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Indians win fifth in a row; Masterson and LaPorta lead the way

compiled from staff and wire reports

Indians manager Manny Acta said all along that his young players would start to come around.

His faith has been rewarded. with Justin Masterson pitching and Matt LaPorta hitting, Cleveland beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Thursday for a season-high fifth straight win.

Justin Masterson Indians (mlb)

The Indians, playing several young players in the starting lineup was looking bad on the last road trip until they won the last game in Cincinnati and came home to sweep the four-game sweep of the Blue Jays.

Masterson, who is 3-7, blanked the Blue Jays until Jose Bautista led off the ninth with a double and Aaron Hill hit an RBI single with one out. Frank Herrmann came in with bases loaded and got Jose Molina to bounce into a double play for his first major league save.

Masterson gave up eight hits, walked none and struck out five.

NASCAR RACE #19 PREVIEW: Daytona International Speedway, Saturday July 3

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM FEATURE ARTICLE

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit moves back to the site of first race track of 2010, Daytona International Speedway.

The race is the Coke Zero 400 on TNT and starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday July 3.

Daytona International Speedway (NASCAR)

Friday night July 2, the Nationwide series will take to the track and have the Nationwide Subway Jalapeno 250, which starts at 8 p.m.

The superspeedway is the home to NASCAR’s headquarters features high banking and restrictor-plate racing. The race on July 3 will be run at night to avoid the heat.

Daytona International Speedway has some new features. Two frontstretch gates, relocation of Turn 1 tram stop and a frontstretch pedestrian boulevard. There are interactive fan and kid zones outside the superstretch.

The 2009 Coke Zero 400 race saw Tony Stewart increase his series lead from 69 points to 180 with his narrow win over Jimmie Johnson.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR JULY 2, 2010: News, Almanac and Celebrity Birthdays

compiled from staff, wire and Entertainment news

DAILY ALMANAC

 

Today is Friday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2010. There are 182 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On July 2, 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the equator.

* In 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”

* In 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington railroad station. Garfield died the following September and Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.

* In 1926, the U.S. Army Air Corps was created.

* In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.

* In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil-rights bill passed by Congress.

* In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation reviving military-draft registration.

* 10 years ago on July 2, 2000, Opposition candidate Vicente Fox won Mexico’s presedential elections.

NEWS

* A concert by rock singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday has been moved from the Newport Music Hall to the Basement, 391 Neil Ave.

Tickets cost @20 in advance, $25 the day of the show. Call (614) 461-5483 or visit www.promowestlive.com.

* Through the end of August, admission to the Columbus Museum of Art, including all special exhibits is free. The museum, located at 480 East Broad Street, is undergoing a renovation but is still offering a variety of activities.

For more information, call (614) 221-6801 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

* The Top Five TV Shows

* 1) America’s Got Talent, Wednesday on NBC. 2) America’s Got Talent, Tuesday on NBC. 3) NCIS, CBS. 4) Wipeout, on Tuesday on ABC. 5) The Mentalist, CBS.

* Columbus native Jay DeMarcus, the bass player for the country group Rascal Flatts, and his wife, Allison, are expecting their first child in January. The couple wed in 2004.

* Beauty queen Carrie Prejean will be walking down the aisle.The former Miss California who is 23, will marry Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller who is 28, July 2. The marriage will occur more than a year after she gained national attention for making comments opposing gay marriage during the 2009 Miss USA pageant. In June of 2009, Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA competition, stripped her of the Miss California crown, citing “continued breach of contract issues.”

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

81 Imelda Marcos, former Phillippines first lady

80 Ahmad Jamal, Jazz musician

73 John Cooper, former head football coach at Ohio State

54 Jerry Hall, actress and model

31 Sam Hornish, Jr. Napolean, Ohio native and NASCAR driver

27 Michelle Branch, singer

24 Lindsay Lohan, actress of Mean Girls

Travis Wood has become the 44th Dayton Dragons player in the Majors

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Travis Wood, a key member of the 2006 Dayton Dragons, made his Major League debut Thursday with the Cincinnati Reds, bcoming the 44th former Dragons player to play Major League Baseball. Wood started Thursday’s game and pitched against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Travis Wood Reds (MiLB)

Wood made 27 starts for the 2006 Dragons, posting a record of 10-5 with a 3.66 earned run average. The 27 starts is tied for the Dragons all-time single-season record.

Other former Dragons to reach the Major Leagues in 2010 include pitchers Logan Ondrusek, Enerio Del Rosario, Jordan Smith and outfielder Chris Heisey, all with the parent Cincinnati Reds.

Overall, there are 12 current members of the Reds who played for the Dragons. They include Wood, Ondrusek, Smith, Heisey, along with pitchers Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto; catcher Ryan Hanigan; infielders Paul Janish and Joey Votto; and outfielders Jay Bruce, Chris Dickerson and Drew Stubbs.

Reds beat Cubs 3-2 in 10 innings to open road trip; Wood has impressive debut for Cincinnati

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Lefthander Travis Wood, the Reds 2009 Minor League pitcher of the year, pitched 7 1/3 innings in his big league debut Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field and Drew Stubbs fielder’s choice grounder drove in the winning run in the 10th inning in a 3-2 win. That was the Reds eighth straight extra inning road win this season and the ninth in a row dating back to June of 2009. Atlanta won nine in a row from 1999-2000.

Travis Wood Reds (mlb)

Wood, allowed only two hits, walked three and struck out four Cubs. He was staked to a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the eighth on a Scott Rolen RBI triple in the first inning and a two-out single by Jonny Gomes in the eighth inning.

Wood walked two hitters to start the bottom of the eighth inning and then left for set-up reliever Nick Masset. Kosuke Fukodome sacrificed the runners to second and third and rightfielder Tyler Corbin then delieved a two-run RBI single to right-field to tie the score at 2-2.

Cincinnati pushed over the winning tally in the 10th inning. With one out Miguel Cairo singled and Jay Bruce followed with a single moving Cairo to third base. Drew Stubbs bounced out to the second baseman who threw to Starlin Castro, but he could not relay the throw to first base to get Stubbs. Cairo scored and that was the game winning run.

Rookie righthander Jordan Smith got credit for the win and Francisco Cordero chalked up his 22nd save. The Reds are 5-2 against Chicago in 2010. This is their first visit to Chicago this season.

At one point Wood retired 13 Cubs in a row and made only 91 pitches.

The Reds collected 16 hits in the game but stranded 13 runners and were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

GAME NOTES

* Travis Wood is the second Reds rookie starter to make his major league debut against the cubs this year. Mike Leake debuted in the majors against Chicago at Cincinnati April 11th.

* The Cubs are 11-19 in one run games this season.

* Chicago has scored only six runs in the first four games of this current, seven game home stand. Their record is 1-3. The Cubs will travel to Arizona and Los Angeles to finish the first half of the year before the All-Star break.

* Cubs starter on Thursday, Carlos Silva made his 12th quality start and received a no decision. He lost two in a row after winning his first 8 games in 2010.

* The Reds are a seaon-high 10 games above .500.

* Reds 1B Joey Votto reached base 39 games in a row, longest such streak in baseball this season.

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