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Saturday, 02 May 2015 10:22

Bengals Seek Defensive Line Help


   CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals just missed on one defensive tackle they wanted. They have five more picks in Saturday's final four rounds to fix it.
   Cincinnati, which finished last in the league in sacks while tackle Geno Smith struggled in his first season back from ACL surgery, went into the draft hoping to land an impact tackle. Instead, they picked Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi in Thursday's first round and Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher, Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft and Texas Christian inside linebacker Paul Dawson on Friday night.
   Bengals coach Marvin Lewis admitted that they had Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips ranked right next to Fisher, but Miami took Phillips one pick before the Bengals' turn.
   Cincinnati also would like to add depth at receiver.
   The Bengals received a second fourth-round pick as compensation for losing offensive lineman Anthony Collins after the 2013 season.



   PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers still have plenty of items on their shopping list heading into the final day of the NFL draft.
   A tight end, some more help in the secondary and along the defensive line are likely to be addressed when the fourth round starts. Pittsburgh grabbed linebacker Bud Dupree in the first round on Thursday and added cornerback Senquez Golson in the second round and wide receiver Sammie Coates in the third round on Friday.
   Pittsburgh will be searching for a tight end to possibly become an eventual heir to veteran Heath Miller. The Steelers also need more depth at cornerback.
   Pittsburgh has had success in the late rounds in recent years. All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown was a sixth-round pick in 2010.


Saturday, 02 May 2015 10:16

Indians Jolt Jays 9-4

   CLEVELAND (AP) - Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer and Brett Hayes added a three-run shot, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
   The Jays' Josh Donaldson and  the Tribes' Jason Kipnis hit home runs in the first, which was just the beginning of the offensive outburst.
   The Indians finished April with a 7-14 record, the worst in the American League. The win raised their home mark to 3-8 and was just their second victory in 10 games against a left-handed starter.
   Carlos Carrasco (3-2), making his first start at Progressive Field since being hit in the face by a line drive on April 14, allowed four runs in six innings.
   Brantley's first home run of the season off Mark Buehrle (3-2) in the fourth broke a 4-4 tie. Hayes added a three-run homer in the fifth off Andrew Albers.
  Toronto and the Tribe tangle again this afternoon, pregame on WBNV 93.5 FM at 3:37 p.m.
   The Indians have also placed left-hander TJ House on the 15-day disabled list with a sore throwing shoulder.
   House is 0-4 with a 13.15 ERA in four starts and pitched three innings or fewer in three of those appearances. He didn't allow a hit through three innings against Toronto on Thursday, but then didn't retire a batter in the fourth as the first five hitters reached base and scored in a 5-1 loss.
   House has allowed 19 runs and 21 hits while issuing 12 walks in 13 innings. He was 5-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 19 games last season.


   ATLANTA (AP) - Mike Foltynewicz won his first career start and drove in two runs with his first career hit to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Friday night.
   Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning for a 4-3 lead, Atlanta's first of the game, and the Braves snapped a three-game losing streak. Atlanta also won for the third time in 11 games.
   Foltynewicz (1-0), recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Gwinnett, settled down after a rough, 28-pitch first inning. The right-hander allowed six hits, three walks and three runs - two earned - with two strikeouts in five innings.
   Anthony DeSclafani (2-2) had his worst outing in five starts for the Reds, allowing four hits, four runs and five walks with five strikeouts in five innings.
   The Reds will face the Braves again tonight at 6:40 p.m. on ESPN Cambridge FM 107.9 and AM 1270.  
   Also it was announced that Reds starter Homer Bailey will have surgery on his pitching elbow and miss the rest of the season.
   Bailey tore a ligament in his right elbow and will have Tommy John surgery next Friday. The Reds expect him to be fully recovered in time for next season.
   It's been a tough year for Bailey, who signed a six-year, $105 million deal before the 2014 season. He had surgery last September to repair a tear in the forearm by the elbow.
   He wasn't ready for the start of spring training and opened the season on the disabled list. He was activated and made two starts before feeling pain in the elbow. The Reds say the torn ligament isn't related to the previous problem.


Saturday, 02 May 2015 10:11

Cards nip Bucs 2-1 in Extra Innings

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Matt Adams hit a bases-loaded single with two outs in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
   The Cardinals have won four in a row, and 14 of their last 17 at home against Pittsburgh.
   The Pirates fell to 4-3 on their nine-game road trip.
   Jon Jay started the winning rally with a two-out single off Rob Scahill (0-2). Matt Carpenter followed with a double down the left-field line, and Matt Holliday was intentionally walked. Adams then laced a 1-1 pitch to left field.
   Randy Choate (1-0) struck out Gregory Polanco with two on for the win.


   COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Residents near a large commercial warehouse in south Columbus that caught fire and sent thick black smoke billowing into the air have been asked to stay inside, shut their windows and doors and avoid breathing in the smoke.
   The smoke is not believed to be toxic, however, and no injuries have been reported.
   About 100 people were working at Columbus Pallet Recycling when the fire started Friday afternoon.
   Firefighters responded shortly after 4 p.m. and were still fighting the blaze hours later.
   Some roads have been closed in the area, and thousands of nearby residents were without power.
   The fire produced a large black mushroom cloud visible from downtown Columbus and spreading miles to the southeast.
   Officials say one-third to one-half of the city's firefighters is battling the blaze.


   OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - The president of Miami University says he will retire in 2016 after 10 years leading the school in southwest Ohio.
   David Hodge announced his plans Friday at a university board of trustees meeting. He says he will retire June 30, 2016, after more than four decades in higher education. He came from the University of Washington in 2006 to become Miami's 21st president.
   He says he is announcing his plans now to allow plenty of time for a national search for his successor.
   The public university based in Oxford has some 24,000 students, including graduate students and its regional campuses.


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