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Last Update on April 19, 2014 00:55 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The good news for Cubs fans today is that their team actually scored a run. The bad news is that the Cubbies also extended their losing streak to five games.

Alfredo Simon took a shutout into the seventh inning and allowed just an unearned run and four hits over six-plus innings to pitch Cincinnati past the Cubs 4-1. The Reds went ahead on Billy Hamilton's RBI double in the fifth, one inning before second baseman Emilio Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH'-see-oh) threw wildly while trying to complete an inning-ending double play, allowing two runs to score.

The Reds won their third in a row but finished without second baseman Brandon Phillips, who left in the third inning after complaining of back spasms.

The Cubs ended a 24-inning scoreless streak when Starlin Castro led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and moved to second on an error before scoring on Luis Valbuena's single.


UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Mets have traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named. The 27-year-old Davis was hitting .208 with one home run and five RBIs in 12 games in a platoon with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin at first base. Davis hit 32 homers for the Mets in 2012 but fell off sharply last year.

Also in the majors:

-- The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated outfielder Cody Ross from the disabled list and designated left-handed reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith for assignment. Ross hasn't played since sustaining a dislocated hip while running to first base against the New York Mets last Aug. 11.

-- Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to throw batting practice for the first time since he was hit in the face by a line drive during an exhibition game on March 19. Chapman sustained fractures of his nose and a bone above his left eye when hit by the drive off the bat of Kansas City's Salvador Perez.

-- Texas Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers has been put on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation. Scheppers says he's had discomfort in his pitching elbow since the end of last season, when he led the team with 76 appearances in his second year in the bullpen. Scheppers made four starts after joining the rotation this spring, going 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA.

-- Oakland Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle has received a five-year contract containing a pair of club options that could extend the agreement through the 2020 season. The 27-year-old left-hander is 7-6 with a 3.10 ERA and four saves in 122 career relief appearances, allowing 100 hits with 129 strikeouts in 125 innings.

-- The Detroit Tigers have recalled right-hander Justin Miller from Triple-A Toledo and optioned outfielder Tyler Collins to Toledo.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers might have No. 1 goalie Steve Mason back for Game 2 against the Rangers. Mason missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to New York because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. He was hurt last Saturday against Pittsburgh, when he was knocked over and hit the back of his head on the ice. Mason and the Flyers have declined to say whether he has a concussion.


TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he went 76-28 in three years at Missouri. The 48-year old Haith replaces Danny Manning, who left for Wake Forest after two seasons in Tulsa.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia State basketball coach Ron Hunter has been given a pay raise as part of his two-year contract extension through the 2020 season. Georgia State finished 25-9 this season. The Panthers lost in the Sun Belt Conference tournament title game and played in the NIT. The Panthers have had two 20-win seasons in Hunter's first three years. He was the Sun Belt coach of the year this season.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The Duke men's basketball team is losing another player as sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft. Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists after sitting out last year following his transfer from Mississippi State. He joins freshman Jabari Parker, who declared for the draft Thursday.


NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that he's in favor of raising the draft age limit. Silver is moving cautiously on potential changes to areas such as the lottery format and playoff structure, but makes it clear that raising the draft age limit to abolish the so-called "one and done" is one of his priorities.

Regarding the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks, Silver says owners aren't ready to vote on the potential sale of the team yet.


HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) -- K.J. Choi is the overnight leader in the rain-delayed second round of the RBC Heritage tournament. Choi shot a 4-under-67 in the round to stand 5-under for the tournament, two shots in front of Scott Langley, Luke Donald and Billy Hurley III. Play was halted with 65 golfers left on the course, including Robert Allenby who trails Choi by one shot through five holes.


Business News

Applications for US jobless aid up 2K to 304,000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.

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