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MLB UPDATE: Reds win at Chicago and Indians beat Minnesota at home (Friday results)

CINCINNATI AT CHICAGO CUBS

Bronson Arroyo threw five-hit ball over seven-innings in another dominating performance against the Chicago Cubs, as the Reds beat the Cubs, 3-0 in Wrigley Field to move to 14 games over .500 for the first time since 1999.

Cincinnati received a two-run homer from Ryan Hanigan off Tom Gorzelanny (6-6) in the second inning, an RBI single from Brandon Phillips in the seventh inning and won for seventh time in nine games.

Ryan Hanigan belted a 2-run homer (MLB)

After nine straight losing seasons, the Reds are 14 games over .500 for the first time since they went 96-67 in 1999. The last time the NL Central leaders led the division this late was the final week of that season.

The Cubs once again couldn’t get anything going against Bronson Arroyo who is now 12-6.

The right-hander held Chicago scoreless for the second time this season, striking out seven and walking one. He is 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his past six starts against the boys from the Windy City, including a win in July in which he went six inning.

Reds closer Francisco Cordero got a shaky save, but has 30 saves in 36 chances; the fourth straight year and sixth time overall he’s finished with 30 or more.

MINNESOTA AT CLEVELAND

Matt LaPorta homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to give the Indians a 7-6 victory over Minnesota at Progressive Field after Jim Thome had an apparent homer taken away from him by the umpires even after a replay review.

LaPorta hit his sixth homer off Matt Guerrier (2-7) after the Twins had tied it in the top half on a two-run single by Alexei Casilla off closer Chris Perez (1-2). Casilla had a career-high four RBI’s.

Matt LaPorta game-winning homer (MLB)

The game-tying hit off Chris Perez, who had not allowed a run since June 28, covering 15 games, came after former Indian Jim Thome’s pinch-hit drive was rule a double. The umpiring crew used video replay to uphold the call which angered Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who was ejected.

Television replays showed the ball hitting a railing above the yellow line atop the wall in left-center.

Asdubal Cabrera and Jayson Nix both had three hits for Cleveland which roughed up lefty Francisco Liriano, breaking his 21-inning scoreless streak. Liriano tied a career-high with six walks, throwing 109 pitches in only 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six and allowed seven hits and four runs and saw his four-game winning streak end.

Indians claim Sutton from Reds; promote Brantley; demote Lewis

The Cleveland Indians have claimed infielder/outfielder Drew Sutton off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.

Cleveland has recalled outfielder Michael Brantley from Triple-A Columbus and optioned both Sutton and pitcher Jensen Lewis to the minor league team.

Brantley has batted .157 with one homer and seven RBI’s in 26 games in two previous stints with the Indians in 2010. At Columbus, he has shined batting .319 with four homers and 29 RBI’s in 67 games.

Drew Sutton now with Indians system (MLB)

Michael Brantley on the shuttle to Cleveland (MLB)

Lewis is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 25 relief appearances for Cleveland. He has been on the I-71 shuttle back and forth between Cleveland and Columbus all season long, count it..four times.

Sutton played two games with Cincinnati this year, going 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBI’s on May 27-28. After hitting his first grand slam on May 28, he went back to Triple-A Louisville and remained there.

With Louisville this season, Sutton batted .262 with three homers and 27 RBI’s.

compiled from Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians news

Indians rookie Santana out for season with knee injury

 

Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana is set to have surgery Friday on his injured left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Santana was hurt Monday night in a home-plate collision with Boston’s Ryan Kalish.

Carlos Santana (MiLB)

The surgery will repair the rookie’s lateral collateral ligament. The Indians say that the recovery time is four to six months and that Santana is aepected to be ready for the 2011 season.

Santana, 24, made his major league debut this season. He batted .260 with six homers and 22 RBI’s.

Nolan Ryan group wins Texas Rangers auction

The investment group led by Hall of Fame pitcher and Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan won an unusual auction for the Rangers team early Thursday morning.

Ryan’s group beat out a nearly $600 million offer from Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

Nolan Ryan (Texas Rangers photo)

Federal bankruptcy court officials announced the winning bid in a cheering and packed courtroom, shortly after 1 am in Fort Worth, Texas. That was 10 hours after the auction began.

The group led by Ryan and Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenberg had Major League Baseball’s backing, and its final $593 million offer included $385 million in cash.

Final approval of the Rangers sale rests with Major League Baseball.

Each group’s bid included more than $200 million of team debt- including $24.9 million in deferred compensation owed to Alex Rodriguez six years after he was traded to the New York Yankees.

compiled from Texas Rangers and MLB news

A-Rod finally hits 600th homer; is seventh all-time on list

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 600 home runs. He hit the historic homer into Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park in center field exactly three years to the day after his 500th homer.

A-Rod joins 600 club (mlb)

A-Rod reached the long-awaited milestone Wednesday after a 12-game drought with a first-inning homer off Toronto’s Shaun Marcum. Rodriguez connected on a 2-0 pitch over the middle of the plate, number 17 of the season giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Rodriguez joins the elite list of all-time home run hitters: Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630) and Sammy Sosa (609).

Rodriguez is among only three players, along with Reggie Jackson and Darrell Evans, to hit 100 home runs for three different teams. A-Rod has played for Seattle, Texas and now the Yankees.

compiled from staff, New York Yankees and MLB news.

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