Reds rally for 6-5 win over Pirates
CINCINNATI (AP) - Brayan Pena's pinch-hit single in the eighth inning completed another late rally by the Reds, who overcame more injuries last night and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 to keep their momentum going toward the All-Star break.
Down 5-1 after six innings, the Reds scored twice with the help of third baseman Pedro Alvarez's throwing error in the seventh and added three more in the eighth. Devin Mesoraco homered with two outs off left-hander Tony Watson (5-1) in the eighth, and the Reds put together four more singles, with RBI hits by Ramon Santiago and Pena completing Cincinnati's second big comeback of the week.
Kluber, Swisher lead Indians past White Sox 7-4
CLEVELAND (AP) - Corey Kluber allowed four runs in six innings, and Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in the fifth, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox last night.
Kluber (9-6), left off the AL All-Star team despite a strong first half, wasn't his usual dominant self but pitched well enough to win. The right-hander has won three of his last four decisions. Cody Allen struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save. Swisher's homer off Hector Noesi (3-7) to center field broke a 4-4 tie. Before Swisher's home run, the biggest cheer from the crowd of 24,652 came when the Indians put a message on the scoreboard welcoming home NBA superstar LeBron James, who announced he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Blatt, Cavs overjoyed by LeBron news
LAS VEGAS (AP) - David Blatt will never forget July 11, 2014.
Not because it was his first time coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers, if only in a summer league game. Instead, it was when he learned he'll be coaching LeBron James.
The summer league debuts of Blatt and No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins came Friday night, when the Cavaliers met the Milwaukee Bucks in Las Vegas. Ordinarily, that would have been enough to create some buzz.
But James' announcement earlier in the day that he was returning to the Cavaliers and leaving the Miami Heat overshadowed everything, and rightly so. Blatt says he found out during the team's morning practice and that "to say that I'm excited and happy would probably qualify as one of the great understatements of the millennium."
Reds put 2B Phillips on DL, add to bullpen
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Reds have put second baseman Brandon Phillips on the 15-day disabled list following surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb that is expected to sideline him about six weeks.
Phillips hurt his thumb while sliding on an attempted catch Wednesday. The Reds already are missing first baseman Joey Votto. He is on the disabled list indefinitely with a sprained muscle above his left knee.
Cincinnati on Friday also bolstered its bullpen for the start of a weekend series with Pittsburgh, calling up right-handed relievers Carlos Contreras and Curtis Partch. Contreras was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday and brought back a day later. Partch is in his third stint with the Reds.
Catcher Tucker Barnhart was optioned to Louisville.
Jackets sign Brandon Dubinsky for 6 more years
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Brandon Dubinsky to a six-year contract extension worth a reported $35.1 million through the 2020-21 season.
The 28-year-old Dubinsky, acquired two years ago in the blockbuster deal with the New York Rangers for Rick Nash, has scored 18 goals with 52 assists with a +7 plus/minus rating in 105 games the past two seasons. He was at his best in last season's six-game playoff series with Pittsburgh, scoring a goal with five assists while frequently matched up against Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby.
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Dubinsky was the key to the team's tenacity and determination.
The Columbus Dispatch reported details of the contract, worth $5.85 million per season.
Dorn's late birdies help him repeat in Ohio Am
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andrew Dorn birdied the 15th and 16th holes and passed 17-year-old Will Grimmer down the stretch to capture his second consecutive Ohio Amateur championship.
Dorn, a Coastal Carolina senior-to-be from West Chester, becomes the 10th player in the tournament's 108 years to win back-to-back. Others include Arnold Palmer, John Cook and current PGA Tour pros Ben Curtis and Jason Kokrak.
Dorn started the day three shots behind Grimmer. Playing in the same group, he caught him with the birdie at the 15th. While Grimmer bogeyed the 17th hole, Dorn finished with two pars to clinch the win.
His 5-under 66 matched Grimmer's Wednesday round for the low 18 of the week. It left Dorn at 8-under 276 and a shot ahead of Grimmer, who shot a 70.
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