MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rookie T.J. House threw shutout ball into the sixth inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 5-0 last night. Rookie Zach Walters hit his sixth home run. It was his third homer in eight games with the Indians since he was acquired from Washington on July 31st in a trade for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is having surgery on both knees and is done for the season. Swisher has underperformed after signing a four-year, $56 million contract with the Indians in 2012. He's having arthroscopic procedures performed on both knees in Los Angeles. The club said he will need 8 to 10 weeks to recover.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals topped the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 last night to complete a three-game sweep. Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, and Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double. Reds starter Johnny Cueto was off-kilter from the get-go and missed a chance to become the majors' first 16-game winner. He allowed five runs in five-plus innings.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Johnny Manziel hopes the hype around him calms down. Beaten out by Brian Hoyer to be Cleveland's starter, the Browns rookie quarterback Manziel says he's disappointed he won't be on the field against Pittsburgh in the season opener on September 7th. Manziel knows he didn't do enough during training camp and the preseason to win the job over Hoyer.
CINCINNATI (AP) - A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the Cincinnati Bengals and Vontaze Burfict have agreed to a three-year contract extension. Under the extension, the Pro Bowl linebacker will earn a maximum of $20.05 million through 2017.
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. national basketball team beat the Dominican Republic 105-62 last night in an exhibition game. Kyrie Irving made all five shots and scored 12 points starting in place of Derrick Rose. James Harden also scored 12 in limited playing time for the Americans, who used their subs for most of the second half. Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan each scored 13 points.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have reached an agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings, who will serve as their ECHL affiliate for the 2014-15 season. The K-Wings compete in the ECHL's Western Conference Midwest Division. The club plays its home games at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Urban Meyer refers to Number 5 Ohio State's last two practices as "the day after" and "two days after" - a new calendar dating from when the Buckeyes lost standout quarterback Braxton Miller. The two-time Big Ten player of the year tore the labrum of his right throwing shoulder on an unrushed, seven-yard pass on Monday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kent State says one of its football players has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue. The school says starting center Jason Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment yesterday morning. The 21-year-old Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio State and Connecticut basketball programs have agreed to a home-and-home series starting in the 2015-16 season. The Buckeyes will travel to play the Huskies in December of 2015, before Connecticut returns the trip in 2016, in Columbus.
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