SATURDAY, JULY 12
Pittsburgh (Morton 5-9) at Cincinnati (Leake 7-7), 7:15 p.m.
Washington (Strasburg 7-6) at Philadelphia (Hamels 3-5), 7:15 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER:
Colorado at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Reds rally for 6-5 win over Pirates
CINCINNATI (AP) - Brayan Pena's pinch-hit single in the eighth inning completed another late rally by the Reds, who overcame more injuries last night and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 to keep their momentum going toward the All-Star break.
Down 5-1 after six innings, the Reds scored twice with the help of third baseman Pedro Alvarez's throwing error in the seventh and added three more in the eighth.
Devin Mesoraco homered with two outs off left-hander Tony Watson (5-1) in the eighth, and the Reds put together four more singles, with RBI hits by Ramon Santiago and Pena completing Cincinnati's second big comeback of the week.
Rollins' HRs lead Phillies over Nats
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jimmy Rollins homered twice and A.J. Burnett pitched 7 2-3 strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their fifth straight victory, 6-2 over the Washington Nationals last night.
Domonic Brown doubled and drove in two runs for Philadelphia, which matched its longest winning streak of the season. It has been a surprising run for the Phillies, who had lost 13 of 16 before a four-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Brewers in Milwaukee.
Burnett (6-8) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out six and walking four.
Clevelanders celebrate LeBron James' return
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James' fans and former haters in Ohio have every reason to rejoice now that the four-time NBA MVP has decided to bring his considerable talents back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Anticipation had been high Friday as the prized free agent pondered whether to leave the Miami Heat, where he won two league titles, to return to Cleveland, where he started his pro career with the Cavaliers.
James told Sports Illustrated on Friday that he has decided to go home.
Fans can now forget the "The Decision" James made on television in 2010, when he announced he was leaving Cleveland for Miami.
James' return is latest boost for the city of Cleveland. The Republican National Committee this week recommended the city as the site of its 2016 national convention.
Clevelanders see a James homecoming as another harbinger that the oft-maligned and hard-working city is finally getting what it deserves.
AP Sources: Bosh agrees to max deal with Heat
Two people familiar with the situation say that Chris Bosh has agreed to a maximum deal with the Miami Heat.
The people said that Bosh will be getting a five-year deal worth about $118 million. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor Bosh had publicly announced the deal.
Bosh's deal comes not long after LeBron James announced earlier Friday he was leaving the Heat for a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat are continuing to negotiate with Dwyane Wade, the other member of what was the Miami "Big 3" that went to the NBA Finals in each of the last four seasons.
McIlroy slumps, 3 share lead at Scottish Open
ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) - Rory McIlroy surrendered the lead at the Scottish Open with his latest second-round meltdown on Friday, leaving three players tied for first place on a day when brutal winds played havoc with the field.
Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden, Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez and Marc Warren of Scotland were atop the leaderboard on 6 under, with just 17 of 150 players shooting below 70 on the par-71 Royal Aberdeen links course.
McIlroy shot a course-record 64 in the first round but followed it up with a 78, continuing a worrying trend this season that's seen the former world No. 1 fail to build on strong starts.
Justin Rose signed for a 68 and is alone in fourth place, a shot behind. Defending champion Phil Mickelson is 1 under after a 73.
WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN
Wie misses the cut at Royal Birkdale
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Michelle Wie has gone from major champion to her first weekend off in nearly a year.
Beatriz Recari of Spain birdied her last three holes at Royal Birkdale for a 5-under 67. So Yeon Ryu fought off an early double bogey for another round par at 70. They were tied for the lead in the Ricoh Women's British Open at 3-under 141 as the second round was ending.
No need for Wie to wait around. Three weeks after winning the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2, the 24-year-old from Hawaii had nothing go her way on a tough links in northwest England. Wie was right on the cut line when she took double bogey on the 16th, and then a bogey on the par-5 17th. She shot 78.
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