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Cueto pitches Reds past Blue Jays 4-3
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, June 22, 2014 8:06 PM


Associated Press


CINCINNATI — Two days before his 52nd birthday, Reds manager Bryan Price asked for two long outings from his starting pitchers to save an overworked bullpen.

Johnny Cueto delivered the latest present for Price, throwing eight effective innings as Cincinnati beat Toronto 4-3 Sunday.

The Reds surrendered an 8-0 lead on Friday night and spent its bullpen in the process. Behind Cueto, the Reds won after Blue Jays stars Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista exited early because of injuries.

“Leaker (Mike Leake) and Johnny really picked up our bullpen,” Price said.

Leake pitched eight innings in an 11-1 win on Saturday. The Reds have not lost any of their last five series and evened their record at 37-37. They have not been above .500 this season.

“I’m very proud of this team. They battled through a lot of adversity,” added Price on his birthday. “Someone is taking care of me. Maybe it’s my mom sending good vibes.”

Todd Frazier broke a 2-all tie in the fifth with a 2-run homer off R.A. Dickey (6-6).

Cueto led off the fifth with a bunt single. One out later, Frazier lined his team-leading 17th homer of the season.

Frazier went into the game tied with Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and Baltimore’s Adam Jones for the most home runs in the month of June. Each had seven.

Frazier hit his second home run off Dickey. He faced the knuckleball pitcher in 2012 as a member of the Mets.

Scherzer, Cabrera and Tigers sweep Indians
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, June 22, 2014 8:05 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A trip to Progressive Field last month began a downward spiral for the Detroit Tigers.

Their return visit could signal the start of a significant reversal.

Max Scherzer pitched six strong innings, Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs and the Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 10-4 on Sunday for a 3-game sweep.

The Tigers, swept in a 3-game series at Cleveland in May, have won four in a row overall and reclaimed first place in the AL Central.

“We’re playing good baseball right now,” Scherzer said. “If we play good baseball and do the little things right, we’re as good as any team in the American League. That’s what we did this series.”

The first trip to Cleveland began a 9-20 tailspin that dropped the Tigers out of first place for the first time this season. Manager Brad Ausmus is pleased his team finally seems to be out of its funk.

“We played well here,” he said. “We’re playing better, obviously, but I’m not going to make any declarations that anything is starting or finishing.”

Scherzer (9-3) bounced back from one of the worst outings of his career. The reigning AL Cy Young winner allowed 10 runs in four innings against Kansas City on Tuesday.

Scherzer gave up one run and six hits, striking out eight. He was struck in the side of the right leg by Lonnie Chisenhall’s line drive in the sixth but recovered to throw him out and completed the inning.

Ausmus and a team trainer checked on Scherzer, who quickly indicated he wanted to remain in the game. Nick Swisher doubled but David Murphy grounded out and Scherzer pumped his fist as he headed to the dugout.

Cabrera hit his 13th homer in the first, added an RBI single in the third and drove in a run with a grounder in the fifth when Detroit scored seven times.

Josh Tomlin (4-5) allowed eight runs in 4-plus innings. He faced six hitters in the fifth and all reached base.

Cabrera, whose RBI double in the 10th inning Saturday gave Detroit a 5-4 win, lined a full-count pitch to right after Tomlin retired the first two batters in the first.

The Tigers took advantage of errors by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and center fielder Michael Bourn in taking a 9-0 lead in the fifth.

“Against any team, if you give them extra opportunities, there’s a decent chance you pay for it,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “They just blew it open and we helped them. They don’t need the help.”

You may just get what you wish for …!
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, June 18, 2014 7:52 PM )

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Perhaps this item goes along — in some regards — with my column from last week about Donald Sterling and his issues with the NBA.

Here goes.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark office ruled that the Washington Redskins’ name was disparaging of Native Americans and should lose its trademark protection.

Is anyone surprised by this “news”?

This was as “unexpected” as an arson fire.

I have written about this stuff before and I re-iterate now what I put to “pad and pen” then — be careful what you wish for; you may not like what you get.

First of all, is the term “Redskins” offensive?

I know there is some controversy about why the team was renamed the Redskins from the Boston Braves in the early 1930s — was it to honor the then-coach and six of his players or for some other reason — but it made sense to distinguish the Boston Braves (before moving to D.C.) football team from a baseball team of the same name.

All I know is — I can only speak for myself — when I think of the Washington Redskins, I think of a football team; I do not think of what is now termed Native Americans.

Just like when I think of the Dallas Cowboys, I don’t think of a bunch of guys roping a cow and riding a horse.

Can someone else have a different opinion and truly be offended? By all means.

I guess that is determined by what you’ve experienced in your life, your perceptions, views, etc., and I cannot speak to what someone else might feel or think in their heart of hearts.

I don’t pretend that the history with Native Americans is all roses and sugar plums.

However, when a national sports writer wrote an opinion that if one — yes, ONE — person is offended by a word, it is offensive, “Houston, we have a problem!”

If we take that to its logical end, well, you get the picture.

Source: Cavs reach agreement with Blatt
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, June 20, 2014 8:00 PM


AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — David Blatt went overseas to chase his basketball dreams. He’s coming back to fulfill them.

One of Europe’s top coaches, Blatt was hired Friday by the Cavaliers, who ended a sweeping, 39-day search with an out-of-the-box selection they hope changes their fortunes.

American-born, Princeton-schooled and considered one of the game’s brightest offensive minds, the 55-year-old Blatt has long been interested in coaching in the NBA and the Cavs will give him his first shot.

The club signed him to a reported three-year deal that includes a team option for a fourth year. Cleveland contacted high-profile college coaches and interviewed both retreaded head coaches and on-the-rise assistants before zeroing in and landing Blatt, who won several European titles while coaching in Israel and guided Russia to a bronze medal at the London Olympics two years ago.

Martinez and Martinez homer for Tigers
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, June 20, 2014 8:00 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer, Victor Martinez added a two-run shot and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night

Rick Porcello (9-4) pitched six scoreless innings for the Tigers and Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 15th save.

Victor Martinez homered off Corey Kluber (6-5) in the fourth inning. J.D. Martinez’s home run came in the eighth off John Axford.

The Tigers took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer and Carlos Santana had a solo shot off Ian Krol. Joba Chamberlain retired the final hitter of the inning and then Nathan struck out Michael Bourn with a runner on to end the game.

Victor Martinez, who played for the Indians from 2002-09, is hitting .366 (70 for 191) with eight homers and 44 RBIs in 52 career games against his former team. Detroit’s designated hitter also continued his mastery over Kluber. He’s batting .471 (8 for 17) with two homers lifetime against the right-hander.

J.D. Martinez was 3 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games during which he’s batting .447 (17 for 38) with four homers.