MIAMI (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 last night. The Reds benefited from Major League Baseball's new instant replay system and the rule preventing catchers from blocking the plate. Reds starter Johnny Cueto struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings and Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Mike Zunino's two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians last night. Bryan Shaw walked Kyle Seager to start the inning before Zunino hit a 2-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his 17th home run.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Nationals have acquired two-time All-Star infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and cash from the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Zach Walters. Cabrera has spent most of his career at shortstop but has played 162 games at second base, his likely position in Washington. Walters has hit .234 with three home runs and six RBIs in 40 games for the Nationals over the past two seasons.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Johnny Manziel says he's battling more than Brian Hoyer in the competition to be Cleveland's starting quarterback. Manziel says, "It's really me versus the playbook right now." The rookie QB acknowledges that he's had some ups and downs in his first week in training camp.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is emerging as the center of the Bengals defense. Burfict signed with the Bengals in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State, where his penchant for personal fouls made teams wary. Last season, he made the Pro Bowl, led the team in tackles and was the AFC's defensive player of the week after an eye-opening game against Cleveland.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods took another step on one of his favorite courses toward showing his game might be turning around. Woods made six birdies yesterday to account for his mistakes and opened with a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron. He was still four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, who shot 64 on a perfect day for scoring at Firestone.
(AP) - In college football, Ohio State comes in at Number 6 in the preseason Amway coaches' poll. Defending national champion Florida State is ranked Number 1. Rounding out the top five are Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn.
DETROIT (AP) - Minor league pitcher Evan Reed has been arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel. A not-guilty plea was entered yesterday for Reed, who appeared in court via video on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The right-hander plays for the Toledo Mud Hens, the Detroit Tigers' Triple-A club.
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - A former Ohio State University football player has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge in a felony drug case against him. The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram reports Tracy Sprinkle pleaded yesterday to attempted failure to comply, a misdemeanor. He received a $500 fine, 30-day suspended jail sentence and two years' probation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The fired Ohio State University marching band director says he was working to change its sexualized culture when he was dismissed. Jonathan Waters detailed the changes he was trying to make in a seven-page document prepared when the university began investigating allegations of problems with the band.
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