matching their season high - and moved a season-best seven games over .500. After winning the first four games of the series, they'll try for their first five-game sweep since 1976 on Thursday.
Simon (12-3), left off the All-Star team, became the first Reds pitcher to win a dozen games before the break since Edinson Volquez also went 12-3 in the first half of 2008. The reliever-turner-starter gave up four hits in 6 2-3 innings, including Anthony Rizzo's third homer in four games.
Cubs manager Renteria ejected over foul ball call
CINCINNATI (AP) - Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria was ejected in the fifth inning against Cincinnati on Wednesday night for arguing a foul ball call.
Third base umpire Andy Fletcher ruled that Devin Mesoraco's grounder down the line was foul. Third baseman Luis Valbuena had fielded the ball and stepped on the base, thinking he had a foreceout. Renteria came out of the dugout and was quickly ejected while questioning the call.
It was Renteria's fifth ejection this season.
The Cubs gave up three runs in the inning, falling behind 4-1. They came into the game with five straight losses, including a doubleheader sweep by the Reds on Tuesday.
Ellsbury's homer in 14th gives Yankees 5-4 win
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jacoby Ellsbury's two-out homer in the 14th inning gave the New York Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
Ellsbury hit his sixth home run of the season on an 0-2 pitch from Vinnie Pestano (0-1).
Chase Whitley (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings. David Robertson recorded his 22nd save, retiring All-Star Michael Brantley on a long fly ball to left with a runner on second to end the game.
Before the game, New York placed rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who leads the majors with 12 wins, on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. The All-Star had an MRI in New York on Wednesday.
The marathon took 4 hours, 51 minutes and featured a second seventh-inning stretch before the Indians batted in the 14th.
Mark Teixeira of the Yankees hit a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run blast in the fifth.
Nick Swisher had a two-run single in the first when Cleveland scored three runs.
AP Source: Cavs agree to 3-way trade
CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with the deals says the Cavaliers have agreed to trade guard Jarrett Jack, swingman Sergey Karasev and center Tyler Zeller, moves that can help their pursuit of LeBron James by clearing salary cap space.
The Cavs have agreements with the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics, according to the person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because teams are not permitted to discuss any trades until the league's moratorium ends Thursday.
The deals would give the Cavs enough salary-cap room to offer superstar free agent James a maximum contract.
Jack, who signed with Cleveland as a free agent last season, was scheduled to make $6.3 million next season, Zeller will make $1.6 million and Karasev $1.4 million.
ESPN first reported details of the three-way trade.
AP Source: Riley, LeBron meeting ends in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says Pat Riley has gotten his chance at convincing LeBron James to stay in Miami.
The person told The Associated Press that the Miami Heat president met with the four-time NBA MVP on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, more than two weeks after James opted out of his contract and elected to become a free agent.
James, his agent Rich Paul, Riley and Heat executive Andy Elisburg were at the meeting, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side publicly announced who would be attending.
The person also said that it was unclear whether James informed Riley where he would play next season.
Free agents may begin signing contracts on Thursday.
BLUE JACKETS MOVE
Blue Jackets sign former 2nd-rounder Will Weber
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Will Weber to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract.
The 25-year-old Weber was selected by Columbus in the second round, 53rd overall, in the 2007 draft. He has three goals, seven assists, 182 penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 123 American Hockey League games, all with the Springfield (Mass.) Falcons.
The 6-foot-4, 231-pounder is a native of Gaylord, Michigan, and spent four seasons at Miami University (2008-12), where he was named the best defenseman in the CCHA in 2010.
Rising senior in high school leads Ohio Amateur
CINCINNATI (AP) - Will Grimmer, a high school senior-to-be who played in the U.S. Open last month, shot a 5-under 66 in Wednesday's second round of the Ohio Amateur to take a one-stroke lead over two-time winner Robert Gerwin.
Grimmer birdied four of the last five holes on the front side and then played the back in 1-under to stand at 4-under 138 at the tournament's midpoint. Grimmer is an Ohio State verbal commitment who missed the cut at Pinehurst as one of the youngest Open qualifiers ever.
Fellow Cincinnati native Gerwin matched Grimmer's 66 - the best rounds of the day at Coldstream Country Club.
The field of 144 was cut to the low 60 players and ties.
Former major league SS Tom Veryzer dies
DETROIT (AP) - Tom Veryzer, who played a dozen years in the major leagues and was Detroit's shortstop before Alan Trammell took over in the late 1970s, has died. He was 61.
The Tigers confirmed Veryzer died this week, as did the Overton Funeral Home in Islip, N.Y. A viewing is scheduled for Thursday at the home.
Veryzer played for the Tigers from 1973-77, then spent four years with Cleveland. He played one season with the New York Mets and two with the Chicago Cubs to finish his career.
He played 996 games and batted .241 for his career. In his final season, he was part of the Chicago team that won the NL East in 1984.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian, and three children, Thomas, William and Jennifer.
OHIO STATE PRESIDENT
New Ohio State chief: Expand on athletic success
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State's new president says he sees the university's athletic success as a way to focus attention on the many other things at which the university excels.
Michael Drake says the university hasn't always gotten as much credit for the 98 percent of campus activities outside of athletics and sees a chance to make people more familiar with those areas.
Drake said Wednesday he would use the success the university has had in sports as an example of what it looks like when Ohio State does things well and expand that to promotion of everything from its cancer research to the performing arts.
Drake is the former University of California-Irvine chancellor. He was chosen as Ohio State's 15th president in January, ending a seven-month search.
LEBRON-RENAMING ROLLER COASTER
Park to rename coaster if LeBron goes to Cleveland
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - NBA superstar LeBron James has one more offer to consider in deciding where to play next season: Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park is promising to rename one of its roller coasters "King James" if he returns home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
A park spokesman says it's a legitimate offer that originated with the CEO.
Cedar Point sent out a tweet with the proposal on Wednesday, telling James the ball was in his court. James is a free agent and is in Las Vegas as he nears a decision on his NBA future.
The Sandusky amusement park says James was a frequent visitor during his time growing up in Akron and while playing his first seven seasons for the Cavaliers before he left for Miami.
Cavaliers' Wiggins inks deal to remain with adidas
CLEVELAND (AP) - Andrew Wiggins will continue to wear adidas with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The No. 1 overall pick in the draft, Wiggins wore the apparel company's gear while starring last season for Kansas. He chose to stick with adidas rather than sign with rivals such as Nike and Reebok for what the company is calling "an unprecedented partnership."
The deal, announced Wednesday, is believed to be worth more than $2 million per year.
Wiggins joins Dante Exum, the fifth overall pick of the Utah Jazz, in signing with adidas out of this year's draft. Other players on the company's NBA roster include Derrick Rose, John Wall, Damian Lillard and Dwight Howard.
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