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Hamels goes 8 innings for Texas in 9-0 win over Indians

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Hamels allowed only two singles over eight innings for his 14th victory, Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat with Texas and the AL-best Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 9-0 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series matching division leaders.

Hamels (14-4) retired 19 straight batters after Francisco Lindor's solid two-out single to left in the first. The only other baserunner for the Indians was Carlos Santana after a leadoff hit in the eighth, though he was stranded at second after advancing on a passed ball.

Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor also homered for the Rangers (75-53).

Hamels struck out eight without a walk, and the lefty improved to 21-5 in his 38 starts since the Rangers acquired him last season when he was coming off a no-hitter in his last start for the Philadelphia Phillies. It was the longest scoreless outing for a Texas starter this season.


Gordon to return as Browns face Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Wide receiver Josh Gordon is expected to make his return to action as the Cleveland Browns face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Also expected to see action is first-round pick Corey Coleman. Gordon, who missed the first two preseason games with a quadriceps injury, led the NFL in yards receiving in 2013, but was suspended all of last season. He will serve a four-game suspension to start this season as well.

The Bucs will face eight opponents this season who play a 3-4 defense, so playing the blitz-happy Browns is expected to be a good tuneup for Jameis Winston and the offense. The first of those eight 3-4 defensive teams will be the Cardinals in Week 2.

Further complicating matters, the Bucs are battling injuries on the offensive line to guards J.R. Sweezy and Al Marpet.


Some starting jobs still not locked down for Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When Ohio State opened training camp earlier this month, coach Urban Meyer said it was "open season" for starting jobs. With just over a week before the season opener, some of those jobs have yet to be locked down.

Ohio State is replacing 8 starters on each side of the ball. Offensive line, wide receiver and cornerback are among the positions where starters for the Sept. 3 game against Bowling Green still haven't been named, according to Buckeyes coaches. Regardless of who starts, there will be many new faces on the field next week.

On the offensive line, returning starters Pat Elflein and Billy Price are the anchors at center and right guard. Pencil in Jamarco Jones at left tackle and at right tackle probably Isiah Prince, one of the team's few true freshmen who earned playing time last year.

Highly touted junior college transfer Malcolm Pridgeon, who was expected to compete at guard and tackle, was lost to a knee injury in training camp.

On the defensive line, Tyquan Lewis returns at end, and sophomore Sam Hubbard, who backed up All-American Joey Bosa last season, has locked down the other end position.

The No. 6 Buckeyes lost all their starting receivers from last year, which has made for one of the most intriguing competitions in camp. Noah Brown has locked up one of the spots but fifth-year senior Corey Smith and Parris Campbell are competing for the other.


Browns trading linebacker Barkevious Mingo to Patriots

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns are trading disappointing linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots for a 2017 fifth-round pick.

The Browns selected Mingo with the No. 6 pick in 2013. The former LSU standout has recorded just seven sacks in three seasons and spent much of last season on special teams.

Mingo's size — 6-foot-4, 240 pounds — and speed have made him intriguing, but none of Cleveland's coaching staffs has found the best way to utilize him. The Browns moved the 25-year-old Mingo from outside linebacker to inside earlier this summer.

Cleveland declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Mingo's rookie contract in May.