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J.D. Martinez hits 3-run homer, Tigers win 4-2

CLEVELAND (AP) - J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer off closer Cody Allen in the ninth inning, helping the Detroit Tigers rally for a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Martinez's one-out shot over the center-field wall bailed out the Tigers, who had been unable to get a clutch hit for eight innings. But in the ninth, Torii Hunter drew a leadoff walk from Allen (5-4), Miguel Cabrera singled, and after Victor Martinez flied out, J.D. Martinez connected for his 19th homer, a crushing blow to the Indians.

Phil Coke (3-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings and Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 29th save.

Detroit's comeback kept the Tigers on the heels of first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.


Orioles beat Reds 5-4 to extend lead in AL East

BALTIMORE (AP) - Bud Norris pitched six shutout innings, Nelson Cruz notched his career-high 91st RBI during a four-run first, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 Tuesday night.

Jonathan Schoop homered for the Orioles, who extended their lead in the AL East to a season-high 9 1/2 games. Baltimore endured two rain delays totaling more two hours and withstood an eighth-inning grand slam by Jay Bruce to notch its seventh win in nine games.

Norris (12-8) allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked one. He was 0-3 with a 5.11 ERA in his previous seven starts against Cincinnati.

Bruce's third career slam, off Darren O'Day, got the Reds to 5-4.


Reds RHP Bailey to 60-day DL; surgery possible

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds have moved right-hander Homer Bailey to the 60-day DL, officially ending his chance to return this season.

Bailey has an elbow injury described as a strained right flexor mass tendon. The Reds had initially hoped Bailey would be able to rejoin the rotation this month, but that won't happen.

Manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that a second MRI did not show enough improvement to where Bailey could get on a throwing program.

Price said Bailey will continue to rehab before the Reds decide whether to move forward with surgery.

Price says surgery is "being discussed." He says, "with that particular injury, it's one of the options."

Bailey went on the DL on Aug. 16. He was 9-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 23 starts.


Justin Verlander addresses online photo hacking

CLEVELAND (AP) - Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander says he wants to keep his personal life private after nude photos of him and model girlfriend Kate Upton allegedly were hacked from an online account.

Verlander spoke to reporters Tuesday before Detroit played the Indians. Verlander initially refused to comment Monday after the FBI acknowledged that photos of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were stolen and posted online.

Verlander knew there was interest in his side of the story and wanted to address the situation. He doesn't want any focus taken from the Tigers, who are in the thick of the playoff race.

Verlander says he's always had to block out distractions during his career. The former AL MVP is scheduled to pitch Wednesday.

The 31-year-old did not comment specifically on the photos.


Browns sign OL Vinston Painter

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns have signed offensive lineman Vinston Painter to their active roster off Denver's practice squad.

To make space, the club waived offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann, who failed a physical. Hauptmann was claimed off waivers on Sunday from Seattle.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Painter was drafted by the Broncos in the sixth round last year from Virginia Tech. He spent most of his rookie year on the Broncos' practice squad. He was elevated to the roster for Denver's final two postseason games but was inactive.

Painter played in all four exhibition games this summer. He has played guard and tackle.

The Browns also signed rookie fullback Kiero Small to their practice squad on Tuesday. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round this year.


Steelers take on familiar face in Browns' Hoyer

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't surprised Brian Hoyer beat out Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job with the Cleveland Browns.

Hoyer spent some time with the Steelers practice squad two years ago before moving on to Cleveland, where he played well in 2013 until a knee injury ended his season. Hoyer edged out Manziel for the top spot on the depth chart heading into Sunday's opener in Pittsburgh, though Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says the team expects to see Manziel at some point.

Tomlin calls Hoyer a "football junkie" who won't lose games by making bad decisions.

Hoyer will have his work cut out against a team the Browns have struggled against.

The Steelers have dominated the series of late, winning the last 10 meetings at Heinz Field.


Brewer, Hokies eager for test vs. No. 8 Buckeyes

(AP) - Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer hasn't had to wait long for his first huge stage.

The Hokies play at No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday night.

Virginia Tech is no stranger to big games, but has struggled to show it belongs among the elite in recent years. The Hokies have lost six of their last seven games against ranked opponents, many of them in lopsided fashion.

Brewer says a victory before 105,000 fans at Ohio Stadium would be "huge" to show that the Hokies are still a powerhouse program. The Buckeyes have won 25 consecutive regular season games, the longest such streak in the nation, and 64 in a row at home against unranked non-conference foes.

Says Brewer: "This is what college football is all about."


A&M QB prefers unique nickname over Kenny Football

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Just call him Kenny Trill.

Many, including Johnny Manziel himself, started calling new Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill by the nickname Kenny Football after his record-setting 511-yard passing game in an upset of South Carolina last week.

But the sophomore quarterback says that's Manziel's thing - and he prefers Kenny Trill.

Though trill is a word to describe a vibratory sound, that's not what it means in rap culture. It's a hybrid of true and real and has long been used by Texas rapper Bun B, who calls himself Bun B Trill OG.

Hill says scores of people have approached him for pictures. They won't get them: Hill says coach Kevin Sumlin told him not to take them because "Johnny got in so much trouble over pictures."

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