Jones leads TD drive in Giants’ 25-23 win over Bengals

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer
CINCINNATI (AP) — Daniel Jones completed a difficult week with an upbeat performance that will shush the doubters for a while.
Jones completed a pair of long passes and led the New York Giants to a touchdown during a 25-23 victory over the Bengals on Thursday night in Zac Taylor’s first home game as Cincinnati’s head coach.
“I think it’s time to start asking some questions of the people that didn’t like him,” coach Pat Shurmur said.
In a GQ article published Tuesday , Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said he was stunned that the Giants drafted the quarterback from Duke in the first round. Mayfield tried to tamp down the comment and texted Jones to explain his remarks.
“He just told me it was a miscommunication, a misinterpretation of what he said,” Jones said. “I appreciated him reaching out. I just told him no worries.”
Jones got into the game on the Giants’ second series and went 9 of 11 for 141 yards the rest of the half. He had completions of 35 yards to Brittan Golden and 27 yards to Darius Slayton on a seven-play touchdown drive, a solid all-around showing for Eli Manning’s eventual replacement.
Manning advised Jones about how to handle the flap with Mayfield.
“I thought he did great,” Manning said. “I told him what to say. He didn’t listen to me, though. He took the high road.”
Manning led an opening 15-play series that ended in a field goal and included five plays that gained at least 9 yards. Manning was 4 of 8 for 41 yards. In three preseason games, Manning is 9 of 13 for 86 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
Golden had a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Giants pulled away.
The Bengals distributed 34,887 tickets for the game, fewer than for the first home preseason game last year. They had the second-lowest home attendance in the league last season, part of the impetus to fire Marvin Lewis and bring in Taylor to try to stir fan interest.
The Bengals’ new offense under Taylor has struggled to find consistency. Andy Dalton played three series that ended with a couple of punts and a touchdown.
Dalton found tight end C.J. Uzomah down the right sideline — he beat safety Jabrill Peppers — for a 26-yard touchdown on his third and final series. Dalton was 7 of 10 for 104 yards behind a mix-and-match line. Andre Smith started at left tackle for Cordy Glenn, who missed practice this week, and moved to right tackle in the second quarter.
“I thought we moved the ball well,” Dalton said. “On the first drive, we had some missed communications that we’ve got to get fixed.”
Rookie Ryan Finley finished the first half when Dalton left and was 14 of 20 for 155 yards with no interceptions and three sacks.
“Obviously there are some things we need to work on, but we showed flashes of the things we can do well,” Uzomah said.
The Bengals had a moment of silence pregame for former running back Cedric Benson, who died in a motorcycle accident in Texas over the weekend. Benson played for the Bengals from 2008-11.
The Giants went for it on fourth down twice in the first quarter. They converted a fourth-and-1 to keep Manning’s drive going, and failed on fourth-and-4 on Jones’ first drive.
Giants tight end Evan Engram made his first preseason appearance and caught the one pass thrown his way for 9 yards.
Last year, the Bengals distributed 35,633 tickets for their first preseason game last year and 39,520 for the second one.
Taylor continues to try different combinations on the line, which lost left tackle Jonah Williams and left guard Clint Boling before the start of camp.
“We’re working through it,” Taylor said. “We need some guys to step up.”
Giants: WR Golden Tate III (concussion) was out, along with RB Saquon Barkley. RB Rod Smith scored on a 1-yard TD run in the second quarter and missed the rest of the game with a groin injury.
Bengals: WR John Ross missed his third preseason game with a hamstring injury. Cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard and running back Joe Mixon were held out. WR Auden Tate suffered a left knee injury in the first half and didn’t return.
Giants: Play at New England next Thursday.
Bengals: Host the Colts next Thursday.
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Cavs owner Gilbert back home following stroke

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been home for nearly a week in Detroit as he continues to recover from a stroke suffered in May.
Gilbert had spent the past two months in a rehabilitation center in Chicago. On Thursday, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner provided a brief update on the 57-year-old billionaire businessman.
“On Friday, Dan Gilbert returned to Detroit to continue his rehabilitation locally,” Farner said. “We are extremely thankful for all of the skilled medical professionals who have played a significant role in Dan’s recovery and are glad to have him back home.”
Gilbert, who founded Quicken Loans, suffered the stroke on May 26 after he was taken to a hospital by a family friend. He was immediately taken into a surgery for a catheter-based procedure, which doctors have credited with being a key to his recovery.
He spent more than a month at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, before going to the rehab facility.
The Cavs and Gilbert’s numerous other dealings have operated while he’s been absent, and Farner said that will continue.
“While Dan focuses his energy on the rehabilitation process, our teams across the family of companies will continue to execute at a high level, serving and supporting our clients and team members,” Farner said.
In a video recorded for Quicken Loans employees, Gilbert said earlier this month he was grateful for the outpouring of support.
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Syndergaard, Mets sweep Indians 2-0 for 5th win in row

By LARRY FLEISHER Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — The only thing that stopped Noah Syndergaard was the weather.
Syndergaard retired the first 16 hitters and allowed two hits over six dominant innings before a heavy storm interrupted him, and the New York Mets beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 Thursday night in a rain-shortened game for their fifth straight win.
“You see him good a lot, but tonight was really good,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.
The game was called with New York batting in the eighth inning after a second rain delay.
The Mets completed a three-game sweep. They’ve won 13 of their last 14 home games, helping them get into the NL wild-card mix.
Cleveland’s first visit to Citi Field was a flop and its seven-game trip through New York that began at Yankee Stadium ended with a 2-5 record. The Indians also lost for the seventh time in nine games overall and dropped 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota in the AL Central.
“Of course, it was disappointing,” Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis said. “I think we all wanted to do at least a little bit better than that. I think we had higher hopes for that.”
Syndergaard (9-6) did not allow anyone to reach until Tyler Naquin lined a 1-2 changeup to center field for a clean single with one out in the sixth. He gave up a second hit to Francisco Lindor two batters later but aided by first baseman Pete Alonso’s diving stop, Syndergaard ended the inning by retiring Greg Allen.
“He’s got really good stuff,” Naquin said. “It’s just a guy like that, you’ve got to pick your spots.”
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the Mets’ longest perfect game bid since Matt Harvey also retired the first 16 hitters against Washington on July 31, 2015 — three days after Syndergaard completed six perfect innings against San Diego.
“You think about that,” Callaway said of the possible no-hit bid. “You don’t say it, but you’re definitely thinking about where the pitch count was and how he was going and the fact that his changeup was so good and it’s such an effective weapon against their lineup.”
It briefly rained as the Indians batted in the sixth. Heavy rain and wind started as Wilson Ramos batted with a runner on first and two outs in the bottom half with an 0-1 count.
Play was halted for 2 hours, 28 minutes and when the game resumed most of the fans who stayed moved down. As the Mets started batting in the eighth, heavy rain returned, and play was halted with runners at first and third.
After a delay of 36 minutes, the game was called.
Ramos had a two-run double in the fourth that extended his hitting streak to 16 games, New York’s longest since Carlos Beltran also hit in 16 straight games in 2009.
Before Naquin singled, the closest the Indians came to their first hit was in the fourth.
Allen hit a long flyball that appeared it would bounce in front of the warning track, but left fielder J.D. Davis raced back, ran the ball down and made an over-the-shoulder catch for the second out.
“Just a crazy catch,” Davis said. “I don’t know how to describe it.”
The Mets were held without a hit until getting three in the fourth off Cleveland rookie Aaron Civale (1-3). Joe Panik opened the inning with a single, Michael Conforto followed with a ground-rule double and Ramos lined a double down the right-field line.
Jeurys Familia and Paul Sewald pitched an inning apiece. Sewald was credited with his third career save.
Civale allowed two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (leukemia) pitched 1 2/3 innings in a rehab game for Double-A Akron.
Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman (left hamstring tightness) said he expects to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Cubs. … INF/OF Jeff McNeil (strained left hamstring) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse…. 2B Robinson Cano (torn left hamstring) did some running and played light catch in the outfield. … IF Jed Lowrie (sprained left knee) went 1 for 4 as the DH in a rehab game for Class A St. Lucie. … INF Ruben Tejada was designated for assignment and RHP Chris Flexen was recalled from Syracuse.
Indians: RHP Zach Plesac (6-4, 3.53) opens a three-game series at home against Kansas City on Friday night.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (8-7, 2.61) starts a three-game series at home against Atlanta.
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Ohio State to host Arkansas State in 2022

Ohio State will host Arkansas State in 2022.
Arkansas State made the announcement Thursday in a news release.
The teams will face off on Sept. 10, 2022, at Ohio Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the programs.
Ohio State will open its 2022 season at home against Notre Dame on Sept. 3 before playing Arkansas State. The Buckeyes will close their nonconference slate at home against Toledo on Sept. 17.
The last time Arkansas State played a Big Ten team was 2017, against Nebraska. Arkansas State will play at Michigan in 2020 before facing Ohio State two seasons later.
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No. 4 Simona Halep rallies to avoid upset in Ohio

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Simona Halep rallied after dropping the first set to defeat Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Western & Southern Open.
The Wimbledon champion fought off two break points in the eighth game of the third set and then broke Alexandrova to serve for the match.
Elina Svitolina, a Wimbledon semifinalist, easily reached the third round with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Elise Mertens.
On the men’s side, sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori lost to Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (2), 6-4.
Nishikori became the seventh seeded man and the 15th out of 32 seeds in the men’s and women’s draws to either lose or withdraw during the first two rounds. That includes No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal (fatigue) and No. 8 Serena Williams (back injury).
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Lindor’s base-running gaffe helps BoSox edge Indians 7-6

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor made a major blunder and owned it.
“I messed up,” the All-Star shortstop said. “It’s a rookie mistake.”
Lindor’s over-aggressive base running in the ninth inning sabotaged Cleveland’s bid at another dramatic win, and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered in the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox edged the Indians 7-6 on Tuesday night after blowing a late lead and potential win for ace Chris Sale.
Boston’s Rafael Devers became the first player in major league history with six hits and four doubles — and he made a costly error at third base — as the Red Sox won for just the fourth time in 16 games.
Bradley drove a 2-0 pitch from Nick Wittgren (4-1) over the wall in right field for his 14th homer, allowing the Red Sox to hang on in a game that had numerous twists and turns.
“It actually did feel like a playoff game,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who couldn’t remember making as many moves in a regular-season game. “If we want to make it, we’ve got to start our playoffs before anyone else.”
Boston was on the verge of letting a win slip away before Lindor helped the Red Sox with a decision he’d love to have back.
With the Indians down 6-5 in the ninth, Greg Allen singled, stole second and scored when Lindor doubled with one out into the gap in left-center. He skipped into second base in celebration and then got daring.
With rookie Oscar Mercado at the plate, Lindor inexplicably tried to swipe third and was thrown out. Mercado then flew out, ending the Indians’ final threat.
“I felt good,” Lindor explained. “When I took off, I felt like I was gonna make it. Just getting ahead of myself. That was my bad. That’s on me. This one’s on me.”
Indians manager Terry Francona didn’t have a problem with Lindor’s gamble.
“It’s bang-bang and if he makes it, we probably win,” Francona said. “And I don’t want to take our aggressiveness away because every once in a while you are going to be out.”
The win was anything but easy as the Red Sox blew a 6-1 lead over the final four innings, costing Sale his seventh win on a night when he also made history by getting to 2,000 career strikeouts faster than any other pitcher.
Brandon Workman (9-1) got the win despite letting the Indians tie it in the ninth on Lindor’s double. Andrew Cashner, acquired last month from Baltimore, worked the 10th for his first career save in his 10th major league season.
Carlos Santana homered for the third straight game and Franmil Reyes connected for the Indians, 43-18 since June 4 and now a half-game behind Minnesota in the AL Central.
Sale came in needing five strikeouts to reach 2,000. He struck out the side in the first, added his fourth in the second and Sale reached the plateau in the third by fanning Mercado on a wicked, 81 mph slider.
According to information provided by the Red Sox, Sale bettered Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez’s mark by getting to 2,000 Ks in 1,626 innings. Martinez reached it in 1,711 1/3 innings, Randy Johnson took 1,733 1/3 innings and Max Scherzer 1,784.
Career strikeout leader Nolan Ryan (5,714) needed 1,865 2/3 innings.
“It’s cool. It’s special,” Sale said. “I’m not a guy who is really into his stats, but I respect it. I appreciate what it means. A lot of people put in a lot of hard work to help me get there.”
Indians two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber pitched four innings at Double-A Akron, his latest stop as works back from a broken right arm. He allowed two hits — one homer — walked one and struck out six.
Once they finish with Boston, the Indians begin a four-game series in New York against the Yankees, followed by three games with the Mets.
They’ll stay in a Manhattan hotel for the entire trip, and Francona is worried about per diem.
“Pretty much guarantee that a lot of guys come home with no money,” he said. “We get to set up shop and stay put for seven days. Just got to make sure everybody goes to the right ballpark, especially the young guys. Make sure they know what train they’re getting on or whatever.”
Red Sox: LHP David Price (left wrist cyst) played catch for the second day in a row and manager Alex Cora said he will be examined Wednesday to determine a timetable for his return. He is eligible to come off the 10-day injured list Thursday.
Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco threw a bullpen session and did fielding work, more positive developments in his battle with leukemia. Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco, out since June 5, wants to pitch to live hitters Friday, but needs medical clearance. “The fact that he feels he’s ready to do that is tremendous,” he said. “Even if this just helps him feel better, that’s OK with us.”
Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-1, 7.32 ERA) will start on regular rest after Cora used scheduled starter Nathan Eovaldi in the eighth.
Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (12-4, 3.28 ERA) makes his team-high 25th start. The All-Star Game MVP is 6-1 with a 2.40 ERA over his last eight outings.
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Michigan’s Harbaugh says he wouldn’t lie about transfer

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh lashed out Tuesday night at Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, who said Michigan did not support a transfer’s attempt to immediately play for the Bearcats.
Harbaugh said he told Fickell months ago he wouldn’t lie about what he knew regarding the transfer of James Hudson.
Fickell told The Athletic that Michigan didn’t support Hudson’s waiver request.
“They can say they didn’t undermine it, but they didn’t work to help the kid out,” Fickell said in the story published Tuesday. “All the power is in the hands of the school a player is leaving. If they want to help, they can help them become eligible.”
Harbaugh said that’s simply not true.
“Michigan did not block the waiver,” said Harbaugh, adding it was the NCAA’s decision to deny Hudson’s request.
The NCAA does not comment on specific waiver cases and rarely do schools, even when an athlete waives protection under federal privacy laws.
Hudson, a seldom-used offensive lineman, transferred to Cincinnati last year. The NCAA denied his waiver request in the spring to be eligible this season. Hudson posted on Twitter that mental health prompted his transfer, but his request was denied because he did not reveal the issues at Michigan.
Hudson, who is from Toledo, Ohio, signed to play at Michigan in 2017 and he redshirted as a freshman and played sparingly as a sophomore.
Harbaugh said Fickell called him in March, trying to coach him what to say about the events leading up to Hudson’s transfer.
“I told him, ‘I’m not going to lie,'” Harbaugh recalled telling Fickell said.
Harbaugh said he talked to Fickell about Hudson switching from offensive to defensive line.
As Harbaugh has often said this summer, he believes all college athletes should be able to transfer once without sitting out the following season.
“That’s how I personally feel about this issue,” he said.
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Barnhart leads Reds homer barrage in 8-4 win over Angels

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nearly a month on the injured list left Tucker Barnhart feeling blue.
A red-hot return has him back on track.
Barnhart hit two of Cincinnati’s five home runs, Aristides Aquino included one among his three hits and came up with a clutch catch as the Reds beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 on Tuesday night to complete a sweep of their two-game interleague series.
José Iglesias hit a two-run homer and Eugenio Suárez added a solo shot, helping Cincinnati overcome home runs by Justin Upton and Mike Trout and send the Angels to their sixth consecutive loss, matching their season-worst losing streak.
Barnhart, who spent 22 games on the IL, hit solo shots into the right field seats in the sixth and eighth innings for his first career multi-homer game, giving him eight homers this season and three in the last three games. He is hitting .393 (11-for-28) with at least one hit in seven of the nine games he’s played in since coming off the injured list on July 26.
“I was in a bad place mentally,” said the Reds catcher, sidelined with a strained right oblique. “I’m in a good place mentally. I’m having fun again. Team’s playing well. I look for good pitches to hit. There were a couple balls out over the plate in spots that I was looking for. I just try to help the team any way I can.”
Cincinnati hit five home runs in a game for the fourth time this season and first since May 4 against San Francisco.
Anthony DeSclafani (7-6) allowed five hits and four runs with three walks and five strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings to collect the win, the Reds’ third straight and fourth in five games.
“We’re playing good baseball,” said bench coach Freddie Benavides, who managed the last six games during David Bell’s suspension. “Everybody’s contributing — six different guys with RBIs. Down 3-0, we battled and came back to tie it. We’re confident in the starting rotation. Really good back end of the bullpen.”
Amir Garrett had three strikeouts in 1 2-3 innings. Michael Lorenzen, Robert Stephenson and Lucas Sims each recorded an out in an eighth inning delayed 54 minutes by rain.
Aquino went deep into right-center field to make a backhand catch of pinch-hitter Kole Calhoun’s bases-loaded two-out bid for extra bases in the eighth.
“I thought it had a chance,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “We spent everything we had in that inning trying to get back into it.”
Upton hit a three-run homer in the first. The Reds answered against José Suarez with Eugenio Suárez’s solo homer and Iglesias’s game-tying two-run drive, both on changeups.
“In my last outing, I had a better feel for it, and I was throwing it more for strikes,” Suarez said about the pitch.
Aquino started Cincinnati’s three-run fifth with a shot to center field for his second homer since being called up from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. DeSclafani and Nick Senzel added RBI singles for a 6-3 lead.
Suarez (2-3) set season highs by giving up six runs and 10 hits with one walk and three strikeouts in five innings. The Angels rookie left-hander is winless in seven starts since his last win on June 15.
Late-inning lineup changes left Albert Pujols playing third base for the first time since 2015.
Suarez’s 11th first-inning home run of the season snapped a tie with Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich and Minnesota’s Nelson Cruz for the major league lead in first-inning home runs.
Iglesias successfully stole second base in the fourth inning, but thought he’d been called out and hopped up to head back to the dugout, only to be tagged out for real as he dove back to the bag.
The Reds added RHP Kevin Gausman to the 25-man roster on Tuesday after claiming him off waivers from Atlanta on Monday. They optioned LHP Wandy Peralta to Triple-A Louisville.
Angels: RHP Noé Ramirez (viral infection) threw a bullpen on Tuesday and could be sent on a rehab assignment this weekend.
Reds: Aquino hit the padded wall in foul territory down the right-field line fielding Fletcher’s first-inning leadoff single, but he made the play and came up firing to second. Aquino stayed in the game.
Angels: LHP Dillon Peters (2-0) is coming off pitching 7 2-3 innings at Cleveland on Friday, the longest outing of his career and the longest by a Los Angeles pitcher this season.
Reds: LHP Alex Wood (1-0) is 3-2 with a 2.86 earned-run average in six career starts and three relief appearances against the Cubs.
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Minor strikes out 7 in 7 innings, Rangers beat Indians 1-0

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — All-Star Mike Minor and the Texas Rangers finally exhaled after the trade deadline. They haven’t lost since catching their breath.
Minor struck out seven over seven innings — allowing one runner to reach third base — and combined with Jesse Chavez and Jose Leclerc to shut down the Cleveland Indians 1-0 Monday night.
Nomar Mazara drove in Elvis Andrus with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, providing all the offense the Rangers needed to extend their win streak to five and remain on the periphery of the American League wild card race.
“We didn’t know what was going to happen, so now that the deadline is in the past, we know this is the team we’re going to have,” said Minor, the subject of many trade rumors. “Before, we thought some guys would be gone, but since then, we kind of came together a little more and we’re just going out to play baseball.”
Minor (10-6), a first-time All-Star at age 31, allowed seven hits and walked one in winning his second post-deadline start. The left-hander is 3-0 in eight career appearances against Cleveland, giving up a lone run in 23 1/3 innings.
The Indians, who are 37-16 since June 4, fell four games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.
“I thought Minor did everything well and we kind of caught him at his best,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “He could elevate, he could spin the breaking ball to the back foot of the right-handed hitters and he had a changeup. We caught him on a bad night.”
Andrus led off the fourth with a triple, coming home a batter later when Mazara flew out to short center. He easily beat the bouncing throw home from rookie Oscar Mercado.
Chavez worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Leclerc pitched the ninth for his seventh save, stranding José Ramírez at third base after his leadoff double off the chalk in right. Leclerc retired Tyler Naquin, Jason Kipnis and Franmil Reyes to end the threat.
“That’s a big one for Jose and I think he’ll sleep good tonight because that’s his first real save opportunity since (regaining the closer job),” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “Obviously, this is a big series for us and we want to see if we can get back in this thing.”
Indians right-hander Aaron Civale (1-1), recalled from Triple-A Columbus before the game, allowed one run and three hits in six innings and struck out seven in his second big league appearance. He tossed six scoreless frames against Detroit on June 22.
Andrus went 2 for 4, raising his average at Progressive Field to a ballpark-record .417. His .370 career average over 72 games against the Indians ranks second behind Nomar Garciaparra’s .374.
“We’re just battling, man, the way we scratched and clawed,” Woodward said. “Their guy pitched pretty well, but obviously, Elvis legging out a triple and Maz hitting a sac fly is what it came down to. That was good. We needed that.”
Reyes struck out in his first two at-bats, giving him six whiffs in a row dating to Sunday. Jordan Luplow exited with a right hamstring cramp after stealing third in the seventh, when Cleveland had runners on first and third, but failed to score.
Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia on June 2, is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions Wednesday and Saturday. “I think we all hope he can come back and pitch for us, but saying anything else isn’t fair to him,” Francona said.
Rangers 3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa started at the spot for the third time in four days, which will be his primary job going forward. Kiner-Falefa exclusively played catcher prior to Friday. “We’re thinking he will catch once every 10 days,” Woodward said.
Rangers: RHP Shawn Kelley (right biceps soreness) was slated to throw live batting practice Monday for Triple-A Nashville. If all goes well, the closer will join the team in Cleveland to be evaluated Tuesday. Kelley was placed on the injured list on July 22.
Indians: RHP Dan Otero (right shoulder soreness), who has been on the injured list since May 31, will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Columbus. He has appeared in 20 games, posting a 4.56 ERA without a decision.
Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (6-6, 4.92 ERA) will start on six days rest in his first career outing against Cleveland. He went 1-3 with a 6.99 ERA in six July appearances.
Indians: RHP Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.41 ERA) has won three straight starts and leads AL rookies with a .215 opponent batting average. He is 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA at home.
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Castillo K’s career-high 13 in Reds 7-4 win over Angels

CINCINNATI (AP) — A red-hot Luis Castillo and slumping Los Angeles Angels offense added up to a career night for Cincinnati’s ace.
Castillo struck out a career-high 13 and the Reds scored five first-inning runs on their way to a 7-4 interleague win over Los Angeles on Monday night.
“I felt confident going out there,” Castillo said through a translater. “I was prepared 100% for that game.”
Castillo improved to 4-1 in his last five starts by making effective use of his wicked changeup, which can be even more deceptive to teams that haven’t seen it. He didn’t pitch against Los Angeles when the two teams met in June.
“When you face a team for the first time, it makes it look even better than it is,” catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “If you haven’t seen it, you can watch all the video you want. It’s not going to help.”
Castillo (11-4) threw a career-high 119 pitches in seven innings while getting his career-best 11th win. He allowed three hits and one walk before finishing with a flourish, striking out the side in the seventh to earn a standing ovation and head rubs from teammates.
“He was outstanding,” said Reds bench coach Freddie Benavides, managing in place of the suspended David Bell. “He was pushed, but he was strong and he wanted the ball. He didn’t want to come out of the game. For him to get into that elite group, you have to do that. He was the man tonight.”
Michael Lorenzen relieved Wandy Peralta with runners on first and third and one out in the eighth and struck out Mike Trout swinging before coaxing Kole Calhoun into an inning-ending flyout.
Raisel Iglesias struck out Shohei Ohtani to clinch his 22nd save.
Trout and Luis Rengifo hit solo home runs for the Angels, who’ve scored a combined 12 runs during a five-game losing streak. They’ve dropped nine of their last 11 since a four-game winning streak.
Castillo’s 13 strikeouts are the most by any one pitcher against the Angels this season, surpassing the 11 piled up by Houston’s Gerrit Cole on July 17.
“I thought our at bats were pretty good,” Los Angeles manager Brad Ausmus said. “They were better than they have been recently. That’s a plus. Castillo has really, really good stuff — elite stuff.”
After Taylor Cole started for Los Angeles, Patrick Sandoval took over in the second and turned in five innings of three-hit, two-run run pitching in his major-league debut. The left-hander struck out eight and gave up two walks and two wild pitches, which allowed Jesse Winker to advance from second to the plate with Cincinnati’s sixth run.
“It was a little different,” Sandoval, after posing for post-game on-field photos with his family, said about not starting. “You roll with it. I kind of liked it. It was a different feeling.”
“That was an excellent first start,” Ausmus said. “The results were there. He should be happy with the way he pitched.”
Cincinnati sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning against Cole (1-3), highlighted by Nick Senzel’s two-run bloop double down the right-field line. José Peraza followed with an RBI double off the left-center field wall that missed going out by a couple of feet.
Rengifo led off the third with his fourth homer of the season. Trout added his league-leading 37th, a no-doubt drive into the first row of the second deck in left field, with one out in the sixth.
Brian Goodwin added his first career pinch-hit home run, a two-run shot to right against David Hernandez, in the ninth.
The Angels on Monday placed RHP Luke Bard on the 10-day injured list with a bruised right triceps, an injury he suffered when he was hit Carlos Santana’s line drive on Sunday in Cleveland. They also placed C Jonathan Lucroy on unconditional release waivers and promoted Sandoval from Triple-A Salt Lake Coty.
The Reds claimed RHP Kevin Gausman (3-7) off waivers from Atlanta on Monday and designated for assignment INF Blake Trahan. The team will need to make a corresponding roster move when Gausman reports.
In the first inning, the Reds have outscored opponents by a combined 93-56. They lead the major leagues in first-inning runs.
Trout dropped Tucker Barnhart’s easy fly ball in the first inning for just the center fielder’s second error of the season in 107 games.
Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (left shoulder inflammation) threw a 64-pitch simulated game on Monday and reported no problems.
Reds: Cincinnati placed INF Derek Dietrich on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation and promoted INF Brian O’Grady from Triple-A Louisville.
Angels: LHP Jose Suarez (2-2) will on Tuesday be making his first career appearance against a National League. His first plate appearance will be the first of his professional career.
Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (6-6) will on Tuesday make his first career appearance against the Angels.
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