McCutchen's HRs rally Pirates over Reds 6-5 in 11
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andrew McCutchen tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth inning last night, then connected again in the 11th inning, rallying the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Pirates blew a four-run lead for the second straight night, but managed to come back behind McCutchen, who has more homers against Cincinnati than anyone else since 2009.
He tied it 5 in the ninth off Jonathan Broxton, filling in the closer's role because Aroldis Chapman had pitched four days in a row. He hit his 17th homer with two outs in the 11th off J.J. Hoover (1-7) for his ninth career multihomer game.
Left-hander Justin Wilson (3-1) escaped a bases-loaded threat in the 10th with the help of right fielder Gregory Polanco, who threw Ramon Santiago out at the plate as he tried to score on Jay Bruce's single.
Abreu hits 29th HR, White Sox beat Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 29th homer, a two-run shot that sent the Chicago White Sox over the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Saturday.
Abreu, picked for the AL All-Star team in his rookie season, broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with his drive off Zach McAllister (3-5). The homer cleared the fence in right field and landed in the White Sox bullpen for Chicago's first hit.
All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the eighth for Cleveland.
Scott Carroll (4-5) held Cleveland to two hits in five shutout innings before being pulled with a stiff lower back. The rookie right-hander has won two straight starts, in which he hasn't allowed a run over 11 2-3 innings.
AP Source: LeBron James signs 2-year contract
CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations says LeBron James has signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cavaliers.
The contract includes an option for James to become a free agent next summer, but it is strictly "a business deal," according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because the team has not commented about the agreement.
James announced he was returning to the Cavaliers on Friday, picking Cleveland over Miami and reversing the decision he made four years ago to sign as a free agent with the Heat.
In an essay in Sports Illustrated, James indicated he will finish his career in Cleveland.
ESPN.com first reported the deal for James.
The four-time MVP is in Brazil to watch Sunday's World Cup final.
FREE AGENCY-POWER SHIFT
James makes Cavs better, now East more wide open
NEW YORK (AP) - A word of caution to anyone anointing the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA favorites.
Yes, the Cavaliers are going to be good, no doubt. It's impossible not to be with the game's best player. But even LeBron James knows Cleveland has a lot of work to do.
James wrote in his first-person essay in Sports Illustrated, "We're not ready right now. No way,"
Quite a different tone than when he arrived in Miami four years ago.
Quite a different situation, too.
While the player dominos continue to fall in place during free agency, James' decision has leveled the playing field even more in the up-for-grabs Eastern Conference.
And the battle should be very entertaining: James vs. the likes of Pat Riley, Phil Jackson and Larry Bird.
Reds option RH Partch, call up INF Soto
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Reds called up infielder Neftali Soto before the second game of their series on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, shoring up their depleted infield.
The Reds have put three infielders on the disabled list this week. First baseman Joey Votto is out indefinitely with a strained muscle above his left knee. Second baseman Brandon Phillips had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss six weeks. Skip Schumaker is out for a week with a concussion.
It's Soto's second stint with the Reds this season. He went 3 for 28 with no homers and one RBI.
Reliever Curtis Partch was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville. He got his first major league win on Friday night.
Cavaliers acquire C Haywood, F Powell from Hornets
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cavaliers have acquired center Brendan Haywood and forward Dwight Powell from Charlotte for guard Scotty Hopson and cash considerations.
The Cavs announced the move Saturday, one day after LeBron James said he's returning to Cleveland.
A 12-year veteran, Haywood has played in 794 NBA games, averaging 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. He missed all of last season with a broken foot.
The 7-footer gives Cleveland some front line depth, but he's also only got one year left on his contract. Haywood, who played on Dallas' 2011 title team, was picked by Cleveland with the 20th overall pick in 2001 but traded on draft night to Orlando.
Powell played four years at Stanford, averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. The 6-11, 240-pound forward is the fourth Canadian on Cleveland's roster, joining Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, this year's top overall pick.
Henry leads New York past Columbus 4-1
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Thierry Henry had three assists and the go-ahead goal Saturday night, leading the New York Red Bulls to a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Crew.
Henry scored in the 45th minute when he nonchalantly floated the ball just inside the far post. Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark was out of position after blocking Bradley Wright-Phillips' header, and then another shot was blocked by a defender.
The Red Bulls (5-5-8) opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Henry set up an easy tap-in for Wright-Phillips' MLS-leading 15th goal of the season.
Columbus (4-6-8) answered in the 39th minute when Adam Bedell scored his first MLS goal.
Henry then teamed with Lloyd Sam on a give-and-go in the 56th minute, and set up Eric Alexander on a breakaway in the 91st minute.
The third assist gave Henry 37 for his career in New York, moving him past Tab Ramos and Amado Guevara for the franchise lead.
LEBRON-RENAMING ROLLER COASTER
Ohio park to call coaster 'King James' for LeBron
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - Will LeBron James really get a roller coaster named for him now that he's coming back to Cleveland? Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park says to stay tuned.
Earlier this week, the park promised to rename one of its 17 roller coasters "King James" if the four-time NBA MVP returned home to play for the Cavaliers. Cedar Point says the decision is coming on which coaster it will rename.
James announced Friday that he is leaving Miami and returning to Cleveland, where he played his first seven seasons.
A Cedar Point spokesman says the idea for the roller coaster renaming began with the CEO.
The Sandusky amusement park says James was a frequent visitor during his time growing up in Akron and while he was playing in Cleveland.
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