Jeter, Trout lead AL over NL 5-3 in All-Star game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Helping send Derek Jeter go out a winner in his last All-Star game appearance, Mike Trout drove in two runs with a triple and a double to lead the American League past the National League 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Jeter started his 14th and final All Star game with a vintage opposite-field double, following an ovation from the Target Field crowd of more than one minute. The Yankees captain went 2 for 2 and was removed to another roar from the fans in the top of the fourth inning.
Max Scherzer picked up the victory with a scoreless inning, and Twins closer Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for the save in front of his home crowd to again give the AL home-field advantage for the World Series.
AP Source: Miller, Cavs agree to 2-year deal
CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent Mike Miller has agreed to a 2-year, $5.5 million contract with the Cavaliers, reuniting him with superstar LeBron James.
Miller reached the agreement with the Cavs on Tuesday, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not commented on the deal. Miller's contract includes a player option in the second year.
He'll make $2.7 million next season, and the option is worth $2.8 million.
Miller was teammates for three seasons with James in Miami. Last season, Miller played in 82 games for Memphis. He shot 46 percent (107 of 233) on 3-pointers.
The 34-year-old gives the Cavs another outside weapon and a piece to help James, who signed a two-year, $42 million contract on Saturday.
Balanced NBA field will make title chase tougher
LAS VEGAS (AP) - When Patrick Ewing played, he saw the league as having one superstar per team.
He sees it heading back that way now.
LeBron James' decision to leave Miami for Cleveland surely shifted the NBA power structure. And while there's obviously a team loaded with future Hall of Famers in San Antonio, plus plenty of teams with two players worthy of at least superstar argument, there's nothing that mirrors what the Heat had when James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were teammates.
James' latest decision also gives Cleveland a better chance to win a title.
But like Ewing knows, since he never won a championship, a more-balanced playing field across the NBA means many other teams figure to have a better chance as well.
Akron plans party for LeBron's homecoming
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - LeBron James' hometown is planning a big party for his homecoming.
Akron city spokeswoman Stephanie York says details of the event are still in the works - but it will be big.
York tells the Akron Beacon Journal that it will be "a city-wide community event where everyone can welcome him home."
The city is working with the LeBron James Family Foundation to coordinate the homecoming event. York says the date will be determined by the NBA star's schedule.
James announced Friday he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after leaving the team four years ago to play for the Miami Heat.
City Council President Garry Moneypenny announced the event during Monday's council meeting, just before members passed a resolution thanking James for deciding to come home.
BLUE JACKETS MOVE
CBJ re-sign defenseman Tim Erixon to 1-year deal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Tim Erixon to a one-year contract for the 2014-15 season.
The 23-year-old Erixon was acquired along with centers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov and a first-round pick two years ago in the blockbuster deal that sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers.
Erixon has seven assists in 51 career NHL games, spending most of last season with Springfield, Massachusetts, of the AHL, where he had five goals and 33 assists in 40 games. He was a first-round pick, 23rd overall, by Calgary in 2009.
Erixon was a restricted free agent. Star center Ryan Johansen is the club's biggest remaining restricted free agent.
Rapids' O'Neill suspended; Crew's Anor wins appeal
NEW YORK (AP) - Colorado Rapids defender Shane O'Neill has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed sum for his play Saturday against the Philadelphia Union.
The league said Tuesday that O'Neill endangered an opponent during the 11th minute.
Also, Columbus Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor won his appeal of a red card he drew Saturday in the 84th minute against the New York Red Bulls. The appeal through the players' union was upheld and Anor will be available for Wednesday's game against Sporting Kansas City.
Gov. Haslam: Truck stop agreement good for company
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the truck stop company he co-owns can start putting the fraud investigation behind it after it struck a deal with prosecutors to pay a $92 million fine and acknowledge that employees cheated customers.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee announced the company has agreed to pay the fine in an agreement signed Friday.
Haslam is not involved in Pilot Flying J's day-to-day operations of the company that is co-owned by his brother, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
Ten employees of the truck-stop company have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme to cheat customers out of promised fuel rebates and discounts. The agreement does not protect anyone at Pilot from prosecution and requires the company to cooperate with an ongoing investigation.
Selig says Rose could play All-Star role in 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Pete Rose may have a role to play in next year's All-Star game in Cincinnati despite his lifetime ban from baseball.
The career hits leader generally is not allowed in any areas of major league ballparks not open to fans. The former Reds star was on the field in Cincinnati last September for the unveiling of a bronze sculpture honoring Hall of Fame teammate Joe Morgan.
The Reds host the 2015 All-Star game on July 14, and Commissioner Bud Selig left open the possibility Rose could play a part in the ceremonies.
Hours before the All-Star game on Tuesday, Selig said the Reds are likely to discuss Rose's participation in the event next summer.
Rose agreed to the lifetime ban in 1989 following an investigation by Major League Baseball that concluded he bet on the Reds to win while managing the team.
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