KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Billy Butler homered for the second straight game and the Kansas City Royals overcame a five-run deficit to beat Cleveland 7-5 last night for their fifth straight win. A day after his pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth inning beat Cleveland, Butler connected for a tiebreaking shot in the fifth. It was 5-all when he tagged Nick Hagadone for a drive over the Royals' bullpen in left field.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Ethan Finlay scored in the 84th minute and the Columbus Crew beat New England 2-1 last night to extend the Revolution's losing streak to eight games. Finlay ran down a long ball from Justin Meram, shrugged off a defender, and hammered a shot into the back of the net.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Brayan Pena singled through a drawn-in infield for the only run to give the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals yesterday. Johnny Cueto fanned nine in seven innings as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak, its longest in five years. Left-hander Aroldis Chapman pitched out of a two-on, two-out threat in the eighth and finished for his 22nd save in 24 chances.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Johnny Manziel has begun his quest to win Cleveland's starting quarterback job and he did it with No. 2 jerseys ringing the field. Fans began lining up outside the Browns' training complex at 5 a.m. yesterday to secure the closest possible spots near the practice fields. The former Heisman Trophy winner walked onto the field at 9:22 a.m. as House of Pain's "Jump Around" blared through loudspeakers. On Friday, Manziel, who will battle Brian Hoyer to be the starter, acknowledged he made "some rookie mistakes" with an offseason filled with partying.
CINCINNATI (AP) -Several hundred fans applauded Andy Dalton and the Bengals as they took the field yesterday at the start of training camp. But a couple of fans on public bridge overlooking the field unfurled banners that offered little love for the quarterback. They were soon taken down, but the sentiment will linger with some fans until the fourth-year quarterback gets the final breakthrough in a so-far stellar career. He not only has to get the Bengals to the playoffs for a fourth straight season - something they've never done - but he has to get them deep into the postseason.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Hundreds of racers have given their all in the 77th All-American Soap Box Derby in northeast Ohio. Yesterday's derby in Akron featured competitors from the United States and other countries competing for a share of $28,500 in scholarships. Competitors from Virginia, New York and Massachusetts captured wins along with 13-year-old Emerson Minch, of Cleveland, who won the Local Super Stock Division. This year, 495 racers competed in the downhill competition of gravity-powered cars.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University says a task force will be formed to help bring changes after the firing of its celebrated marching band's director amid allegations he ignored rampant sexual harassment. Task force members are expected to be named within days as the school looks to move past the firing of Jonathan Winters. A two-month investigation concluded that he knew about but failed to stop rituals that included students being pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs and perform sexually themed stunts that yielded often-explicit nicknames.
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