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Last Update on August 01, 2015 04:36 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have picked up an important win as they try to catch the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

Jung Ho Kang (gahng) hit an RBI double and scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch as the Bucs downed the Reds 5-4 in Cincinnati. The game was tied 3-3 in the sixth until Reds hurler Jumbo Diaz uncorked an errant pitch that allowed Kang to score. Starling Marte added an RBI single later in the sixth.

Andrew McCutcheon smacked a solo homer to help Jeff Locke even his record at 6-6.

In other major league finals:

-- Philadelphia won for the 11th time in 13 games since the All-Star break as Domonic Brown hit a two-run homer and Ryan Howard drove in four runs to lead a 9-3 rout of Atlanta. David Buchanan allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace the traded Cole Hamels in the rotation.

-- Mike Napoli belted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh and two other Red Sox had two RBIs in a 7-5 victory against Tampa Bay. Blake Swihart (SWY'-hahrt) slapped a two-run single and Alejandro De Aza added a pair of RBI singles as the Red Sox won their second straight since dropping 12 of 14.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have completed a deal that sends Phillies lefty Cole Hamels to Arlington, giving the team a stronger rotation as it tries to win an American League playoff berth. The Rangers also received $9.5 million and shipped left-hander Matt Harrison and five prospects to Philadelphia.

Hamels tossed a no-hitter in his last start Saturday against the Cubs, leaving him 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA this year. He is due $22.5 million per season through 2018 with a club option for 2019.

The three-time All-Star is 114-90 with a 3.30 ERA since reaching the majors in 2006. Hamels owns a 7-4 record and a 3.09 earned run average in 13 postseason starts.

In other major league news:

-- The Mets have acquired slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) from Detroit, boosting a lineup that is ranked last or next-to-last in several major categories. Cespedes is hitting .293 with 18 home runs with 61 RBIs in 102 games this season. The Mets sent minor league pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to Detroit.

-- Right-hander Dan Haren has been grabbed by the Cubs from the Miami Marlins. As part of the deal, Miami is sending cash to the Cubs to cover part of Haren's $11 million salary. Haren was 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA in a team-best 21 starts for the Marlins this season.

-- The Orioles have picked up left fielder Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for minor league right-hander Zach Davies. The 28-year-old Parra batted .328 with nine homers and 31 RBIs in 100 games this year. He's a career .279 hitter over six-plus seasons, most of them with Arizona.

-- The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton and cash from the Brewers for minor league outfielder Malik Collymore.

-- The Toronto Blue Jays have kept up their postseason push by acquiring veteran reliever Mark Lowe from the Seattle Mariners for left-handed pitchers Nick Wells, Jacob Brentz and Rob Rasmussen.

-- The Jays have added another productive bat by acquiring outfielder Ben Revere from the Phillies for minor league right-handers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.

-- The Pittsburgh Pirates added depth to their rotation by acquiring J.A. Happ from Seattle for minor league pitcher Adrian Sampson. A little while later, the Bucs put struggling starter A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow.

-- Minnesota has bolstered its bullpen with the acquisition of right-hander Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays for a pair of minor league pitching prospects.

--Left-hander Felix Doubront has been obtained by Oakland from Toronto for cash after he was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

-- The Oakland Athletics have traded right-hander Ryan Cook to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash.

-- The Angels put left-hander C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation


CHICAGO (AP) -- Seven-time All-Star pitcher Billy Pierce has died at 88.

The left-hander played for the Chicago White Sox from 1949 to 1961, starting three All-Star games in the mid-1950s and helping them win the 1959 American League pennant. He was also a member of the San Francisco Giants' pennant-winning team in 1962.

Pierce played for Detroit and finished his 18-year career 211-169 with a 3.27 ERA, 1,999 strikeouts, 193 complete games and 38 shutouts.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL and the players' union say they want a New York judge to resolve their dispute over Tom Brady's suspension by Sept. 4.

The league and union filed a joint letter in U.S. District Court proposing a ruling by that date to settle Brady's lawsuit against the league seeking to have his four-game suspension overturned. The union did not seek a court order that would allow the New England Patriots quarterback to play while a court case dragged on.

The federal judge handling Brady's attempt to overturn his four-game suspension strongly suggested the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appear in court on August 12 and 19.


RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has worked out a contract extension after guiding the team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances.

Wilson is locked up in Seattle for the prime of his career after signing an $87.6 million, four-year extension on Friday that includes a $31 million signing bonus. Both sides had set a Friday deadline to complete a deal.

Wilson threw for 3,475 yards, 20 touchdowns and just seven interceptions last year.


LONG POND, Pa. (AP) -- Kyle Busch will start from the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup event at Pocono Raceway as he seeks his fourth consecutive victory. He's trying to become the first Cup driver since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win four straight races.

Busch missed the first 11 races of the season with a broken right leg and left foot. He returned in late May and has won three consecutive Sprint Cup Series races and four of the last five.

Kevin Harvick was second in Friday's qualifying, followed by Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Tony Stewart.


GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Ryo Ishikawa (ee-shee-KAH'-wah) owns a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler and Kevin Chappell through two rounds of the PGA's Quicken Loans Nationals near Washington, DC.

Ishikawa followed Thursday's 8-under 63 with a 68 that leaves him 11-under. He completed his back nine with three straight birdies and four in his final six holes.

David Lingmerth is alone in third at minus-9, while tournament host Tiger Woods is among nine players at 8-under.


TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) has the 36-hole lead at the Women's British Open. She shot a 3-under 69 to finish the first 36 holes at 7-under.

Teresa Lu, So Yeon Ryu, Jin-Young Ko and Ludia Ko are two shots off the pace.

Michelle Wie (wee) withdrew from the event 13 holes into her second round after aggravating her left ankle injury. Wie was 10 over par for the round.


BLAINE, Minn. (AP) -- Tom Lehman has opened the 3M Championship with an 8-under 64 to grab a three-stroke lead over Grant Waite, Scott Dunlap and P.H. Horgan III in the Champions Tour event.

Lehman had two birdies and an eagle in an early three-hole stretch, added a birdie on the par-4 ninth and closed with three more birdies at the TPC Twin Cities. It was his lowest score since November 2012.


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