CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds revamped their struggling bullpen before the start of a series against Atlanta on Thursday, sending right-handers J.J. Hoover and Carlos Contreras to Triple-A Louisville.
Cincinnati called up right-handed reliever Pedro Villarreal and left-hander David Holmberg from Louisville to start the opening game of the series. Holmberg started the second game of a doubleheader on July 8, getting no decision in a 6-5 win over the Cubs.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Nobody got hurt Thursday in several skirmishes that broke out during team drills between Denver's record-shattering offense and Houston's swaggering defense.
Texans talkative safety D.J. Swearinger was once again in the middle of the biggest fracas. Tempers flared when running back Montee Ball was shoved after the whistle. Several players ended up on the ground in all the pushing and shoving that followed, including Denver receiver Emmanuel...
ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Cooper remembers the day well. The sun was shining bright, yet the notorious Atlanta heat wasn't too stifling. The sky was a brilliant blue, speckled with only a few puffy white clouds.
As he looked out the eighth-floor window, all seemed right with the world. His job was going well. His wife and young son were good.
Then, the doctor delivered one word that changed everything.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Brazil striker Fred says he and his Fluminense teammates might not play this weekend following threatening behavior by fans after the team's recent run of defeats.
A few dozen Fluminense fans shouted abuse at players, threw objects and hit out at their cars on Thursday as the team left a Rio de Janeiro airport where it had touched down following a 1-0 loss to Chapecoense, its third in a row.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays overcame a masterful performance by David Price.
Price allowed only a first-inning RBI triple to Brandon Guyer in his first start against his former team, and Alex Cobb and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.
"It's weird," Guyer said. "I've never seen a win like that."
Ben Zobrist reached on a throwing error by shortstop Eugenio Suarez...