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Reds lose to Rays for worst start since 1995 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 10:11
CINCINNATI — Another game full of wasted chances and wasted pitching prompted the Reds to call for a meeting.
Alex Cobb went seven innings on Saturday, extending Tampa Bay’s run of solid starting pitching, and James Loney homered for a 1-0 victory over the slumping Reds, who took a few minutes to talk things out after the game.
“It was just a friendly reminder of what we’ve got here and who we are as a team,” catcher Brayan Pena said. “It was a very positive meeting. The skipper (Bryan Price) got involved.”
Price switched up his batting order Saturday, trying to get the Reds out of their hitting funk. It didn’t work. Cincinnati stranded a pair at third base and had runners thrown out at third and home.
The Reds have lost all four of their series this season, falling to 3-8 for the first time since 1995, when they won the NL Central. They’ve got the worst record in the majors.
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Indians get 12 hits in win over White Sox PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 10:09
CHICAGO  — The Cleveland Indians almost wasted a great chance to grab the lead in the seventh inning on Saturday. Then Ryan Raburn came to the plate and did what he usually does against the Chicago White Sox.
Raburn hit a tiebreaking single and David Murphy drove in four runs, leading the Indians to a 12-6 victory over the White Sox.
“It’s a team win,” Raburn said. “Just to be able to be in that position to help us out, I mean, that’s a tribute to our team putting us in that position.”
Murphy, Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis homered for Cleveland, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Murphy added a bases-loaded triple in a four-run ninth against Donnie Veal.
The Indians improved to 18-4 against the White Sox since the beginning of last season, overcoming another shaky start by Justin Masterson. They will try for a split of the four-game series Sunday.
“It was a long day of good at-bats and we needed them,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
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Spieth, Watson tied for lead at the Masters PDF Print E-mail
Written by DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:00

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Even without golf's biggest star, this suddenly is shaping up as a Masters for the ages.

Jordan Spieth, playing a brand of big-time golf that belies his 20 years, kept his cool amid the chaos of Saturday at Augusta National. He was too busy trying to handle a lightning-fast golf course to even look at a leaderboard until he couldn't avoid them over the closing holes of a wild round.

His name at the top with Bubba Watson was compelling enough.

It's been 83 years since a player this young won a major, and 35 years since anyone won the Masters on his first try.

Two shots behind was 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, rattling off seven birdies for a tournament-best 66 that gave him a shot at becoming the oldest winner in 154 years of championship golf. And still very much in the picture is Fred Couples, the 54-year-old who won his green jacket a year before Spieth was born.

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Verlander gets first 2 hits, Tigers top Padres 6-2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:19

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sometime soon, a baseball will be getting a prominent spot among the trophies on Justin Verlander's mantle.

It's the ball he hit up the middle for a single in the second inning Saturday night, the one that will forever shut up his teammates.

Verlander had the first two hits of his career and recovered from throwing 31 pitches in the first inning to pitch seven strong innings and lead the Detroit Tigers to a 6-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

"It felt great. It's been a long time and I can finally get all these guys off my back ...," Verlander said.

Verlander had been 0 for 26 with 15 strikeouts in his career when he stepped in against Ian Kennedy in the second inning and singled up the middle. When the ball came back to Kennedy, he tossed it to a ball boy near the Padres' dugout. Home plate umpire Seth Buckminster motioned for the ball boy to throw it to the Tigers' dugout.

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Pacquiao beats Bradley by decision in rematch PDF Print E-mail
Written by GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 05:58

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nearly two years later, Manny Pacquiao finally got the decision most people thought he deserved the first time against Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao won a unanimous decision in his rematch with Bradley on Saturday night, avenging his 2012 loss and claiming the WBO welterweight title.

Pacquiao (56-5-2) pursued and peppered the previously unbeaten Bradley around the MGM Grand Garden ring with an aggressive effort occasionally recalling the Pacman in his prime. Bradley fought back with counterpunching and elusiveness, but Pacquiao kept up his attack while Bradley (31-1) struggled down the stretch.

In the same arena where the fighters met for their first bout, Pacquiao left little doubt about the result — although that's what he thought last time, too. Bradley's split-decision victory astonished most ringside observers, who felt Pacquiao had earned a clear decision.

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