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Reds beat Cardinals to avoid sweep PDF Print E-mail
Written by R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 18:16
ST. LOUIS — The pop fly cleared the infield by about 20-25 feet. Billy Hamilton’s teammates have seen his legs in action, but figured he’d stay put at third.
“We didn’t even think there would be a chance he would go,” catcher Devin Mesoraco said after the Cincinnati Reds’ 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. “As an outfielder, I’m sure you don’t expect anybody to go on that play.
“He gets everybody on their edge of their seat.”
Hamilton’s best game of the season by far backed a stingy outing from Mike Leake. The rookie had three hits and his first two steals — against six-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina —  plus that daring dash home on one of the shortest sacrifice flies you’ll see.
Hamilton said third base coach Steve Smith told him, “I want to see how fast you really are.”
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Updated, McAllister pitches Indians past Padres in Game 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:04
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have been looking for a strong performance from a starting pitcher. Zach McAllister provided it on Wednesday.
McAllister pitched 7 2-3 scoreless innings and Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer in the sixth, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 win over the San Diego Padres in the first game of a doubleheader.
Since staff ace Justin Masterson pitched seven shutout innings in the season opener against Oakland, Cleveland's rotation has struggled. McAllister made sure that changed against the Padres.
"Besides Masterson, the first go-through didn't go well for any of us," he said. "We batted and competed, but we knew we had to do a better job than what we did that first go-around."
McAllister (1-0) allowed five hits, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:59
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UMass basketball player announces he's gay PDF Print E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:09

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — UMass guard Derrick Gordon has become the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball.

Gordon made the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports on Wednesday. Gordon said he gained confidence by seeing an NBA team sign Jason Collins, who became the league's first openly gay player when he joined the Brooklyn Nets this season.

"I want to be myself," Gordon said in the interview televised on ESPN. "I don't want to hide and be someone I'm not."

The sophomore was the Minutemen's fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game last season, when UMass reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998. A transfer from Western Kentucky, Gordon played at high school powerhouse St. Patrick in New Jersey.

In the Outsports interview, Gordon said he considered quitting basketball last fall and isolated himself from teammates because of teasing. Over the summer, he had "liked" a photo on Instagram of him and his then-boyfriend in front of gay bar.

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Indians send RHP Vinnie Pestano to minors PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:58
CLEVELAND — The Indians have optioned struggling reliever Vinnie Pestano to the minor leagues.
Pestano was sent to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, a day after he gave up a homer and allowed three runs in the ninth inning of a win over San Diego. Pestano has a 13.50 ERA in three appearances.
Pestano made Cleveland’s opening-day roster following a rough 2013 season. He started last season as the club’s primary setup man but went on the disabled list with a sore elbow in May and was demoted to the minors in July.
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Dodgers beat Tigers in 10 innings PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE RESNICK Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:27
LOS ANGELES— Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly is going to have a difficult time keeping all five of his outfielders happy, because four of them are regulars. And the way Carl Crawford has been hitting lately, it isn’t likely he’ll get a day off anytime soon.
Crawford hit an RBI double in the 10th inning, lifting Los Angeles to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Joba Chamberlain (0-1) struck out the side in the ninth for Detroit, but walked pinch-hitter Chone Figgins to open the 10th and was replaced by Phil Coke.
Dee Gordon popped out to first baseman Victor Martinez on an attempted sacrifice bunt, but Figgins scampered home when Crawford lined a 2-0 pitch past left fielder Rajai Davis.
“I was just trying to stay short and take it the other way,” Crawford said. “Once it got past the outfielder, I knew Chone was fast enough to score.”
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