Melky Cabrera gets 4 hits, scores go-ahead run as Blue Jays hang on for 3-2 win over Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) - Melky Cabrera had four hits and scored Toronto's go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion's single, and the Blue Jays held on for a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 in the seventh before Munenori Kawasaki hit an RBI single off reliever Marc Rzepczynski (0-1) and Encarnacion delivered against Cody Allen.
Steve Delabar (1-0), one of three Toronto relievers to combine for eight walks in the eighth inning in a loss at Minnesota on Thursday, got the win in relief of starter Drew Hutchison.
Sergio Santos worked a very shaky ninth for his fifth save, one night after his three wild pitches in the eighth-inning debacle allowed the Twins to score three runs. Santos loaded the bases before retiring Michael Brantley on a hard grounder to first for the final out.
Alfredo Simon leads Reds over reeling Cubs 4-1
CHICAGO (AP) - Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17 games at Wrigley Field.
Making his third start, Simon (2-1) allowed an unearned run in six-plus innings and sent the Cubs to their fifth straight loss. Simon is in the rotation while Mat Latos recovers from elbow and knee injuries.
Jonathan Broxton pitched a hitless ninth for his second save in two tries, completing a six-hitter for the Reds, who stretched their winning streak to a season-best three.
Jeff Samardzija (0-2) gave up three runs - one earned - and six hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and two walks. He is 0-4 despite a 3.86 ERA in 10 starts since winning at San Diego on Aug. 24.
Reds' Chapman cleared to throw batting practice
CHICAGO (AP) - Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to throw batting practice for the first time since he was hit in the face by a line drive during an exhibition game on March 19.
Chapman sustained fractures of his nose and and a bone above his left eye when hit by the drive off the bat of Kansas City's Salvador Perez.
Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday he wasn't sure exactly when Chapman will throw but said it likely will be during the team's 10-game trip that ends April 27.
"Our concern initially was anything that might come up and bounce and hit him in the face, and if he would be at a higher risk for further injury, and he's been given the clearance on that," Price said. "So he's a full-go in that regard."
Price also said Chapman will go on a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment before rejoining the Reds.
Giambi set to return to Indians on Monday
CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi will be activated from the disabled list on Monday after recovering from a fractured rib.
The 43-year-old recently was at Double-A Akron for a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment. Giambi said he's ready to play, but the Indians will wait until after the weekend, when they open a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals.
Giambi took batting practice before Friday's series opener against Toronto.
He said the time in the minors was good for his swing and a reminder of his path to the big leagues.
Indians manager Terry Francona said the team has missed Giambi, who brings leadership, years of experience and "can change the game in the batter's box."
Giambi injured his rib during spring training and was placed on the DL on March 30. He batted .183 last season, but hit nine homers and drove in 31 runs in 186 at-bats.
Penguins wary of Blue Jackets after Game 1 escape
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets hope the return of forward R.J. Umberger will help them draw even with the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Saturday night.
Umberger missed Pittsburgh's 4-3 win in the series opener with an upper body injury. He has been cleared by team doctors and he expects the upstart Blue Jackets to continue the physical play that briefly rattled the Penguins in Game 1.
Columbus took a two-goal lead early in the second period. The Penguins scored the final three goals to escape.
Umberger says the Blue Jackets know they have to get under Pittsburgh's skin to win. Penguins star Sidney Crosby believes his team will be better prepared this time.
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