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   CINCINNATI (AP) - The Reds have shipped starter Mike Leake to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of prospects, bolstering the defending World Series champions for another playoff run.
 
   San Francisco needed one more solid starter, and got a young pitcher who has been at his best in July. The 27-year-old Leake has won his last four starts, allowing only two earned runs in 30 innings overall.
 
   He threw eight innings of four-hit ball in a 4-0 win in St. Louis on Tuesday.
 
   The Reds got infielder Adam Duvall and right-hander Keury Mella for Leake, who can become a free agent after the season.
 
   The deal came six days after Cincinnati dealt ace Johnny Cueto to Kansas City for three minor league pitchers.

   CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals. In return, Cleveland will receive minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky.
 
   The Cardinals haven't scored in 22 consecutive innings and Matt Holliday re-injured his right quadriceps Wednesday. It's the same injury that caused the seven-time All-Star to miss 31 games. The Cardinals lead the NL Central by 4 1/2 games over Pittsburgh.
 
   Cleveland signed Moss as a free agent during the offseason. He had 15 homers and 50 RBIs in 94 games but the Indians have fallen back in the AL wild-card race. Moss played four seasons in the NL with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
 
   Kaminsky was selected with the No. 28 overall pick two years ago and was considered one of the top prospects in the Cardinals system.
 

   CINCINNATI (AP) - Brandon Phillips hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs on Thursday night, powering the Reds to a 15-5 victory that kept the Pittsburgh Pirates winless in Cincinnati this season.
 
   The Reds opened the season with a three-game sweep of the Pirates at Great American Ball Park. They improved to 4-0 on Thursday night by taking advantage of struggling A.J. Burnett (8-5), sending the Pirates to their most lopsided loss of the season.
 
   Pittsburgh hadn't allowed so many runs since a 15-5 loss to Arizona on Aug. 17, 2013.
 
   Marlon Byrd also hit a three-run homer, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a double as the Reds improved to 8-2 overall against the Pirates this season.
 
   Left-hander David Holmberg (1-0) was called up from Triple-A and allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.

   OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Carlos Carrasco threw a two-hitter, Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Thursday night.
 
   Francisco Lindor had two hits for the Indians, who won their second straight following a six-game losing streak.
 
   Josh Reddick doubled in a first-inning run for the A's, who have lost six of their last seven.
 
   Carrasco did not allow a hit after Reddick's double, facing one over the minimum from that point. He walked one and struck out seven. He was coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed six runs in four innings.
 
   Chris Bassitt (0-4) gave up three runs, his season high, on six hits. He walked one and struck out a season-best six.

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals signed receiver Greg Little on Thursday at the start of training camp, giving him a second chance to show he can catch the ball consistently.

The former Browns star signed with Cincinnati last season when injuries depleted the receiving group. He played in six games and had only six catches for 69 yards. He didn't catch a pass during a first-round playoff loss at Indianapolis.

The Bengals waived receiver Cobi Hamilton, a sixth-round pick in 2013 who spent that year and part of last season on the practice squad. They also signed rookie receiver Desmond Lawrence, a free agent from North Carolina A&T. He signed with the Lions and was released in May.

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