Perez homers in debut, Indians beat Yankees 9-3
CLEVELAND (AP) - Roberto Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, Carlos Santana also connected and the Cleveland Indians scored nine runs in their last two innings at bat for a 9-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night.
Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run triple and Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly highlighted a four-run seventh that erased a 3-0 deficit. Brantley, a first-time All-Star this season, added an RBI single in a five-run eighth, when Perez and Santana homered.
On a conference call during the game, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow. The team hopes its rookie sensation will be able to return this season.
Indians rock Derek Jeter with going-away gifts
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians put a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame touch on their going-away gifts for Derek Jeter.
The New York Yankees shortstop, who hit his first major league home run in Cleveland, made his final regular-season appearance in the city Thursday night. Before the game, the Indians gave him a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar. The white guitar with blue Yankees pinstripes was inscribed with Jeter's No. 2 and the words, "The Captain."
Cleveland players Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi, former teammates of Jeter's with the Yankees, presented him with the guitar. Indians President Mark Shapiro and manager Terry Francona were also on hand for the on-field ceremony.
Wayne Peltz, the Indians' assistant visiting clubhouse manager, also presented Jeter with a Lego mosaic of the 14-time All-Star hitting his first career homer off Dennis Martinez on opening day of the 1996 season. Peltz has designed mosaics for several other major leaguers.
Valbuena lifts Cubs to 6-4 win over Reds in 12
CINCINNATI (AP) - Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking, two-run in the 12th inning and the Chicago Cubs avoided a rare five-game sweep in Cincinnati with a 6-4 win Thursday.
Highly regarded prospect Arismendy Alcantara singled with one out and went to second on Starlin Castro's two-out infield single. Valbuena, 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, sent a ball to deep right field off J.J. Hoover (1-6) that Skip Schumaker couldn't catch up with and was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run. The out call stood after an umpire crew chief request for a replay review to make sure the new rule regarding home plate collisions wasn't violated.
Blake Parker (1-0) pitched the last two and the Cubs snapped their losing streak at a season-high six games.
REDS-CUBS BENCHES CLEAR
Reds-Cubs game delayed after benches clear
CINCINNATI (AP) - Both benches and bullpens emptied in the middle of the ninth inning of Chicago's game against Cincinnati on Thursday after Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo apparently took exception to the Reds' inside pitches.
Rizzo, who was hit by Homer Bailey's pitch in the first inning, seemed to have words with somebody in the Reds dugout and approached it while taking his position for the bottom of the ninth. Chicago's John Baker and Cincinnati's Zack Cozart also were hit by pitches, and Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman threw back-to-back inside pitches to Nate Schierholtz that reached the backstop in the top of the ninth.
The two teams gathered in foul territory down the first-base line, but no punches appeared to be thrown and nobody was ejected.
Reds' Bailey leaves game with apparent injury
CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati Reds right-hander Homer Bailey left his start against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday with an apparent injury in the sixth inning.
Bailey was delivering a 1-2 pitch to Starlin Castro, but he didn't throw the ball while gingerly completing his motion. After a visit from trainer Paul Lessard and manager Bryan Price, during which Bailey pointed to a spot on the mound, he walked off the field and was replaced by the right-hander Sam LeCure.
The Reds were leading 4-3. Bailey, who entered with an 8-5 record, allowed three hits and two runs with two walks and three strikeouts. He also hit two batters while throwing 71 pitches.
The Reds had center fielder Billy Hamilton and second baseman Brandon Phillips leave Wednesday's victory over Chicago with injuries. They are day-to-day.
Brandon Phillips to have surgery Friday
CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is expected to miss six weeks after he has surgery on Friday to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb.
Phillips injured his thumb diving for a ground ball in the eighth inning Wednesday night and an MRI Thursday morning revealed torn ligaments in his left thumb. The Reds' former Gold Glove secondbaseman was hitting 272 at the time of the injury.
The team placed former MVP Joey Votto on the disabled list earlier in the week with soreness in his left thigh.
Cavs' 3-way trade official, waiting on James
CLEVELAND (AP) - The three-team trade that gave the Cavaliers salary cap space to possibly land LeBron James is official.
The Cavs and Boston Celtics confirmed the deal on Thursday when the NBA moratorium on signings ended.
Cleveland sent guard Jarrett Jack and swingman Sergey Karasev to Brooklyn and center Tyler Zeller and a first-round draft pick to Boston. Cleveland acquired a future conditional second-round pick from the Celtics and the draft rights to forwards Ilkan Karaman and Edin Bavcic from the Nets. The Celtics will get guard Marcus Thornton - and his expiring $8 million contract - from the Nets.
The deal, first reported on Wednesday, is designed to give the Cavs enough room under the salary cap to offer James, the four-time league MVP, a maximum contract ($20.7 million).
Cavs announce Kyrie Irving contract extension
CLEVELAND (AP) - As they await a decision from free agent LeBron James, the Cavaliers have announced that All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has signed his contract extension.
The Cavs reached an agreement with Irving on a five-year, $90 million extension last week in the first hours after free agency opened. Irving is now under contract with Cleveland through the 2019-20 season.
Irving averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 71 games last season, his third with Cleveland. The former No. 1 overall pick was also voted MVP of the NBA's All-Star game.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert made Irving the club's top offseason priority. The Cavs hoped in locking up Irving with a long-term deal it would make them more appealing to James, who is deciding whether to re-sign with Miami or return to Cleveland.
As LeBron decides, Miami and Cleveland wait
(AP) - The waiting game for LeBron James continues.
Miami or Cleveland? The same choice he faced four years ago is the one facing the four-time NBA MVP now. He became a champion in Miami. He still calls Ohio home. It's obviously not an easy decision.
So much is at stake for both franchises. For the Heat, keeping James is likely the only way they can stay a championship-contending team for a fifth straight season next year. For the Cavaliers, it's a chance to welcome home the player who fans - and the team's owner - directed so much scorn toward when he left in 2010.
James is still quiet. It's anyone's guess when his silence will break.
17-year-old builds lead to 3 strokes at Ohio Am
CINCINNATI (AP) - Mariemont High School senior-to-be Will Grimmer has moved a step closer to possibly becoming the second-youngest winner in the 108 years of the Ohio Amateur. He shot a 2-under 69 in Thursday's third round to build a three-stroke lead heading into the final 18 holes.
The 17-year-old, who's committed to play at Ohio State, followed rounds of 72 and 66 to stand at 6-under 207.
Defending champion Andrew Dorn shot a second 69 in a row and shares second place with Tim Crouch, who has put up three 70s, at 3-under 210.
Ohio State's Boo Timko had the day's best round, a 68, and was fifth at even-par through 54 holes at Coldstream Country Club.
Two-time Ohio Am winner Robert Gerwin shot a 76 and is now eight shots back.
MICH ST-OHIO ST NIGHT GAME
Buckeyes at Spartans on Nov. 8 to be night game
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Big Ten and ESPN/ABC have announced that the Ohio State at Michigan State game on Nov. 8 will kick off at 8 p.m.
The night game on ABC will be the third in a row for the Buckeyes, who are scheduled to play a record five games at night in 2014 - with half of the game times still to be determined.
The Buckeyes will play an unprecedented three home night games.
Those after-dark starts include home games against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m., Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. and Illinois on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m., in addition to an 8 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 25 at Penn State.
Vehicle swap leads to trouble for Gordon, Hairston
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston says he and Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon decided to swap vehicles following a chance meeting at a grocery store. Gordon was arrested driving while impaired in Hairston's 2015 Cadillac Escalade in Raleigh.
That random encounter brought together two athletes who have had their share of troubles.
A day after Gordon was arrested for DWI, a high school basketball player said Hairston punched him during a pickup game at a YMCA, leading to an August court hearing for Hairston.
Gordon is awaiting another possible NFL suspension for reportedly failing a drug test.
Hairston's college career ended after several NCAA violations. He played in the NBA Development League before being selected in last month's NBA draft.
ROAD RAGE ARREST-LAWSUIT
1960s Ohio State star sues over road rage arrest
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio State football star Jim Stillwagon has filed a federal lawsuit against police who arrested him after an alleged road rage incident two years ago.
Stillwagon was acquitted last fall on all charges stemming from the September 2012 incident in Delaware in central Ohio.
Investigators alleged a pickup truck driver was grazed by a bullet when Stillwagon fired at him. Stillwagon had been riding a motorcycle.
Stillwater said he shot out a tire on the truck to disable it after the driver repeatedly tried to attack him, then hit the driver in the head with his gun.
Stillwagon's lawsuit alleges police altered facts and suppressed and destroyed evidence in an effort to prosecute him.
A Delaware city spokesman declined to comment.
Stillwagon was on Ohio State's 1968 national championship team.
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