CHICAGO (AP) - Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam in the first inning and Javier Baez scored on a wild pitch in the ninth as the Chicago Cubs overcame a late Cincinnati Reds rally to win 7-6. Baez opened the bottom of the ninth with a double off Wandy Peralta and pinch-hitter Jon Jay walked. Then, Ben Zobrist moved the runners with a groundout. Reliever Blake Wood came in and struck out Albert Almora Jr. On the next batter Wood threw a breaking pitch that got away from catcher Tucker Barnhart for the game winner.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have postponed their game against the Cleveland Indians because of rain, scheduling a split doubleheader to finish the series. With wet and stormy weather forecast throughout the night in Minnesota, the Twins pulled the plug on the middle game of the series. They'll play the division-leading Indians twice today.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Manny Pina hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pina's one-out shot to right field came off Pirates reliever Juan Nicasio. It was one of five homers by the Brewers.
MASON, Ohio (AP) - Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova - the Number 1 seeds in the Western & Southern Open - advanced with straight-set wins on a day when other top players weren't so fortunate. Nadal beat Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 last night. Defending-champion Pliskova needed only 67 minutes to get a 6-2, 6-3 win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva. The rest of the day was highlighted by upsets.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas hopes the team doesn't rush rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer into the starting lineup. Thomas believes the team is grooming Brock Osweiler to be the Week 1 starter against Pittsburgh on September 10th. Thomas has been impressed with Kizer, the second-round pick from Notre Dame, but believes it would be best if he learned behind Osweiler. Browns coach Hue Jackson is expected to give Osweiler his second straight exhibition start on Monday against the New York Giants.
(AP) - Beth Mowins will become the first woman to call NFL play-by-play for CBS. Mowins will team with former NFL kicker Jay Feely for her debut on September 24th when Cleveland plays at Indianapolis. Mowins will start the season calling a Monday night NFL game between the Chargers and Broncos for ESPN. Mowins has called college football for ESPN since 2005 and done play-by-play on local preseason Oakland Raiders games.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) - Gene Bennett, who was with the Cincinnati Reds organization for more than 60 years as a scout and executive, died yesterday. He was 89. Bennett began scouting with the Reds in 1958 and became scouting supervisor in 1975.
KENT, Ohio (AP) - A strength and conditioning coach fired after a Kent State University football player died following a summer workout says he was upfront with the university about his credentials. The Ohio university says it fired Ross Bowsher because he gave false information about his certification. Bowsher says in a statement that he was working toward certification and had been transparent with university officials about his credentials before a freshman offensive lineman died June 13th.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says Kelly Bryant will likely start the season opener at quarterback against Kent State. Swinney says Bryant will continue to be evaluated during training camp and should the junior fall back, his starting status could change. The national champion Tigers are looking to replace All-American Deshaun Watson.
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