>>Reds Steal Shine From Soler's Debut
(Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Mat Latos pitched into the eighth inning and Skip Schumaker drove in two runs in Cincinnati's 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park.
Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler homered in his first career plate appearance for the Cubs, and his RBI single capped a three-run top of the eighth to get the visitors within a run, but pinch-hitter Chris Heisey homered leading off the bottom of the inning to cap the scoring.
Latos (5-3) had a season-best 10 strikeouts over seven-plus frames and was charged with seven hits and four runs. He's 3-0 over his last six starts and hasn't lost since July 27.
The Reds have won three of four since a seven-game skid.
After the first two men reached on hits in the eighth, Latos was taken down in favor of Jonathan Broxton. Javier Baez greeted Broxton with a two-run double to left-center. Starlin Castro then singled and after a strikeout of Luis Valbuena, Soler singled to make it a one-run lead.
Broxton escaped the jam by getting Welington Castillo to bounce into a 4-6-3 double play.
Aroldis Chapman surrendered a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in between in the ninth before Baez flied out to the warning track in center to end it. Chapman picked up his 28th save.
Valbuena homered to right field on a 1-0 pitch to lead off the second inning. Soler, who became the eighth player to make his major-league debut for the Cubs this season, followed by taking one out over the wall in left to make it 2-0 Cubs.
Schumaker doubled in a run in the bottom of the second and Zack Cozart followed with an RBI groundout.
The Reds had five in the four-run fourth inning and the Cubs committed two errors with two outs to keep the inning alive.
>>Reds Host Cubs
(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Reds and Cubs play the rubber match of a three-game series this afternoon at GreatAmericanBallPark. Cincinnati sits at 64-and-69. Dylan Axelrod makes his second start of the season for the Reds opposite Jake Arrieta.
>>Bailey To Have MRI
(Cincinnati, OH) -- Reds starter Homer Bailey's injury status is not improving. Bailey had a second MRI to look at the strained flexor mass tendon in his right arm. He's been on the disabled list since August 16th. Bailey received a platelet-rich plasma injection as a hopeful remedy, but it hasn't worked as expected.
>>Votto Takes Ground Balls
(Cincinnati, OH) -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto finally began baseball activities yesterday. Votto fielded ground balls before Wednesday's game against the Cubs. He is working his way back from a left distal quad strain and can't return from the DL until September 4th.
>>White Sox Sink Indians
(Chicago, IL) -- Jose Abreu singled in the winning run during the bottom of the seventh as the White Sox sank the Indians 3-2 from U.S. Cellular Field yesterday. Corey Kluber gave up all the runs in six-and-a-third innings for the loss. Lonnie Chisenhall went deep for Cleveland, which had won three in-a-row.
>>Indians At White Sox
(Chicago, IL) -- The Indians close out their three-game set with the White Sox today at U.S. Cellular Field hoping to take two of three. Cleveland is 67-and-64. Carlos Carrasco gets the start shooting for his sixth win for the Tribe. Chicago counters with John Danks.
(Detroi, MI) -- Tigers pitcher David Price allowed nine consecutive hits in the third inning as the Yankees beat the Tigers 8-4 last night at ComericaPark. Price got the loss, giving up 12 hits in total for eight runs while striking out three in just two innings of work. Victor Martinez hit his 26th home run of the season. In today's rubber match, Detroit sends Kyle Lobstein to the hill and Hiroki Kuroda gets the start for New York.
>>Ohio State Releases Depth Chart
(Columbus, OH) -- OhioState released its depth chart for its opener versus Navy in Baltimore on Saturday. Six positions have two players listed as starters including three at the running back spot with Ezekiel Elliot, Rod Smith and Curtis Samuel all considered first team RBs. The other positions having an "or" are cornerback, free safety, center, left guard and the hybrid back.
>>OSU Lattimore To Redshirt
(Columbus, OH) -- OhioState freshman defensive back Marshon Lattimore will be forced to redshirt this season. Lattimore had surgery on his hamstring yesterday. He was a highly-regard prospect that played both wide receiver and corner in high school.
>>College Football Opens Up Tonight
(Undated) -- The college football season gets into full swing tonight. Number-nine South Carolina hosts number-20 Texas A&M and Rutgers plays its first game as a member of the Big Ten traveling to WashingtonState.
Two other ranked teams are in action as Ole Miss, which is ranked
No. 18 will tussle with the Broncos of Boise State in a
neutral site game in Atlanta and No. 19 Arizona State hosts WeberState.
>>Bengals Host Colts
(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Bengals wrap up the preseason tonight hosting the Colts at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati is 1-and-2 through three games. The Bengals play their first regular season game at the Ravens on Sunday, September 7th.
>>Browns Host Bears
(Cleveland, OH) -- The Browns wrap up the preseason tonight hosting the Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland is 0-and-3 so far in the preseason. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer is expected to play the first quarter before being replaced by rookie Johnny Manziel. The Browns begin the regular season Sunday, September 7th at the Steelers.
>>NFL Upholds Josh Gordon's One-Year Suspension
(New York, NY) -- The NFL is upholding its one-year suspension of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. His appeal has been denied, and Gordon will miss a full calender year. He will be eligible for reinstatement August 27, 2015. He was suspended for a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Gordon was appealing a positive test for marijuana, claiming he was exposed to second-hand smoke.
>>Poll: NFL Players Say Pot No More Dangerous Than Alcohol
(Undated) -- The majority of NFL players agree with President Obama that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Seventy-five percent of players responding to an ESPN.com NFL Nation survey said they agree with Obama's statement, which he made to "The New Yorker" in January. NFL players who test positive for marijuana are entered into the league's drug program, with repeat offenders facing suspension. The NFL says any change in its drug policy would have to be negotiated in the collective bargaining agreement.