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Ross 3-hits Reds, Padres get 1st sweep since ‘13
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:11 PM


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SAN DIEGO — Padres manager Bud Black had talked to Tyson Ross once or twice that it was getting to be time that the lanky right-hander threw his first career shutout.

In his 55th career start, Ross got it, in dominating fashion.

Ross threw a 3-hitter for his first career shutout, struck out nine and walked none to help San Diego beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Wednesday for its first series sweep since September. Ross got all the support he needed when Rene Rivera hit a 3-run single off big league ERA leader Johnny Cueto in the first inning.

“It’s special,” said the 27-year-old Ross, who’s in his second season with San Diego. “It’s the first time I’ve been able to finish. A couple of games I’ve gone eight innings and kind of ran out of gas but tonight I had enough in the tank and was able to finish.”

Ross (7-8) was dominating. He retired the first 11 batters before Todd Frazier singled to left. Frazier had two of the Reds’ three hits. Only Reds batter reached second, when Brayan Pena doubled with one out in the eighth. Ross then retired the side.

“I think that he really smelled the finish line, which was good,” said Black, a lefty who had 12 shutouts in 296 career big-league starts. “He’s been close a couple of times. He was there today. We talked just briefly after the eighth inning. There was no doubt in my mind he was going to go back out there and put up a zero.”

The Reds lost the last three games on 10-game trip after winning six out of seven, including a 4-game sweep of the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants before coming to San Diego.

“A frustrating team in general in that we came in playing really well and come out of it losing three straight,” manager Bryan Price said. “We had a chance to make up some ground on Milwaukee and St. Louis and we weren’t able to take advantage of it.”

The Padres beat the Reds 1-0 Monday despite getting one hit, then had a season-high 16 hits in an 8-2 victory Tuesday night.

The Padres, who tied their season high with their fourth straight win, hadn’t swept a series since Sept. 6-8 against Colorado.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the first, Rivera hit a blooper to the gap that hit off the heel of the glove of diving centerfielder Billy Hamilton and rolled away to give San Diego a 3-0 lead.

Indians rally with 3 in 8th to beat Dodgers 5-4
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:10 PM


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LOS ANGELES — The Cleveland Indians had plenty to talk about on the flight home at the end of a 4-4 road trip.

There were back-to-back losses in one-hit shutouts and a rare 7-2-4 triple play that required two video replays to confirm. There was also the 3-run eighth inning they had against Brian Wilson on Wednesday, which Mike Aviles capped with a 2-run single en route to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“We went 4-4, but it seems like we were gone a month,” manager Terry Francona said. “It’s been a long trip and this was a good way to end it. We won a tough game. That was a good one to win.”

After Scott Atchison gave up a solo homer by Scott Van Slyke in the eighth, Cody Allen got four outs for his eighth save. He retired Matt Kemp on a fly ball to the warning track with the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position.

Ryan Raburn homered off Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was lifted after seven with a 3-2 lead. But Wilson (1-3) retired only one of the six batters he faced, giving up a tying single by pinch-hitter David Murphy and Aviles’ clutch hit after an intentional walk to Lonnie Chisenhall.

Wilson had allowed one run in his previous 19 appearances, spanning 16 2/3 innings.

Brian Shaw (3-1) pitched a scoreless seventh to get the victory.

Ryu allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out eight and hit an RBI double that triggered a three-run fifth. The left-hander did not walk a batter, his 13th straight outing with fewer than three bases on balls.

Howard’s memorable play marks US World Cup run
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:09 PM

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SAO PAULO — Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast — and fans around the world, really — for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.

Howard is a big reason — 6-3, to be exact — for the fascination. He has become a Twitter sensation in less than a day, while raising one important question before he leaves Brazil: Will the 35-year-old goalkeeper be back for the next World Cup four years from now in Russia?

“When you’re in the public eye, it’s part of what you have to deal with,” Howard replied Wednesday of the hype from his record-setting World Cup. “I’ve been dealing with it for a long time. It’s nice that America knows about soccer now. That’s what’s important.”

Howard’s 16 saves in the 2-1 loss were the most in a World Cup game since FIFA started tracking the statistic in 2002.

Someone had fun with Howard’s heroics on Wikipedia, briefly listing the star goalie as incumbent “Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.” Later, the real defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, called Howard with congratulations and a team invite to the Pentagon.

A photo from Howard’s high school yearbook even began circulating, featuring the quote, “It will take a nation of millions to hold me back.”

Even Belgium captain Vincent Kompany tweeted: “Two words.. TIM HOWARD #Respect #BelUSA.” That post had received 59,675 re-tweets and 45,242 favorites by early evening Wednesday.

“It’s fantastic because it also shows how all the games in the World Cup were received back at home,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, “and many people watched this competition maybe more than it was four years ago in South Africa. It’s fun to see that, and he deserves every compliment for his game last night.”

The hashtag ThingsTimHowardCouldSave was trending on Twitter and fans superimposed his image into all sorts of famous scenes. There’s an outstretched Howard preventing the Titanic from sinking and breaking up Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal.

“With social media, nothing surprises me,” Howard said. “There are some very creative and fun individuals out there.”

The team was scheduled to fly back to the U.S. late Wednesday, and Howard soon will return to his Premier League club, Everton.

Millions of Americans will be rooting for Howard to play in the 2018 World Cup. That’s something Howard will discuss with those close to him.

“What happens going forward with the national team, I don’t know,” he added. “I don’t think it’s very black and white, to be honest. I need to figure all that out.”

NBA Roundup
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:01 PM

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Magic sign 1st round draft picks Gordon, Payton

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic have signed both of their first round picks from last week's NBA draft.

The team announced Wednesday that fourth overall pick Aaron Gordon and 10th overall pick Elfrid Payton, who the Magic acquired in a draft night trade with Philadelphia, have been signed to rookie contracts. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Both players will participate in the Orlando Summer Pro League which begins Saturday.

The Magic are hoping Gordon, the Pac-12 freshman of the year last season at Arizona, can fortify a front court that is thinner following the trade of swingman Arron Afflalo.

Orlando is looking at Payton, out of Louisiana-Lafayette, as possibly the team's point guard of the future after the Magic decided to waive veteran Jameer Nelson.

Elida eliminated from ACME tourney
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 01, 2014 6:57 PM )


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BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath built a 5-1 lead in its District 6 ACME summer baseball tournament contest with archrival Elida Monday evening.

The Wildcats then held off a 7th-inning uprising to secure a 5-3 victory at Bath High School.

Bath (12-5) collected 11 hits versus two Bulldog hurlers: lefty starter Austin Morrison (3 2/3 innings pitched, 9 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 1 base-on-balls, 2 strikeouts; 78 pitches, 55 for strikes) and reliever Garrett Brinkman (2 1/3 IPs, 2 hits, 2 BBs, 1 K; 37 pitches, 19 for strikes).

“Austin battled today. He is an even-keeled pitcher and you know what you’re going to get,” Elida ACME coach Zack Miller said. “What you saw today offensively was the story of our summer: we couldn’t get the big 2-out hit until it was late. It seems every time we got something going, it was with two outs.”

Tyler Stahr (2 runs scored), Cam Jenkins (2 runs batted in), Cam Clark and Andrew Renner each garnered two hits for the hosts.

“Jared has been a really solid pitcher for us this summer,” Bath coach Johnny Simindinger explained. “We came off a big offensive day Sunday and we carried that confidence over to today.”

Bath starter Jared Davis got the win (5 2/3 IPs, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 4 BBs, 5 Ks; 91 pitches, 48 strikes) and Jacob Horstman mopped up (1 1/3 IPs, 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 BB; 23 pitches, 14 strikes).

Leadoff man Adam Purdy had the best day at the plate for the Orange and Black, going 1-for-2 (double) and added two free passes.

Bath retaliated in the home half on Stahr’s leadoff hit to left, a stolen base, a 2-out wild pitch and an error on the sequence.

Elida took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a leadoff walk to Purdy, a wild pitch, a sacrifice bunt by Owen Anderson and a single to left by Travis Watkins.