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Cavaliers building on momentum; LeBron next? PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 06:48
CLEVELAND (AP) — Sitting on a stage last week alongside No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and new coach David Blatt, general manager David Griffin said he hoped this would be a monumental offseason for the Cavaliers.
It’s already been quite a summer.
And LeBron James is still out there.
Cleveland kept its momentum rolling early Tuesday by getting All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to agree to a new, five-year, $90 million contract extension.
Irving’s deal, completed with a handshake in New York with owner Dan Gilbert, cements a commitment with Cleveland that wasn’t always so strong.
“I’m here for the long haul Cleveland!!!! And I’m ecstatic!!” Irving wrote on his Twitter account shortly after the agreement was reached. “Super excited and blessed to be here and a part of something special.”
For months, Irving’s future with the Cavs seemed uncertain. There were reports he wasn’t happy in Cleveland as well as speculation the Cavs didn’t believe he was a cornerstone player. There were trade rumors and rumblings the team was not going to offer him the maximum extension.
Whatever differences there may have been seem to have been worked out. Griffin, who likes to refer to his team as “family,” has the Cavs united.
James surely has noticed.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:39
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AP source: Pistons, Meeks agree to $19.5M 2YR deal PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 06:47
DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons have decided to invest in Jodie Meeks’ future, banking on his best basketball being ahead of him.
Meeks has agreed to a $19.5 million, three-year deal with Detroit, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday night.
The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because free agents can’t sign contracts until the league’s moratorium ends July 10, also said Cartier Martin had agreed to a one-year contract with the rebuilding franchise.
The 6-foot-4 Meeks averaged a career-high 15.7 points and scored a team-high 1,209 points last season for the Los Angeles Lakers. The shooting guard has averaged 9.7 points over his five-year career.
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Porcello gets another shutout, Tigers beat A’s 3-0 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 06:45
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers aren’t just winning games this week. They are making history.
One night after Rajai Davis hit Detroit’s first game-ending grand slam in 10 years, Rick Porcello significantly raised the bar.
In a 3-0 win over Oakland, Porcello became just the fourth pitcher in franchise history to throw a shutout without walking or striking out a batter, and the first since Dizzy Trout in 1944.
Porcello was slightly disappointed by his 95-pitch outing, even after learning how rare it was.
“In the last couple innings, I was hoping I’d get at least one strikeout,” he said. “I didn’t want to go out there and put up a zero. Still, with a game like this, I’m certainly not going to trade it in for anything.”
Porcello recorded 17 groundball outs and 10 in the air while becoming the first major-leaguer to accomplish the feat since Baltimore’s Jeff Ballard on Aug. 21, 1989. Porcello was eight months old when Ballard did it against Milwaukee.
“To be honest, it was pretty boring out there,” said Torii Hunter, who didn’t record an out in right field. “But that just shows you how great he was tonight. He was throwing that sinker right down the middle, and it was dropping out of the strike zone, and they were just beating it into the ground.”
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Indians turn triple play in 10-3 win over Dodgers PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE RESNICK, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 06:46
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One pitch, two replays, three outs.
“I’ve seen triple plays, but none quite like that,” Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp said Tuesday night. “I guess there’s a first time for everything.”
The Cleveland Indians turned an unorthodox triple play that required a pair of video reviews, and David Murphy broke out of a 1-for-44 slump with three hits and two RBIs in a 10-3 victory over Los Angeles.
Lonnie Chisenhall started things off for Cleveland with a two-run homer against Josh Beckett (5-5). Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes also drove in two runs apiece for the Indians, held to one hit in back-to-back shutout losses to the Mariners and Dodgers.
The dormant Cleveland lineup finally came out of its shell — so much so that Justin Masterson was all smiles after one of his shortest outings this season.
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Reds’ Leake struggles in loss to Padres PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAY PARIS, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 06:44
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Reds’ Mike Leake was on a three-game winning streak and facing the punchless Padres on Tuesday night.
Life’s good, right?
Not exactly.
San Diego chased Leake with two outs in the sixth inning of an 8-2 victory as the Reds lost their second consecutive game after winning a season-best five straight.
Instead of Leake (6-7) recording his career-high fourth win in a row, he allowed three runs and 11 hits, four for extra bases. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out four.
Leake was rocked by an offense that had scored five runs in the previous five games and had one hit in Monday night’s victory.
“All in all, I’m not that disappointed,” Leake said. “They hit some good pitches. I made a couple of mistakes. Good job by them hitting me early in the counts.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 06:44
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