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Porcello leads Tigers to victory over Royals PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 13 July 2014 10:01

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rick Porcello outdueled James Shields and the Detroit Tigers won their fifth in a row, beating the Kansas City Royals.

Porcello (12-5) raised his career record against Kansas City to 8-3 while yielding six hits and one run through seven innings.

The Royals have lost six of their last eight. They are 0-6 at home against Detroit this year.

Shields (9-5) went seven innings and allowed two runs and seven hits. He struck out eight and walked none while throwing 121 pitches.

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AP Sources: Bosh agrees to max deal with Heat PDF Print E-mail
Written by TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 09:59

Chris Bosh said countless times in recent weeks that he did not want to leave Miami.

Not even LeBron James' departure changed his mind.

And shortly after the Heat took a King-sized hit, their future started coming together.

Bosh is staying in Miami, agreeing Friday to a five-year contract that will be worth about $118 million, said two people familiar with the deal. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side had confirmed it publicly.

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Reds rally for 6-5 win over Pirates PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY, AP Baseball Writer   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:56

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Reds team that hadn't pulled off a big comeback all season now has two in one week. And it's been some kind of week.

Two starters got hurt, three infielders went on the disabled list, and the wins kept coming.

Brayan Pena's pinch-hit single in the eighth inning completed another late rally by the Reds, who overcame more injuries on Friday and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 to keep their momentum going toward the All-Star break.

Pena described this one as a "championship effort."

"This is a huge victory for us," he said. "This is the kind of victory that shows what we can do. When we got behind, everybody kept pushing each other."

Down 5-1 after six innings, the Reds scored twice with the help of third baseman Pedro Alvarez's throwing error in the seventh and added three more in the eighth. Cincinnati is 7-2 on its 11-game homestand leading into the break.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:58
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Sanchez helps Tigers squeak out 2-1 win over KC PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:59
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was feeling ill even before Friday night's game against Kansas City, so he told bench coach Gene Lamont in the second inning that he was heading upstairs.

He missed having a front-row seat to watch his pitching staff's magic act.

Just like Houdini making his greatest escapes, Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers bullpen wiggled out of jams in every inning. Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera drove in a run apiece, and that was just enough to give the AL Central-leading Tigers a 2-1 victory over the second-place Royals.

"We really had to fight for this one," Tigers catch Bryan Holaday said.

Sanchez (6-3) scattered eight hits without a walk over seven innings, Joba Chamberlain got out of a tense eighth, and Joe Nathan worked around a single and a walk in the ninth for his 19th save — and give Detroit its fifth straight win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium this season.

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Kluber, Swisher lead Indians past White Sox 7-4 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:54

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nick Swisher is ready for LeBron James' return to Cleveland.

"I almost felt like I should take some powder and throw it up in the air," he said, referring to James' signature pregame ritual, after hitting a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth inning of Cleveland's 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Before Swisher's home run, the biggest cheer from the crowd of 24,652 came when the Indians put a message on the scoreboard welcoming home James, who announced he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chants of "LBJ" were heard later in the game.

Corey Kluber (9-6) allowed four runs in six innings while David Murphy also homered for Cleveland, his first since May 21.

The win moved the Indians back to .500 (46-46) for the first time since June 20.

"It's hot in the 216 right now, for sure," Swisher said in reference to Cleveland's area code. "There's a lot of excitement."

Kluber, left off the AL All-Star team despite a strong first half, wasn't his usual dominant self but pitched well enough to win. The right-hander has won three of his last four decisions.

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