Friday, May 22
Salazar, Indians power past White Sox 5-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Danny Salazar tossed six scoreless innings and was backed by first-inning home runs from Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles, leading the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Thursday night.
Salazar was coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against Texas on May 16. He recovered to help the Indians take three of four from Chicago while winning their third straight for the first time this season.
Salazar (5-1) walked three, but struck out eight while giving up five hits to hand Chicago its first series loss at home.
John Danks (2-4) allowed five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Chicago's Jose Abreu went 1 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Bryan Shaw to avoid the shutout.
MLB and Reds discussing Rose role at All-Star Game
NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Rose's role at the All-Star game in Cincinnati will be determined by Major League Baseball and the Reds after they determine what other obligations the banned career hits leader has.
Rose began work as a studio analyst for Fox this month. The network will broadcast the game, which is being played in Rose's hometown on July 14.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that MLB is talking to the Reds about Rose's involvement.
Rose agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after an MLB investigation concluded he bet on Reds' games while managing the team. He has applied for reinstatement, but Manfred has not given a timetable for a decision.
Agent: Hawks' Carroll has no structural damage in knee
ATLANTA (AP) — DeMarre Carroll's agent says an MRI on Carroll's left knee showed no structural damage, and Carroll is hoping to play for the Hawks by Friday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Mark Bartelstein told The Associated Press on Thursday that Carroll has only a knee sprain and "maybe a little" bone bruise.
Carroll celebrated the news on his Twitter feed.
Bartelstein says Carroll will receive treatment for the soreness Thursday and Friday in hopes of playing against Cleveland in Game 2.
Carroll's knee appeared to buckle as he was driving to the basket with about 5 minutes left in the 97-89 loss to the Cavaliers. Carroll couldn't put pressure on the leg as he was helped off the floor.
Donley helps Indiana top Ohio State 5-3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Donley's three-RBI double broke a tie in the eighth inning and sixth-seeded Indiana beat Ohio State 5-3 Thursday in an elimination game of the Big Ten tournament.
Kyle Hart pitched six scoreless innings for the defending Big Ten champion Hoosiers (33-21). Hart allowed six hits and no runs or walks. Indiana will play the loser of the Michigan vs. Iowa game on Friday.
The Buckeyes (35-20) didn't get on the board until Nick Sergakis' RBI groundout scored Ronnie Dawson in the seventh inning. Craig Nenning followed with an RBI single to tie it 2-2.
Brad Hartong gave Indiana a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Seventh-seeded Ohio State has lost five-straight games after losing to Iowa in their tournament opener on Thursday.
MLB SOFTBALL GAME-CELEBS
Macklemore, Snoop Dogg to play in celeb softball game
NEW YORK (AP) — Rappers Snoop Dogg and Macklemore and "Hunger Games" actor Josh Hutcherson will play in the 2015 MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.
"Black-ish" actor Anthony Anderson and country singer Justin Moore will also participate on July 12 at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park alongside Cincinnati Reds legends Sean Casey, Paul O'Neill, Eric Davis and Aaron Boone.
The softball game will air on ESPN immediately following the Home Run Derby on July 13. Tickets are on sale now.
Other celebrity players include Rob Riggle, Miles Teller, Charissa Thompson and Nick Lachey, a Cincinnati native.
Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, MLB legend Fred Lynn and Olympic softball gold medalist Jennie Finch will also participate.
Longtime Ohio State spokesman Steve Snapp dead at 69
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Steve Snapp, a longtime Ohio State athletics spokesman and sports information director, has died. He was 69.
The university confirmed his death on Thursday. Snapp had been ill a long time, battling cancer and suffering a stroke several years ago.
Snapp, who was a Marine during the Vietnam War, served Ohio State from July 1973 through July 2011.
He represented Ohio State at more than 30 bowl games, traveled to two men's Final Fours with the Buckeyes and helped promote four Heisman Trophy winners. Additionally, he initiated the jersey retirement system to recognize former Ohio State athletes.
A 1973 graduate of Ohio State with a degree in journalism, he became assistant sports information director later that year. He served in several posts, most often as a spokesman for the athletic program, for the rest of his career.
Snapp is survived by his wife, Elaine, six children and four grandchildren.